Timothy James Leary was born on December 23, 1958 in Santa Monica California. The golden boy was a star pitcher at UCLA and considered a highly touted prospect.
He struck out 16 batters in 17 innings in the 1978 Amateur World Series. Leary went 2-1 taking the loss as Team USA lost the final game against Cuba to win the Bronze Medal. The Mets drafted him in the first round (the second pick overall) in the 1979 draft.
With the emergence of Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling & Sid Fernandez, Leary found himself in the bullpen. In 1984 Leary got the win in relief on the 5th game of the season. He would pitch in 20 games, going 3-3 with a 4.02 ERA going into July before he was sent back down. In January of 1985 he was part of a four team trade that sent him to Milwaukee and the Mets received a pitcher named Frank Wiills, who never pitched an MLB game for them.
The Mets roughed him up in Game #6 of the NLCS getting him for four runs in four innings pitched, as he took the loss. He pitched two games of relief in the World Series against Oakland, allowing only one run on six hits in 6.2 innings pitched.
After a 13 years career Leary went 78-105 posting a 4.36 ERA with 888 strike outs in 1491 innings pitched in 292 career games.
Retirement: After his playing days he was a pitching coach at UCLA & more recently at Loyola Marymount University. He resides in the Pacific Palisades.