Dan Quisenberry

Inducted 1998
Pitcher 1979-1988

An unconventional delivery and uncanny control combined to make Quisenberry an unforgettable success. He was a favorite among his teammates, peers, media and fans alike. He was named Royals Pitcher of the Year four times and was also selected to three American League All-Star teams. His emergence in the bullpen was key to the Royals finally capturing their first American League pennant in 1980. Quisenberry won American League Fireman of the Year honors and led the league in saves five times, including a then record-setting 45 in 1983. His quick wit was as well-known as his signature submarine-style delivery.


BATS: Right




BORN: February 7, 1953 in Santa Monica, Calif.

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 1975.

SIGNED: 1975

DEBUT: July 8, 1979

FINAL GAME: April 23, 1990

Royals Career Statistics

51 44 2.55 573000 238 920.1 919 293 261 139 321 1.150


Dan Quisenberry, a shutdown reliever famous for his submarine-style delivery, high saves totals and superb personality, was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1998. The right-hander's 2.55 ERA is the best among all Royals who have logged at least 500 innings for Kansas City.

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It was not until 1980 that Quisenberry would develop the submarine throwing style that would become his signature. Then-manager Jim Frey suggested the reliever learn it to confuse hitters.

-- KC Royals

Quisenberry, who tragically passed away after a battle with a brain tumor in 1998, was a three-time All-Star who led the league in saves in five seasons including 1983, when he set what was then the Major League record with 45.

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The right-hander was one of the most dominant relievers in the sport between 1980-1985, five times being named the American League's Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.

-- KC Royals