Monday, December 17, 2012

1972 Topps Jon Matlack

Jon Matlack was 17 years old when he was chosen by the Mets in the 1st round of the 1967 draft. But with a solid rotation including the likes of Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver, and Nolan Ryan, the Mets organization allowed him time to develop in the minors. He got a brief call up in 1971 when Koosman went on the DL, but went 0-3 in 6 starts. When Ryan was traded to the Angels, Matlack had a permanent place in the rotation and he made the most of it. He wen 15-10 with an ERA of 2.32 earning him the NL Rookie of the Year award.  Matlack is also know for surrendering Roberto Clemente's 3000th and tragically his final Major League hit in 1972.

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