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Former phenom David Clyde arrested for DUI

Dec 11, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

David Clyde

David Clyde was famous for making his major league debut weeks after his high school career ended after the Rangers took him first in the 1973 draft.  He flamed out due to lack of control, both pitching-wise and self-wise. His quote in an interview back in the 90s:

“I thought nothing of having a few drinks after the game — that was the way things went. But I really wasn’t an alcoholic. Yeah, I did party a little too much at times, I’ll admit to that. But I thought it was just the major-league lifestyle.”

Sadly, the bottle is still a problem for Clyde. From the Houston Press:

David Eugene Clyde, one of baseball’s great “What if?” stories, was arrested for DWI this weekend in Harris County.

Clyde is 57 now and this is his first offense. So, normally, this wouldn’t be of any notice to anyone other than close family members and maybe his employer.  But when you’re a famous phenom cum cautionary tale like David Clyde, people are going to notice these things for the rest of your life.

  1. stex52 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Sad story. And a case of gross malpractice by the Rangers’ organization (if you could develop a criterion for such things.) Texas Monthly made the case about 20 years back that he saved the Rangers’ organization in MLB, and in exchange was never developed properly and then discarded.

    • Mike Luna - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Owner Bob Short wanted to sell tickets. Clyde essentially became a circus freak show act and his career was ruined as a result. Sad story, but you could expect nothing less from Mr. Short.

      What a scumbag.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    DWI? Dwiving Wunde Influence? Was Elmer Fudd the arresting officer?

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I guess it’s good either way, I still like to think it was Elmer Fudd.

    • rje49 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Driving While Intoxicated.
      Different states use different terms.

    • buddysguys - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      thats a DUI…DWI is a different ball game

    • oldpaddy - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Mass uses OUI.

      • stex52 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        As opposed to “non”? I always tried to get the girls to say “oui”.

  3. kkolchak - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Dude was the anti-Strasburg in terms of how he was handled. No way a team today would act so recklessly with someone who had such phenomenal talent.

    • stex52 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      I hope not. It was almost criminal. He was an 18 year old kid in the hands of an organization that should have known better.

  4. historiophiliac - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    In the Country Music Hall of Fame, Clyde = Randy Travis….ok, maybe not that bad.

  5. 1historian - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    “When you’re a famous phenom cum cautionary tale like David Clyde, people are going to notice things like this for the rest of your life.”


    Craig – you were sniffing around for something to write about and you picked up on this and knowing that making this a big deal is a slimy move even by YOUR standards, you used that last sentence as an excuse.

    The guy is 57 years old and it is his first offense.

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