Who is this former Mets pitcher?

Who am IThis ex-Mets pitcher appeared in exactly 162 games over an eight-year career. In fact, he appeared, disappeared, reappeared, disappeared and then reappeared again at the major league level. This might explain the pensive look on his face in this photograph.

Originally signed by the Detroit Tigers, he appeared in 11 games for the New York Mets, all in the same season. He got neither a win nor a loss but earned a 2.16 ERA in a little over 16 innings pitched. He even made an appearance in the 1969 post-season.

He was known more for his love of coffee and Lucky Strikes then he was for his palm ball. He never made an error at the major league level but once received a standing ovation for grounding out to third base.

5 comments for “Who is this former Mets pitcher?

  1. March 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Joe Grzenda

  2. Scott Tutshen
    March 31, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    It’s Jack DiLauro… right?

  3. JIMO
    March 31, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Dang it…you’re good. He has an interesting connection with the Nationals.

    He was on the mound when the Washington Senators fans stormed the filled and forced a last inning forfeit in their final home game. He kept the ball and then used that to throw the first pitch for the Nationals first home game.

    He also pitched in the 1969 AL championship series for the Twins.

  4. Jim OMalley
    March 31, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    No Charlie got it right away with Grzenda.

  5. Darren
    April 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Bob Rauch

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