The Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Frank Lary from the Detroit Tigers on May 30, 1964. The former All-Star made his Met debut the following day pitching two innings of scoreless relief in what at the time was the longest game in Mets history. The game which the Mets lost 8-6 was the second game of a doubleheader and lasted 23 innings. Lary would go on to pitch in 13 games for the Mets splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He won 2 and lost 3 while posting a 4.55 ERA.
Following a two-hit shutout victory on July 31st against the Houston Colt 45’s the Mets traded Lary to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for reliever Dennis Ribant. He finished out the season with the Braves only to return to the Mets when they purchased his contract during the off-season.
Lary pitched in 14 games for the Mets in 1965, once again splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. He posted a 1-3 record with 2.98 ERA. His one victory came on May 24 against the Philadelphia Phillies when he allowed 1 run and 3 hits over 8 innings.
The Mets once again traded Lary in the middle of the season, this time to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jimmie Schaffer. He finished out the year with the White Sox before retiring following the season.
Overall Frank Lary pitched in 27 games for the Mets over two seasons and posted a 3-6 record with a 3.77 ERA.
While with the Mets Frank Lary wore number 17.
Frank Lary also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1954-1964
Milwaukee Braves – 1964
Chicago White Sox – 1965