Fred Gladding Stats

Fred Gladding was born on Sunday, June 28, 1936, in Flat Rock, Michigan. Gladding was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 1, 1961, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Fred Gladding baseball stats page.

"FRED GLADDING. Fred 'the Bear' Gladding was the first man from Flat Rock to play in Major League Baseball. Born in 1936, he graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1955. Baseball was his game and the 6-foot 1-inch, 190-pound teenage pitcher was signed by the Detroit Tigers with Coach Mittlestat out of high school. In 1960, he married Margie Clotfelter. By 1961, he was called up to the majors." - Author Stacey L. Reynolds in Flat Rock (Images of America Series) (Arcadia Publishing, March 14, 2011, Page 102)
Fred Gladding

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Fred "The Bear" Gladding Autograph on a 1973 Topps (#17)

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Birth Name:
Fred Earl Gladding
Nickname:
The Bear
Born On:
06-28-1936  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Flat Rock, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-21-2015 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Columbia, South Carolina
Cemetery:
Woodhaven Memorial Garden, Powell, Tennessee
High School:
Flat Rock High School (Flat Rock, MI)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
07-01-1961 (Age 25)
Last Game:
06-02-1973
Draft:
Not Applicable
Fred Gladding

Fred Gladding Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1961 25 Tigers 8 0 2 1 0 1.000 3.31 0 0 0 16.1 79 18 6 7 1 11 1 11 1 2 0 -
1962 26 Tigers 6 0 3 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 0 5.0 20 3 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 -
1963 27 Tigers 22 0 14 1 1 .500 1.98 0 0 7 27.1 113 19 6 6 1 14 1 24 2 0 0 -
1964 28 Tigers 42 0 23 7 4 .636 3.07 0 0 7 67.1 281 57 23 23 7 27 4 59 2 2 0 -
1965 29 Tigers 46 0 25 6 2 .750 2.83 0 0 5 70.0 301 63 22 22 6 29 5 43 7 4 0 -
1966 30 Tigers 51 0 23 5 0 1.000 3.28 0 0 2 74.0 304 62 27 33 6 29 6 57 4 1 1 -
1967 31 Tigers 42 1 25 6 4 .600 1.99 0 0 12 77.0 302 62 17 20 6 19 0 64 3 4 0 -
1968 32 Astros 7 0 4 0 0 .000 14.54 0 0 2 4.1 24 8 7 7 0 3 1 2 3 1 0 -
1969 33 Astros 57 0 43 4 8 .333 4.21 0 0 29 72.2 319 83 34 39 2 27 6 40 1 1 1 -
1970 34 Astros 63 0 44 7 4 .636 4.06 0 0 18 71.0 324 84 32 39 4 24 8 46 7 3 0 -
1971 35 Astros 48 0 32 4 5 .444 2.10 0 0 12 51.1 228 51 12 17 0 22 7 17 2 7 0 -
1972 36 Astros 42 0 32 5 6 .455 2.77 0 0 14 48.2 190 38 15 16 1 12 5 18 3 2 0 -
1973 37 Astros 16 0 8 2 0 1.000 4.50 0 0 1 16.0 67 18 8 8 4 4 1 9 0 0 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
13 Years 450 1 278 48 34 .585 3.13 0 0 109 601.0 2,552 566 209 237 38 223 45 394 35 27 2 -
Fred Gladding

Fred Gladding Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1961 25 Tigers 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1962 26 Tigers 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1963 27 Tigers 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1964 28 Tigers 42 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1965 29 Tigers 46 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1966 30 Tigers 51 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1967 31 Tigers 42 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1968 32 Astros 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 33 Astros 57 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
1970 34 Astros 63 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1971 35 Astros 48 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
1972 36 Astros 42 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1973 37 Astros 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
13 Years 450 63 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 40 4 1 0 1 .016 .016 .016
Fred Gladding

Fred Gladding Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1961 Tigers P 8 0 49 3 0.4 2 1 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 1.10
1962 Tigers P 6 0 15 2 0.3 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1963 Tigers P 22 0 82 7 0.3 7 1 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.30
1964 Tigers P 42 0 202 17 0.4 17 5 12 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.27
1965 Tigers P 46 0 210 12 0.3 11 2 9 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.41
1966 Tigers P 51 0 222 14 0.3 12 1 11 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 1.46
1967 Tigers P 42 1 231 15 0.4 14 5 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.64
1968 Astros P 7 0 13 1 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
1969 Astros P 57 0 218 17 0.3 17 5 12 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.11
1970 Astros P 63 0 213 23 0.4 22 7 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.79
1971 Astros P 48 0 154 8 0.2 6 3 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 1.05
1972 Astros P 42 0 146 6 0.1 5 1 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.92
1973 Astros P 16 0 48 4 0.3 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 450 1 1,803 129 0.3 120 33 87 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.80
13 Years 450 1 1,803 129 0.3 120 33 87 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .930 1.80
Fred Gladding

Fred Gladding Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1961 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.00 6.06 6.06
1962 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.00 7.20 3.60
1963 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.71 7.90 4.61
1964 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 0.0 2.19 7.89 3.61
1965 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 1.48 5.53 3.73
1966 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.97 6.93 3.53
1967 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 3.37 7.48 2.22
1968 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.67 4.15 6.23
1969 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 10.0 1.48 4.95 3.34
1970 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.92 5.83 3.04
1971 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.77 2.98 3.86
1972 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 2.5 1.50 3.33 2.22
1973 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.25 5.06 2.25
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
13 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 21.0 1.77 5.90 3.34
Fred Gladding

Fred Gladding Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1961 Detroit Tigers 11 Undetermined - -
1962 Detroit Tigers 29 Undetermined - -
1963 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1964 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1965 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1966 Detroit Tigers 20 Undetermined - -
1967 Detroit Tigers 20 $18,000.00 - -
1968 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -
1969 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -
1970 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -
1971 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -
1972 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -
1973 Houston Astros 48 Undetermined - -


Did you know that when Fred Gladding saved a National League leading twenty-nine games in 1969 (the first season the save statistic was officially recognized), he became the first Houston Astros right-handed pitcher to lead the league in games saved ? Hal Woodeshick , who had twenty-three saves in 1964 , was the Astros ' first lefty to be a saves champion .

Four players, all pitchers, have had more than forty-five career at-bats in the big leagues, yet finished with exactly one-hit. Fred Gladding is the only player with more than fifty-at bats who had one hit, the other three, oddly enough, all had exactly forty-seven at-bats and one hit ( Aaron Heilman , Rick van den Hurk & Will Sawyer ). Gladding's one career hit was given it's own section (oddly enough again) in Great Hitting Pitchers (SABR Publishing, April 23, 2012, Page 80):

Pitcher-Batter Briefs

Fred Gladding pitched short relief in the majors for 13 years. He went to bat only 62 times in that period and collected only one safe hit. What were the circumstances of this earth-shaking achievement and who was the pitcher who so far has escaped the notoriety of giving up this isolated bingle?

The date was July 30, 1969 and the scene was Shea Stadium in New York. Gladding was pitching the last 2 2/3 innings for Houston, which was walloping the Mets in the first game of a twin bill. His single off Ron Taylor came in the middle of an 11-run outburst in the ninth inning. Dennis Menke had already hit a grand slam homer off Cal Koonce , and after Taylor came in, the Astros gave him the same treatment. Gladding's single scored a run and then Fred rode home on Jimmy Wynn's grand slam, the second home run in the inning. For Taylor , who gained fame for pitching seven hitless innings in four World Series games, this was not one of his good days.

Fred Gladding No Hitter
Fred Gladding Minor League No-Hitter | The Gastonia Gazette | May 26, 1958
Besides having the lowest non-zero lifetime batting average in baseball history (breakdown above), The Bear once threw a no-hitter during a minor-league contest!

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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