Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell – His New York Mets Career 1962

wilmr-mizellWilmer Mizell, who was nicknamed Vinegar Bend after his hometown in Alabama, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Mets in exchange for Jim Marshall on the May 6, 1962.  He made his Met debut on May 12 and walked the only batter he faced in the Mets 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.  Three days later he started his first game as a Met and yielded 3 earned runs in 6 innings against the Chicago Cubs.  In his only other start on June 6 he gave up four runs over 2 2/3 innings.

The former All-Star right handed pitcher would appear in 17 games for the Mets, all but two out of the bullpen, before being released on August 4.  During his tenure with the Mets Mizell posted an 0-2 record with a 7.34 ERA.

Following his release Mizell retired from playing and embarked on a second career as a politician.

While with the Mets Mizell wore number 26.

Wilmer Mizell also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1952,1953,1956-1960
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1960-1962

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