The New York Mets acquired Mickey Lolich from the Detroit Tigers along with Billy Baldwin in exchange for Rusty Staub and Bill Laxton on December 12, 1975. The Mets thought they were getting an All-Star pitcher who had won 207 games over the previous 13 seasons including a 25 win season in 1971. Lolich was also a former World Series hero who helped the Tigers win the championship in 1968 by throwing three complete game victories. Unfortunately, what they got was a pitcher on the downside of his career.
Mickey Lolich lost his first three games with the Mets to start the 1976 season before recording his first win, a complete game victory over the Atlanta Braves on April 26th. At times Lolich showed glimpses of his former All-Star self throwing a two hit compete game shutout on June 29th against the Cardinals and a three-hit shutout against the Braves on July 18th. But for the most part he struggled throughout the season finishing with an 8-13 record with 3.22 ERA in 192 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Following the season Mickey Lolich retired from baseball. But after sitting out the 1977 season he returned to pitch two seasons for the San Diego Padres.
While with the Mets Lolich wore number 29.
Mickey Lolich also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1963-1975
San Diego Padres – 1977,1978