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Charles Walter Terrell

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Righthanded pitcher Walt Terrell played more than a decade in the majors and found his greatest success with the Detroit Tigers.

After attending Morehead State University, Terrell was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 33rd round of the 1980 amateur draft. Prior to the 1982 season, he was traded along with Ron Darling to the New York Mets for Lee Mazzilli, and he earned a September callup with the club, making three starts. The next summer, he went 10-1 in a dozen starts for the AAA Tidewater Tides and was named International League Pitcher of the Year. By June, he had joined the Mets rotation and was 8-8 in 21 appearances. He also showed some pop at the plate, hitting a pair of homers in an August 6th game against the Chicago Cubs.

After winning 11 games for the Mets in 1984, Terrell was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Howard Johnson. Johnson helped the Mets to the 1986 World Series, but Terrell joined Jack Morris as one of the anchors of the Tigers rotation. He won 15 games in each of his first two seasons in Detroit and went on to notch 17 victories in 1987 as the Tigers won the AL East title.

Terrell began 1988 on the disabled list with an ankle injury and struggled somewhat that summer, going 7-16 despite an ERA just below 4.00. After the season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres, and after going 5-13 in 19 starts, was dealt to the New York Yankees in July. Following that campaign, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the club released him in the middle of the 1990 season after he went 2-7 for them. He was then re-signed by the Tigers, for whom he spent the last two and a half years of his big league career.

Terrell was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

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