Stephen Ralph Arlin
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3½", Weight 195 lb.
- School Ohio State University
- Debut June 17, 1969
- Final Game September 14, 1974
- Born September 25, 1945 in Seattle, WA USA
- Died August 17, 2016 in San Diego, CA USA
Steve Arlin led Ohio State to its only Division 1 Championship, in 1966. Arlin had a 0.96 ERA in 47 College World Series innings in 1965-1966; as of 2011, he is still the all-time ERA leader in CWS play. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the first round (13th overall) in the secondary phase of the 1966 amateur draft. He spent his first year with the class A California League Bakersfield Bears where he won 7 games while losing 6 and put a 3.27 ERA on the board. On July 25, 1967 while pitching for the Eastern League Reading Phillies he threw a no-hitter at the York White Roses. Arlin also pitched in the Phillies’ farm system in 1968 before being selected by the San Diego Padres on October 14, 1968 in the expansion draft.
Pitching for a struggling young team, Arlin led the National League in losses in both 1971 with 19 and 1972 with 21. He also led the league in walks and wild pitches the latter season. In both seasons, however, he did post a respectable earned run average: 3.48 in 1971 and 3.60 in 1972, and struck out over 150 batters both years. Arlin had an especially curious 1972 season. He pitched a one-hitter and three two-hitters. In one, on July 18 against the Phillies, he had a no-hitter broken up by Denny Doyle with two out in the ninth. To date, this is the closest the Padres have come to pitching a no-hitter. He also had a 10-inning stint in which he allowed only one hit. Yet he finished 10-21. In 1973 Arlin did record a personal best 11 victories against 14 losses, but his earned run average skyrocketed to 5.10. On June 21, 1974 the Padres traded Arlin to the Cleveland Indians for Terry Ley and Brent Strom. This was to be Arlin's last year of professional baseball.
During his playing career, Arlin began practicing dentistry, and became a dentist after his career ended. His major league record shows he won 34 games (11 of which were shutouts) while losing 67, with 463 strikeouts and a 4.33 earned run average in 789 innings pitched.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1971 & 1972)
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
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