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Steven Ralph Arlin (born September 25, 1945 in Seattle, Washingtonmarker) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. In six major league seasons, Arlin pitched for the San Diego Padres (1969-74) and Cleveland Indians (1974).

College Star

Arlin was a collegiate star with the Ohio State Buckeyes. In a 1965 College World Series game against Washington Statemarker, he struck out 20 batters in 15 innings, both CWS records, in a 1-0 Buckeye victory. Ohio State, however, lost to Arizona Statemarker in the final game. The following year ( ), he led Ohio State to the National Championship and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

In his two years with the Buckeyes, Arlin posted a 24-3 record with 294 strikeouts. His 165 strikeouts in 1965 remains an Ohio State single-season record; it and the career strikeout record had been set by Paul Ebert in the 1950s. Arlin's number 22 was the first to be retired by the Ohio State baseball team.

In 1978, Arlin was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame. In , Arlin was a finalist for the first induction class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In he was inducted.

Minor Leagues

In the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Arlin in the first round (13th overall) in the secondary phase of the amateur draft. On July 25, 1967 he pitched a no-hitter in the Eastern League. Arlin also pitched in the Phillies’ farm system in before being selected by the San Diego Padres in the expansion draft.

Major Leagues

Pitching for a struggling young team, Arlin led the National League in losses in both and (19 and 21 respectively). In both seasons, however, he did post a respectable earned run average: 3.48 in 1971 and 3.60 in 1972. The 1972 season was an especially curious one for Arlin: he pitched a one-hitter, three two-hitters (in one, on July 18 against the Phillies, he had a no-hitter broken up by Denny Doyle with two out in the ninth—to date, the closest a Padre has come to pitching a no-hitter), and a 10-inning stint in which he allowed only one hit. Yet he finished 10-21. In Arlin recorded a personal best 11 victories against 14 losses, but with a 5.10 ERA—nearly a run and a half above his career ERA to that point. Midway into the season the Padres traded Arlin to the Cleveland Indians.

During his playing career, Arlin began practicing dentistry, and became a dentist after his playing career, in which he won 34 games (11 of which were shutouts) while losing 67, with 463 strikeouts and a 4.33 earned run average in 788 2/3 innings pitched.

Arlin's grandfather, Harold Arlin, was the first broadcaster ever to call a game on radio, an August 5, 1921 game between the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Fieldmarker. Harold Arlin also broadcast the first-ever football game to be called over the radio months later, a college football game between Pittmarker and West Virginiamarker.


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