Jun 3, 2016

Former Shea Stadium Hot Dog Vendor & Pitcher: Ed Glynn (1979-1980)

Edward Paul Glynn has the honor of being one of very few Met players, to have actually been born in Flushing, New York. The tall six foot two, left handed pitcher was born was born on June 3, 1953, a good decade before Shea Stadium was even there.

While growing up in Flushing, he saw Shea Stadium get built and eventually got a job there as a hot dog vendor. He became a hot dog vendor watching Tom Seaver pitch & seeing some good Mets teams.

He went from selling hot dogs to the Shea pitcher's mound just a decade later, not bad for the kid from Queens. The Mets even honored him when he became a pitcher, awarding him with a hot dog vendor box with his name & number painted on it. 

Glynn was drafted by the Tigers in 1971 while pitching at Francis Lewis high School, at age 18. He pitched through A ball in 1972 moving up to A ball Clinton in 1973 as the Mets were winning the NL Pennant. By 1975 he was at AAA Evansville & made his MLB debut at Tiger Stadium on September 19th allowing two runs in 2.2 innings to the Boston Red Sox. He took the loss and went 0-2 that month in three appearances.

He pitched in only 26 games for Detroit from 1975-1978 going 3-6 getting eight starts before becoming a full time reliever. Glynn was traded to the Mets during Spring Training 1979, for right handed pitcher Mardie Cornejo who had gone 4-2 with three saves and a 2.45 ERA for the ’78 Mets staff.

Glynn began the season at AAA Tidewater going 0-1 in 17 appearances. He was brought up at the start of June, and was thrilled to be pitching in the neighborhood he grew up in at the major league level.

Ed Glynn debuted as a Met on June 1st, 1979 & earned a save at Atlanta beating the Braves 5-4. The next day the Braves beat him, getting a run in the seventh inning for the win. That first week he got two saves on the road & then came home to a big cheering section of family & friends pitching the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in his Shea Mets debut.

He earned four saves with a 1.69 ERA in a dozen appearances during his first month. In July he earned two more saves & was credited with three holds out of the bullpen. On September 6th he earned his first Mets win, a 5-3 Mets victory in the first game of a double header at Philadelphia against the Phillies. 

On the season he was third best out of the Mets bullpen with seven saves (behind Skip Lockwood – nine saves & Neil Allen- eight saves). Glynn's 3.00 ERA was second best on the entire staff (in more than 60 innings) as well. Overall he was 1-4 striking out 32 batters while walking 40, pitching 60 innings over 46 games.

In 1980 he made three appearances in April, taking a loss at Houston while earning credit for a hold in Philadelphia. On May 4th he got the win in 6-2 Mets victory over the San Diego Padres.

On June 26th he earned a win at Wrigley Field & a week later earned another win on the Fourth of July. That victory came at Shea against the Montreal Expos as Jose Cardenal, Steve Henderson & Lee Mazzilli all drove in late inning runs. Overall it was his last win in New York, he went 3-3 with a save on the year, He posted a 4.13 ERA, striking out 32 batters lowering his walks to 23 in 52 innings of work.

Just as the 1981 season was to start he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Dominick Bullinger who never suited up at Shea. Glynn spent three season with the Indians, having his best year in 1982 (5-2 with four saves, posting a 4.17 ERA). 

Glynn’s contract was purchased by the Mets once again in 1984. He would spend the Mets glory years of the 1980’s at AAA Tidewater going 7-10 from 1984 through 1987. In 1985 he was briefly with the Red Sox organization as well.

In 1990 at age 37, he made another return to the Met organization in an attempted comeback, pitching his final game at AAA Tidewater. In his ten year career Glynn was 12-17 with 12 save, 184 strike outs 151 walks s and a 4.25 ERA in 265 innings pitched over 175 games played.

Quotes: Ron Darling said on a recent broadcast that when he played with Ed Glynn in the minor leagues " I thought he was the text book New York, Queens guy".

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