Freddie Patek Stats

Freddie Patek was born on Monday, October 9, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Patek was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 3, 1968, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Freddie Patek baseball stats page.

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"I'd rather be the shortest player in the majors than the tallest player in the minors." - Freddie Patek in The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball (Jonathan Fraser Light, McFarland & Company, 09/01/1981, Page 858)

Freddie Patek

Freddie 'The Flea' Patek Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#94 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1970top01' title='1970 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Freddie 'The Flea' Patek Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#94 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Frederick Joseph Patek
Nickname:
Fred or Freddie or The Flea
Born On:
10-09-1944  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Seguin High School (Seguin, TX)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-05
Player Weight Chart Weight:
148
First Game:
06-03-1968 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-03-1981
Draft:
1965 : 22nd Round (421st)

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Freddie Patek Pitching Stats

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Freddie Patek Hitting Stats

1968 24 Pirates 61 208 31 53 4 2 2 0 18 12 0 37 9 3 2 0 .255 .298 .322
1969 25 Pirates 147 460 48 110 9 1 5 0 32 53 15 86 7 1 1 14 .239 .318 .296
1970 26 Pirates 84 237 42 58 10 5 1 0 19 29 1 46 6 4 0 2 .245 .322 .342
1971 27 Royals 147 591 86 158 21 11 6 0 36 44 3 80 7 1 5 6 .267 .323 .371
1972 28 Royals 136 518 59 110 25 4 0 0 32 47 4 64 6 3 3 9 .212 .280 .276
1973 29 Royals 135 501 82 117 19 5 5 0 45 54 0 63 11 2 3 9 .234 .311 .321
1974 30 Royals 149 537 72 121 18 6 3 0 38 77 1 69 9 4 3 7 .225 .324 .298
1975 31 Royals 136 483 58 110 14 5 5 0 45 42 0 65 11 3 2 9 .228 .291 .308
1976 32 Royals 144 432 58 104 19 3 1 0 43 50 5 63 13 6 2 6 .241 .318 .306
1977 33 Royals 154 497 72 130 26 6 5 0 60 41 2 84 13 7 5 6 .262 .320 .368
1978 34 Royals 138 440 54 109 23 1 2 0 46 42 1 56 9 4 1 6 .248 .312 .318
1979 35 Royals 106 306 30 77 17 0 1 0 37 16 0 42 10 3 3 6 .252 .293 .317
1980 36 Angels 86 273 41 72 10 5 5 0 34 15 1 26 8 2 1 11 .264 .302 .392
1981 37 Angels 27 47 3 11 1 1 0 0 5 1 0 6 0 0 0 1 .234 .250 .298
14 Years 1,650 5,530 736 1,340 216 55 41 0 490 523 33 787 119 43 31 92 .242 .309 .324

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Freddie Patek Fielding Stats

1968 Pirates 3B 1 1 27 3 3.0 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1968 Pirates LF 2 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1968 Pirates RF 3 3 87 9 3.0 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.79
1968 Pirates SS 52 49 1,293 250 4.8 244 80 164 6 23 n/a n/a n/a .976 5.10
1969 Pirates SS 146 141 3,699 656 4.5 626 227 399 30 81 n/a n/a n/a .954 4.57
1970 Pirates SS 65 57 1,593 344 5.3 334 122 212 10 42 n/a n/a n/a .971 5.66
1971 Royals SS 147 145 3,777 785 5.3 760 301 459 25 107 n/a n/a n/a .968 5.43
1972 Royals SS 136 133 3,546 762 5.6 740 230 510 22 113 n/a n/a n/a .971 5.63
1973 Royals SS 135 131 3,399 771 5.7 745 242 503 26 115 n/a n/a n/a .966 5.92
1974 Royals SS 149 145 3,879 768 5.2 743 250 493 25 108 n/a n/a n/a .967 5.17
1975 Royals SS 136 133 3,519 663 4.9 636 231 405 27 78 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.88
1976 Royals SS 143 140 3,630 685 4.8 659 233 426 26 87 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.90
1977 Royals SS 154 148 3,912 694 4.5 665 252 413 29 70 n/a n/a n/a .958 4.59
1978 Royals SS 137 134 3,408 622 4.5 590 240 350 32 84 n/a n/a n/a .949 4.67
1979 Royals SS 104 95 2,388 421 4.0 402 153 249 19 54 n/a n/a n/a .955 4.55
1980 Angels SS 81 75 1,989 344 4.2 328 129 199 16 42 n/a n/a n/a .953 4.45
1981 Angels 2B 16 10 309 59 3.7 58 27 31 1 8 n/a n/a n/a .983 5.07
1981 Angels 3B 7 0 42 8 1.1 7 0 7 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 4.50
1981 Angels SS 3 1 27 4 1.3 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
SS Totals 1,588 1,527 40,059 7,769 4.9 7,476 2,690 4,786 293 1,004 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.04
2B Totals 16 10 309 59 3.7 58 27 31 1 8 n/a n/a n/a .983 5.07
3B Totals 8 1 69 11 1.4 10 1 9 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 3.91
RF Totals 3 3 87 9 3.0 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.79
LF Totals 2 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,617 1,542 40,551 7,848 4.9 7,553 2,727 4,826 295 1,012 n/a n/a n/a .962 5.03

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Freddie Patek Miscellaneous Stats

1968 Pirates 18 7 .720 2 3 n/a 104.0 5.6 11.6 - - -
1969 Pirates 15 8 .652 0 2 n/a 92.0 5.3 14.4 - - -
1970 Pirates 8 2 .800 13 7 n/a 237.0 5.2 12.5 - - -
1971 Royals 49 14 .778 1 1 n/a 98.5 7.4 16.4 - - -
1972 Royals 33 7 .825 0 0 n/a 0.0 8.1 16.2 - - -
1973 Royals 36 14 .720 0 1 0 100.2 8.0 11.1 - - -
1974 Royals 33 15 .688 0 2 0 179.0 7.8 14.1 - - -
1975 Royals 32 7 .821 1 1 1 96.6 7.4 10.7 - - -
1976 Royals 51 15 .773 0 3 1 432.0 6.9 10.0 - - -
1977 Royals 53 13 .803 0 3 0 99.4 5.9 8.3 - - -
1978 Royals 38 11 .776 1 2 0 220.0 7.9 9.6 - - -
1979 Royals 11 12 .478 0 5 0 306.0 7.3 8.3 - - -
1980 Angels 7 6 .538 5 4 0 54.6 10.5 8.0 - - -
1981 Angels 1 0 1.000 1 4 0 0.0 7.8 9.4 - - -
14 Years 385 131 .746 24 38 2 134.9 7.0 11.3 - - -

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Freddie Patek Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1968 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 Undetermined - -
1969 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 Undetermined - -
1970 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 Undetermined - -
1971 Kansas City Royals 2 , 37 Undetermined - -
1972 Kansas City Royals 37 Undetermined Stats -
1973 Kansas City Royals 37 $40,000.00 - -
1974 Kansas City Royals 37 $55,000.00 - -
1975 Kansas City Royals 2 $65,000.00 - -
1976 Kansas City Royals 2 $75,000.00 Stats -
1977 Kansas City Royals 2 $135,000.00 - -
1978 Kansas City Royals 2 $165,000.00 Stats -
1979 Kansas City Royals 2 $200,000.00 - -
1980 California Angels 2 $185,000.00 - -
1981 California Angels 2 $185,000.00 - -
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Freddie Joseph Patek was a Major League Baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-1970), Kansas City Royals (1971-1979), and California Angels (1980-1981). When The Flea, his nickname, took the field on June 3, 1968 , he became the first positional player from Seguin High School to reach the majors, joining pitcher Chuck Hartenstein , who made his debut three years earlier.

Did you know that Freddie Patek was the shortest (5 feet 5 inches / 165 cm) player in Major League Baseball during the entire decade of the 1960s? Too easy? Did you know only one big league ballplayer through today —has tied the record for shortest player on the field since The Flea, and he was exactly the same height? Do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

On July 9, 1971 , Freddie Patek hit a double in the first inning, then singled in the second, followed by a triple in the fourth frame. With the score tied 3-3, top of the ninth inning, Bobby Knoop on first base, The Flea hit a go-ahead / game-winning home run and became the first Royals player to hit for the cycle ! Jim Perry , the All-Star pitcher who surrendered all four hits to Freddie, said, "I pitched Patek all over, in and out, up and down. He hit it wherever I threw it."

Freddie Patek Hits for the Cycle

Freddie Patek Cycle | The Oshkosh Northwestern | July 10, 1971 | Page 18

On June 20, 1980 , Freddie Patek — who had a career total of 37 home runs across his last 11 years — hit three home runs in a game ! The Flea was only the second American League shortstop (joining Tony Lazzeri ), and the shortest player in baseball history (through today) to homer three times in a game !

Freddie Patek was a truly solid, seriously durable shortstop, known league-wide for his defensive abilities and raw speed. The Flea was a three-time All-Star ( 1972 , 1976 , 1978 ) who turned the most double plays at his position in the American League — four consecutive years (1971-1974)! In 1992, Patek was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame, just the seventh former player recognized at that time, joining Dennis Leonard (1989), Hal McRae (1989), Cookie Rojas (1987), Paul Splittorff (1987), Steve Busby (1986), and Amos Otis (1986).

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