Happy Baseball Birthday to former big league pitcher Fred Scherman, who turns 70 today.
The former Tigers, Astros, and Expos pitcher was born on July 25, I 944, in Dayton, Ohio.
Fred played high school baseball for Fairview HS, then for the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten before signing with the Minnesota Twins as a amateur free agent in 1964.
Later in '64 Scherman was drafted from the Twins system by the Tigers in the 1st Year MLB Player Draft.
Fred made his big league debut for Detroit on April 26, 1969, at the age of 24.
Fred pitched for the Tigers until 1973, including the American League Eastern Division Championship team of '72.
Fred's best season in the big leagues was 1971 with the Tigers.
In 69 games Scherman compiled a 11-6 record, 2.71 ERA, 20 saves, in 113 innings pitched.
Scherman forever put his name in baseball history, albeit fir a bad thing, when on September 13, 1971 he surrendered future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson's 500th home run.
Scherman was traded by the Tigers after the '73 season to the Astros, and was then purchased from Houston by the Montreal Expos on June 8, 1975.
Fred's final big league game came as an Expos pitcher on July 6, 1976, at the age of 31.
His 1972 Topps baseball card below us a photo I took of one if my Fred Sherman cards I have.
Happy Baseball Birthday Fred.