Steven Renko Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 230 lb.
- School University of Kansas
- Debut June 27, 1969
- Final Game August 28, 1983
- Born December 10, 1944 in Kansas City, KS USA
Steve Renko pitched 15 seasons in the big leagues and won 134 games.
He was the last pitcher to bat seventh or higher in a major league game until the feat was duplicated by Dontrelle Willis on September 22, 2005. Renko did it on August 26, 1973, and went 2-for-3 against the San Diego Padres .
It's not very common for a pitcher to win 100 games but to lose more games than he won. Renko had a career mark of of 134-146. He was particularly hurt by his 1972 season when he went 1-10 for the 1972 Montreal Expos. However, he had some good seasons, too, including the year right after his 1972 season when he went 15-11 for the 1973 Montreal Expos with an ERA of 2.81. The Expos finished under .500 in both 1972 and 1973.
- 1995-1996 Coach Cedar Rapids Kernels
- 1999 Pitching coach Huntsville Stars
- 2003-2004 Pitching coach Battle Creek Yankees
- 2005 Pitching coach Charleston RiverDogs
- 2006 Pitching coach High Desert Mavericks
Renko was the quarterback on the Kansas football team which included Gale Sayers. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1966.
He had a son, Steve Renko III, that played professionally from 1990-2001, reaching AAA.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1971 & 1973)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1970, 1971, 1973 & 1974)