Four members of the New York Mets Hall of Fame are scheduled to sign autographs at MAB Celebrity Services’ “That ’90s Show” on Sunday, October 26th. The weekend event, which begins on Saturday, October 25th, will be held at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands.
The former Mets stars are Jerry Koosman (autographs are $39), Cleon Jones ($20), Bud Harrelson ($20) and Ed Kranepool ($18). Fans desiring autographs from all of the ex-Mets players can purchase a super ticket for $69.
The main focus will be a mini-reunion of 1994 New York Rangers hockey players on Saturday, along with a scheduled appearance by Hulk Hogan and several other pro wrestlers. Sunday’s slate of guests includes the ex-Mets as well as a couple of baseball Hall of Famers: Jim Palmer and Rollie Fingers.
I’m just about out of old baseball cards to show you from the group I picked up at last Sunday’s Rahway baseball card show, but here are three additions to my 1971 Topps Mets team set. This is my least favorite set of the decade because the black borders really highlight every possible imperfection.
And we’re another day closer to the start of spring training – just 36 days left until the New York Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie. (Would you believe that Jerry Koosman is the only really memorable Mets player to wear #36?)
But for a change, I’m more interested in a different sport today: I want to see how the New York Giants will fare against the Green Bay Packers this afternoon. I’m hoping for another pleasant surprise.
I spent most of Saturday going through a part of my baseball card collection that hadn’t been touched since I was in high school. There was a ton of junk – for example, multiple copies of the Rated Rookies sets from 1988 and 1989 Donruss.
But there were also some cool things, like a double-sided insert set produced by Pinnacle in 1993 that commemorated the Florida Marlins’ and Colorado Rockies’ first starting lineups. (It’s even semi-relevant to this blog since the Rockies played their first game at Shea Stadium- I’ll have to scan and share those cards at some point.)
And then there was this:
The condition leaves a lot to be desired, but its a Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman rookie card!
I knew I had it in my collection at one point. I had gotten it and a handful of other 1960s cards from a neighbor who was moving away – he decided he didn’t want them any more. I just hadn’t seen it in about 15 years.
I never got to see him play, but Jerry Koosman is arguably the greatest left-handed pitcher in Mets history. He ranks second in starts (346), complete games (108), innings pitched (2,544.2) and shutouts (26), trailing just Tom Seaver. He’s third in wins (140) and strikeouts (1,799), trailing Seaver and Doc Gooden.
Koosman was a two-time All-Star and the runner up to Johnny Bench for the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year award. He started and won two games in the 1969 World Series, including the deciding fifth game. Koosman also pitched two games in the 1973 World Series, winning Game 5 to put the Mets up 3-2 in the series that they ultimately lost to the A’s.