Aug. 19, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics mourns the loss of Buckeye baseball legend Steve Arlin, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 70.
“We are saddened by the news that we lost Buckeye great Steve Arlin,” head coach Greg Beals said. “His family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Ohio State’s first two-time All-American, Arlin posted a 24-3 record in his two years with the Buckeyes. A two-time member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, Arlin fanned 57 hitters while tallying a 0.96 earned-run average in 47.0 innings in his College World Series career. In the 1965 College World Series, Arlin set two College World Series records against Washington State by striking out 20 batters in 15.0 innings pitched. In 1966, Arlin posted an 11-1 overall record, earning College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. The right-hander pitched in five of the six days of the 1966 College World Series, striking out 12 while allowing just two hits in a 1-0 shutout of top-ranked Southern California to make the championship game, where he tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the Buckeyes’ 8-2 victory over Oklahoma State.
Arlin was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the same year his jersey – No. 22 – was retired at Ohio State. In 2014, he was inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame. Arlin, who was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, went on to play six seasons in the big leagues between the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians organizations.