OBITUARY

Marvin Joseph Rotblatt

October 18, 1927July 16, 2013

The shortest pitcher to ever play major league baseball. Marv Rotblatt came from Albany Park in Chicago with a talent for throwing sinking curveballs At The University of Illinois, he was penned, "Mr. 1947 ". He led his team to a western Conference Championship with a record of 15 - 2. Marv still holds the record for the most consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Marv was inducted into: The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and, The University of Illinois Hall of Fame. A southpaw, Marv signed with The Chicago White Sox in 1948. Marv pitched for 3 seasons, initiated a triple play, and retired due to injury. Marv's best year was in AAA baseball with The Memphis Chicks in 1950, and a record of 22 wins, and 9 losses. Marv showed Branch Ricky how to throw a " circle changeup", and, the following season, everyone was throwing circle changes. Marv was the first pitcher to be transported from the bullpen via a golf cart. After baseball, Marv spent 39 years in the insurance industry and was an avid supporter of thoroughbred horseracing. Marvin is survived by two sons, Steven and Richard.

Services

  • Receiving Family and Friends Monday, July 22, 2013
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Marvin Joseph Rotblatt

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Neal Taslitz

November 8, 2013

Marvin Rotblatt was my mother's first cousin, and my second cousin. Although I did not have any contact with Marvin during the last 20 plus years, I will always remember him, as being someone who had a rare ability to know what type of pitch a pitcher was going to throw in the ball games that we watched together.

He gave my mother his baseball glove, and she gave it to me, when I started to play baseball when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I was also very short, but became a very good pitcher in little league. I think there might be a genetic trait for pitching like some families have for art or music, which allows them to learn and play much better than others. To me, pitching was something that came naturally. I really loved to practice and pitch in actual games and I was surprised how I was able to strike out many excellent hitters when I focused and studied their swing and stance. I still like to pitch but rarely get the opportunity or have the time to do so.

I believe Marvin perfected his natural ability and I admired him for staying with it so long, until he was injured. I have always believed that a baseball pitcher is like a quarterback in football. They both are extremely important to a team's success.

I wish I still had Marvin's glove, I would give it to the University of Illinois to honor him. I think it must have been lost during one of the several moves to different cities I lived in when I was growing up. I will miss Marvin very much and was thinking of him during the Boston/St. Louis World series. I will always remember his ability to focus, and his smile and laugh, as well as the confidence he had in what he did exceptionally well. No matter what you do in life, be sure you do it better than others. If you do, it will become something you love, and will not seem like work.
Neal Taslitz, Wellington, Florida

Marvin Kromash

August 19, 2013

My dad met Marv Rotblatt when my dad was drafted into the Army as a dentist during the Korean conflict. He obtained a personalized autograph for my brothers and me even though we did not meet Marv Rotblatt. We cherished baseball memorabilia, and the autograph still remains with one of my sons. My dad also met Don Newcombe and Hy Cohen during that Army stint. Indeed, Hy Cohen and Bob Speake, both playing for the Cubs, had dinner at our home in Phila one evening when the Cubs were playing the Philllies. I offer my condolences to the Rotblatt family on their loss.

Norm Rosenberg

August 6, 2013

I had the pleasure of watching Marv Rotblatt pitch in the old Western League in 1956. He was, by that time, a master of deception -- a joy to watch

July 25, 2013

My father was Marv's high school baseball coach. I remember spending alot of time with your father and mother as a young girl. I thought about your father many times, and I am sure you will miss him.
Roberta Goldstein Fox

Barry McMahon

July 25, 2013

I contacted Marv twenty-five years ago, He answered a questionnaire regarding the years he spent in baseball. I'm emailing from Canada to say that I have lost another of my baseball card heroes.

George S

July 23, 2013

I'm.a 1968 grad of Carleton College in Minnesota. Marv is and always be an important part of Carleton culture. Rotblatt softball is something we all looked forward to every spring, and Marv's semi-regular visits to the annual banquet, as well as his great sense of humor, were true, memorable highlights. My condolences to his family.

July 23, 2013

AS the one-time Commissioner of the Rotblatt league -- and the record holder for the lowest batting average in the 100-plus inning Rotblatt Senior game -- I lament Marv's death. He came to our banquet at Carleton my senior year and as Commissioner, I was the guy who picked him up at the airport and shepherded him through the night. His stories were always wonderful.

Robert Strauss, Carleton 1973

July 23, 2013

Dear Steve, Our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of your father.. Wishing you our love and support during this difficult time. Love,
Ron and Nancy Hlavacek

Tom Bartel

July 22, 2013

A man of infinite jest. He will be missed, especially by all the Carleton College alums of my generation.

July 22, 2013

Steven & Richard, our sympathy on your loss. We saw that mom had passed about a year ago, and now your dad. Your dad was a heckuva competitor and a great salesman, when he wanted to be. I have many fun memories and trips we took in the ins. business, and sorry we can't be with you today. Bob & Audrey Rylowicz