A speedy base runner, Dan Gladden was highly regarded by sports fans for his hustling work habits. Playing with Phoenix AAA minors in 1983, the 26-year old batted .303, scored 113 runs, had 80 RBIs and set a team record with 50 stolen bases prior to being called up by the SF Giants in early September. A native of California, Dan Gladden had robust batting years in the minors starting in1979 with Fresno, and hit over .300 in 4 of 5 seasons, including 2 years with Shreveport, 1980-1981. Dan Gladden started 1984 with Phoenix and batted a red-hot .397 in 59 games before catching the eyes of Giants management and recalled up to San Francisco. He hit .374 in July and .364 in September, and, baseball fans were taking a look-see and were delighted to watch his hustling attitude. In 86 games, the 5 ft, 11 inch, 180 pound, long hair Dan Gladden hit a robust .351, including a streak of 38 consecutive games of reaching base and set a Giants rookie record with 31 stolen bases.
He opened 1985 with a .301 batting mark for April but his hitting fell off there-after for the rest of the season, .243 in 142. He did delight hometown fans with 32 stolen bases in 47 attempts. Batting leadoff in 1986 Dan Gladden hit .276 in 102 games, with a solid .357 on-base-pct., 16 doubles, 55 runs. Prior to spring training in 1987 Dan Gladden was traded to the Minnesota Twins, and batted .283 by All Star break. Bothered by leg injures he finished 1987 at .249 in 121 games. Then, batted .269 with 32 doubles, 91 runs in 1988, and .295 in 121 games in 1989. Due mainly to injuries Dan Gladden numbers fell to .275 in 1990 and .247 in 1991. In the 1991 ALCS vs Toronto Dan Gladden hit .261 in the 5-game series and .233 in the World Series against Atlanta. He had 3 hits in the final Game 7, including a double in the 10th inning, and scored the only run of the game on a single by pinch-hitter Gene Larkin, giving the Minnesota Twins the World Championship Crown. In December of 1991 Dan Gladden signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. In 1992 he hit .254 in 113 games, and .267 in 91 in 1992. Baseball Historian