John Frederick Hiller (born April 8, 1943) is a former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers. His nickname was ratso. After suffering a heart attack in 1971, he returned to the team and recorded 38 saves in 1973 – a major league record until 1983, and a team record until 2000. He also set an American League record by winning 17 games in relief in 1974. His 125 career saves ranked fourth in AL history and were the seventh most among all left-handers when he retired, and stood as a team record until 1993. His 545 career games pitched ranked ninth among AL left-handers at the end of his career, and remain the franchise record.
By Dean Hanley
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