In large part to that game, Patek had one of the better months of career. In June 1980 he OPSed .824 with 4 HRs and 21 RBI's in 105 PA's. He went on to hit a TPJ-like .185 for the rest of the season and at age 35 I'm sure he knew the end was near. The 3-time all-star retired after the '81 season.
1980 ended up being the second best season of his career - only in 1971 was he better when he finished 6th in MVP voting. Here are some interesting Patek tidbits (at leats to me).
- His 1241 games at SS for KC is 565 more than 2nd place U.L. Washinton. He is also 7th all time in Royals in history in games played.
- Only George Brett, Frank White, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson, Hal MCrae, and Mike Sweeney had more plate appearances than Pateks 4867.
- Patek is in Royals career top 10 in runs (7th), hits (8th), total bases (10th), doubles (8th), triples (9th), walks (6th), stolen bases (3rd with 336), singles (7th), sacrifices (2nd), & sacrifice flies (8th).
- He had an .802 OPS in 15 playoff games.
- He led the league in steals in 1977 with 53.