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Boys of Arlington: The Legend of Pete Incaviglia (Part 1)

Editor’s note: In his latest installment of the Boys of Arlington, retired beat writer T.R. Sullivan looks back at the larger-than-life phenom Pete Incaviglia and the stir he created back in old Arlington Stadium.


In the history of old Arlington Stadium, there were two prospects who took on mythical, larger-than-life proportions before they even played one game for the Rangers.

One was David Clyde. We all know him, the kid from Houston who struck out 328 batters in 148 innings in high school and pitched five no-hitters. Three weeks after being the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft, he was on the mound at Arlington Stadium pitching for the Rangers.

The other?

Pete Incaviglia.

Oh yeah. Mythical? Larger than life? Yeah, that’s a pretty good description right there.

It was funny reading everything written about Wyatt Langford this spring in Rangers camp, and there is no doubt he is talented. He may end up being an All-Star, even a Hall of Famer. Who knows?

But the hype, the buildup, the sheer buzz created by one player out of spring training even before he stepped on a major-league field?

T.R. Sullivan

T.R. is a Military Brat and graduate of the University of San Francisco who retired in 2020 after a 40-year career with the Denison Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MLB.Com. He covered the Texas Rangers for 32 years.

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