Marty Keough

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Marty Keough
Outfielder
Born: (1934-04-14) April 14, 1934 (age 83)
Oakland, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 21, 1956, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 16, 1966, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Batting average .242
Home runs 43
Runs batted in 176
Teams

Richard Martin Keough (born April 14, 1934 in Oakland, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1956 through 1966 for the Boston Red Sox (1956–60), Cleveland Indians (1960), Washington Senators (1961), Cincinnati Reds (1962–65), Atlanta Braves (1966) and Chicago Cubs (1966).[1] In 1968, he played in Japan for the Nankai Hawks.[2] Keough batted and threw left-handed,[3] and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).

He comes from a baseball family: he is the older brother of Joe Keough, a former MLB outfielder, and father of Matt Keough, a right-handed pitcher who was a 16-game-winner for Billy Martin's 1980 Oakland A's.[4] Matt also played in Japan, making them one of the few American father-son duos to both play there.[2]

Marty Keough was a multi-sport star at Pomona High School. He was named the CIF Southern Section football player of the year in 1951 after leading the school to its only football championship. Months later, he was awarded the Southern Section's baseball co-player of the year, sharing the honor with Bill Richardson of Citrus High School.[5] In 1952 he was named by the LA Examiner as overall Southern California Prep "Athlete of the Year".

Keough survived more than a decade in the majors without ever winning a full-time job.[4] Mainly a defensive replacement in the outfield, he owned a decent throwing arm and showed some power at the plate, but never hit consistently enough to earn regular playing time.[6] He debuted with the Boston Red Sox in 1956, sharing outfield work with Ted Williams, Jim Piersall and Jackie Jensen, among others,[3] until the 1960 midseason when he was traded to the Cleveland Indians.[7] At the end of the season, he was selected by the new Washington Senators in the expansion draft.[8] His most productive season came in 1961 with the Senators. He stated 109 of the club's 161 games, and posted career numbers in hits (97), doubles (18), triples (9), home runs (9), runs (57), RBI (34), stolen bases (12), and games played (135).[9] In 1962, he hit a career-high .278 for the Cincinnati Reds.[4] He also played with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.[8]

In an 11-season MLB career, Keough was a .242 hitter with 434 hits, 43 home runs and 176 RBI in 841 games.[9]

He has remained in the game as a scout since the end of his playing days, and is a longtime member of the scouting staff of the St. Louis Cardinals.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marty Keough Player Page at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  2. ^ a b IMPORTED BY JAPAN, AGAIN – Like His Father Before Him, Matt Keough Goes Overseas to Further His Baseball Career by Earl Gustkey in LA Times, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  3. ^ a b Marty Keough Career at baseball-almanac.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  4. ^ a b c Marty Keough Bio at baseballlibrary.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  5. ^ CIF Southern Section Record Book, pages 10, 71 & 81
  6. ^ Marty Keough Fielding at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  7. ^ "Indians, Red Sox exchange players". Milwaukee Journal. AP. 13 June 1960. p. 16. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Marty Keough at retrosheet.org, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  9. ^ a b Marty Keough Batting at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009
  10. ^ Cardinals Keep Coaching Staff Intact for 2009 at stlcardinals.scout.com, URL accessed August 21, 2009

External links[edit]