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Jack Lamabe
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 544 of 974 players
Lamabe
John Alexander Lamabe
Born: October 3, 1936 at Farmingdale, N.Y.
Died: December 21, 2007 at Baton Rouge, La.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 198

Jack Lamabe was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 23, 2007, and December 26, 2007.

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First Mets game: April 28, 1967
Last Mets game: July 13, 1967





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Barry
September 30, 2001
Around 1980 I saw Jack shopping at Macy's in Roosevelt Field on Long Island.

Alan
February 18, 2002
I remember going to a Mets game with my family. We went I believe to a doubleheader in 1967 and we were near the bull pen. A bunch of kids (about 15 years old or so) were needling Jack as he warmed up. I just thought it was cool to be near a major leaguer. When he finished warming up he waved to me. 35 years later ,I still say thanks Jack. You made my day

Feat Fan
April 10, 2004
Long Island native threw complete game 1-hit shutout in '66 with ChiSox.

That got my attention!

Bob P
April 20, 2004
That complete game one-hitter came in the second game of a Memorial Day 1966 doubleheader at Comiskey Park against the Red Sox. Jack had a no-hitter for seven innings in his first start of the year before future Met Joe Foy led off the eighth with a single.

Future World Champions Tommie Agee, J.C. Martin, and Al Weis all played in the game for the White Sox. Agee scored four runs as Chicago won, 11-0.

Lamabe followed that game with a three-hit shutout against Washington four days later. Jack had only one other shutout in his career, and that came with the Cardinals in 1967.

Jamey Bumbalo
December 6, 2006
Eight years and seven teams. Guess he never realized his potential.

Mets fan in Maine
January 1, 2008
Other than appearing in the 1967 World Series as a Cardinal, he didn't do too much in his major league career. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Springfield College (master's degree), a United States Marine, an LSU baseball coach, and a coach with the Rockies and Padres, he was called "Tomatoes" by friends (according to his recent obituary). On a less dignified note, his 1967 Topps card claimed Lamabe "must keep his weight down to keep in winning form."

mark egan
January 26, 2008
Tom Seaver mentioned Jack in a video when Tom discussed his appearance at the '67 All Star Game. Tom wanted to know how to pitch to certain AL batters just in case he got into the game. Jack was able to tell Tom how to pitch to Ken Berry of the White Sox because Jack was a teammate of his in '66. As fate would have it Berry was the last batter for the AL in the bottom of the 15th inning and Tom struck him out.

Doug Steers
July 22, 2008
I had the personal pleasure of actually knowing Jack. After he retired from baseball (1968) he took a part time job coaching for Mepham High School on Long Island. He was my coach, and I remember him as the most inspirational gentleman I have ever known. In high school, I was just coming out of my "scrawny little weakling" phase. Jack truly inspired me to work hard, try hard, and not to be disappointed if I failed. I still keep a little trophy he gave me as a memento. I've bragged about having a World Series ring owner as a coach for the past 40 years. A truly wonderful man, whom I will miss.

Bill Corcoran
May 28, 2010
I grew up in Springfield, Ma. and played basketball at the North Branch elementary school. We were in the 15 years old category and a few of us got to play ball with the older guys...Lamabe attending Springfield College at the time used to play there evenings to keep in shape during the off season. I remember playing against him several times; he was much better at baseball but a real gentleman. Another notable that played was Joe Schibelli the Los Angeles Rams all pro guard.

Feat Fan
July 13, 2010
Lamabe could be dominating at times; he pitched well for the '67 Cards and threw a one-hit complete game shutout as a White Sox hurler in 1966.

Ed K
May 31, 2011
A note about Jack Lamabe: in early July 1967, he pitched well but lost to the Cards in a spot start for the nightcap of a doubleheader. A couple weeks later, Bob Gibson got hurt and the Cards needed a stop-gap pitcher. So Stan Musial (the GM) called up Bing Devine and the Cards got Lamabe in exchange for sending Al Jackson back to the Mets. Lamabe ended up being on the 1967 World Champions while Al Jackson missed out. And, of course, Al Jackson missed out a second time when the Mets traded him mid-season in 1969.









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