Kenton C. Tekulve, Class of 1969
Professional Athlete, Trustee, Civic Leader
Cincinnati, Ohio, native Kenton C. Tekulve played baseball and basketball during his student years at Marietta College. A 1969 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Tekulve went on to a successful career in professional baseball.
A pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than a decade, Tekulve retired from professional baseball in 1989 as the all-time major league leader in relief appearances. The Pirates' all-time leader in saves, he gained a World Series record three saves in 1979 and got the final out in the deciding Game 7. In 1982 he led the National League in appearances and relief wins. Tekulve also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds.
After leaving major league baseball, Tekulve spent seven years as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies. From 2002-03, he served as director of baseball operations for the minor league team, the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things. He re-joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as an advance scout in 2006.
The long-time honorary chairman of the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania, Tekulve has volunteered with the organization since 1979. He also hosts the annual MGA golf outing.
Marietta College and the city of Marietta celebrated Tekulve's achievements on Kent Tekulve Day in 1979. He was named Marietta College Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1980, and inducted into the Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984. A Life Associate Trustee, he served on the College's Board of Trustees and on the Marietta College Athletic Founders’ Board for five years. Tekulve was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Marietta in 1999.