Bob Fenton — a legendary Penn State pitcher and Philipsburg native — passed away Wednesday at the age of 76 in his Sandwich, Mass., home.
Fenton, a three-year letterwinner from 1961-63, is the only Nittany Lion pitcher to throw two no-hitters. He tossed both no-hitters in 1963, a memorable year for Penn State baseball.
Fenton helped lead the Nittany Lions to the 1963 College World Series, one of five appearances in program history. Penn State was eliminated after losing to Arizona, rebounding with a win against Western Michigan, and then falling to Texas.
The southpaw guided the Nittany Lions with a 10-2 record and 1.94 ERA that season.
In addition to the two no-hitters, Fenton holds Penn State records for shutouts in a season (four), complete games in a season (10, tied with Ed Drapcho), and strikeouts in relief in a game (13). His 106.1 innings pitched in 1963 wasn’t topped until Pete Yodis’ 114.2 innings in 2000.
Fenton’s 10 wins and 105 strikeouts in 1963 rank third and fourth, respectively, in single-season program history. His 19 career wins is seventh all-time at Penn State.
When his Penn State career was over, Fenton coached baseball at Sandwich High School from 1964 to 2000. The school’s field was named “Fenton Field” in his honor after his retirement.
Fenton is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann.