Though small in stature, Patek's on-field skills played a giant role in the Royals early success. He was Major League Baseball's smallest player at 5-foot-4, but his outstanding speed and aggressiveness made him a two-time All-Star selection. He led the American League in triples (11) in 1971 and stolen bases (53) in 1977. For eight consecutive years, Patek posted 30 or more stolen bases, and he led the league in double plays turned four straight seasons. A durable player at a demanding position, he ranks among the Royals all-time leaders in hits (1,036), walks (413), runs scored (571), stolen bases (336), and games played (1,245).