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UnforMETable, Episode 57: Tracy Stallard

Stallard is most remembered for being on the wrong side of baseball history—both before and with the Mets.

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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.

A young, hard throwing right hander in the Boston Red Sox organization, Tracy Stallard earned an unfortunate spot in baseball’s record books when he surrendered Roger Maris’s historic 61st home run in 1961.

Stallard would join the Mets in their second season of existence and spend some time in the team’s starting rotation. As a Met, he would once again find himself on the wrong end of baseball history as he toed the rubber on Father’s Day 1964 against Jim Bunning—who would go on to throw the first Perfect Game in the National League since 1880.

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