Gary Thurman spent eight seasons as a backup outfielder/pinch hitter for the Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners before the Mets signed him as a free agent on December 20, 1995. After spending the entire 1996 season with the Norfolk Tides, the Mets Triple A minor league affiliate, he finally made his Mets debut on May 5, 1997 against the Colorado Rockies.as a defensive replacement. The next day he got his first hit as a Met when he pinch hit for pitcher Toby Borland and singled up to the middle. It would be his only hit for the Mets. Gary Thurman would play in eleven games for the Mets, mainly as a defensive replacement, hitting just .167 before they released him on June 2nd. After his release, he signed with the Montreal Expos where he spent the remainder of the season with their Triple A affiliate in Ottawa. He would finish his career in the Anaheim Angels minor league system, retiring after the 1998 season.
While with the Mets Thurman wore number 10.
Gary Thurman also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1987-1992
Detroit Tigers – 1993
Seattle Mariners – 1995