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SmallThoughts: Old School Tuesday …George Stone

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Who is George Stone? I am sure that question ran across your mind in fact not many Met fans even remember or even heard of George Stone, but he was a member of the 1973 New York Mets pitching staff that went all the way to the 1973 World Series.

Stone went 12–3 with a 2.80 ERA to help lead the Mets to the 1973 World Series.

In 1968 he was used primarily out of the bullpen when he first joined the Braves. By August, however, he had earned a spot in the starting rotation, and went 7–3 as a starter his rookie season.

Stone was 13–10 with a 3.65 ERA for the National League West champions in 1969. He made just one appearance in the 1969 National League Championship Series, pitching one inning in the third, and final, game against the Mets.

Stone was unpopular with Mets fans for hitting Rusty Staub with a pitch at Shea Stadium on June 3, 1972. That didn’t prevent the Mets from dealing Danny Frisella and Gary Gentry for him and Félix Millán following the season. As with the Braves, he began his career with the Mets as a relief pitcher, going 1–0 with a save and a 0.60 ERA before being added to the starting rotation. Though he lost his first two starts, Stone proved an invaluable addition to the Mets’ starting rotation, winning his last eight decisions, as the Mets came from 12.5 games back to win the National League East.

Stone started game four of the 1973 NLCS, going 6.2 inning and giving up one run before giving way to the bullpen. The Cincinnati Reds won the game in twelve innings, however, the Mets won game five to head to the World Series. Stone was used out of the bullpen in the 1973 World Series, appearing in games two and seven.

Stone was unable to match his early success with the Mets, going 5–10 with a 5.04 ERA in 1974 and 1975. He ended up tearing his rotator cuff, and was not as effective as he had once been. Following the 1975 season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Bill Hands, however, he never appeared with the Rangers. He retired from baseball instead.

There is little else known about George Stone  not even a video …but for one moment we are going to spotlight a seldom known poitcher on a deep and powerful pithing staff 1973 New York Mets.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…George Stone.

MLB debut
September 15, 1967,, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1975,, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 60–57
Strikeouts 590
Earned run average 3.89

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