Famous for Something Else: Larry Colton would go on to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

I was watching the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball last night. It’s a documentary on the Portland Mavericks of the Northwest League in the 1970s. Owned by actor Bing Russell (Kurt‘s father), it was a truly independent minor league team in affiliated baseball. A good documentary, and you should check it out if you have Netflix.

But anyway, among the players for the Mavericks was a pitcher named Larry Colton, who had played in one game with the Phillies back in 1968. After retiring from baseball, he’d become a writer, and his book Counting Coup, about a girls’ basketball team in Montana, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Here’s Colton’s MLB stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
1968 26 PHI NL 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 84 0.38 1.500 13.5 0.0 0.0 9.0
1 Yr 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 84 0.38 1.500 13.5 0.0 0.0 9.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 4.50 68 0 0 0 0 0 136 204 68 68 0 0 0 136 0 0 0 612 84 0.38 1.500 13.5 0.0 0.0 9.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/21/2014.

And here are his Minor League stats (first pitching, then hitting, as he also played as a position player):

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1965 23 1.1 Eugene NORW A PHI 12 10 .545 2.89 26 26 193.0 172 80 62 8 63 1.218 8.0 0.4 2.9
1966 24 0.7 Macon SOUL AA PHI 11 8 .579 3.77 27 26 186.0 179 94 78 11 73 125 1.355 8.7 0.5 3.5 6.0 1.71
1967 25 -0.6 San Diego PCL AAA PHI 14 14 .500 3.09 31 31 12 1 201.0 207 84 69 9 50 2 106 2 0 7 1.279 9.3 0.4 2.2 4.7 2.12
1968 26 -0.1 San Diego PCL AAA PHI 5 7 .417 3.45 15 14 5 1 99.0 99 45 38 4 24 2 52 0 0 2 1.242 9.0 0.4 2.2 4.7 2.17
1969 27 1.1 Eugene PCL AAA PHI 11 9 .550 4.18 26 25 8 1 0 155.0 150 81 72 12 54 4 79 0 1 6 1.316 8.7 0.7 3.1 4.6 1.46
1970 28 2.6 Tacoma PCL AAA CHC 12 14 .462 4.24 32 28 12 2 1 221.0 226 116 104 24 76 7 118 2 2 17 1.367 9.2 1.0 3.1 4.8 1.55
1975 33 11.7 Portland NORW A- 0 2 .000 10.64 3 3 1 0 0 11.0 18 16 13 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 2.091 14.7 2.5 4.1 1.6 0.40
7 Seasons 65 64 .504 3.68 160 153 38 5 1 1066.0 1051 516 436 71 345 15 482 4 3 32 1.310 8.9 0.6 2.9 4.1 1.40
A- (1 season) A- 0 2 .000 10.64 3 3 1 0 0 11.0 18 16 13 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 2.091 14.7 2.5 4.1 1.6 0.40
A (1 season) A 12 10 .545 2.89 26 26 193.0 172 80 62 8 63 1.218 8.0 0.4 2.9
AA (1 season) AA 11 8 .579 3.77 27 26 186.0 179 94 78 11 73 125 1.355 8.7 0.5 3.5 6.0 1.71
AAA (4 seasons) AAA 42 44 .488 3.77 104 98 37 5 1 676.0 682 326 283 49 204 15 355 4 3 32 1.311 9.1 0.7 2.7 4.7 1.74
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/21/2014.
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB HBP SH SF
1965 23 0.8 Eugene NORW A PHI 34 73 24 3 0 0 .329 .370 27
1966 24 0.3 Macon SOUL AA PHI 36 76 69 6 15 2 0 0 7 0 0 7 28 .217 .289 .246 .536 17
1967 25 -1.6 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-WRk PHI 34 79 5 18 4 0 0 8 0 0 4 31 .228 .278 22 0 5 0
1967 25 Phillies FLIL WRk PHI
1967 25 -1.6 San Diego PCL AAA PHI 34 88 79 5 18 4 0 0 8 0 0 4 31 .228 .265 .278 .544 22 0 5 0
1968 26 -0.4 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-WRk PHI 17 39 2 10 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 13 .256 .359 14 0 0 0
1968 26 Phillies FLIL WRk PHI
1968 26 -0.4 San Diego PCL AAA PHI 17 40 39 2 10 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 13 .256 .275 .359 .634 14 0 0 0
1969 27 1.4 Eugene PCL AAA PHI 27 63 52 7 15 2 0 2 5 0 0 8 17 .288 .383 .442 .826 23 0 3 0
1970 28 2.9 Tacoma PCL AAA CHC 32 82 70 7 12 2 1 1 10 0 0 7 21 .171 .247 .271 .518 19 0 5 0
1975 33 12.1 Portland NORW A- 11 24 20 2 6 3 0 1 7 0 0 3 3 .300 .375 .600 .975 12 0 0 1
7 Seasons 191 446 402 29 100 18 2 4 40 1 0 30 113 .249 .300 .333 .634 134 0 13 1
WRk (2 seasons) WRk
A- (1 season) A- 11 24 20 2 6 3 0 1 7 0 0 3 3 .300 .375 .600 .975 12 0 0 1
A (1 season) A 34 73 73 24 3 0 0 .329 .329 .370 .699 27
AA (1 season) AA 36 76 69 6 15 2 0 0 7 0 0 7 28 .217 .289 .246 .536 17
AAA (4 seasons) AAA 110 273 240 21 55 10 2 3 26 1 0 20 82 .229 .288 .325 .613 78 0 13 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/21/2014.
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