Jerry Koosman aka the Kooz pitched in the Major leagues from 1967 to 1985 but is best known for pitching for the New York Mets in the 1969 and 1973 championship runs that resulted in two world series (1969 which they won) and 1973 (which they lost)
Interesting fact about Jerry Koosman…. he was the pirtcher who recorded the final out of the 1969 world series. The batter he retired to end the game was future Met manager Davey Johnson who managed the 1986 Mets to the World Championship and the pitcher on the mound who recorded the final out for the 1986 Mets was Jesse Orosco who was traded for …Jerry Koosman who in 1978 was traded to the Twins for Orosco.
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 (both leagues were now split into two divisions after expanding from ten teams to 12) 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 9½ 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.
In 1973 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 two days later in five games.
On April 13, 1984 Koosman gave up a double to Pete Rose for his 4000th hit.
With 222 wins, he is tied (with Hooks Dauss) at #72 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 2,556 batters in 3,839⅓ innings pitched.
Koosman has the third most wins in Mets history (140) behind only Tom Seaver (198) and Dwight Gooden (157).
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Jerry Koosman aka the Kooz.
|April 14, 1967, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 21, 1985, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.36|
|Career highlights and awards|