Gavin Marshall

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Gavin Marshall

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 220 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Gavin Marshall was the first player born and raised in Britain to play professionally in the US. He came from a noteworthy baseball family - his father Barry Marshall and uncle Keith Marshall played for the British national team and his grandfather Ron Marshall managed that team at one point.

Gavin led Britain's National Premier League with a 2.53 ERA at age 17 in 1994. He gave up four runs in four innings that year for Britain in the European Championship B-Pool. He was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 22 K in 19 innings in the 1996 European Championship B-Pool, including a 10-inning, 3-1 win over Croatia. By this time, he was spending time in the US to play college baseball. In the 1997 European Championship, the big righty was 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA and struck out 13 in 13 2/3 IP. He got the win over Germany and saved a win over Slovenia. Those were Britain's only two wins of the event.

Marshall was 2-0 with 20 strikeouts and only 6 hits in 15 innings in the 1999 European Championship. He three-hit Croatia in a 11-strikeout gem and also beat Germany and Dirk Fries. In his only at-bat, he hit a two-run triple against France. His 11 whiffs in the opening round tied Carlos Ros for 6th place. It was his final event for the British national team.

Marshall made history when he became the first British-raised player to sign a professional contract, when he inked a deal with the Dubois County Dragons. He went 3-0 with two saves and a 5.44 ERA in 28 games (third-most on the team) in 2001. In 2002, he pitched for the Dragons (0-1, 5.31 in 12 G) and Johnstown Steal (1-1, Sv, 5.93 in 17 G).

Back in Britain for the 2002 national championship, he fanned 13 for the Brighton Buccaneers; that tied the second-highest mark for a British title game in the post-World War II era. In 2010, he was inducted into the British Baseball Hall of Fame.