Pat McGlothin, who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949-50, will be honored at Smokies Park in Kodak, Tenn., on Tuesday July 31st prior to their 7:15 game. McGlothin, a lifelong resident of Tennessee, was a player-manager for the Smokies in 1954, his last season in professional baseball.
McGlothin pitched in eight games for Brooklyn over the course of two seasons, all in relief, a position that was unfamiliar to him before he hit the big leagues. “The Dodgers wanted to use me as a relief pitcher, but that wasn’t my forte. I didn’t have that kind of arm to make the adjustment. I had a pretty good arm and I could throw every 5th day, but I couldn’t relieve,” said McGlothin in a 2008 interview.
His strength as a starter was most evident in an epic game he pitched in 1944 while serving in the Navy. McGlothin was pitching for the Corpus Christi team, taking on the Pensacola NATB All-Stars led by Ted Williams. He pitched the entire 19 innings, knocking in three runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the 19th. As for the legendary Williams, he had no answer for McGlothin, going hitless in seven trips to the plate.
McGlothin played alongside all of the famed “Boys of Summer,” including Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider, and he’s outlasted them all. While he isn’t as revered as some of his Hall of Fame teammates, he humbly acknowledges his position in baseball. “I didn’t necessarily think I was part of history, I just played hoping I would stay,” he said in a 2011 interview with television station WBIR.
Tuesday evening is an increasingly rare opportunity to meet one of the greats who graced Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. With the recent passing of Ed Stevens, McGlothin is one of only 43 players left that played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Take this opportunity if you are in the area to catch a part of baseball’s Golden Era.