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Jim McAndrew
Jim McAndrew
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 156 of 1043 players
James Clement McAndrew
Born: January 11, 1944 at Lost Nation, Iowa
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 175

Jim McAndrew was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on October 30, 2016, and January 11, 2017.


First Mets game: July 21, 1968
Last Mets game: September 15, 1973

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February 25, 2001
Another darling of the team back then. He was a delight to watch and had a great personality. I just wish they'd have more oldtimer games just to watch one of my 3 favourite players from that '69 team.

March 30, 2001
The database confirms that my memory is not fuzzy but that Jim McAndrew's first four starts saw the Mets getting shut out while he allowed no more than two runs. Kind of odd that he never made it past the fourth/fifth starter role, because he always looked great out there. Who can forget Lost Nation, Iowa?

December 20, 2001
I liked McAndrew. He was another of the Mets pitching staff that kept the team in games. His overall stats don't look great but his ERA is. The Mets averaged less than 3 runs a game during his time-its pretty hard to win games that way. This guy would been a decent #3 or 4 starter on most teams and won more. But theres only so much goodness from lineup of Hondo, Schneck and the Stork.

February 5, 2002
Jim's first start in the majors was against Bob Gibson at St. Louis.

Rob J.
April 3, 2002
Jim was a very good pitcher for the Mets for several seasons. He had great command of his pitches. He was also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. I remember as a 10 year old how polite he was when I asked for an autograph. I was very sad the day I heard on the radio he was sent to the Padres.

Gary from Chesapeake
May 1, 2002
His stats from 1970 say it all: "Led Mets in losses...Led Mets in shutouts." Jim McAndrew is the grand-daddy of those solid Mets starters whose W-L record does not tell the whole story because of their chronic lack of run support. There's a tradition we've seen carried on for more than three decades! (Most recently carried on by Glendon Rusch and Steve Trachsel.)

How many times did we hear Murph or Lindsay identify him as "Jim McAndrew from the town of Lost Nation, Iowa." I think the population of Lost Nation back then was 455.

Jim always seemed to have a pained expression on his face on the mound.

Doug Wulf
August 25, 2002
I'm proud to claim Lost Nation, Iowa as my hometown. I never really knew Jim, but I do remember after the 1969 World Series, the town through a Jim McAndrew Day, and I got his autograph, which I still have. He's the reason I'm a Mets fan today.

Steve Green
September 6, 2002
A quote from Leo Durocher's second baseball autobiography 'Nice Guys Finish Last', as he recalls 1969 as the Cubs' manager:

'...on August 7th we had a lead of nine and a half games. And then the Mets went crazy, getting the kind of pitching, day by day, that had never been heard of before or since, while we stopped hitting completely. (How many people remember, I wonder, that Jim McAndrew, the Mets' number 5 pitcher, had consecutive wins of 1-0, 2-1, 6-0, 3-0?) To my way of thinking, it isn't fair to the Mets to say we lost it. The Mets won it.'

December 25, 2002
September 10, 1969 is the night the Mets moved into first place for the first time ever. Twiniter vs Montreal, McAndrew pitches 11 innings in game one, which Mets win in 12 to pass the Cubs. You don't see a lot of #5 starters get to go 11 innings nowadays. I got to go to this game because I had won the tickets at Banner Day a month earlier, at age 11.

Doug Witte
February 24, 2003
I went to school in Lost Nation with Jim. We played Little League through High School ball, both baseball and basketball. Jim pitched and played shortstop. I caught him for a couple of those years in High School. He was always a good athlete. I stumbled onto your website inadvertantly. P.S. There were 13 boys in our Senior Class.

Tom Scott
April 2, 2003
My dad grew up in Lost Nation, IA. My first big-league baseball game was a Mets/Cardinals game in St. Louis in 1970. I remember my dad taking my younger brother and me down by the Mets dugout to meet Jim. At age five, I didn't totally understand what the big deal was. But, I do vaguely remember Jim being extremely nice....and immediately became my favorite baseball player, mostly because I didn't know of anyone else! A little more perspective from where Jim came from: My dad's senior class had a total of nine, with only two boys!

March 13, 2005
What happened to Jim McAndrew in 1973? Did he pitch with the Mets the full year? Did he get injured? I only ask because he appeared in 23 games in '73 going 3 - 8 but I don't think he pitched in the playoffs or World Series. Was he left off the post-season roster? He was traded to the Padres after the season in December. I've always wondered about this. I mean he was a "fixture" with the Mets of the early 70's so what the heck happened at the end of '73?

Hank M
March 22, 2005
Buzz, to answer your question, Jim McAndrew WAS on the 1973 post-season roster. However, he did not get into any games. Although he had been a mainstay for the previous five years, it seems that he became a forgotten man after George Stone was acquired from the Braves and had a 12-3 season, forcing Jim out of the rotation. He left baseball after one year with the Padres.

I'll always remember Jim for the unusual inward kick he had in his pitching motion. His left foot would almost touch his right knee in the middle of his delivery.

There was a great picture of him and his son Jamie (who became a professional pitcher himself) in one of the yearbooks from the early 70's. It shows Jim on a stool and Jamie sitting on the floor wearing his father's shoes.

October 5, 2006
Jim McAndrew was never my favorite, but I was at the best game of his career, when he pitched a 2 hit shutout against the Giants on August 20, 1969. The two hits were a double and a triple by Don Mason.

There were a lot of Giant fans at Shea that night, the atmosphere seemed more like a Mets road game.

November 6, 2006
Jim McAndrew only had a so-so career, but boy did he pitch brilliantly down the stretch in 1969! He was one of those heroes who just rose to the occasion when the pennant was on the line.

Jamey Bumbalo
August 14, 2007
Jim McAndrew didn't end up with great stats (although he does have an impressive career ERA), but he contributed greatly to the Mets during his career. He almost seems to be a forgotten Met (except for the trivia about Lost Nation, Iowa, which also made it on at least one of his baseball cards).

RF Mojica
December 21, 2007
Jim McAndrew was one of the first baseball players I ever became aware of. I first consciously started watching baseball around 1968, at the age of six. (The first game I ever went to was helmet day in 1967 vs. Pittsburgh, which I remember because coming into the stadium I was handed a helmet, which I wasn't expecting and had no idea I was gonna get.) I remember my father saying about McAndrew "watch this guy. he always pitches great and they never get any runs for him." I was never a Met fan, always leaning towards the American League (tho I grew up in NY, I wasn't a Yankee fan either), but Jim McAndrew stands out in my mind as one of the few Met players of the time that I rooted for. I still have an old B&W 8x10 publicity picture of McAndrew in his Mets uniform. It's probably about 35 years old.

January 6, 2008
I first started going to Shea in the early 1970s. Although I hoped to see Seaver or Koosman pitch, it seemed that McAndrew always started when I went. I met Mr. McAndrew at a Mets autograph show and mentioned that to him. He joked that I must have seen a lot of Mets losses! Actually, he usually pitched well including a complete game 3-hit victory over the Cubbies in 1972 (my first Mets game). I also got to see my all-time favorite, Willie Mays, hit one of his rare HRs as a Met that day.

March 30, 2008
When I see "Lost Nation, Iowa" I have a flashback to a commercial they used to play during the '69 or '70 season. I think it may have been for Reingold, but it said something like "they came from towns named Alvin, Texas and Lost Nation Iowa"...referring to Nolan Ryan and Jim McAndrew. Does anyone remember that commercial, and if it referred to other players and their hometowns too? Of course, if you remember that, then you definitely remember Tom and Nancy singing "Escape, come on over, to Royal Crown Cola!"

Mike B
April 24, 2009
Got Jim's autograph a last month at a baseball card show. He was in disbelief and started laughing when I asked him to inscribe "Lost Nation, IA" on the ball. He left Lost Nation and now lives outside of Phoenix with his family.

April 29, 2011
He was the starting pitcher in the first Mets game I attended as a kid in '68. I even made a sign to hold up, "McAndy is a Dandy!"

I thought my dad didn't know much about baseball but after a couple of games I realized he was smart enough to know Seaver and Koosman were the big draws, and he only took me to games in which Cardwell, Gentry or McAndrew were the starters, because that would mean a smaller crowd and less traffic for him to deal with leaving the game!!! Pretty smart, the old man...

Al Gavin
August 18, 2011
At camera day in 1969, I was 11 and infatuated by the Mets Somehow, I got down to the rail at the field box seats to get a couple pictures. Well, I was getting pushed around pretty good by the crowd and McAndrew saw it. He called over to Ron Swoboda "Rocky!" and I got a good picture of the two of them. That made me a McAndrew fan for the rest of his career. You would NEVER get that now.

Frank the Met
December 11, 2015
My father, a non-baseball fan, was a member of the Queens County Builders Association when I was a kid. They had an annual father-son night, featuring a guest local sports figure. In 1970, Jim McAndrew was the guest. What a nice man! And remember, this was on the heels of the 1969 World Championship, so the Mets were the toast of the town. It was a big deal to meet a member of that team and a thrill to hear Jim talking about that championship season. Many people don't realize Jim has a special place in that 1969-73 era. On both those championship teams, Jim was the number 5 starter, starting the 5th most games both seasons. Like many number 5 starters, he did not appear in any postseason games, mainly because the Met starters went so deep into games. Even the number 4 starters, Don Cardwell ('69) and George Stone ('73) respectively, appeared only briefly in one Series game apiece. As others have said, Jim McAndrew was a rock, lacking only run support.

February 20, 2018
I too have nice memories of Jim McAndrew. In the fall of 1972, Jim came to the South Ozone Park Little League dinner in Queens. Being the MVP of the league, I had the good fortune of having my picture taken with him and our league president. It was then printed in the Long Island Daily Press!

Jim threw hard, excellent control, but seems to be forgotten in some ways because of the likes of Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, Ryan, and later Matlack. I too felt bad when he was traded to the Padres for Steve Simpson.

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