Happy Birthday, Jerry Don Gleaton

Gleaton Jerry DonOn April 2, 1990, the Kansas City Royals traded Jerry Don Gleaton to the Detroit Tigers for minor leaguer Greg Everson.

Gleaton pitched for the Tigers in 1990 and ’91 as a lefty specialist and based on his workload (as I remember it and according to Baseball-Reference.com), he was one of Sparky’s go-to relievers. He appeared in 104 games for Detroit and notched a 4-5 record and 15 saves.

After the 1991 season he became a free agent and eventually signed with the Royals, but was released in April ’92. His last big-league job was with the ’92 Pirates where he was anything but spectacular: 1-0, 4.26, 34 hits in 31 innings.

Jerry Don Gleaton, another in our collection of obscure Tigers, turns 51 today.