Rettenmund played for 13 seasons in the majors, coming up with the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 and finishing with the California Angels in 1980. He finished 19th in the 1971 MVP vote while playing for Baltimore. Appearing in a career-high 141 games, Rettenmund hit .318 that year with 11 home runs, 75 RBI and 81 runs scored. He also stole 15 bases that season. It was, by far, the best year of his career.
Rettenmund’s efforts in 1971 helped the Orioles reach the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit a career-high 18 home runs in 1970 for Baltimore. They got to the World Series that season as well and defeated the Cincinnati Reds. As he mentions on his questionnaire, Rettenmund took part in seven World Series, either as a player or a coach. In addition to the 1970 and 1971 series, he played in the World Series in 1969, which the Orioles lost. He was also a member of the Reds in 1975 when they defeated the Boston Red Sox for the championship. Following his playing career, Rettenmund was a hitting coach for five different teams. It was in this capacity that he won his third World Series, this time with the Oakland A’s in 1989. His other two trips to the Fall Classic came with the A’s in 1990 and the San Diego Padres in 1998.
Merv Rettenmund – career stats