#3 – Clyde Wright –
Many Angel fans may not know Clyde Wright. All I can say is you are missing out. Wright was a pitcher for the Angels in the late 60s and early 70s pitching alongside two of the best pitchers in Angel history in Dean Chance (he got the first Cy Young in club history) and Hall of Famer and No-Hit Machine Nolan Ryan. Wright had his moments for the Angels including throwing the first no-hitter in Angel Stadium history in July of 1970 and winning 22 games that season for the Angels.
Wright’s son Jaret pitched in the big leagues as well for Cleveland and Atlanta in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Clyde Wright became a liaison of sorts for the Angels and is still going strong at age 78 years young. If you sit inside the Angels Press Dining Room, Wright will always come in and stay for a few innings before heading out to check out how people in the suites are doing to see that things are okay with their experience.
I have had the great opportunity to speak with Clyde Wright on numerous occasions and have interviewed him twice both times for about 30 minutes because of his mesmerizing stories about everything baseball from back when he played up to present-day. Wright is definitely a Southern gentlemen and tells some of the best stories about baseball I have ever heard.
I told him my family Iives in the Nashville area one time and we had a 10-minute conversation about Tennessee, and the South. Since then he almost always asks me about how my father and mother are doing. He really loves working for the Angels and being a part of the organization. He is not afraid to give his opinion on anything baseball and it always very insightful. Wright would be a guy you would like to go out to a bar with or have over to your house for dinner. He is the genuine article and I always cherish the conversations about baseball I have had with him over the years. Clyde Wright is a Class Act all the way.