Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1" , Weight: 180 lb.
Born: July 9, 1932 in Visalia, CA
Drafted 4th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Minnesota Twins in the 1960 expansion draft.
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Pitched 2 innings of relief giving up 2 walks and 2K at Boston April 15, 1961.
12 games in relief posting a record of 2 and 1 with 1 save and an ERA of 1.69.
Later traded by the Los Angeles Angels with Bob Cerv to the New York Yankees for Ryne Duren, Johnny James and Lee Thomas on May 8, 1961.
Before the 1953 season, Tex Clevenger was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox. In the minors that year, he went 16-2 for the San Jose Red Sox, which was good enough to earn him the 1953 California League MVP Award. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox the following season, going 2-4, 4.79 in 23 games. He was traded to the Washington Senators after the 1955 season, which he spent back in the minor leagues.
On May 11, 1958, he was involved in a highly unusual play, getting both the assist and the putout in retiring Yankee batter Elston Howard. Clevenger was hit by a line drive and the ball bounced off his leg into foul territory near first base. He then ran to cover the bag to receive the toss from 1B Norm Zauchin. On August 5, 1959, Clevenger ended an 18-game Senators losing streak by shutting out the Cleveland Indians 9-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Won two World Series with the New York Yankees in 1961 and 1962 but played in neither.