The Mets acquired right-handed reliever Ed Bauta from the St. Louis Cardinals on August 5, 1963 in exchange for pitcher Ken MacKenzie. Bauta made his Met debut on August 11 against the Chicago Cubs pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief. Bauta entered the game in the first inning and allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in a game the Mets would lose 8-1. Bauta would go on to appear in 9 games for the Mets in 1963 pitching 19 innings and posting a 0-0 record and 5.21 ERA.
Bauta started the season with the Mets in 1964 and appeared in 8 games before being demoted to the minors in the middle of May. He posted a 0-2 record with a 5.40 ERA. He also had the distinction of being the losing the pitcher in the first game the Mets played at Shea Stadium.
In 17 career games for the Mets Bauta posted an 0-2 record with 5.28 ERA.
1964 would be Bauta’s last season in the majors, but he did stay with the Mets organization. He pitched in the Mets minor league system through 1968.
While with the Mets Bauta wore number 19 in 1963 and 38 in 1964.
Ed Bauta also played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1960-1963.