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Fred Patek

Inducted 1992
Shortstop 1971-1979

Though small in stature, Patek's on-field skills played a giant role in the Royals early success. He was Major League Baseball's smallest player at 5-foot-4, but his outstanding speed and aggressiveness made him a two-time All-Star selection. He led the American League in triples (11) in 1971 and stolen bases (53) in 1977. For eight consecutive years, Patek posted 30 or more stolen bases, and he led the league in double plays turned four straight seasons. A durable player at a demanding position, he ranks among the Royals all-time leaders in hits (1,036), walks (413), runs scored (571), stolen bases (336), and games played (1,245).

  • POSITION: Shortstop
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 5'5
  • WEIGHT: 148
  • BORN: October 9, 1944 in Seguin, Texas
  • HOW ACQUIRED: November 30, 1972: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Wayne Simpson to the Kansas City Royals for Roger Nelson and Richie Scheinblum.
  • SIGNED: 1965
  • DEBUT: July 11, 1968
  • FINAL GAME: July 17, 1987
Royals Career Statistics
G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
1245 4305 571 1036 28 382 413 586 336 .241 .309 .321