Monday, January 5, 2009


Yesterday's Daily Mets Quiz asked, what Mets pitcher opted to warm up from the bullpen mound at Shea, thus changing forever the way starting pitchers got loose before games?
The correct answer is c) Jack Fisher
At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, he was affectionately known as “Fat Jack.” And he appeared to eat innings as much as he did food, throwing 227 in 1964 and 253.2 in 1965. But warming up from a mound instead of flat ground before starts didn’t help Fisher much, who in 1964, Shea Stadium’s first year, went 10-17 with a 4.23 ERA. In 1965, went a woeful 8-24, then improved the next year to 11-14. But in 1967, he reverted to his losing ways, going 8-17.

The other options…

a) Roger Craig
The man who started the first game in Mets history piled up losses like they were going out of style in just two seasons, but never pitched at Shea as a Met. He led the Mets with 10 wins in 1962 – and in losses, with 24, a team record Mets fans hope will never be equaled or broken. Craig almost equaled his losses record in 1963, losing 22 games and winning only five.

b) Al Jackson
Mets legendary broadcaster Bob Murphy often referred to the 5-foot-10, 169-pound lefty as “Little Alvin Jackson.” He pitched for the Mets in both the Polo Grounds and Shea. After losing 20 games along with Craig in 1962, he won a career-high 13 games in 1963 en route to a respectable 13-17 season with a 3.96 ERA. In Jackson’s first season as a Met at Shea, he went 11-16, then the next year reverted to 20-game loser form, going 8-20. Jackson even returned to the Mets in the World Championship year of 1969, making nine relief appearances.

d)Warren Spahn
The Hall of Famer who started more games than any other lefty in Major League history was briefly a Met in 1965, after pitching for both the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. Spahn, who won 363 games, but by the time he wore the orange-and-blue was long past his prime, went just 4-12.

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