Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14

1986 Topps #447 - Jerry Don Gleaton

On this day in 1957, pitcher Jerry Don Gleaton was born.

Jerry was traded to the Chicago White Sox on June 27, 1984, from the Seattle Mariners, along with Gene Nelson for Salome Barojas. Gleaton hadn't played in the majors since 1982, but Jerry did decently enough in eleven games during the 1984 season for the Pale Hose, that he was with the parent club for the 1985 season.

Gleaton's pitching worsened during thirty-one games in the 1985 season. His ERA ballooned past five, even while primarily working as a left-handed specialist to only a few batters or less per game. Jerry spent all of 1986 with the AA affiliate Buffalo Bisons. Gleaton was selected by the Kansas City Royals through free agency after the 1986 season. With the exception of 1983 and 1986, Jerry spent 1979 through 1992 in the majors.

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