A son of Russian Jewish immigrants , a native of the Maxwell Street neighborhood of Chicago, Galatzer played portions of five seasons as an outfielder and occasional first baseman for the Cleveland Indians and, at the very end, the Cincinnati Reds. In his major-league debut on June 25, 1933, he drew four walks to tie an American League record that still stands today. In 1935 he had his most successful season, when he batted .301. On Aug. 26, 1936, he also had the opportunity to pitch in relief in a game where the Indians surrendered 11 runs to the Washington Senators in the first two innings. Over the final six frames of his one and only pitching performance, Galatzer surrendered just three runs on seven hits. His Indians’ teammate Bob Feller once said, “There may have been better ballplayers than Milt Galatzer, but there was never a better man.”
Playing for Terre Haute of the Three-I League in 1931, Milt hit .375 to win the league batting title.