Louis Henry Kretlow
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Oklahoma, Central State University
- High School Putnam City High School
- Debut September 26, 1946
- Final Game September 23, 1956
- Born June 27, 1921 in Apache, OK USA
- Died September 12, 2007 in Enid, OK USA
Lou Kretlow pitched 12 seasons 1946 to 1957, ten in the Major Leagues and five in the minors.
Before professional baseball, he attended the University of Oklahoma (1941-1942) and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II (1943-1945) (GB). He pitched for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Athletics from 1946 to 1956, attending Central State University (1946-1947).
The Tigers gave Kretlow a $35,000 bonus to sign in January 1946, but he never managed more than a half-dozen wins in any of his ten Major League seasons. However, it's fair to note that Kretlow was half a starter and half a reliever, often finishing games but almost never in save situations. As an example, in 1953 he appeared in 31 games, starting 14 and finishing 9, with 0 saves and 1 victory.
After his baseball career, he owned an oil company and also became a golf pro. He once set a record for the longest golf hole-in-one, around 480 yards, on a course in Oklahoma.