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Gary Kolb
Gary Kolb
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 404 of 1043 players
Gary Alan Kolb
Born: March 13, 1940 at Rock Falls, Ill.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 194

Gary Kolb was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on September 30, 2003, November 14, 2010, December 22, 2010, and October 22, 2012.

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First Mets game: July 21, 1965
Last Mets game: October 3, 1965

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January 19, 2002
Another highly regarded prospect(Cardinals)who ended up on the Mets. He too was gone quickly.

jamey bumbalo
February 12, 2006
He never did anything as a ballplayer, but pretty much year in and year out in the mid- and late-'60s he got a Topps baseball card. Except for 1964, when he was with the Cardinals, he was never photographed wearing a baseball hat, since he drifted from team to team. He may have some kind of record for baseball cards without a team hat on.

October 28, 2006
I was at a game at Forbes Field when he played for the Pirates. I was looking into the dugout and commented that one of the players was smoking. Gary Kolb yelled at me and told me if was in the stands where I belonged I wouldn't see them smoking. After that, I never liked him.

May 9, 2008
I remember my parents telling of him hitting an inside the park home run at Wrigley Field no less. He had great speed.

I remeber a quote he had in "Sports Illustrated" when he was with the Pirates. Paraphrasing he was asked what it was like being the 40th man on a 40 member roster. He responded that he dreamed the whole team went down in a plane crash and he was the only survivor, they brought up the Columbus team and he still didn't play.

Jim Eckert
January 21, 2011
Probably everyone has a few incidents in life to look back on and shudder over - but for a fraction of an inch or a second of time you just maybe could have been killed or disabled or something.

Prior to a Mets/Pirates game in 1968 at Forbes Field during batting practice I was in the stands along first base, not paying attention to what was going on on the field. Without warning something skidded hard off the very top of my skull. My friend retrieved a baseball knocking around the seats further across and gave it to me, saying here, you really deserve this one! It was a batting practice foul smoker off the bat of Gary Kolb, a Pirate at that time, the only "souvenir" I have ever gotten in 48 years of attending ball games.

May 8, 2012
The Sports Illustrated quote in Mike's posting was from a 1969 issue of the magazine. Gary was with the Pirates at the time, playing in his final major league season. Coming up with a comment like that, it seems only fitting that he was once traded for Bob Uecker.

August 11, 2015
Gary was my coach in Babe Ruth ball with Cross Lanes WV. We won our state tournament and placed second in regionals, one game from making it to the Babe Ruth World Series. I love the guy as a coach and person. He taught me a lot, was always telling jokes. He would say his claim to fame was being traded for Bob Uecker (which I thought he was kidding until I read his bio.) Still have a lot of respect for the man.

Ed K
March 19, 2016
Not to be confused with pitcher Gary Kroll who was also on the 1965 team.

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