Tuesday, October 6, 2009

John Hiller (#257)

In person at the All-Star Fanfest in 1991. He was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers for his entire career, from 1965 to 1985. John broke in with the team in 1965, but didn't see substantial play until 1967 when he appeared in 23 games. He pitched in 39 games for the 1968 pennant winners, posting a 9-6 record with 2 saves and a 2.39 earned run average. He had two unsuccessful relief appearances in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching the last two innings in the 7-3 Game 3 loss and facing five batters without recording an out in Game 4, a 10-1 loss.

After suffering a heart attack in 1971, he returned to the team and recorded 38 saves in 1973 – a major league record until 1983, and a team record until 2000.

* All-Star selection (1974)
* World Series champion (1968)
* 1973 Hutch Award
* 1973 AL Comeback Player of the Year
Win–Loss record 87–76
Earned run average 2.83
Strikeouts 1,036
Saves 125

Being a Canadian born player, was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, and into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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