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UnforMETable, Episode 43: Mickey Lolich

The lefty had an impressive career and an incredible World Series before coming to the Mets in a trade for Rusty Staub.

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past.

Mickey Lolich was a young, fireballing left-hander who had a notable career with the Detroit Tigers. Lolich had the fortune to shine brightest on MLB’s biggest stage, spinning three complete game victories in winning the World Series MVP in the Tigers’ 1967 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.

When the Mets decided to part with a beloved and productive member of the franchise in Rusty Staub after the 1975 season, the team brought the veteran Lolich to New York in an ill-fated trade. While the 1976 team had a decent season, Lolich did not enjoy his time in New York—so much so that he retired for a year rather than fulfill the last year of his contract.

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