Major League Baseball Player. For fourteen-seasons (1967 and 1969 to 1981), he was a pitcher (primarily a reliever) with the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets. To date, Marshall holds the MLB single season record of 106 games pitched in when he accomplished this feat with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974. Born Michael Grant Marshall, he was a multi-sport athlete at Adrian High School in Michigan where he participated in baseball, football and basketball. He enrolled at Michigan State University from where he went on to earned a doctorate in Kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movement). Signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960 (initially as a shortstop), he was acquired by the Detroit Tigers in 1966 and broke into the Major Leagues on May 31, 1967. In 37 games-pitched that year, he recorded an impressive 1.98 ERA. Marshall was chosen by the Seattle Pilots during the 1969 Expansion Draft. While with the Montreal Expos (1970 to 1973), his games-pitched total dramatically increased as he led the league three consecutive times in that category (1972 with 65, 1973 with 92 and 1974 with 106 as a Dodger). After he was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers, he produced a career-high 15 wins and was recipient of the Cy Young Award, as a key contributor to the Dodgers' capturing the the National League Pennant (1974). He appeared in 2 games during the 1974 National League Championship Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and notched 1 save in five games against the Oakland Athletics during the 1974 World Series. During the course of his career, he achieved all star status twice (1974 and 1975) and was a three-time league leader in saves (1973 with 31, 1974 with 21 and 1979 with 32). He held the distinction of being save leader with three different teams (1973 with the Expos, 1974 with the Dodgers and 1979 with the Twins). In 1979 while a Minnesota Twin, he led the league with 90 games appeared in. To date, this is a franchise record in a single season. In 724 career regular season games, he compiled a 97 win, 112 loss record, with a lifetime 3.14 ERA, in 1,386 innings-pitched. After retiring as a player, he coached baseball at Saint Leo University, Henderson State University and West Texas A&M University.
Bio by: C.S.
June Kathryn Van Wagner Parker