Jerry Koosman posted the fifth highest percentage in the MetsRewind Hall of Fame voting, securing his election on the first-ever ballot.
Koosman made his Mets debut in 1967 and eventually joined the team’s rotation in 1968, recording a 19-12 record and a 2.08 ERA, setting franchise records at the time.
In 1969, the year of the Miracle Mets, Koosman posted a 17-9 record with a 2.28 ERA. He led the Mets in the 1969 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, winning Game 2 and pitching a complete game in the decisive Game 5 at Shea Stadium. After catching Davey Johnson’s fly ball for the final out of the World Series, left fielder Cleon Jones gave the game ball to Koosman.
Koosman pitched 19 seasons, including 12 seasons with the Mets (1967-1978). As a member of the Mets, Koosman compiled a 140-137 record and 3.09 ERA. He won 222 games during his career.