Remembering Mets History (1965) Rookie Dick Selma Sets Franchise Mark with 13 K's
Sunday September 12th, 1965: Wes Westrum's last place Mets (45-100) took on Bobby Bragan's fourth place Milwaukee Braves (79-62). Tonight 13,500 fans came out to see the highly touted young Mets pitcher Dick Selma take on Bob Sadowski (5-7).
In May of 1963 he was signed by the New York Mets. Dick Selma was a star pitcher from his hometown of Fresno California, a childhood friend of Tom Seaver. Early in his career, his manager Eddie Stanky, said the young Selma has a chance at becoming the best relief pitcher in baseball. By 1965 young Nolan Ryan was said to maybe throw as hard as Selma does!
In January1965 he had calcium deposits removed from his shoulder, he was then slowly brought thru the minors which included an All-Star game at the A ball level & promotion to AAA Buffalo. With the Bisons he pisted a 2.45 ERA going 1-3 in nine games.
He was called up to the Mets when the September roster expanded. Selma had made his MLB debut on September 3rd, earning a win pitching five innings, allowing three runs to the Cardinals in St. Louis.