Fred Talbot

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Frederick Lealand Talbot

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Fred Talbot pitched eight seasons in the majors, all in the American League.

Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox, Talbot began his pro career in 1959. The next season, with the Idaho Falls Russets, he went 16-8 and led the Pioneer League in wins. After going 18-6 with a 2.74 ERA for the Lynchburg White Sox in 1963, and this time leading the South Atlantic League in wins, he made his big league debut on September 28th, giving up 1 earned run in 3 innings of relief work against the Washington Senators. He won 10 games for Caguas to tie Juan Pizarro for the 1963-1964 Puerto Rican League lead in victories. After splitting 1964 between Chicago and the AAA Indianapolis Indians, he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics prior to the 1965 season. He had another big winter in Puerto Rico in 1964-1965; now with the Santurce Crabbers, he led the circuit with a 1.30 ERA.

Talbot had one career save. It was on September 11, 1969 against the Seattle Pilots as a member of the Oakland Athletics. He pitched the last 2 2/3 innings in a 6-3 win. Jim Nash was the winning pitcher. Talbot had played for the Pilots until just a few weeks before, having been traded on August 29th. He passed away in January 2013 at age 71 from what was only described as a long illness.

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