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Gerry Arrigo
Gerry Arrigo
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 342 of 1043 players
Gerald William Arrigo
Born: June 12, 1941 at Chicago, Ill.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 185

Gerry Arrigo was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on June 26, 2009.


First Mets game: May 22, 1966
Last Mets game: August 7, 1966

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Gary from Chesapeake
April 5, 2002
Look at these stats! A .500 pitcher AND a .500 hitter! There's a Met's trivia question for you! Sorry, I don't remember ol' Gerry, though!

David Mo
June 12, 2002
My father and I saw Gerry Arrigo (born exactly 30 years to the day after my Dad was) at Shea once. I can't pinpoint the date but we were both impressed with him and later were perplexed that the pitching-poor Mets would dump him and keep two lefties with poor records, including Rob Gardner (4-8 5.12) and another guy who went 2-9, 5.34 that year. The latter was Tug McGraw, so chalk one up to the Mets braintrust in 1966.

March 14, 2005
Somebody help me out! We get this guy from the Reds. He pitches well, hits very well, and we sell him back to the Reds 3 months later! Was this an under the table loan due to an injury problem? Makes no sense to me at all!

Bob Schwartz
September 24, 2005
I think I remember reading once an anecdote about Gerry Arrigo. According to this anecdote, he was pitching for the Reds, with Johnny Bench catching, and Bench called for a breaking ball. Arrigo waved him off, wanting to throw a fastball, but Bench continued to signal for the breaking ball, because he didn't think Arrigo had much of a fastball that day. Finally, Bench conceded, and Arrigo threw the fastball. Then, according to the story, Bench, to show Arrigo what he thought of his fastball, caught the pitch in his bare hand, and all the players on both benches broke into laughter. Arrigo, the story goes, never shook Bench off again.

Feat Fan
March 24, 2006
Mets had him for a stint in '67, I remember that he had some success with the Twins, and in '64, just missed a no-hitter when Chicago's Mike Hershberger laces a 9th-inning single, as the Twins beat the Sox, 2–0. Arrigo will toss another one-hitter while pitching for the Reds after the Mets gave up on him.

Great name, huh, Arrigo!

donald ross
May 19, 2006
My greatest memory of Gerry Arrigo is that when I was like 12 (1965) years old, he played for the Reds and I was the kid that cut his grass in Amelia, Ohio. When he was sent to the Mets, he gave me a baseball autographed by the whole Reds team at the time. He and his wife were the greatest to a kid that idolized Reds players.

Mets Old Timer
April 2, 2011
In 1966, the Mets got Gerry from the Reds and later sent him back to Cincinnati. He wasn't in New York very long, but he did have one memorable game with the orange and blue. On July 17, he drove in three runs with two doubles and was the winning pitcher. I don't know if he considers this to be the highlight of his career, but I'm sure he remembers it very well.

Gerry's last baseball card was #274 in the 1970 Topps set. He is identified as a White Sox player on the card, but is clearly wearing a Mets uniform. He looks like actor Kelsey Grammer (TV's "Frasier") in that picture.

Dennis Hoskins
January 4, 2013
I have two memories of Gerry Arrigo. My family lived near his in-laws in 1963 in Amelia, Ohio. I remember as a 5-year-old in 1963 watching my 16-year-old brother, Gary, catching Gerry Arrigo in an unmowed field between our houses. Being the "bull pen" catcher of a Major League pitcher was a big deal to my teenaged brother. I remember Gary talking about how good a curve ball Gerry Arrigo had and how much his hand was stinging!

I also remember seeing Gerry working a ticket window at River Downs, a thoroughbred track near Cincinnati. I was there with my father, and this was soon after Gerry's baseball career had ended. Gerry was working the window for "big bettors" and not the $2 window my father frequented. Overall, Gerry seemed like a nice man.

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