Apr 19, 2015

Early Seventies Mets Pitching Prospect: John Glass (1971-1974)

John Dudley Glass was born April 7th, 1943 at Dallas, Texas. Glass was a tall six foot right handed pitcher, originally signing with the New York Mets in 1965.

He posted winning seasons in each of his first three years at the low levels of the minors, going a best 6-5 in 1968 at Raleigh Durham. He was chosen by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 expansion draft, getting pushed up to AAA very quickly, but then landed back in the Mets organization by 1971. He was the top winner in 1971 at AA Memphis, going 13-6 with 100 strike outs, playing in a ball park that would eventually become named Tim McCarver Stadium.

In 1972 he was sent up to AAA Tidewater going 7-7 on staff that was headed by 14 game winner & 1973 Mets reliever Harry Parker. In 1973 Glass had his best AAA minor league season with the Tides going 12-9 leading the International League in ERA at 2.85. He was second in the league in shut outs (4,) while striking out 87 batters allowing just three HRs in 163 innings pitched.

He came back in 1974 but went 0-5 and finished out his playing career, at age 27 never getting to the big leagues. Glass went 60-57 with a 3.22 ERA in nine minor league seasons. Pull out those early seventies classic Mets yearbooks & there will be John Glass.

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