On this day in 1941 Clyde "Skeeter" Wright was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He was still there attending Carson-Newman College when the Angels selected him in the sixth round (107th overall pick) of the 1965 draft. One year later he made his big league debut, and pitched the first eight of his ten major league seasons for California.
Following the 1973 season, though, Wright was moved to Milwaukee as part of a nine player deal. Wright appeared in 38 games (32 starts) for the Brewers in 1974 and his 4.42 ERA was respectable, but somehow he managed to become the only player in franchise history to lose 20 games in a season. No player had lost more than 18 before, and none have since:
Following the season the Brewers traded Wright to Texas, where he appeared in 25 more games in 1975 before calling it a career. Clyde's son Jaret also pitched eleven major league seasons between 1997-2007 as a member of the Indians and four other teams.
Wright turns 71 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:
- 2003 Brewer Leo Estrella, who turns 37.
- 1953-54 Milwaukee Brave Jim Wilson, who would have turned 90.