The Kentucky tobacco farmer didn’t sign a pro contract until age 25. After only 12 minor league games, he started the 1966 season with Pittsburgh and hurled three consecutive shutouts. In his career, he threw four one-hitters. In 1972 he was 4-10 with the Phillies when he was sent to Detroit, where he went 10-3 to help the Tigers to a divisional title.
During his second stint with Montreal, he became a dependable reliever, racking up 24 wins and 46 saves in 1979-82. Modest and uncomplaining, Fryman pitched much of his career with severe arthritis in his elbow, yet stayed in the ML to age 43.