Bill Wakefield – His New York Mets Career 1964

Bill WakefieldThe Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Bill Wakefield along with George Altman from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Roger Craig on November 4, 1963.  He made his Major League debut on April 18, 1964 when he pitched the final two innings in the Mets 9-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would go on to lead the team with 62 appearances for the season, all but 4 out of the bullpen.  He posted a 3-5 record with a 3.61 ERA.  His 62 appearances set the franchise record, a record that lasted until 1977 when Skip Lockwood appeared in 63 games.

He earned his first Major League win on June 2nd when he relieved Tracy Stallard in the first inning and pitched 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 7-4 win over the Houston Colt 45’s. 

1964 would be Wakefield’s only season the majors, though he did stay in the Mets organization.  He spent the 1965 and 66 seasons in the minors before retiring.

While with the Mets Wakefield wore number 43.

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