Apr 19, 2020

Bob Myrick: 1970's Mets Reliever (1976-1978)

Robert Howard Myrick was born October 1, 1952 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Trivia: Bob Myrick’s great uncle was two time A.L. All Star Buddy Meyer who played 17 MLB seasons. In 1928 Meyer won the stolen base crown (30) while with the Boston Red Sox. He then spent thirteen years with the Washington Senators, winning the 1935 A.L. batting title (batting .349).

Meyer hit over .300 eight times in his career & was a lifetime .303 hitter (176th all time) with a .389 on base percentage (105th all time). 

At second base Meyer twice led the league in fielding. He also made two All Star teams & was considered in the MVP voting three times.

The six foot left handed Bob Myrick attended Mississippi State, getting drafted by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 1974 draft. 

Bob Myrick never made an All Star team like his great uncle. He was mostly a middle reliever for the Mets from 1976-1978. Myrick started to become a full time relief pitcher at the AAA level. He was a combined 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 1975 at AA & AAA Tidewater. 


He made his big league debut at Shea Stadium, pitching to one batter on May 28th 1976, in a 6-0 Mets loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He appeared in a dozen games in the bicentennial year, before getting his first win.

On July 27th, he pitched three scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched another eight games, finishing off four Mets losses. On September 28th, the Montreal Expos beat him up for four runs (two earned) & five hits in the 4th inning of a 4-2 Mets loss. Overall he made 29 appearances posting a 3.25 ERA in 27 innings with 11 strike outs & a very high 13 walks. 



Trivia: Myrick helped Joe Pignatano tender his tomato plants in the Met bullpen for the most part of his three years at Shea Stadium.

In 1977 he saw a career high 44 appearances. He wet going 2-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 87 innings.

On August 5th, he earned his first win when Lenny Randle doubled home Doug Flynn in the 8th inning, for the winning run. He earned his next win on September 11th, pitching 3.2 innings at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the final two weeks of the season he earned two saves, in games against the Chicago Cubs & St. Louis Cardinals. 

That September he also saved two games.

In 1978 he would pitch with the Mets until mid May, before going back to AAA Tidewater. He went 0-3 in the early part of the season, getting credit for two holds, finishing up seven games. He allowed nine earned runs & 13 walks in 24 innings pitched. Myrick never resurfaced to the majors, pitching in the minors through 1981.

In 1979 he & Mike Bruhert were traded to the Texas Rangers for Doc Ellis, who's best days were way behind him. In three MLB seasons, Bob Myrick was 3-6 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA, he walked 59 & struck out 73 in 139 innings pitched over 82 appearances.

Retirement: After baseball, he returned to his home town in Mississippi. There he helped run a family building supply business with his brother & some cousins.

Passing: In August of 2012 he suffered a heart attack & passed away at age 59.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Thanks to all of his fans. My dad was awesome in all that he did. Daniel Myrick

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of his fans. My dad was awesome in all that he did. Daniel Myrick