From BR Bullpen
Calvin Lee Koonce
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- School Campbell University
- Debut April 14, 1962
- Final Game August 8, 1971
- Born November 18, 1940 in Fayetteville, NC USA
- Died October 28, 1993 in Winston-Salem, NC USA
 Biographical Information
Cal Koonce pitched 10 seasons in the majors. He was a starter in his early years and then for most of his major league career he was a reliever. He was the brother of Don Koonce.
He was the losing pitcher for the New York Mets in the first game ever played by the Montreal Expos, on April 8, 1969 at Shea Stadium (Boxscore). He came on in relief of starter Tom Seaver in the 6th inning and gave up two runs that inning, to tie the score at 6, then one more in the 7th to give the Expos the lead they would not relinquish. Koonce went 6-3 with 7 saves as a reliever that season as the Mets won the World Series, but was not used in the postseason because of his high 4.99 ERA.