Koosman was the Mets all time best post season pitcher with a 4-0 record, 3-0 in World Series play with a 2.39 ERA. It was on this day in 1976 when he reached the 20th win mark in a single season.
Joe Frazier's Mets were in third place (77-69) 11 1/2 games out of first place and had up until recently had a chance in the pennant race. Tonight they hosted Red Schoendienst 5th place St. Louis Cardinals (65-79). Brooklyn born, Pete Falcone (12-13) a future Met went up against Koosman on this night in front of just 5,472 fans at Shea.
|St.Louis Cardinals||New York Mets|
|1||Vic Harris||CF||1||Lee Mazzilli||CF|
|2||Luis Alvarado||2B||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Keith Hernandez||1B||3||John Milner||LF|
|4||Ted Simmons||LF||4||Joe Torre||1B|
|5||Joe Ferguson||C||5||Mike Vail||RF|
|6||Mike Anderson||RF||6||John Stearns||C|
|7||Hector Cruz||3B||7||Roy Staiger||3B|
|8||Don Kessinger||SS||8||Bud Harrelson||SS|
|9||Pete Falcone||P||9||Jerry Koosman|
The Mets gave Koos run support early on with a little help from the Cards. In the 3rd, Falcone walked Felix Millan & John Milner, then an infield error on a Joe Torre grounder brought in the Mets first run.
In the 5th, Torre doubled & was brought home by Roy Staiger who singled to center field. In the 7th, Bruce Boisclair hit his second HR of the year making it 3-0. Boisclair added an RBI single in the 8th to cap off the 4-1 win.
After the game Koosman along with his wife Lavonne & his mother enjoyed a toast of champagne in celebration. Sadly that March Koosman lost his father & lived with that inspiration his father provided the whole season.
Going back to July 30th, Koos had won nine of ten straight games, all of them complete game victories. He had tossed three shut outs including a two hitter & three hitter in September.
He ended the year at 21-10 (2nd in the NL in wins) with 200 strike outs (3rd in the NL) & a 2.69 ERA (4th in the NL) posting 17 complete games (2nd in the NL) & three shut outs. He lost out to Randy Jones in the Cy Young voting, an honor in which Koosman deserved to get.