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Fred Klages

Baseball ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

After a brilliant career as a football, basketball, and baseball star at Ambridge High School, Fred Klages went on to a nine year professional baseball career that included stints in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators. His high school prowess as a fullback and end earned him 33 college scholarship football offers. Fred initially accepted an offer from the University of Tennessee in 1962 but changed his mind and signed a baseball contract with the White Sox. Fredís pitching talent caught the eyes of pro baseball scouts when he led the American Legion team to the state American Legion baseball title in 1961. He beat Scranton, 7-2, with a three hitter in the title game. Starting in 1962, Fred saw minor league action with the Harlan (KY) team in the Appalachian League and later Lynchburg (VA). In 1966, he pitched for Indianapolis in the AAA International League and was called up by the White Sox in September. He started the 1967 season at Indianapolis but was called up again by the Sox in June. On August 23, with Chicago in the thick of a pennant race, he pitched a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees. After pitching for the Hawaii and Tucson the next two seasons, Fred was traded to the Washington Senators, where he pitched briefly and then was released, ending his professional baseball career. Fred then served as part owner and president of Titan Plastic Pipe International of Conroe, Texas.