Grizzlies pitching coach inducted into state hall

News-DemocratMay 5, 2014 

— Gateway Grizzlies pitching coach Randy Martz is among the 2014 inductees in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Martz was a pitcher for the Gamecocks.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pund right-hander from Harrisburg, Pa., was recruited to South Carolina as a football player.

Martz put together an overpowering baseball season as a senior in 1977, going 14-0 and winning the honor as college baseball's most valuable player.

The Chicago Cubs selected Martz in the first round of the 1977 MLB draft, the No. 12 selection overall. He pitched for the Cubs from 1980-82, with his best year coming in 1982 with an 11-10 record. For his four-year MLB career that included time with the Chicago White Sox (1983), he compiled a 17-19 record with a 3.78 ERA.

Martz lives in East Alton.

Martz is the head baseball coach at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey and also the pitching coach for the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League.

Other inductees in 2014 class are Zam Fredrick, who led college basketball in scoring; South Carolina State football standout Edwin Bailey, Olympian Monique Hennagan, state golf legend Happ Lathrop, Newberry basketball standout Carl Short, Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams and future NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins of Clemson.

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