Dec 20, 2014

Mid Seventies Mets Pitcher: Jerry Cram (1974-1975)

Gerald Allen Cram was born on December 9, 1947 in Los Angeles California. The right handed pitcher was signed out of Riverside Community College by the Minnesota Twins in 1967. He was then selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 54th round of the 1968 expansion draft.

He appeared in five games getting two starts in the Royals inaugural season going 0-1. He toiled in the minors for the next four years getting traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Barry Raziano, in February 1973.

Cram made his Mets debut at Shea Stadium on August 19th 1974 in relief of Jack Aker in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. On August 28th he gave up a 10th inning HR to Houston Astro, Cliff Johnson, giving him his first Mets loss.

Cram appeared in ten games of relief for the 1974 Mets, going 0-1. He allowed 22 hits in 22 innings posting a 1.61 ERA.

He was only around for the first two months of 1975, appearing in four games. In his first outing in the fifth game of the season, he gave up a bottom of 9th walk off HR to the Phillies Mike Schmidt. Cram went back down to the minors and got traded back to the Kansas City Royals for a minor leaguer that winter.

He made a handful of appearances in 1976 before getting released ending his pitching career. In a lifetime four season career he was 0-3 with a 2.98 ERA, 22 strike outs 13 walks in 48 innings pitched over 23 games.

Retirement: Cram has been a pitching coach in the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies & San Francisco Giants organizations for the past thirty years.

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