Dec 15, 2014

Mid Sixties Mets Pitcher Who's Career Was Ruined By Arm Troubles: Dennis Musgraves (1965)

Dennis Eugene Musgraves was born on December 25th 1943 in Indianapolis Indiana. The six foot four right hander attended the University of Missouri at Columbia.

He was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1964. Musgraves would spend eight seasons in the minor leagues, seven of them withinthe Mets organization. He won a best nine games going 9-11 in 1967 between Winter Haven & Durham at the A ball level.

In 1969 he had his best overall season going 7-1 with a 4.25 ERA for the AAA Tidewater Tides.

In July 1965 he was called up to the Mets staff & got to pitch in five games. He debuted at Shea Stadium on July 9th against the Houston Astros, pitching three scoreless innings of relief.

After four relief appearances he got a start at Wrigley Field, on July 29th in the second game of a double header.

 He was good enough to go seven innings allowing just one run on seven hits with three strike outs & a walk. He earned no decision in the 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

During the game he injured his elbow & required two surgeries. He never got back to the big league level. In his five games he posted a 0.56 ERA with 11 strike outs & seven walks in 16 innings pitched.

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