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NY Mets Will Retire Jerry Koosman's #36 in 2020

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  • NY Mets Will Retire Jerry Koosman's #36 in 2020

    September 24, 2019: the New York Mets announced today that Jerry Koosman's number 36 will be retired during a special pre-game ceremony at a 2020 Mets home game.
    Koosman, one of the Mets first stars and one of the greatest lefthanded pitchers in Mets' franchise history, posted some near-great number during a 19 year major league career (1968-1985).
    Koosman compiled 2,556 strikeouts and made 527 starts. He won two World Series games in 1969 and pitched a Complete Game in the Game Five Series-clincher over the Baltimore Orioles.
    Koosman was selected to the all-star team only twice, both times as a Met (1968 & 1969) in a long up and down career that spanned ages 23 to 41.
    He had two 20-win-seasons: 21-10 for the 1976 Mets, and 20-13 for the Minnesota Twins. He had some other outstanding seasons: 19-12 for the 1968 Mets and 17-9 in the Mets World's Championship year of 1969.
    However, Koosman also had some poor seasons, leading his league in losses three times, including a 20-game-loss season (8-20) for the Mets in 1977.
    He pitched for four teams during his 19 year career, but was always a NY Met at heart.
    His career Won-Loss record breaks down as follows:
    1967-1978 NY Mets ………….140-137
    1979-1981 Minnesota Twins...….39-35
    1981-1983 Chicago White Sox....23-18
    1984-1985 Philadelphia Phillies...20-19
    Overall MLB Career...………….222-209

    Jerry Koosman was born on December 23, 1943 and is due to turn 76 late this year.

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