Born: April 24, 1952|
|April 11, 1976 for the Cincinnati Reds|
Last MLB appearance
|May 29, 1985 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.52|
Career highlights and awards
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Zachry was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the nineteenth round of the 1970 Major League Baseball Draft. In six seasons in their farm system, he compiled a 54-42 record, even 3.00 earned run average and 619 strikeouts. While a member of the Tampa Tarpons in
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In the post-season, Zachry won game two of the 1976 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies in Veterans Stadium, and game three of the 1976 World Series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, both by a final score of 6-2.
The "Big Red Machine" became the only team to ever sweep the entire post-season en route to winning their second consecutive world championship. After the season, Zachry had a hernia operation, and was in the process of recovering when he and San Diego Padres closer Butch Metzger were named co-winners of the National League Rookie of the Year Award. It was the first time in major league history co-winners of the award were named. Zachry was also the first ever Rookie of the Year Award winning pitcher to start and win a World Series game during his rookie season.
The hernia, coupled with a sore elbow, delayed Zachry's
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New York Mets
Seaver, meanwhile, was in a contract dispute with Mets chairman M. Donald Grant, and had requested a trade. On June 15, 1977, Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman were traded to the Mets in exchange for Seaver. The Mets also dealt Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert, and Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood that same night.
Zachry's poor season continued in New York, as he lost his first two decisions to fall to 3-9 combined. A four hit gem against the Montreal Expos on July 10 signaled a return to form for Zachry. Over the rest of the season, Zachry went 7-4 with a 3.53 ERA, and was the only Mets starting pitcher to post a winning record (7-6) besides Seaver (7-3).
Zachry was masterful to start his first full season as a Met. After defeating his former club on April 30, he finished the first month of the
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On July 24, the Cincinnati Reds came to Shea Stadium with Pete Rose entering the game with a 36-game hitting streak. Zachry held Rose hitless in his first three at-bats, but Rose ultimately tied Tommy Holmes' N.L. record 37 game streak with a single to left in the seventh inning. Four batters later, Zachry was pulled in favor of Kevin Kobel. Frustrated, Zachry went to kick a batting helmet sitting on the dugout steps, missed, and kicked the step. He suffered contusions in his left foot, and left on crutches. He was lost for the remainder of the season.
Despite the fact that his
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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year season. He logged 164.2 innings pitched, his most as a Met, and pitched well in spite of his 6-10 record. His 3.01 ERA was tops among Mets starters, however, he suffered from a lack of run support. The Mets were shut out in each of Zachry's last three decisions, and five times in his 26 starts. On July 25 and July 30, Zachry shut out his opponent in consecutive starts. His streak would have hit three were it not for three unearned runs in the eighth inning of his next start.
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In his first start of the
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Los Angeles Dodgers
During the off season, the Mets traded Zachry to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jorge Orta. In his two seasons with the Dodgers, Zachry pitched exclusively in relief, with the exception of one emergency start made in the second game of a doubleheader against the Mets at Shea on August 30,
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- David E. Skelton. "Pat Zachry". Society for American Baseball Research.
- "Lolich, Staub Garr Traded; Moret Goes for House". Bangor Daily News. December 12, 1975. p. 26.
- "Cincinnati Reds 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 0". Baseball-Reference.com. May 28, 1976.
- "1976 National League Championship Series, Game Two". Baseball-Reference.com. October 10, 1976.
- "1976 World Series, Game Three". Baseball-Reference.com. October 19, 1976.
- "Zachry Lost Best Friend". Reading Eagle. November 30, 1976. p. 24.
- "Zachry, Metzger Share Rookie Award". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 30, 1976. p. 6.
- Herschel Nissenson (April 5, 1977). "Fryman, Segui Starting". Reading Eagle. p. 28.
- "Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 3". Baseball-Reference.com. April 12, 1977.
- "New York Mets 8, Cincinnati Reds 0". Baseball-Reference.com. June 7, 1977.
- "Tom Seaver Finds New Spouse: Trade to Reds Expected Soon". Boca Raton News. June 14, 1977. p. 9.
- "Mets Trade 'Franchise'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 16, 1977.
- "New York Mets 2, Montreal Expos 1". Baseball-Reference.com. July 10, 1977.
- "New York Mets 6, Cincinnati Reds 4". Baseball-Reference.com. April 30, 1978.
- "New York Mets 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2". Baseball-Reference.com. June 7, 1978.
- "Blue, Grimsley Change All-Star Teams". Observer–Reporter. July 5, 1978. p. D2.
- "Rose Didn't Worry About Crucial Hit". Milwaukee Sentinel. July 25, 1978. p. 1 & 2.
- "New York Mets 2, Cincinnati Reds 0". Baseball-Reference.com. July 25, 1980.
- "New York Mets 3, Atlanta Braves 0". Baseball-Reference.com. July 30, 1980.
- "Montreal Expos 4, New York Mets 3". Baseball-Reference.com. August 4, 1980.
- "New York Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 0". Baseball-Reference.com. April 9, 1981.
- John Nelson (June 17, 1981). "Major-league Players Become Summer Civilians". Beaver County Times. p. C1.
- "New York Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 5". Baseball-Reference.com. April 10, 1982.
- "New York Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4". Baseball-Reference.com. August 15, 1982.
- "Los Angeles Dodgers 2, New York Mets 1". Baseball-Reference.com. August 30, 1983.
- "1983 National League Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. October 4–8, 1983.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or The Ultimate Mets Database