Aug 16, 2019
Skip Lockwood: Mid & Late Seventies Mets Closer (1975-1979)
The six foot one right hander, was originally a third baseman signed out of West Roxbury high school, where he earned 14 letters. Lockwood’s 14 yard dash school record still stands since 1964.
After going 8-15 in 1972 he spent some time as a reliever in 1973, which was his last year with the Brewers. He was 5-12 with a 3.90 ERA, pitching in over 154 innings. On October 22, 1973, Lockwood was traded along with Ellie Rodriguez, Ollie Brown, & Joe Lahoud, to the California Angels for Ken Berry, Clyde Wright, Steve Barber, & Art Kusnyer.
Lockwood became the Mets Union Player Representative by mid 1977, after Tom Seaver who formerly held the position, was traded away. Lockwood spoke out on free agency saying that if salaries are made public, certain other players might question if another player is worth more to a team than they are.
In 1978 he saved five games in the month of April then followed up with four wins in the month of May. In July he posted five more saves but also was credited with three losses. He was shut down early on in September with an injury.
He finished up 1979 with nine saves, going 2-5 with a 1.49 ERA, striking out 42 batters in 42 innings making 27 appearances . In the off season he was fed up with the Mets organization & signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox.
Mets All Time Leader: In five seasons with the Mets he had saved 65 games, putting him at tenth on the Mets All Time list. He is 21st in appearances with 227. He led the club in both saves & appearances four years in a row, from 1976-1979. In his Mets years he was 24-36 pitching in 227 games (18th on the Mets al time list) striking out 368 batters with 135 walks.
On Tom Seaver: Its hard to capture what Tom Seaver meant to me. He was the poster boy for baseball in New York. His preparation for the game was very different than anybody else I had ever met. he was so intense & so thorough. He had a book on hitters as to how to get them out. I didn't even have a book. He was the guy I tried to model myself after & I was a veteran player at the time."
Trivia: During his baseball career, Lockwood earned a college degree at Emerson College. After baseball the always intelligent Lockwood, went to MIT and earned a Masters degree.