Rik Aalbert Blyleven
Born: April 6, 1951, Zeist, Netherlands,
Minnesota Twins (1970-76, 1985-88), Texas Rangers (1976-77), Pittsburgh Pirates (1978-80), Cleveland Indians (1981-85), California Angels (1989-90, 1992)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2011
This Day in Baseball History
On May 17, 1973, promising California Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg while trying to climb the wall in an effort to catch a long drive by Dick Green of the Oakland Athletics. The injury will sideline Valentine for the rest of the season and curtail his major league career.