Inductee — Pat Underwood

punderwoodPat Underwood

Class of 2005

Birthplace: Kokomo, IN

Player

Biography:

Pat is a 1976 graduate of Kokomo High School where he lettered 3 years in Football and 4 years in Baseball. Pat was the quarterback of the worst Football team in KHS history going 0 and 10, but he faired a much better fate in baseball. Pat is the record holder to-date in two Indiana pitching categories, Strikeouts (637) and Shutouts (22), and is among the top ten in 5 other Indiana pitching categories. For his efforts, Pat was selected a baseball first team all-state 3 years and an all-American his senior year.

Pat signed a full ride scholarship to pitch for the University of Missouri before he was taken as the 2nd pick in the Nation and 1st pick of the Detroit Tigers in 1976. Hard to turned down a $75,000 signing bonus, Pat begin his professional career June 20th 1976 and made his major league debut against his brother Tom on May 31st, 1979. Pat played three years in the big leagues, having his best year in 1980 going 3 and 6 with 5 saves.

Pat retired from professional baseball in 1985 due to ligament damage to his pitching elbow. Pat began a new career finishing his college education and raising his children with wife Debbie. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and Masters from Wesleyan University, Pat went to work for Delphi Electronics & Safety where he works in Quality Engineering. Pat is the proud parent of two boys Ryan and Evan who also love baseball and who have given his parents countless thrills watching them grow up on the diamond.

Pat credits his Mom and Dad, brothers, sister and wife Debbie for their constant support and love for our great pastime. This enable him to continue and better his game, and helped him become the 124th inductee into the Indiana Hall of Fame.