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Jon Matlack – 1973 Topps #55

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ImageJonathan Trumpbour Matlack (born January 19, 1950 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He was selected with fourth overall by the New York Mets in the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft. Matlack compiled 1,023 strikeouts and a 3.03 earned run average as one of the “Big Three” pitchers the New York Mets were built around in the 1970s, along with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. Unfortunately, the Mets were also a light hitting team at the time, and his 82-81 record is not nearly indicative of how well he pitched for the club.
Matlack’s record dipped to 14-16 in 1973, he was 5-1 from August 18 on, helping the Mets capture the National League East. Perhaps his most memorable moment with the Mets occurred on October 7, 1973 when he held the “Big Red Machine” to just two hits in game two of the 1973 National League Championship Series.  He was equally impressive in the 1973 World Series, giving up just three hits in six innings in game one of the World Series, however, the Oakland A’s scored two runs on a Felix Millan error in the third, and held on for the 2-1 victory. ImageHe won game four, giving up just one run in eight innings. He lost the seventh and decisive game of the series 5-2; in the third inning of that game, he gave up two-run home runs to both Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson. The only two home runs Oakland would hit the entire Series.
Matlack retired following the 1983 season. After four years away from the game, he was hired as pitching coach for the San Diego Padres’ Arizona League affiliate. He also coached in the Chicago White Sox organization before he was hired as the Detroit Tigers’ major league pitching coach in 1996. He is currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Houston Astros.

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