Craig Anderson – His New York Mets Career 1962-1964

craig-andersonThe Mets selected right handed pitcher Craig Anderson from the St Louis Cardinals in the 1961 expansion draft.  He made his Met debut on April 14,1962 pitching 2 innings of scoreless relief during the 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Anderson would go on to pitch in 50 games as an original Met, the most of any pitcher in their inaugural season. On May 12th Anderson won both games of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Braves pushing his record to 3 and 1. Unfortunately it would be his last victory of the season as well as his career. Anderson would go on to lose his next 16 decisions in 1962 to finish with a 3 and 17 record and a 5.35 ERA.

Anderson spent the bulk of the next 2 seasons in the minors with the Mets Triple A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons, but did manage to make it back to the big leagues for 2 cups of coffee in 1963 and 1964. In 7 appearances over the 2 seasons he went 0 and 3. Craig Anderson made his last appearance as a Met on May 31, 1964 and would spend the next 2 seasons toiling in the minors for both the Mets and White Sox.

In 57 appearances for the Mets, 40 in relief, over 3 seasons Anderson posted a 3 and 20 record with a 5.56 ERA.

While with the Mets Anderson wore number 20 in 1962 and 1964 and number 29 in 1963.

Craig Anderson also played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961.


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