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Mike Hedlund
Pitcher
Born: (1946-08-11) August 11, 1946 (age 74)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 1965 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1972 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record 25-24
Earned Run Average 3.56
Strikeouts 211
Teams
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Career highlights and awards

Michael David Hedlund (born August 11, 1946) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for six seasons. He played for the Cleveland Indians in 1965 and 1968 and the Kansas City Royals from 1969 to 1972.

Cleveland Indians

Hedlund was born in Dallas, Texas, and signed as an amateur free agent with the Cleveland Indians upon graduation from Arlington High School in

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He returned to the majors in

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Kansas City Royals

Hedlund went 3–6 with a 3.24 earned run average during the Royals' inaugural season. Used as both a starter and relief pitcher, he was far more effective out of the bullpen, posting a 1.69 ERA and earning two saves. His finest start came on September 18 when he held the Oakland Athletics to just one run, and struck out eight to earn the complete game victory.[2]

After the season, Hedlund pitched for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. He set a league record by not allowing an earned run for the first 53 innings he pitched,[3] and finishing with a 0.75 ERA. While in Venezuela, Hedlund would contract the Hong Kong flu and bronchitis, causing him to lose thirty pounds. But he recovered and served as a reinforcement for the Navegantes del Magallanes, eventual champions of the 1970 Caribbean Series.

Hedlund began the

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Hedlund started

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Minor leagues

The Indians intended to use Hedlund as a long reliever and spot starter, but he failed to make the club out of Spring training. He spent the entire

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Sources

  1. ^ "Boston Red Sox 15, Cleveland Indians 8". Baseball-Reference.com. May 8, 1965. 
  2. ^ "Kansas City Royals 6, Oakland A's 1". Baseball-Reference.com. September 18, 1969. 
  3. ^ Peter C. Bjarkman (February 28, 2005). Diamonds Around The Globe: The Encyclopedia Of International Baseball. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 545. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Greatest Royals of All-Time: #88 Mike Hedlund". Royals Retrospective. June 3, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Overnight Sports in Brief". Reading Eagle. November 3, 1972. 

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