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Encyclopedia > Jerry Koosman
Jerry Koosman
Pitcher
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 14, 1967 for the New York Mets
Final game
August 21, 1985 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Record     222-209
Earned Run Average     3.36
Strikeouts     2556
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jerome Martin "Jerry" Koosman (born December 23, 1942 in Appleton, Minnesota) is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies between 1967 and 1985. He was generally considered the #2 starter on the Miracle Mets when they won the World Series in 1969, behind only Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. mcv ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... For the current season, see 2007 New York Mets season. ... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... For the current season, see 2007 New York Mets season. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, , 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (358th in leap years). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on January 18 1815 (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Appleton is a city located in Swift County, Minnesota. ... mcv ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... For the current season, see 2007 New York Mets season. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, , 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) White Stockings (1900-1903) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ...

Contents

Rookie Year

After leading all International League pitchers in strikeouts in 1967, Koosman broke into the Mets’ rotation in 1968. He posted a 19-12 record with seven shutouts, 178 strikeouts and a 2.08 earned run average. The wins, shutouts, and ERA set franchise records, all set by mound mate Tom Seaver the year before. Koosman also made the first of two All-Star teams in his career. The National League won the game 1-0 (to date, the only All-Star Game to end in a 1-0 score) in this, the “Year of the Pitcher.” Koosman pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, striking out Carl Yastrzemski for the final out. Koosman would be named to the 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster and finish runner-up to Johnny Bench for the National League Rookie of the Year honors. The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... In team sports, a shutout (a clean sheet in soccer) refers to a game in which one team wins without allowing the opposing team to score. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ) (born August 22, 1939) was an American Major League Baseball player. ... The following players were named to the 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie team. ... John Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ...


The Miracle Mets

In 1969 Koosman posted a 17-9 record with a 2.28 ERA and 180 strikeouts in making a second All-Star appearance. That year, he was a member of the Mets team that unexpectedly won the National League East title (with both leagues expanding from ten teams to 12, both leagues were now split into two divisions) after not only finishing dead last in five of their first seven seasons, but also trailing the Chicago Cubs for much of this season, by as many as 10 games on August 13. The day before, Koosman had lost to the Houston Astros to fall to 9-8; he would win eight of his final nine decisions, the lone loss coming against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 1 after he was battered out with by four runs in only 1/3 of an inning. In Game Two of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, Koosman was shelled from the mound, giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings, three of those runs coming on Hank Aaron’s fifth-inning home run. The Mets, however, were already ahead 9-6; they added two more runs to win the game, then won the next game to complete the sweep of the Braves. For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The National League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1969 National League Championship Series was the first NLCS held after Major League Baseball adopted the two-division format that season. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ...


Koosman was the pitching star of the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. After Seaver was defeated in Game One, Koosman, leading 1-0 in Game Two, held the Orioles without a hit until Paul Blair broke up his bid for a no-hitter leading off the seventh. Blair later scored on Brooks Robinson’s single—the only hit Robinson would collect in this Series (in 19 at-bats). The Mets regained the lead in the ninth, Ed Charles scoring on an Al Weis single, and after retiring both Don Buford and Blair, Koosman walked both Frank Robinson and Boog Powell. He was relieved by Ron Taylor, who got Brooks Robinson to ground out to end the game. The 1969 World Series was played between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Mets prevailing in 5 games to accomplish one of the greatest upsets in Series history, as that particular Orioles squad was (and still is by some baseball pundits) considered to be one of... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Paul Blair (born Paul L D Blair on February 1, 1944 in Cushing, Oklahoma) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Edwin Douglas Charles (born on April 29, 1933 in Daytona Beach, Florida is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Al Weis (born Albert John Weis on April 2, 1938 in Franklin Square, New York) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. ... Don Buford (born Donald Alvin Buford on February 2, 1937 in Linden, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas), is a Hall of Fame former Major League Baseball player. ... John Wesley Powell (born August 17, 1941 in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1961-74), Cleveland Indians (1975-76) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1977). ...


The Mets won the next two games, then Koosman took the mound for Game Five. He fell behind 3-0 after giving up home runs to his mound opponent, Dave McNally, and Frank Robinson. The Mets, however, cut into the Oriole lead on Donn Clendenon’s two-run home run, then tied the game on a homer by Weis—the first ever Shea Stadium home run for a player who had hit only six career homers at that point. The New Yorkers scored two runs in the eighth to take the lead, and after walking Frank Robinson to lead off the ninth, Koosman retired the next three hitters to end the game and complete the Mets’ improbable World Series win. David Arthur McNally (October 31, 1942–December 1, 2002) was a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher from 1962 until 1975. ... Donn Alvin Clendenon (July 15, 1935 – September 17, 2005) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


“You Gotta Believe”, “It’s Never Over Until It’s Over”

In 1970 Koosman posted a 12-7 record with a 3.14 ERA. Over the next two seasons, however, posted losing records: 6-11 in 1971 (a season in which he was beset by arm woes) and 11-12 in 1972 with a 4.14 ERA—more than a run and a half above his career ERA to that point. In 1973 he went 5-0 in his first six starts, but ended the season 14-15. However, as in 1969, the Mets, with the pitching of Koosman, Seaver and Jon Matlack, unexpectedly won the NL East title, and once again, by overtaking the Cubs, whom they had trailed by as many as nine games. (This season would become famous for two famous slogans: Tug McGraw’s “You Gotta Believe,” and manager Yogi Berra’s “It’s never over until it’s over.”) In Game Three of the NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds, Koosman pitched a complete game, 9-2 victory in a game headlined by Pete Rose's altercation with Mets' shortstop Bud Harrelson. The victory gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the NLCS; they won the pennant the very next day. Koosman was the winning pitcher in Game Five of the World Series against the defending champion Oakland Athletics, holding Oakland scoreless for 6 1/3 innings. This victory gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the Series, but this time there would be no miracles: Oakland won the next two games to repeat as World Champions. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack (born January 19, 1950 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Tug McGraw (1969) Frank Edwin Tug McGraw Jr. ... Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra (born May 12, 1925 in St. ... The 1973 National League Championship Series was played between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds from October 6 to October 10, 1973. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Derrel McKinley Bud Harrelson (born June 6, 1944 in Niles, California) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers between 1965 and 1980. ... The 1973 World Series matched the defending champion Oakland Athletics against the New York Mets, with the As winning in seven games to repeat as World Champions. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ...


Later Met Years

Koosman posted a 15-11 record in 1974 and 14-13 record in 1975. In 1976 he had possibly his best season ever, establishing career bests with 21 wins (against 10 losses) and 200 strikeouts. He also finished runner-up to Randy Jones for the National League Cy Young Award. In 1977, the Mets traded Seaver to the Reds. The remainder of the team deteriorated, especially Koosman who slumped to 8-20, finishing tied with Phil Niekro for most losses in the NL. After a 3-15 season in 1978 Koosman, seeing no imminent improvement to the team, was traded to the Minnesota Twins at his request. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950 in Fullerton, California) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Later career

Koosman rebounded in 1979 to post a 20-13 record, and went 16-13 in 1980. Less than a month after the 1981 strike ended, on August 30, the Twins traded Koosman to the Chicago White Sox. He went 4-13 on the season, again finishing tied for his league lead in losses. For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (243rd in leap years), with 123 days remaining. ...


Koosman posted identical 11-7 records in 1982 and 1983. In the latter year, the White Sox won the American League West title to make their first post-season appearance since the 1959 World Series. However, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the White Sox in four games. After the season Koosman was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies; he went 14-15 in 1984 his last productive season. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American League West Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... The 1959 World Series featured the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had won their first pennant since moving from Brooklyn in 1958 by defeating the Milwaukee Braves 2-0 in a three-game pennant playoff, and the Chicago White Sox, who had earned their first pennant in the 40 years since... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Koosman was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1989. With 222 wins, he is tied (with Hooks Dauss) at #70 on the all-time win list. He ended his career with a 222-209 record and a 3.36 ERA in 612 games. He struck out 2556 batters in 3839 and 1/3 innings pitched. The New York Mets Hall of Fame was created in 1981 to recognize the careers of former New York Mets players, managers, broadcasters and executives. ... In baseball, a pitcher is credited with a win (or W) when, in a game won by his team, he is the teams pitcher at the time that his team takes a lead that it does not relinquish for the remainder of the game. ... George August Dauss (Hooks) (September 22, 1889 - July 27, 1963) was a Major League pitcher (starter mostly) who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. ... In Major League Baseball, a win is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ...


Trivia

  • Koosman loves to joke about how "valuable" his 1968 Topps rookie card (#177) is, however its value is mostly due to the fact that it's also Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan's rookie card.
  • The Mets acquired Jesse Orosco in the trade that sent Koosman to the Twins. Coincidentally, Orosco would be on the mound for the final out of the Mets' only other World Series title to date, in the 1986 World Series. In another coincidence, that 1986 Championship team was managed by Davey Johnson, whom Koosman had retired for the final out of the 1969 World Series. Orosco in his second stint with the Mets would be traded for Joe McEwing in 2001.
  • In his book October 1964, author David Halberstam states that the Mets had decided to trade Koosman while he was still struggling in their farm system but that he was retained because then-club president (and reputed skinflint) George Weiss discovered that Koosman owed the Mets $500 and would not let him go until the debt was paid.
Preceded by
Ken Henderson
Major League Player of the Month
April, 1973
Succeeded by
Willie Crawford

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External link

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • Ultimate Mets Database - Jerry Koosman as a New York Met
1983 American League West Champion Chicago White Sox
  Starting Lineup: 1. Rudy Law CF | 2. Julio Cruz 2B | 3. Harold Baines RF | 4. Greg Luzinski DH | 5. Greg Walker/Mike Squires 1B | 6. Ron Kittle/Tom Paciorek LF | 7. Carlton Fisk C | 8. Vance Law 3B | 9. Scott Fletcher/Jerry Dybzinski 

 Starting Pitchers: La Marr Hoyt | Richard Dotson | Floyd Bannister | Britt Burns | Jerry Koosman 
 Manager: Tony La Russa, Coaches: Loren Babe | Ed Brinkman | Dave Duncan | Art Kusnyer | Charlie Lau | Jim Leyland | Dave Nelson
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