Jack DiLauro – His New York Mets Career 1969

Jack DiLauroAfter spending five seasons in the Detroit Tigers minor league system left handed pitcher Jack DiLauro was acquired by the Mets prior to the 1969 season.  After starting the season with the Tidewater Tides, DiLauro made his Major League debut on May 15, 1969.  He pitched two innings and allowed one hit in the Mets 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  From that point DiLauro appeared in 23 games, mostly out of the bullpen in helping the Mets make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.  He posted a 1 -4 record with four saves and a very respectable 2.40 ERA.  His one only victory came on July 20th against the Montreal Exp

Despite helping the Mets reach the playoffs, DiLauro did not appear in the postseason for the Mets as they went on to win the World Series.  Following the season the Mets lost DiLauro to the Houston Astros in the rule 5 draft.

While with the Mets DiLauro wore number 31. 

Jack DiLauro also played for the Houston Astros in 1970.

Bob D. Johnson – His New York Mets Career 1969

bob-d-johsonAfter spending five seasons in the Mets minor league system, right-handed pitcher Bob Johnsn finally got the call to join the big club in September 1969.  He made his Major League debut on September 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates; he pitched 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Johnson made one more appearance on October 1 and earned his first big league save by pitching a scoreless 12th inning in the Mets 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs

Following the season Johnson was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with Amos Otis in exchange for Joe Foy.

While with the Mets Johnson wore number 29. 

Bob Johnson also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1970
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1971-1973
Cleveland Indians – 1974
Atlanta Braves – 1977

 

Jesse Hudson – His New York Mets Career 1969

jesse-hudsonThe New York Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Jesse Hudson in the 11th round of the 1967 amateur draft.  After spending three seasons in the Mets minor league system, Hudson finally got his chance to pitch for the big club as a September call up in 1969.  On September 19th against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea Stadium Hudson was brought into to pitch the 8th inning with the Mets trailing 7-0.  He finished out the game allowing one run and two hits, but did manage to strikeout future Hall of Famer Willie Stargell.  It would be Hudson’s only appearance in a Major League uniform.  He pitched one more season in the minors for the Mets before retiring after the 1970 season.  In four seasons in the minors Hudson won 30 games while losing 23 with 2.51 ERA.

While with the Mets Jesse Hudson wore number 38.