Birthday Wishes

Clyde Wright turns 68 today. 

Wright is one of the best left-handers in Angel history (along with Frank Tanana and Chuck Finley), holding the record for Angel wins in a season by a southpaw with 22 (tying Nolan Ryan‘s all-time franchise mark). 

He pitched the first ever no-hitter at the stadium, helping to make him an Angel legend, a status that he enjoys to this day. 

Were it not for Dean Chance‘s amazing, stand-alone 1964 season, Wright’s 1970 campaign could be, arguably, the greatest pitching year in team history (with Tanana’s 1977 and Finley’s 1990 perhaps better).

In an organization where history can sometimes be hard to come by, Clyde stands as a living legend. 

Happy Birthday, Skeeter!

[Update – In a bit of serendipitous convergence, Wright also appears today over at Halos Heaven, at #32 in their countdown of the Top 100 Angels.  Welcome Halos Heaven readers.]

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3 responses to “Birthday Wishes

  1. eerie coincidence: Wright’s appearance on our Top 100 Angel Countdown at HH just appeared.

  2. Bill A'Hearn

    Happy Birthday Skeeter (or as they called him in Japan – “Crazy Wright”)! His no-hitter occurred on my 12th birthday, maybe that’s why he’s my favorite Angel pitcher.

  3. Bill in S.G.

    Happy Birthday Skeeter (or “Crazy Wright” as he’s known in Japan). His no-hitter made for a great 12th birthday, which might explain why he’s my favorite Angel pitcher.

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