The Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Mac Scarce in one of the more controversial trades in franchise history. On December 3, 1974, the Mets traded Tug McGraw, who not only was a fan favorite but also a hero of their 1973 National League Championship team to the Philadelphia Phillies along with Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for John Stearns, Del Unser and Scarce.
Mac Scarce’s Met career lasted just one batter and resulted in a Met loss. On April 11, 1975, the Mets entered the 9th inning with a 3-0 lead. But starter Jerry Koosman and reliever Rick Baldwin could not put the game away. With the game tied and runners on first and second with one out Mac Scarce was brought in to pitch to Richie Hebner. Hebner promptly singled to leftfield to drive in the winning run and just like that the Mets lost a heartbreaker.
Four days later Mac Scarce was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for fellow pitcher Tom Hall.
While with the Mets Scarce wore number 33.
Mac Scarce also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1972-1974
Minnesota Twins – 1978