Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1973: David Clyde made his pitching debut


On this day in 1973, the Rangers were desperately trying to sell seats.   
They were 54-100 in 1972.  The best player was an aging Frank Howard.    The roster included young guys like future AL MVP Jeff Burroughs and All Star Toby Harrah but they were not exciting anybody in North Texas.    
Enter David Clyde, a high school star from Houston.  
The good news is that David Clyde was a great high school baseball prospect.   The bad news is that he was rushed to the majors years ago:
“Twenty days after pitching his high school team to a state championship, Rangers’ rookie David Clyde pitches five innings, strikes out eight and allows just one hit in his first major league start as Texas defeats the Twins, 4-3. A crowd of 35,698 fans, the first sellout at Arlington Stadium, sees the debut of the 18 year-old phenom, $125,000 bonus baby.”
Clyde never developed into the major league pitcher that everyone predicted.   At the same time, he should have spent a couple of  years in the minors before pitching in the majors.   He wasn’t ready and it probably hurt his career.
He won 7 over a 2-year period.   He was eventually traded to Cleveland.  By the way, I saw him pitch with Cleveland against Baltimore in 1978 or 1979.   
Overall, a sad story.

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