Fred Gladding - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Aug 17, 1967:Traded Eddie Mathews(IF) to Det-A for Fred Gladding(P) and cash. Houston received Gladding on Nov 22
Oct 9, 1973:Released Fred Gladding(P)

This Date in Astros History

Aug 17, 1967:Dave Giusti twirls an eight-hit shutout over the Dodgers, 4-0. A bases-loaded double by Ron Davis is the key blow. Houston deals first baseman Eddie Mathews to Detroit, eventually receiving reliever Fred Gladding and cash (not Norm) in return.
Nov 22, 1967:Astros receive pitcher Fred Gladding to complete the trade with Detroit for Eddie Mathews. The reliever compiles a 22-23 record with 76 saves over the next six years in Houston.
May 8, 1969:Houston storms back from a 6-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to upend the Phillies, 7-6, at Connie Mack Stadium. Jesus Alou has a big night, driving in two runs with a double then producing an RBI single in the two rallies. Johnny Edwards' two-run single is the game-winner. Fred Gladding quells a Philadelphia threat to save the game for Jack Billingham.
Jul 30, 1969:Denis Menke and Jim Wynn launch grand slams in the same inning as the Astros crush the Mets, 16-3 and 11-5 in a twinbill at Shea Stadium . The double slam was the first National League occurance in 79 years. So hot were Houston's bats that Larry Dierker took Nolan Ryan deep in the nightcap and Fred Gladding broke an oh-for-the-decade slump with a bloop single for the only hit in his career.
Apr 7, 1970:Pitcher Larry Dierker orders pinch-hitter Norm Miller to belt a homer as he's leaving the game. Miller delivers with a three-run shot off Gaylord Perry to key an 8-5 Opening Day win at San Francisco. Dierker picks up the victory while Fred Gladding earns the save.
May 24, 1970:Astros erupt for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to surprise the Reds, 10-7. Denis Menke has two hits in the inning and four in the game. Jesus Alou drives in three. Jack DiLauro saves it for Fred Gladding.
Jun 20, 1970:19-Year-old Cesar Cedeno makes his major league debut in a 9-6 triumph over the Braves. He singles twice off George Stone as Houston builds an early lead. Homers by Johnny Edwards and Bob Watson appear to put the game away but Atlanta makes a furious rally which ends only when Fred Gladding fans Bob Aspromonte with two aboard for the final out.
Aug 15, 1970:Don Wilson hurls a 16-hitter during a 7-3 victory in Montreal. That's no typo. Wilson caps a five-run first inning with an RBI single and this lead lets him stay in the game as he dodges Montreal's bullets all day. Fred Gladding is summoned to get the final out after Wilson allows three straight hits with two out in the ninth.
Jun 1, 1971:Jesus Alou and Cesar Cedeno smash four hits apiece and drive in three runs each to spark a 7-6 win in Atlanta. Fred Gladding takes the save after the Braves rally for the final four runs.
Aug 4, 1972:Lee May tags Juan Marichal for two solo homers while Johnny Edwards adds another during a 6-0 whitewash at San Francisco. Jerry Reuss and Fred Gladding share shutout honors with Gladding contributing a sacrifice fly for the game's final run as well as earning the save.
Sep 17, 1972:Lee May and Cesar Cedeno drive in five runs apiece as Houston storms back to win a 15-11 slugfest over the Dodgers. A four-run seventh overcomes a 10-8 Los Angeles lead then May ices it with a three-run double. Fred Gladding calms the chaos for his 17th save.
Apr 28, 1973:Doug Rader and Jim Wynn blast homers off Montreal's Steve Renko as part of a five-run seventh inning that stops the Expos, 5-3. Fred Gladding picks up the win.