Do You Know Who This Guy Is?
Twenty-five years ago this week (July 7, 1988) the California Angels beat the Cleveland Indians in Municipal Stadium, 7-1, in front of 10,889 people.
Making his debut that day for the Angels was Terry Clark (La Puente High School Class of 1978) who went five innings, allowed just one earned run, walked none, and struck out one to get the win.
The right handed Clark would go on to win his first five starts, and pitch his only MLB complete game shutout on August 27th, at home, against the New York Yankees. Clark struck out five and allowed seven hits to a pinstripe line up that featured Don Mattingly, Ricky Henderson, Dave Winfield, Jack Clark, and Claudell Washington.
That first season would be the high point of Clark’s career. In a twenty year professional run Clark spent six seasons in the Bigs and compiled a 10-23 record while playing for the Angels, the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers.
Originally he was a 23rd round draft selection of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Mt. San Antonio College.
Currently he serves as a minor league pitching coach for the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League.