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.