Bob Patterson, a 1982 ECU alumnus, played baseball for the Pirates under coaches Monte Little and Hal Baird from 1978-82.
For two seasons, Patterson led the Pirates in earned run average (1.97 in 1981 and 1.84 in 1982) and helped ECU to NCAA appearances in 1980 and '82. Patterson had a career record of 27-8 and and struck out 256 opposing batters.
A Dean's List student during his senior year, Patterson received his degree in industrial technology.
He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1982 in the free agent draft and played 13 seasons in the majors on five different teams retiring in 1998 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Patterson appeared in a career-high 60 games as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 and recorded nine saves. Patterson was a member of the Pirates' back-to-back National League East Division Championship teams in 1991 and '92. He appeared in a total of five games during the 1991 and '92 NLCS.