John Hiller Stats

John Hiller was born on Thursday, April 8, 1943, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hiller was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 6, 1965, 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 John Hiller baseball stats page.

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"When John Hiller retired in 1980 after 15 seasons, all with Detroit , he was the last member of the 1968 world champion Tigers still playing in the majors. Best known, perhaps, for his work out of the bullpen, Hiller in fact started 43 games for the Tigers , 12 of them in the star-struck 1968 season. During his career, he pitched 13 complete games and racked up six shutouts. Of his 1,242 major league innings pitched, 962.2 were in relief. Hiller compiled these figures despite suffering a three heart attacks one off-season; he missed the entire 1971 season, and was perhaps the only major league player to resume his career after a heart attack." - Baseball Historians Larry Hilliard & Rob Hilliard (SABR Baseball Biography Project, "John Hiller", Source )

John Hiller

John Hiller Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#12 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1970top01' title='1970 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

John Hiller Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#12 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
John Frederick Hiller
Nickname:
None
Born On:
04-08-1943  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
09-06-1965 (Age 22)
Last Game:
05-27-1980
Draft:
Not Applicable

John Hiller

John Hiller Pitching Stats

1965 22 Tigers 5 0 2 0 0 .000 0.00 0 0 1 6.0 23 5 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 -
1966 23 Tigers 1 0 1 0 0 .000 9.00 0 0 0 2.0 10 2 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 -
1967 24 Tigers 23 6 11 4 3 .571 2.63 2 2 3 65.0 256 57 19 20 4 9 0 49 0 0 0 -
1968 25 Tigers 39 12 13 9 6 .600 2.39 4 1 2 128.0 518 92 34 37 9 51 4 78 2 0 0 -
1969 26 Tigers 40 8 13 4 4 .500 3.99 1 1 4 99.1 431 97 44 50 13 44 2 74 3 1 0 -
1970 27 Tigers 47 5 18 6 6 .500 3.03 1 1 3 104.0 432 82 35 39 12 46 4 89 3 2 0 -
1972 29 Tigers 24 3 8 1 2 .333 2.03 1 0 3 44.1 186 39 10 13 4 13 2 26 2 3 0 -
1973 30 Tigers 65 0 60 10 5 .667 1.44 0 0 38 125.1 498 89 20 21 7 39 7 124 1 0 0 -
1974 31 Tigers 59 0 52 17 14 .548 2.64 0 0 13 150.0 633 127 44 51 10 62 19 134 7 3 0 -
1975 32 Tigers 36 0 34 2 3 .400 2.17 0 0 14 70.2 295 52 17 20 6 36 4 87 1 0 0 -
1976 33 Tigers 56 1 46 12 8 .600 2.38 1 1 13 121.0 510 93 32 37 7 67 9 117 6 2 0 -
1977 34 Tigers 45 8 27 8 14 .364 3.56 3 0 7 124.0 539 120 49 59 15 61 8 115 6 1 0 -
1978 35 Tigers 51 0 46 9 4 .692 2.34 0 0 15 92.1 363 64 24 27 6 35 4 74 3 0 0 -
1979 36 Tigers 43 0 30 4 7 .364 5.22 0 0 9 79.1 372 83 46 47 14 55 7 46 4 0 0 -
1980 37 Tigers 11 0 2 1 0 1.000 4.40 0 0 0 30.2 140 38 15 15 3 14 1 18 1 0 1 -
15 Years 545 43 363 87 76 .534 2.83 13 6 125 1,242.0 5,206 1,040 391 438 110 535 71 1,036 39 12 1 -

John Hiller

John Hiller Hitting Stats

1965 22 Tigers 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1966 23 Tigers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1967 24 Tigers 23 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 .133 .188 .133
1968 25 Tigers 39 37 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 14 0 0 0 1 .081 .081 .081
1969 26 Tigers 41 21 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 .286 .318 .333
1970 27 Tigers 47 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 1 0 0 0 .000 .042 .000
1972 29 Tigers 24 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1973 30 Tigers 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 31 Tigers 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 32 Tigers 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 33 Tigers 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 34 Tigers 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 35 Tigers 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 36 Tigers 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 37 Tigers 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
15 Years 546 101 2 11 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 34 4 0 0 1 .109 .135 .119

John Hiller

John Hiller Fielding Stats

1965 Tigers P 5 0 18 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1966 Tigers P 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1967 Tigers P 23 6 195 14 0.6 13 4 9 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.80
1968 Tigers P 39 12 384 27 0.7 27 12 15 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.90
1969 Tigers P 40 8 298 14 0.4 13 2 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.18
1970 Tigers P 47 5 312 13 0.3 13 3 10 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1972 Tigers P 24 3 133 10 0.4 10 1 9 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.03
1973 Tigers P 65 0 376 25 0.4 24 8 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .960 1.72
1974 Tigers P 59 0 450 14 0.2 13 2 11 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 0.78
1975 Tigers P 36 0 212 9 0.3 9 1 8 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.15
1976 Tigers P 56 1 363 16 0.3 15 2 13 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.12
1977 Tigers P 45 8 372 17 0.4 15 4 11 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .882 1.09
1978 Tigers P 51 0 277 10 0.2 10 1 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.97
1979 Tigers P 43 0 238 14 0.3 14 4 10 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1980 Tigers P 11 0 92 6 0.5 5 1 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 1.47
P Totals 545 43 3,726 189 0.3 181 45 136 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.31
15 Years 545 43 3,726 189 0.3 181 45 136 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.31

John Hiller

John Hiller Miscellaneous Stats

1965 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.00 6.00 1.50
1966 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 4.50 9.00
1967 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 7.5 5.44 6.78 1.25
1968 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 18.5 1.53 5.48 3.59
1969 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 1.68 6.70 3.99
1970 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 1.93 7.70 3.98
1972 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 2.00 5.28 2.64
1973 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.18 8.90 2.80
1974 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.16 8.04 3.72
1975 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.42 11.08 4.58
1976 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.75 8.70 4.98
1977 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.89 8.35 4.43
1978 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.11 7.21 3.41
1979 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.84 5.22 6.24
1980 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.29 5.28 4.11
15 Years 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 3.0 25.3 1.94 7.51 3.88

John Hiller

John Hiller Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 Detroit Tigers 39 $3,000.00 - -
1966 Detroit Tigers 39 $3,500.00 - -
1967 Detroit Tigers 18 $6,000.00 - -
1968 Detroit Tigers 18 $12,000.00 - Stats
1969 Detroit Tigers 18 $14,000.00 - -
1970 Detroit Tigers 18 $17,000.00 - -
1972 Detroit Tigers 18 $20,000.00 - -
1973 Detroit Tigers 18 $25,000.00 - -
1974 Detroit Tigers 18 $50,000.00 Stats -
1975 Detroit Tigers 18 $72,000.00 - -
1976 Detroit Tigers 18 $82,500.00 - -
1977 Detroit Tigers 18 $90,000.00 - -
1978 Detroit Tigers 18 $90,000.00 - -
1979 Detroit Tigers 18 Undetermined - -
1980 Detroit Tigers 18 Undetermined - -
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In 1964, Dick Radatz won sixteen games setting a new American League record for wins in a season by a relief pitcher . Ten years later, John Hiller won seventeen games in relief, a record that was tied once, by Bill Campbell in 1976, but never broken through today.

The National League record (which is also the Major League record ) was set in 1959, by Pittsburgh Pirates righty Roy Face , who won eighteen games in relief.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame opened their doors in 1983. In 1985, John Hiller was one of three players enshrined along with Dick Fowler and Ron Taylor .

John Hiller. Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Biography ( Source ). Their bio reads:

Recommended to scout Cy Williams by Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Prentice, John Hiller inked a deal with the Detroit Tigers in 1962. After serving primarily as a starting pitcher in the minors, the Canadian southpaw established himself as a reliable reliever with the Tigers 1968 World Championship .

In January 1971, Hiller, just 27 at the time, would suffer a massive heart attack. Doctors told him he would never pitch again, but the stubborn Canuck was determined to return. His hard work would finally pay off when he was cleared to return to the mound in June 1972. Any lingering questions about his stamina were laid to rest in 1973 when he pitched in 65 games, notched 10 wins, posted a miniscule 1.44 ERA and recorded 38 saves (a major league record at the time). For what is still recognized as one of the greatest seasons ever by a relief pitcher, Hiller was named American League Fireman of the Year and finished fourth in both the Cy Young and MVP voting.

A member of the All-Time Detroit Tigers’ All-Star Team, Hiller would toe the big league rubber for 15 seasons, registering 87 victories, 125 saves and a career ERA of 2.83. He struck out 1,036 batters in his career – a feat that ranks him third amongst Canadian hurlers, behind Fergie Jenkins and Ryan Dempster .

John Hiller, Heart Attack
John Hiller | Guy With Heart | Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, PA) | June 26, 1973 | Page 13
Did you know that two years after John Hiller had a heart attack, he became a full-time closer and saved a Major League record 38 games, breaking the mark of 37 set by Clay Carroll in 1972? Hiller held the Major League mark from 1973 through 1982, until Dan Quisenberry saved 45 games in 1983.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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