Mets Monday: 1979 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars Pat Zachry

Pat Zachry says “R.A. Dickey only thinks he’s the original scruffy, bearded Mets pitcher.  …Thinks he so great ’cause he climbed Kilamanjaro…”

As every Mets fan knows, Pat Zachry was part of The Trade Which Shall Not Be Mentioned.  In 1976 he was the NL Rookie of the Year with the Reds, going 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA.  He got a win in both the NLCS and the World Series that year, as the Reds swept the Yankees in 4.  He was traded to the Mets in 1978, and was the Mets All-star representative that year.  1979 wasn’t as good a year for Zachry, as he went 5-1 in only 7 games due to an elbow injury.

Zachry was a decent pitcher on some bad Mets teams, until he was traded after the 1982 season for Jorge Orta, who was flipped to the Blue Jays a couple of months later for pitcher Steve Senteney (who?)  For what it’s worth, Senteney and Marvelle Wynne (a great 80’s baseball name) were traded to the Pirates that June for Junior Ortiz and a minor leaguer.

Getting back to Pat Zachry… People have been blogging lately about players who appear with teams you don’t expect them to… I must’ve known at some point that Zachry finished his career with the Phillies, but it caught me by surprise when I researched this post.  He only pitched 10 games in relief before being released.