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Gladding in 1964
|Born: June 28, 1936|
Flat Rock, Michigan
|Died: May 21, 2015 (aged 78)|
Columbia, South Carolina
|July 1, 1961, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 2, 1973, for the Houston Astros|
|Earned run average||3.13|
|Career highlights and awards|
Fred Earl Gladding (June 28, 1936 – May 21, 2015) was an American professional baseball player and coach. He was a right-handed pitcher over all or parts of thirteen seasons (1961–1973) with the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros. Born in Flat Rock, Michigan, he was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 220 pounds (100 kg).
For his career, he compiled a 48–34 record and 109 saves in 450 appearances, all but one as a relief pitcher, with a 3.13 earned run average and 394 strikeouts in 601 innings pitched. Gladding led the National League in saves with Houston in 1969, the first season the statistic was recognized.
In seven seasons with the Tigers, Gladding compiled a record of 26–11 and a 2.70 ERA in 217 games. His .703 winning percentage with the Tigers is the highest in the franchise's history for a pitcher appearing in at least 200 games for the team. He returned to Detroit in 1976 as pitching coach and served three seasons on the staff of manager Ralph Houk.
Gladding also has the distinction of having the lowest non-zero lifetime batting average in major league history. For his career he batted .016 (1 for 63).
- Best pitching seasons by a Detroit Tiger
- List of Major League Baseball annual saves leaders
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- Paul, Tony (May 28, 2015). "Ex-Tigers pitcher Fred Gladding, Flat Rock native, dies at 78". Detroit News. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- Mattingly, Tom (May 23, 2015). "Former MLB pitcher, Powell resident Fred Gladding dies at 78". knoxnews.com. Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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