Former Carolina All-American pitcher Mike Cook made his major league debut, pitching for the California Angels. Cook, making his first start vs. the Chicago White Sox, pitched three innings, allowed four runs and unfortunately took the loss in his first appearance.
Cook registered some impressive pitching numbers in his career at USC. He was named an All-American in 1985 by Baseball America, posting a 16-2 record, with a tiny 1.91 ERA. He struck out 168 (tied, most ever) that year in only 141 innings, and tossed eight complete games. His 30 career wins rank tenth on the USC list, and his 313 strikeouts are the seventh-most in USC history.
After being a first-round pick by the Angels in the 1985 draft, he posted a 1-6 record with a 5.55 career ERA in five Major League seasons.