Mark Littell is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues for the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals. He was born in Cape Girardeau but grew up in the lower Bootheel of Missouri where he started honing his baseball skills at an early age. Mark was signed by the Royals in 1971 and was on a personal fast track when he made his debut on June 14th, 1973 in Baltimore. In 1978 he was traded to the Cardinals where he finished out his career in 1982.
After leaving the MLB and down the line, Mark served as coach in-residence for Australia’s Bicentennial in 1988. He would spend three more seasons “down under.” He then became a minor league pitching coach with San Diego, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and the Dodgers covering a span of 18 years. He played winter ball in Puerto Rico, coached and played in Dominican Republic, and was the speaker on the pitching phase for the Panamanian Baseball Federation.
Mark is also the inventor of the Nutty Buddy, a protective cup that won top honors from the Industrial Design Society of America. Mark remains active in the game with several club and two collegiate teams in Phoenix. He is a motivational speaker and is constantly working with players to move forward to that next level. In 2016, Mark was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Sanna.