Thursday, October 2, 2014
no. 335 - jerry koosman
What a card: Jerry Koosman had completed his third full season with the Mets when this card arrived in packs. It wasn't as flashy as his first two seasons (all-star rookie, World Series-winning pitcher) as he endured injuries that would follow him for the next couple of seasons.
Can ya dig it: This might be my only card in the set that is suffering from border loss. I've had a heck of a time with condition and this card. The Koosman card before this one looked like someone had balled it up in his pants pocket.
Right on: Koosman looks thrilled.
You see this cat Koosman is a bad mother: Koosman pitched a complete-game victory in the clinching game of the 1969 Miracle Mets' World Series. The pinnacle of baddom right there.
Shut your mouth: Mets teammate Ron Swoboda remembers Koosman as a tough pitcher. "Jerry Koosman threw a 90-plus fastball, and when he hit you, you stayed hit ... And Koosie would hit ya."
No one understands him but his woman: Koosman is the last pitcher to lose 20 games the year after he won 20 games. It happened in 1976 and 1977.
(A word about the back): As a kid, I would have loved to have been born on Dec. 23rd. As a youngster, I always considered that the dullest day of the year.