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Greg Garrett pitched 32 games for the California Angels in 1970 and then two more for the Cincinnati Reds in 1971.

Garrett was born in Central California in Atascadero, CA in 1947. Through 2010 the only other major leaguer born in Atascadero has been Terry Wilshusen, born two years later.

Greg went to Washington State University, which he attended at the same time as Rick Austin. Ron Cey was there the year after Greg left. Greg was signed as a free agent and began in the rookie league in 1967. He pitched in the organizations of four different major league teams, posting a minor league record of 27-25 from 1967 to 1972.

With the 1970 Angels, he got 10 starts and appeared in relief 22 other times, with an overall ERA of 2.65. The team ERA was 3.48. Greg was a year younger than teammate Andy Messersmith and two years older than Mickey Rivers.

He was then traded for Jim Maloney, a big pitching star whose career was nearly over. Maloney finished up his career with the 1971 Angels. As for Garrett, he appeared in two games with the 1971 Reds, giving up only one run in 8 2/3 innings in spite of 7 hits and 10 walks. He was a year older than teammate Johnny Bench.

He was the pitcher for Allan Lewis' only career home run when Lewis got a rare break from his pinch-running role to swing a bat.

After baseball he taught physical education and worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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