Paul John Click
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 200 lb.
- High School John Muir High School (Pasadena)
Paul Click spent nine years in the minor leagues, with a composite record of 65-59. He reached AAA at his peak.
He pitched four years in the California Angels chain. Click debuted in 1965 with the Quad Cities Angels, going 9-8 with a 2.44 ERA. With the same team in 1966, he fell to 1-2, 4.09 in 8 games, walking 26 in 33 innings. In 1967, Paul moved up to the San Jose Bees, where his record was 8-8, 3.62. Again repeating with a team, he was 10-4 with a 2.43 ERA, striking out 131 and allowing 92 hits in 122 IP. Had he qualified, he would have ranked third in the California League in ERA.
He then was selected by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft. He is mentioned briefly in Jim Bouton's bestselling book Ball Four (a diary of Bouton's 1969 season spent mostly with the Pilots); Click is referenced as a pitcher who gets hit on the back of the head by a line drive while pitching batting practice during spring training.
It is unclear what happened after that as The Sporting News lists Click as being assigned to the Portland Beavers, Seattle's AAA team. However, Click never appeared with Portland in 1969. Instead, he pitched that year for the co-op Elmira Pioneers, with Seattle not listed as providing any players. Click was 4-4 with one save and a 3.13 ERA in 19 games (12 starts) for Elmira.
In 1970, Click pitched for Portland (4-3, 4.16 in 24 games) and the Jacksonville Suns (2-0, 2.00 in 3 games). That December, he was dealt with Hank Allen and John Ryan to the Atlanta Braves for Bob Tillman.
Click spent 1971 with the Savannah Braves; his record was 10-11 with one save and a 3.49 ERA. In 170 innings, he allowed 147 hits and struck out 130. He was sixth in the Southern League part of the Dixie League in ERA. In 1972, Paul went 9-2 with 3 saves and a 3.67 ERA for Savannah and was also 5-6 with a 4.98 ERA for the Charros de Jalisco.
Click concluded his pitching career with the 1973 Richmond Braves, going 3-11 with a 5.40 ERA.