Bill Sudakis – His New York Mets Career 1972

Bill SudakisThe Mets purchased the contract of Bill Sudakis from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 27,1972.  He started the season in the minors before getting called up in July.  He made his Met debut on July 11 against the San Francisco Giants as the starting first baseman, he went 0 for 3 with a walk in the Mets 6-1 loss.  He appeared in seven more games before being sent back to the minors.  At the time, he was hitting .080 (2 for 25).  He did drive in both runs in the Mets 2-1 victory on July 15 against the San Diego Padres.

Sudakis returned to the Mets when rosters expanded in September.  He appeared in 10 games as both a pinch hitter and catcher.  On September 22, he hit his only home run as a Met, a three-run shot against the Philadelphia Phillies however the Mets lost 5-4.

Following the season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor leaguer Bill McNulty.

In 18 games Sudakis batted .143 with a home run and 7 RBIs.

While with the Mets Sudakis wore number 9.

Bill Sudakis also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1968-1971
Texas Rangers – 1973
New York Yankees – 1974
Cleveland Indians – 1975
California Angels -1975

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Bob Rauch – His New York Mets Career 1972

Bob RauchRight-handed pitcher Bob Rauch made his Major League debut with the Mets on June 29,1972.  Facing the Philadelphia Phillies, he pitched one inning, allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and a run as the Mets lost 9-4.  He would go on to pitch in 19 games, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 0-1 record with 1 save and 5.00 ERA.  His only save came on September 10 against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He entered the game in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out and retired the final two batters to secure the 3-2 victory.

Following the season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Brent Strom for Phil Hennigan.

While with the Mets Rauch wore number 44.

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Lute Barnes – His New York Mets Career 1972,1973

Lute barnesThe New York Mets selected Lute Barnes in the 21st round of the amateur draft in 1969 out of Oregon State University. The middle infielder toiled in the Mets minor league system until finally getting the call to the big club in 1972. He made his Major League debut on August 6th against the Chicago Cubs, replacing Ken Boswell at 2nd base in the seventh inning. In his first at bat an inning later, he singled off Steve Hamilton to drive home Teddy Martinez to score the eleventh run in the Mets 12 to 2 victory. Barnes finished out the season with the Mets playing both 2nd base and shortstop hitting .236 in 72 at bats. On September 12th against the Philadelphia Phillies Barnes had his biggest day at the plate with two hits including a two-run triple.

Barnes returned to the minors in 1973 spending the entire season with the Mets AAA affiliate the Tidewater Tides before returning to the show as a September call up. He appeared in three games for the Mets in 1973 getting one hit in two at bats.

Barnes started the 1974 season with Tidewater before being released in the middle of the season. In 27 games with the Mets over two seasons Barnes hit .243 with seven RBI’s.

While with the Mets Barnes wore number 1.

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Tommie Agee – His New York Mets Career 1968-1972

Tommie ageeOn December 15, 1967 the New York Mets acquired Tommie Agee along with Al Weis from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jack Fisher, Tommy Davis, Billy Wynne and Buddy Booker.

Tommie Agee who had three cups of coffee with the Cleveland Indians from 1962 to 1964 was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1966 as a member of the White Sox.  But his production fell off the next season and the White Sox decided they had seen enough and shipped him to the Mets.  Though he struggled in his first season in New York (.217 average, 5 HRs and 17 RBIs), he turned out to a god send in helping the Mets win the 1969 World Series. 

In 1969 Tommie Agee got off to a strong start hitting two home runs during the third game of the season against the Montreal Expos, one of which was hit to section 48 of the upper deck in Shea Stadium.  He became the first and only player to hit a home run into the upper deck. Agee would go on to hit .271 while leading the Mets in home runs (26), RBI’s (76) and runs scored (97). 

Even though Agee had a brilliant regular season in 1969, it was his brilliant postseason performance which cemented his legacy in Mets history.  After hitting .357 with two home runs and four RBI’s in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Agee continued his superb play in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

After the Mets split the first two games in Baltimore they returned home looking to win their first World Series title.  Tommie Agee led off game three of the series with a home run off of Baltimore ace and future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.  A lead they would not relinquish due in large part to the defensive heroics of Agee in centerfield.  Agee made two spectacular catches in centerfield saving at least five runs from scoring.  The Mets would win the game by a score of 5-0 and never looked back as they shocked the world and won their first World Series title.

Agee continued his stellar play in 1970 hitting a career best .286 while once again leading the Mets with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.  In 1970 Agee also became the first player in franchise history to win a gold glove. 

In 1970 Agee also set the following franchise records, which have all since been broken:

Most At-bats – 636
Most Runs – 107
Most Hits –  182
Most Stolen Bases – 31
Most Total Bases – 298 

Though Agee still led the Mets in 1971 with 14 home runs, sharing the honor with Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones, knee injuries affected his production in 1971 and 1972 prompting the Mets to trade him to the Houston Astros following the 1972 season.  for Rich Chiles and Buddy Harris.

He would go on to play for the Astros and Cardinals in 1973 but was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 1974 season ending his playing career. 

In five seasons with the Mets Tommie Agee hit .262 with 82 home runs and 265 RBI’s in 661 games.  He also played 8 postseason games hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in. 

Tommie Agee was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2002 but unfortunately was not able to enjoy the moment as he passed away in January 2001.

While with the Mets Agee wore number 20.

Tommie Agee also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1962-1964
Chicago White Sox – 1965-1967
St, Louis Cardinals – 1973
Houston Astros – 1973

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Joe Nolan – His New York Mets Career 1972

joe nolanThe Mets drafted catcher Joe Nolan in the 2nd round of the 1969 amateur draft.  He spent four seasons in the Mets minor league system before getting the call as a September call-up in 1972.  He made his Major League debut on September 21 as the Mets starting catcher and went 0 for 4.  He would appear in three more games for the Mets but failed to get a hit in 10 plate appearances.  Nolan returned to the minors in 1973 and spent the next two seasons playing for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets Triple A affiliate. 

The Mets finally cut ties with Nolan in 1975 when they traded him to the Atlanta Braves for Leo Foster.  After leaving the Mets Nolan would go on to enjoy a ten-year Major League career.

While with the Mets Nolan wore number 35.

Joe Nolan also played for following teams:

Atlanta Braves – 1975, 1977-1980
Cincinnati Reds – 1980,1981
Baltimore Orioles – 1982-1985

 

 

Tommy Moore – His New York Mets Career 1972,1973

Tommy MooreAfter spending 4 seasons in the minors right-handed pitcher Tommy Moore made his Major League debut with the Mets as a September call up in 1972.  In his first game on September 15 against the Chicago Cubs, he pitched 3 innings of relief and gave up 3 earned runs in the Mets 9-3 defeat.  He would pitch in 2 more games, one in relief and one as a starter.  In his only start on October 2nd against the Montreal Expos, he pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run but was credited with a no-decision in the Mets 2-1 victory.

Moore started the 1973 season in the minors before being recalled in May.  He made 2 relief appearances before getting the call to start on May 28 against the San Francisco Giants, but he lasted just a 1 1/3 innings and allowed 5 runs, 4 of which were earned.  It would be his last appearance as pitcher for the Mets.   His last appearance in a Met uniform occurred on June 3rd when he pinch ran for catcher Jerry May.

After spending the remainder of the 1973 season and all of 1974 in the minors, Moore was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals along with Ray Sadecki for Joe Torre.

In 6 appearances as pitcher over 2 seasons Moore posted an 0-1 record with 4.60 ERA.

While with the Mets Moore wore number 19 in 1972 and 39 in 1973.

Tommy Moore also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 1975
St. Louis Cardinals – 1975
Seattle Mariners – 1977

 

Buzz Capra – His New York Mets Career 1971,1972,1973

buzz-capraRight-handed pitcher Buzz Capra was selected by the Mets in the 27th round of the 1969 free agent draft.  He made his major league debut with the Mets on September 15, 1971 against the Chicago Cubs, pitching four innings of relief in the Mets 6-2 loss, he allowed 1 unearned run while striking out 4.  He would appear in 3 games down the stretch for the Mets posting an 0-1 record with an 8.44 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

Capra, started the 1972 season with the Mets and would appear in 14 games, 6 as a starter before being demoted to the minors in July.  He earned his first major league win on April 25th against the San Diego Padres.  As the starting pitcher, he allowed 1 run over 6 innings in the Mets 2-1 victory. At the time of his demotion Capra had a 3-2 record with a 4.58 ERA.

Capra started the 1973 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June.  Capra would appear in 24 games out of the bullpen and posted a 2-7 record with 4 saves and a 3.86 ERA.

He earned the save in a crucial game on September 18 against the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep the Mets in the National League Eastern Division race, a division the Mets would eventually win.  He entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the winning and go ahead runs on base and closed out the Mets 6-5 win.

Following the season the Mets sold Capra to the Atlanta Braves where he finished out his career.

In parts of 3 seasons for the Mets Capra appeared in 41 games, 6 as a starter and posted a 5-10 record with 4 saves and a 4.49 ERA.

While with the Mets Capra wore number 38.              

Buzz Capra also played for the Atlanta Braves – 1974-1977.