Terry Mathews, Former Major League Pitcher Dies At 47

Terry Mathews a pitcher with four major league teams died at 47 earlier this week. I had written a post at my website earlier this week about him being one of the players from central Louisiana area to be successful as a major league player.

The Dallas Morning News had an article about his death which stated that he had died in Menard, Louisiana, while that was the high school he graduated from. However the writer writing his article from the Rangers spring training camp in Arizona, wrote about Mathews making a start against Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe:


Mathews pitched for the Rangers, Marlins, Orioles and Royals in his eight year major league career compiling a 22-21 record and posted a 4.25 ERA.

Warren Hayes of the Alexandria Town Talk wrote this tribute about Mathews, which centers more on Mathews the person than the major league baseball player. The article includes a photo of the display board at Menard High School his alma mater, that is covered with cards memorializing Mathews.


Mathews may be gone but will never be forgotten.



Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Terry Mathews, Former Major League Pitcher Dies At 47”

  1. Always Sad When They Die So Young 😦
    My Grandfather (Dad’s Dad) Died At 49yo Of A Cerebral-Hemorrhage.
    Actually, The Men In My Fam ALMOST Always Die Young…
    …And Our Women Seem To Live On and On and On.

    Nice Little Tribute Piece, Sir.

    1. It was exciting to see him pitch on television. Juan Pierre had to be the best player ever to play in majors who went to high school in this area. Randy Jones played for the AA Alexandria Aces in the middle 70’s, then won a Cy Young Award with the Padres. Duke Snider managed here one year.

      Thanks for the comment,

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