Thrown into the fire
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK •
JUNE 7, 1973
– This doesn’t happen very often anymore; 3 players chosen in the first
round of the major league draft on this date in 1973 went straight to the major
leagues. Number one pick
went from high school to the mound for the Texas Rangers. Outfielder
Dave Winfield went from the
Minnesota campus to the San Diego
Eddie Bane went from
to the Minnesota Twins as a pitcher. Another player from that draft,
Robin Yount, became a
regular major leaguer at 18
though he did not go straight to "The Show." He
became the regular Brewer shortstop the spring after he graduated from high
David Clyde won the first game he pitched for the Rangers in June of '73. Because of arm problems, however, his major league career was over before he was 25.
Dave Winfield was a highly sought after athlete. The same year he was drafted by Major League Baseball,
he was also drafted by the National Basketball Association and the National
Football League. He never played professional football or basketball, deciding
to stick with baseball. His major league career spanned 23 seasons, mostly with the San Diego
Padres and News York Yankees.
Eddie Bane went 14-4 while at
but he never quite got it together with the Twins, lasting just parts of 3 seasons.
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