Terrell won 111 games during 11 years in the majors. He came up with the New York Mets in 1982 and was an 11-game winner for the team in 1984. The Mets dealt him to the Detroit Tigers at the end of 1984 and he would enjoy his best seasons with the team. Terrell was 15-10 with a 3.85 his first year in Detroit. He won 15 games again in 1986, then posted a career-high 17 wins in 1987. Terrell saw his win total fall to just seven, against 16 losses, in 1988 and was traded to the San Diego Padres in 1989. He made stops with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates before returning to the Tigers in 1990. Terrell won 12 games in 1991 but was less effective the following year, which would be his last in the big leagues. He spent 1993 pitching in AAA, then retired. His lifetime record was 111-124 with a 4.22 ERA.
Terrell’s first game was September 18, 1982 at Shea Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. He made the start for the Mets and pitched 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs in a losing effort.
On August 6, 1983, Terrell hit two home runs off Chicago Cub, and baseball Hall of Famer, Ferguson Jenkins to lead the Mets to a 4-1 win. He also pitched seven-and-a-third innings and allowed just one run to earn the win.
Walt Terrell – career stats