June 3 Golf Tourney to Support Age Well

By Riley McDavid   Riley McDavid

 

Former Angel and AL All Star Clyde Wright.

On June 3 Age Well will host the Clyde Wright Invitational Golf Tournament. But just who is this dude Clyde Wright?  (I use the term “dude” advisedly because it appears to be one of Clyde’s favorite words, as in, “That Blue Moon Odom, he is one goooood dude.”)

First there’s Clyde the big league pitcher.  He played for ten years, eight with the Angels, and one each the Brewers and the Rangers. In those ten years he pitched 67 complete games, a number unheard of in today’s game of middle relievers, set up men and closers.   He finished with a highly respectable career earned run average of 3.50.  His best season was 1970 when he had a 22-12 won-loss record, pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, and was named to the American League All Star team.

In his last three seasons, the designated hitter rule took the bat out of Clyde’s hands but in his first seven he was a better than average hitter for a pitcher.  He hit safely 69 times, including 17 doubles and four homers. His overall average was .183, and he hit over .200 in three of those seasons.

He later played for three years with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

Then there is Clyde Wright the retiree, who among other honors, is listed as one of the eight notable former residents of Jefferson City, Tennessee.  Today he runs a pitching school in Anaheim, does community outreach work for the Angels, and gives his time to charity events like the Clyde Wright Invitational. 

“The big thing when you retire is keeping in touch with all your buddies.” he said to Ken Goldenberg on Channel 6.  “You get to see them and tell stories, and every year the stories get a little longer and a little less believable.”

Clyde, the relaxed retiree, is quite willing to poke fun at himself.

“I’ve joined a select club by throwing a no-hitter,” Wright told Doug Miller of MLB.com. “I’ve also joined a select club by winning 20 games in a season.” But then he came back to earth. “I’ve also joined a select club by losing 20 games in a season. Not a lot of people can say they’ve done that.”

While waiting for the interview with Ken Goldenberg, another guest in the green room pointed out some historical trivia:  Clyde pitched the day the first man landed on the moon.

“Yeah, “ he said, “but she also reminded me that we lost that game, 8-3.”

The Clyde Wright Invitational

“I am a huge golf enthusiast and when I was asked by Age Well to put my name behind their golf tournament, I didn’t think twice,” he said. “At 70 now, I am a senior and I felt this was the perfect marriage. Aliso Viejo’s newly re-vamped 18-hole layout is a fun and challenging course. We have a great day planned and are looking for sponsors who are interested in putting their names behind one of the most important assets in our society, our seniors.” 

Wright isn’t the only retired pro athlete in the tournament. Twenty other NFL and MLB stars will be there as well, including Clyde’s son Jaret who had a standout ten-year big league pitching career. Among the others are Blue Moon Odom, Tommy Davis, Jay Johnstone, LeRoy Irvin, Marv Fleming, Rudy Law, Ricky Ellis, and more.

Foursomes are available for $1,100, including 18 holes of golf, plus cart, continental breakfast, box lunch, tee prizes, player bags with Angels hats, shirts, divot markers, sleeves of balls and more, along with the dinner buffet and opportunity to participate in an auction for valuable items.

Individual golfers can play for $300 each and will receive the same benefits. There is a special senior rate of $250 for single golfers age 55 or older and $1,000 for senior foursomes.

“We just want everyone to have fun so we have lots of special things planned,” Clyde says.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30. The event includes a hole-in-one contest, a closest to the pin contest, and a putting contest, plus a longest drive competition and opportunity prizes.

How to register

“We’re not hard to find when people want to play in our golf tournament,” Clyde says.

• Call Age Well at (949) 855-8033.

• Go to www.myagewell.org

Coming up on the Age Well Calendar:

Monday, June 3: Clyde Wright Invitational Golf Tournament. Benefiting Meals on Wheels and other Senior Services. 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at the Aliso Viejo Country Club. Golf plus continental breakfast, box lunch, buffet dinner, and prizes for contests.  For more info, call (949) 855-8033.

Saturday, June 29: Casino Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Clubhouse 5 in Laguna Woods Village. For $25, you get admission, $100 in play money, a bountiful snack table, and the opportunity to win some great raffle prizes. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Florence Sylvester Center, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses and the outstanding support of Saddleback Kiwanis. Tickets available at the door and at the Florence Sylvester Senior Center.

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