Bob Friend a former 4-time all-star pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates was purchased by the Mets from the New York Yankees on June 15, 1966. Friend made his Met debut on June 18th against the Cincinnati Reds. As the starting pitcher is threw 4 1/3 innings and earned a no-decision in the Mets 5-4 loss. He would finish out the season appearing in 22 games, 12 as a starter.
His first win as a Met came on June 24th against the Chicago Cubs, he pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed zero earned runs in the Mets 4-2 victory. From July 17-27, he won three straight decisions including a complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending World Champions.
Friend finished out the season with a 5-8 record with a 4.40 ERA. Following the season the Mets released Friend on October 17th ending his Major League career.
While with the Mets Friend wore number 20.
Bob Friend also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1952-1965
New York Yankees – 1966