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Dick Selma
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 195 of 1043 players
Richard Jay Selma
Born: November 4, 1943 at Santa Ana, Cal.
Died: August 29, 2001 at Clovis, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 160

Dick Selma was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 29, 2004, September 11, 2009, and July 2, 2012.


First Mets game: September 2, 1965
Last Mets game: September 24, 1968

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I remember 1966 was the first season I really got into baseball. I was nine years old and my favorite pitcher was Dick Selma. I don't even know why. I remember he was number 39. He was probably pitching at a game I went to, and all I could see from my upper-deck outfield seat was number 39.

March 30, 2001
Didn't Selma used to pinch-run every once in a while?

I mostly remember that in mid June of 1968 Seaver and Koosman were on their way to big years and Dick Selma was 6-0! Guess he went 3-10 the rest of the way and then was lost in the expansion draft. I seem to remember him being one of the more obnoxious Cubbies in the summer of 69.

Won Doney
April 17, 2001
He was a good pitcher on a team that couldn't back him up with runs.

Can you imagine what the 1968 Mets would be like if they had good offense? After all, the 1968 Mets hold the Mets record for best team ERA (2.73).

Tony & Jamie Joaquin
August 29, 2001
Dick Selma was a good baseball pitcher, a fair dart shooter and a great friend. He left this world today, August 29, 2001, but will never leave our hearts.

harvey k
January 30, 2002
there are two very intersting tidbits about dick selma.he was one of the first pitchers to abandon the full windup and go to a no windup delivery.second, he was the winning pither agaist the pirates at Shea in the game after they filmed the triple play sequence with bill mazeroski in the movie the odd couple.

Steve Green
October 2, 2002
If you watch enough games on TV, especially with the limited camera setups of the 60's, you can gauge pretty well where the ball is going when hit, or whether it's a ball or strike.

Selma was pitching for the Mets against the Phillies one televised game. I forget the batter -- lefty hitter; maybe Deron Johnson? Gordy Coleman? -- but Selma wound up and threw, for a ball, a pitch that didn't show up on the TV screen. This thing had to've been 110 MPH. I thought I was seeing things, until two days later when Dick Young in his column brought up the subject...something to the effect of 'was I seeing right the other night...did Dick Selma throw the fastest pitch I ever saw?....'

FRED of Nyack
March 26, 2003
As per an earlier posting concerning the fastest pitch ever seen; it may have been against the Phillies as I think it was against Philadelphia in which Selma struck out ten batters for one of the first if not THE first time for a Mets pitcher. If it was a left-handed hitter it was NOT Deron Johnson and if it was against the Phillies it wasn't Gordy Coleman. But certainly the basic thought is right as fellow right-handed pitcher from Fresno, Ca., Tom Seaver felt that in his prime no one -- not himself, Koosman or Ryan -- threw as hard as Dick Selma.

Many no-windup pitchers preceded Selma. Don Larsen comes most immediately to mind.

Someone mentioned him as a pinch runner, which I do remember him doing on Opening Day 1966 and him getting picked off second base.

I think that he went to the Padres, perhaps in the expansion draft prior to the 1969 season but ended up in the Cubs bullpen waving a towel to get the Bleacher Bums going. This was almost as annoying as Ron Santo clicking his heels. Like another ex-Met, Jim Hickman, he seemed to have little affection for his old team.

As he slightly pre-dated Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, Ryan, etc., he should be remembered fondly as the first of the home grown power pitchers who turned things around for the franchise. Rest in peace Mr. Selma.

Joe Figliola
September 30, 2003
The Jack Lang book about the Mets that came out in the mid-1980s (a GREAT book that I wish would be revised and re-released) mentions that Selma's downfall with the Amazin's was not his pitching, but the fact that he had unauthorized shoulder surgery in the off-season. Apparently, he had a problem that he decided to get fixed on his own without telling Mets brass, and that the physician notced the scar and asked what was up.

Now I have not read this book in quite some time and am recalling all this. Hopefully, my facts are straight about this tale.

Feat Fan
July 13, 2004
In his second start in the major leagues Selma, defeated the Braves 1-0 and recorded 13 strikeouts - - at that time, a record for a Mets' pitcher.

October 28, 2006
Evidently he didn't enjoy his time as a Met. I recall that Selma pitched the very first game ever played by the Padres, after he had been drafted from the Mets. This was in April 1969. The Padres scored a lot of runs for him that day and he was quoted in the newspapers as saying that it was good to finally be on a team that knew how to hit! Of course, that year the Padres finished last and the Mets won the World Series, so I wonder how Selma felt about that!

Mets fan in Maine
September 3, 2007
Despite the negative tone of many of the postings about Selma, whose baseball cards always touted him as a very hard thrower, it's worth noting that his ERA with the Mets was an impressive 3.16 (and in 1967 and 1968 it was, respectively, 2.77 and 2.75). Sure, the Mets had several promising young pitchers in those days, but it's hard to understand why they left him unprotected for the Padres.

Bob P
September 16, 2007
I'm not trying to be particularly positive or negative about Dick Selma. I do know that the two years referenced above (1967 and 1968) were very good ones for Selma. But over the course of his ten-year career, his ERA was 3.62 while the league ERA was 3.61. That would indicate he was a pretty average pitcher.

May 23, 2012
One night I saw Mr. Dick Selma back in 1974 in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico pitching for the local team, Ostioneros. He pitched the same season for the Mayos of Navojoa. I feel a real admiration for Mr. Selma ever since, enjoyed very much looking his courage striking out batters, he was a great pro, and a unbeatable warrior. I send all my respects to his family; they should be very proud of his achievements in baseball. Despite the stats, he was a good man and has all my admiration.

March 21, 2012
I had the satisfaction to see Mr. Dick Selma pitching in Mexico with a team named Mayos de Navojoa, same team where Fernando Valenzuela pitched when he was a star with the LA Dodgers. Dick Selma had a canon instead of an arm, real professional, nice man; I still feel an admiration for his underrated talent. Let his family know that I am a huge fan of his dad. Viva Dick Selma.

Ed K
May 21, 2012
Selma was the only pitcher (300 innings+) who left the Mets before 1969 with an ERA for his Mets career under 4.00.

Steve Green
June 1, 2012
Have returned to this site after a long, regrettable while. I may even have posted this same tale in the previous life, lol.

Dad and I watched a lot of Mets baseball on our black-and-white TV. After a while, you could gauge if just about every ball in play was a hit or an out.

Dick Selma was pitching. If I recall, the hitter was Gordy Coleman. Selma let fly, fastball. It was high, and Coleman took it for a ball. And I wasn't too sure myself if I had seen it -- until a FEW DAYS LATER. That was when Dick Young of the Daily News wrote something like, "Is my eyesight going, or did Dick Selma throw the fastest pitch I ever saw the other night?"

The pitch wasn't just a blur, it wasn't even visible! What were we discussing? 125 miles an hour?

March 12, 2013
Selma and Seaver went to Fresno high school together. Selma was the big prospect and Seaver only made the varsity team in his senior year.

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