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Farewell, Claudell Washington

Former Angels outfielder was 65 years old

Claudell Washinton prepares to bat Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Longtime major league outfielder Claudell Washington died on Wednesday at age 65.

Washington hit .278/.325/.420, a 106 OPS+ in 17 major league seasons, with 164 home runs, 334 doubles, and 1,884 hits, making two All-Star teams. He played for seven teams, including the Angels in the final two seasons of his career.

The Angels signed Washington to a three-year free agent contract in January 1989, and is one of 10 players in franchise history to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the team, doing so as a pinch hitter against White Sox pitcher Don Pall on April 4, 1989 in Anaheim.

Washington played mostly right field with the Angels, though played all over the outfield throughout his career, starting 284 games in left and 269 in center.

“I’m a jack of all trades,” Washington told the Los Angeles Times upon joining the Angels. “I’ll be ready to play wherever I’m positioned.”

He hit 13 home runs with a 111 OPS+ in 110 games in 1989, but after a 6-for-34 (.176) start in 1990, Washington was traded along with pitcher Rich Monteleone to the Yankees for outfielder Luis Polonia in April.

Washington’s baseball career also lives on forever in film, as part of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’ From Randy Miller of

His movie fame was hitting a foul ball during a Braves-Cubs game at Wrigley Field that was caught by the fictional hookey-playing, teenaged Bueller, who was played by actor Matthew Broderick. The foul ball was hit during a June 5, 1985 game in Chicago, but the filming of Broderick in the stands was from a Sept. 24, 1985 Cubs-Expos game.


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