Veteran baseball pitcher, Mark Littell, dies at 69

Mark Littell nicknamed Country Boy and Ramrod, was an American professional baseball pitcher who pitched in Major League Baseball from 1973 to 1982 for the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of the 1982 World Series champions.

Littell had a major league earned run average of 3.32 and saved 56 games from 1976 to 1981. Bone spurs in his elbow cut his career short, forcing him to retire midway through the 1982 season at the age of 29.

American professional baseball pitcher Mark Littell dies at 69

One of the St. Louis Cardinals’ main bullpen performers in the late ’70s and early ’80s has died. Former right-handed reliever Mark Littell died on Monday at the age of 69, the organization confirmed on Twitter. A Cape Girardeau, Missouri native, Littell spent nine years in the majors with the Kansas City Royals and Cardinals, moving to St. Louis prior to the 1978 season. Littell spent five years with the Cardinals, appearing in 193 games while earning a 3.31 ERA and 233 strikeouts.

He pitched in 20 and third innings in the regular season for the eventual World Series champion Cardinals in 1982. Littell was just in town for the 40th anniversary of the 1982 team on Aug. 13 and was part of the motorcade around the Busch Stadium warning track. In his nine years in the majors, Littell had a career 3.32 ERA, 56 saves, and a 32-31 record.

Mark Littell Age, Family, Early Life

Mark Littell was born on January 17, 1953(69 years old) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Capricorn.

mark littell family

Mark Littell has prohibited the media from knowing specifics about his family, therefore there are no details available.

Mark Littell Girlfriend, What about his Relationship?

There is no information regarding Mark Littell’s relationship. If we find any information about his relationship we will update you later.

Mark Littell Career, What was his profession?

The Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB) picked Littell in the 12th round of the 1971 MLB draft. Though he had committed to play college baseball for the University of Missouri, he signed with the Royals instead. Littell made his MLB debut in 1973. Spending part of the season with the Omaha Royals of the American Association, he was awarded the league’s pitcher of the year in 1973. Littell spent the 1974 season in the lower leagues before returning to the major leagues in 1975.

In May 1976, Royals manager Whitey Herzog designated Littell his closer. That year, he recorded a 2.08 earned run average with 16 saves, as the Royals won the American League West division. Littell allowed a walk-off home run to New York Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss to end the 1976 American League Championship Series.  Littell had 12 saves in 1977, and also was a starting pitcher for five games, as the Royals again won the division and lost the 1977 American League Championship Series to the Yankees.

St. Louis Cardinals

After the 1977 season, the Royals traded Littell and catcher Buck Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for relief pitcher Al Hrabosky. Littell posted a 2.53 ERA in his first two seasons as a Cardinal but had an arm issue that restricted his performance afterward. He began the 1980 and 1981 seasons on the disabled list as he had surgery to remove bone spurs. On August 10, 1981, Pete Rose recorded his 3,631st hit off Littell to become the National League’s all-time hits leader.

Littell was a member of the 1982 World Series champions. However, the Cardinals designated Littell for assignment in June 1982. He accepted an assignment to the Louisville Bats. In July, Littell went on the disabled list with an elbow ailment. Littell retired after the 1982 season with a 32–31 win-loss record, a 3.32 ERA, and 56 saves.

How much is Mark Littell Net Worth?

Mark Littell has not disclosed his financial details. Thus it is hard to estimate his net worth.

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Which school and college did he go to?

Mark Littell attended Gideon High School in Gideon, Missouri, and played for the school’s baseball team as a pitcher.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Mark Littell is active on Facebook and Instagram. He has 954+ followers on Instagram.

Physical Appearance of Mark Littell’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorBlack and White
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Mark Littell’s should be known

Zodiac signCapricorn
Relationship StatusSingle