Friday, August 1, 2008

Early Mets Memories: Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher was one of the starting stalwarts of the Mets staff from 1964 to 1967. During that time, he boasted won-loss records of 17-10, 24-8, 14-11, and 18-9. Okay, one thing: I've reversed those numbers to put the losses before the wins. Those 24 losses remain a tie for the most losses in a season. In 1966, he had his best year as a Met, with that 11-14 won-loss, and a miserly 3.68 ERA. Unfortunately, he had a sub-par year in '67, and was traded to the White Sox (where he had a very respectable 2.99 ERA in 180 innings pitched). Jack didn't get a chance to stick around and enjoy any of the successes that happened in 1969; he was 31 that year and players didn't have the specialized exercise regimen that allows them to keep going late into their 30s or even 40s. It would have been nice if he could have been a part of the pennant drive, especially if he could have brought some of them 2.99 ERA to the table.

Jack Fisher's Wikipedia article

Jack Fisher's stats at the Baseball Almanac

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