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Jerome Martin Koosman



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[edit] Biographical Information

Jerry Koosman pitched in 21 seasons 1965 to 1985, 19 in the Major Leagues and three in the minors. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War after being drafted in October of 1962. The New York Mets signed him to a contract in August 1964. He played for the Greenville (Western Carolinas) and Williamsport (Eastern) in 1965, for Auburn of the New York-Penn League in 1966 and for the International League's Jacksonville Suns for part of the 1967 before being called up by the Mets. Koosman holds the NL record for most strikeouts for a pitcher as a batter, 1968 (62). Shares modern NL record for most shutouts by a rookie, 1968 (7). He surrendered Pete Rose's 4,000th hit. He would pitch for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies from 1967 to 1985. After being released by the Phillies in 1985, he became the New York Mets's minor league pitching coach. Koosman pleaded guilty to Federal Income Tax evasion in May 2009.

[edit] Notable Achivements

  • 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 2-time NL All-Star (1968 & 1969)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1979 & 1980)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1976 & 1979)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 12 (1968-1970, 1973-1980 & 1984)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1976)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1969

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