THE NEW YORK METS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BRENT STROM, CLEON JONES, JOHN "THE HAMMER" MILNER, MIKE JORGENSEN, TOMMY MOORE, LUFE BARNES, LARRY FRITZ, BOB RAUCH, BARRY RAZIANO - HFSID 291110
NEW YORK METS (1972) Index card signed by 10 team members, including Cleon Jones, batting hero of the '69 Mets Signatures: "Bob Rauch", "John Milner", "Mike Jorgensen", "Cleon Jones", "Brent Strom", "Lute Barnes", "Tom Moore", "Jerry Perkins", "Larry Fritz" and "Barry Raziano". Signed on a 5x3 card.
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NEW YORK METS (1972)
Index card signed by 10 team members, including Cleon Jones, batting hero of the '69 Mets
Signatures: "Bob Rauch", "John Milner", "Mike Jorgensen", "Cleon Jones", "Brent Strom", "Lute Barnes", "Tom Moore", "Jerry Perkins", "Larry Fritz" and "Barry Raziano". Signed on a 5x3 card. The New York Mets finished won 83 games in 1972, good for third place in the NL East, their third straight year in that niche, sandwiched between the Miracle Mets of 1969 and the NL pennant winners of 1973. CLEON JONES (b. 1942) was a major ingredient in the 1969 Mets' World Championship. His career-high .340 average was third in the NL, the highest a Met has ever finished in that category. He led the Mets with 10 game-winning RBI and established personal bests with 92 runs and 75 RBI as one of the few offensive forces on a team that did it with pitching and mirrors. He was voted All-Star that year, and caught the final out of the Series. While he never had another year that good, Jones was a fixture in the Mets outfield from 1966 to 1974. JOHN MILNER (1949-2000) played first base and outfield for the Mets from 1971 to 1978, followed by 4 more years with Pittsburgh and Montreal. He hit 10 grand slams in his career, and had two 20-homer seasons. While he arrived too late to be a Miracle Met, he won a World Series ring with the Pirates in 1979. Milner died young, of cancer. First baseman MIKE JORGENSEN (b. 1948) played for the Mets in 1970 and 1971 and again in 1980 to 1983, traded to the Montreal Expos in the intervening years. Since 1992 he has worked in the St Louis Cardinal organization as scout and as director of the farm system, with a brief stint as manager. BOB RAUCH (b. 1949), who had played in the Dodger farm system, appeared in 27 innings of relief with the 1972 Mets, his only record in the Major Leagues. BRENT STROM (b. 1948) also appeared in relief for the 1972 Mets, going 0-3 with a 6.82 ERA. He was traded to Cleveland along with Bob Rauch, and then found his greatest success in the San Diego bullpen from 1975 to 1977. Middle infielder Luther "LUTE" BARNES (b. 1947) saw limited action with the Mets in 1972 and 1973, his only seasons in the big leagues. TOMMY MOORE (b. 1948) pitched in 6 games for the Mets over two seasons (1972-1973), starting three and losing one. Between stints in the minors, he played for three more Major League teams through 1977. Pitcher JERRY PERKINS (b. 1949) played in the Mets' minor league system from 1969 to 1973, reaching the AAA level with Tidewater but not making the parent club. He had one more year with Rochester, the Orioles' AAA affiliate. Pitcher LARRY FRITZ (b. 1947) had a career similar to Perkins: success at the AAA level in the Mets (and Phillies) organizations, but never sticking with the parent clubs past spring training. BARRY RAZIANO (b. 1947) played for the Kansas City Royals in 1973 and for the California Angels in 1974. A pitcher, he pitched a total 21.2 innings and ended his MLB career with an ERA of 6.23. Lightly toned around edges. Light soil stain at bottom edge. Ink stamp on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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