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Garland Shifflett (1935)

Right-hander Garland Jessie Shifflett made ten appearances for the Twins in 1964. Born and raised in Elkton, Virginia, Shifflett signed with Washington as a free agent in 1955. He pitched very well in the low minors, and in 1957 was jumped from Class A to the majors for a few weeks from late April through early May. He wasn't ready, posting a 10.12 ERA in eight innings (six games), but had a good year at Class A Charlotte. Shifflett was back in the minors in 1958, again mostly at Charlotte, although he made eight appearances in AA. Something apparently happened after that--it's not clear what, but Shifflett appeared in only nine games from 1959-1961, all nine of them in 1960. A starter prior to 1959, he was used in the bullpen upon his return in 1962. He pitched very well in relief in Charlotte from 1962-1963 (in 1963 Charlotte became a AA city). He apparently developed a knuckleball in 1963. He spent about three weeks in the majors in June of 1964, but was in Charlotte the rest of the season. Altogether, he pitched in Charlotte for most of eleven seasons: 1956-1958, 1960, and 1962-1968. He began pitching in the minors in 1955, but other than three games in 1960 he did not pitch in AAA until 1969, when he pitched for Denver. After the 1970 season, having pitched in the Washington/Minnesota organization his entire career, Shifflett finally moved on, pitching in the Washington/Texas organization for 1971 and 1972, winning the American Association's Pitcher of the Year award in 1971, before his playing career ended. For his major league career, he was 0-2, 6.31 in 16 appearances, one of them a start. In sixteen minor league seasons, he went 144-117, 3.14 in 707 games, at least 155 of them starts (figures are incomplete for a couple of years). He posted a 1.28 WHIP in 2,173 minor league innings. After leaving baseball, Garland Shifflett became a warehouseman for the Coors Brewing Company, and at last report was living in Lakewood, Colorado.
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