San Francisco Pat Dobson was part of an illustrious pitching staff in Baltimore and a savvy scouting department with the San Francisco Giants jerseys, touching everyone from Earl Weaver to Brian Sabean along the way. Dobson, one of four starters to win 20 games for the Orioles jerseys in 1971, died suddenly Wednesday night in the San Diego area, the San Francisco Giants jerseys said Thursday. He was 64. Throwing big curveballs and telling hearty jokes, Dobson made many friends in baseball. This year, his ninth with the Giants jerseys, he was a special assistant to Sabean, the team’s general manager.
The club didn’t immediately release details about the cause of death. But USA Today reported on its Web site that Dobson’s wife, Kathe, said he died one day after being diagnosed with leukemia.
“He made his life baseball,” Weaver said, “and enjoyed every minute of it.”
Dobson went 20 8 with a 2.90 ERA for the AL champion Orioles jerseys in 1971, rounding out a famous rotation that also included Hall of Famer Jim Palmer (20 9), Dave McNally (21 5) and Mike Cuellar (20 9). The 1920 Chicago White Sox jerseys are the only other team in major league history to have four 20 game winners.
“He’s one of four that everybody will remember,” said Weaver, the former Baltimore manager. “He had a great year for us.”
The next season, Dobson made the AL All Star team. Though he finished that year 16 18, he posted a solid 2.65 ERA.
“He had a great curveball,” said Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Dobson’s teammate with the Orioles jerseys. “He was a real gamer, a real competitor. He didn’t give in to anybody.”
Dobson went 122 129 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 major league seasons and won a World Series ring with the 1968 wholesale mlb jerseys Detroit Tigers jerseys. He was 19 15 with a 3.07 ERA for the 1974 New York Yankees jerseys. The right hander also pitched for San Diego, Atlanta and Cleveland.
Dobson started Game 4 of the 1971 World Series against Pittsburgh and got a no decision, allowing three runs and 10 hits in 5 1 3 innings. The Pirates jerseys beat Baltimore in seven games.
“He was a free spirit and I enjoyed having him,” Weaver said. “He was a pleasure to have on the team. He caused a lot of laughs, and he kept his teammates laughing.”
Weaver, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, recalled that Dobson had a terrific curveball even when he was struggling with Detroit mostly as a reliever,but he rarely threw it for a strike.
So when the Orioles jerseys acquired him, Weaver spoke with pitching coach George Bamberger about getting Dobson to cut down on the curve so he could control it better.
“When he started throwing that curveball for a strike, it was all over,” Weaver said. “He could throw the curveball at any time in the count.”
After his playing career ended, Dobson spent eight seasons as a big league pitching coach for Milwaukee (1982 84), San Diego (1988 90), Kansas City (1991) and Baltimore (1996). He tutored a pair of Cy Young Award winners: Pete Vuckovich of the Brewers jerseys in 1982 and Mark Davis of the Padres jerseys in 1989.
Dobson joined the Giants jerseys in 1997, serving as an advance scout and a trusted adviser to Sabean.
Dobson was the Colorado Rockies jerseys’ first advance scout from 1993 95. He also spent five years as a minor league pitching instructor and managed the Fort Myers Sun Sox in the Senior League from 1989 90.
“I got to know Dobber well when he returned to our organization as pitching coach in 1996 and will never forget the fun times we had, talking baseball and telling stories, before and after games,” Orioles jerseys executive vice president for baseball operations Mike Flanagan said. “He will be missed.”