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Walt Terrell
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 276 of 1043 players
Charles Walter Terrell
Born: May 11, 1958 at Jeffersonville, Ind.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.02 Weight: 205

Walt Terrell was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 7, 2008, May 11, 2015, May 11, 2016, and May 12, 2016.


First Mets game: September 18, 1982
Last Mets game: September 29, 1984

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Phil Gimli-mead
Was a fine hitter in addition to being a pitcher. Hit a few homers and two in one game once.

January 22, 2001
ill never forget the game when walt hit thoose 2 2run home runs at wrigley field against hall of famer fergie jenkins on august 6th 1983.

August 30, 2001
I was at that game - 11 yrs old - and will never forget seeing Walt hit those dingers. If memory serves, both were first pitch taters. Impressive...

Larry Burns
June 5, 2002
A truly rare find in Metsland. Here is a guy who actually was part of 2 trades the Mets made, and they were both very good trades. We dumped pretty-boy, 1st base coaching Yankee Lee Mazzilli and got him and Ron Darling. Then we traded him to the Tigers to get Howard Johnson. Both winning trades. What is almost lost in all this is that Walt was a decent, if incredibly obese, major league pitcher. He had a decent career. He just was not overpowering. His contributions and the trades he was involved in helped turn the Mets around in the early 1980s.

June 13, 2002
I actually remember Walt as being a better than average pitcher. I saw him start a game April 28, 1985. It was a tie game until the 18th inning, and I ended up being late for my surprise 18th birthday party because I wouldn't leave. I will also always remember him for being the start of the Mets turning themselves around in the 1980's.

Mr. Sparkle
September 6, 2002
I always liked this guy although he wasn't here very long. Gotta love the 2 dingers in one game (I think it was Wrigley). I always thought of him as a bulldog, a real tough guy.He was part of 2 great trades. Fran Healy just made a comment that he went to college with and was friends with Phil Simms, which is pretty cool since Simms is my favorite football player.

December 30, 2002
Walt Terrible (as we called him) was the Jack Fisher of his day, a guy who gave you lots of innings even if you weren't too likely to win. He was one of the first players (along with Ed Lynch) to start the Mets' climb out of early 80's hell, though. A real tough competitor.

Anthony V
February 11, 2003
Walt Terrell is now a baseball coach at St. Henry District High School in Erlanger, Kentucky. He also maintains some sort of business involving vending machines.

October 3, 2003
The ultimate .500 pitcher. Always pitched just well enough to keep you in the game, but never quite well enough to put the other guys away. Can still hear The Murph, "Anotherrr gallant effort from Walt Terrell."

Logan Swanson
August 27, 2005
Yes, Walt was part of a good trade: the one where the Mets dumped Mazzilli and got him and Darling. And Walt was part of a bad trade: the one where they swapped him for Howard Johnson.

The Mets were rich in pitching, but Walt clocked in with 15-17 wins per year in his first 3 with Detroit. He was a rock; not injury prone, consumed innings like he, well, consumed food, and would have been a big help in 1987, when it seemed the entire Met staff was injured or in rehab.

As for Howard Johnson, the Mets were also deep at third base: with candidates Ray Knight, Dave Magadan, and Kevin Mitchell. So I would have kept Walt.

Gets by Buckner
October 29, 2010
I remember him hitting 2 home runs in the same game vs. the Cubbies (1983?)

Logan Swanson
November 20, 2013
I didn't like trading him for Johnson in 1984, and I don't like it now. Pitching is the hardest thing to find in the big leagues, and Terrell was a #3 starter on any team, a lock to win double digits, and the guy was a workhorse. The Mets had a glut on the left side of their infield at the end of 1984, with Hubie, Santana, and Knight, plus Mitchell and Magadan in the minors. It is true H. Johnson had 3 productive years for the Mets (1987-1989), but then there were other options by that point (Magadan/Jeffries). I'd rather have had Terrell in 1985/1986.

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