Do You Know Who This Guy Is?
May 23, 2013 • 1,016 views
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On this date 47 years ago (5/22/1966) this guy had a rough day. Former Arroyo Knight Jackie Warner came to the plate four times and struck out three times in the California Angels 6-2 loss to the Washington Senators at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
Warner, a 22 year old outfielder, played in 45 games for the Halos in his only MLB season. Hitting seven home runs in 123 at-bats.
On the field for the Angels that day were Bobby Knoop, Rick Reichardt (who homered), Joe Adcock (who homered), Jose Cardenal, and Jim Fregosi. Former Dodger lumber man Frank Howard banged out a pair of hits and Rbis for the Senators.
Two months later Warner was sent down to Seattle and in 1967 was traded to Kansas City and never made it back to the Majors. His final minor league season was in 1969 at Oklahoma City (Houston Astros) where he hit 12 home runs. His career numbers in the minors are .246 batting average, 115 home runs, 235 Rbis. He also appeared brief playing organized ball in Mexico in 1971.
Of note? Warner remains the only player from Arroyo High School to ever appear in a MLB game. Several have played professionally, Cameron Copping (Arroyo ’08) is currently pitching in the Seattle Mariners chain after playing college ball at the University of Buffalo.
Still after 47 years, Warner is the lone Knight to make the bigs.