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Buzz Capra
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 204 of 1043 players
Lee William Capra
Born: October 1, 1947 at Chicago, Ill.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 168

Buzz Capra was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 20, 2011, June 5, 2012, and April 21, 2016.


First Mets game: September 15, 1971
Last Mets game: September 18, 1973

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Mr. Sparkle
January 3, 2001
Iremeber him being a pretty good pitcher out of the bullpen but looking at his numbers here they aren't real impressive. I think he was better with the Braves. I'll always remember him for the Pedro Borbon fight during the Rose-Harrelson altercation during the 73 playoffs.

March 18, 2001
I think he may have won an ERA title with the Braves.

John Nigro
October 12, 2001
Buzz was my college coach at Northeastern Ill. University. He has toiled around the minor leagues as a pitching coach and has never been back to the majors as one. I can't understand why he hasn't had a chance, knowing his style and the success he had in the bigs as pitcher.

November 16, 2001
Didn't he punch out Pedro Borbon?

December 23, 2002
The day BEFORE Willie Mays made his Mets debut, I saw Buzz beat Juan Marichal 1-0 at Shea. Quite a weekend.

January 17, 2003
Buzz was bitten by Pedro Borbon in the Harrelson-Rose brawl. He was traded to to the Braves the next season, and later led the NL in ERA!

April 23, 2003
Hey I think that's great that you all remember Buzz. He's my cousin. He is no longer in baseball. Although I believe he has a baseball camp for kids.

kevin capra
March 13, 2004
I remember, my dad would talk about him. He never told me how he was related to him, but I remember him telling me he was.

I never met him, and my dad said he was a great player. I've looked him up a few times, and yes, every Capra has that spunk that Buzz had. It's a competitive edge we all have.

August 3, 2004
I love this...they trade him to Atlanta, and he is an All-Star with them and wins the ERA title in 1974.


Great baseball name, too. Buzz Capra. It rolls right off the tongue.

May 23, 2005
I still think of Buzz with fondness for his part in the brawl with the Reds during the '73 playoffs! He and Borbon moved away from the main pile and really got into it! Thought it showed a lot of guts to make it in from the pen to backup another teamate! We once again gave up on a player too soon. Buzz did win the '74 ERA Title. They must have overused him though, he was never the same after that!

Bob L.
July 18, 2005
I am a life long Cubs fan but also a big Buzz Capra fan. I played Little Leaque with Buzz. I think Buzz got his name from the 'buzz' haircut he had as a kid. In fact, everyone in his family had one except maybe his mother. One thing I will always remember is seeing Buzz's dad hitting him ground balls at Chopin park in Chicago when there was still snow on the ground. Buzz was probably only 10 years old at that time. I am sure his dad had a lot to do with his success since at that time there were very few good Little League coaches to be found.

Inz 41
December 2, 2005
I really liked Buzz Capra, a good pitcher, wore #38. I was quite unhappy when the sold him to the Braves. Could never figure out, why. Of course, he pitched well with Atlanta. I loved the way Bob Murphy would say, "BuuhZ CAP-rah".

December 9, 2005
I met Lee on the first day of our two week training obligation at Camp McCoy, WI. We hit it off right away when he opened his foot locker and revealed two mitts and a half dozen baseballs. My kind of guy! He was in "A" ball in the Mets system. We played catch together just about every day. Every year Buzz performed well and made it up to triple "A". The Mets had a staff of Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, a kid by the name of Nolan Ryan and Jon Matlack waiting in the wings. Finally, in '70 or '71 I talked to Buzzie at Wrigley Field the day before he was scheduled to pitch againt the Cubs. (It was the only time I ever sat on the visitors side.) I watched him on WGN the following day and it was a very proud event for all of us of the 108 Support Bn. Buzz: I'm still out here and send my warmest regards.

December 20, 2006
I had the pleasure of becoming close friends with Buzz while playing twelve inch ball with him for 6 years in a suburb of Chicago. This was way after his playing days, but he still enjoyed playing. He played a good infield. Most down to earth guy I ever met. I will be seeing him this Friday night for some holiday cheer.

Ed K
June 12, 2007
One of three Mets pitchers who went on to win ERA titles elsewhere. Mike Scott and Nolan Ryan are the others.

Funny have the Mets sale of him to Atlanta gets overlooked on all those All-Time Mets Worst Trades lists. If he had his 1974 season with the Mets, maybe they don't fold so badly.

Feat Fan
August 14, 2007
Capra's '74 season did not go unnoticed by Strat-o-Matic and he was awarded a very impressive card. I had him, Frank Tanana and Doc Medich ( all having pitched for both locals at one time) as my top three starters in a league that I was in.

Capra threw a NO HITTER, besting another dual performer, Dock Ellis on his way to a 22-6 2.05 ERA with 223 k's. Funny how those numbers stick in my head.

August 14, 2007
Met Buzz at the 2007 Mets fantasy camp. His team won the championship. Very nice.

September 9, 2011
I remember him being a seldom-used arm out of the pen for the early '70s Mets. Had a good arm but was wild. Had a better career with the Braves. I have a '75 baseball card of him somewhere.

Jonathan Stern
October 19, 2011
As the story goes, Buzz Capra and Pedro Borbon fought each other just after the players pulled Pete Rose and Buddy Harrelson apart. Borbon lost his cap while fighting Capra. After they were separated, Borbon picked up what he thought was his Reds' cap. It turned out to be a Mets' cap. In full rage, he took the cap off of his head, bit into it, and tore it to pieces! I don't know how that is possible, but apparently he really did it. There were witnesses.

JK Garnett
September 26, 2013
Buzz was a darn good coach. He was my coach at Northeastern Illinois Univ. in 83? Anyway, he gave me some great pitching pointers. He helped perfect my (average) screws and curves into a little better than average. Thanks.

Bill Herr
October 14, 2015
Growing up in Chicago, I'm a life-long Cubs fan but when the Mets played Wrigley Field in 1971, my dad told me we were distantly related to Buzz Capra, the Mets' starting pitcher, and he had first row tix on the bull pen. I was a confused 12 year old rooting against my Cubbies for the only time in my life. Cubs won and Buzz came over for dinner. I got a ball signed by most of the Mets pitchers including Buzz, Tug McGraw, Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver. My dad shellacked the ball to preserve it and it turned black. Oh well, at least I got to meet Buzz!

Old Fashioned Met
October 9, 2017
When Buzz was traded to Atlanta just before the start of the 1974 season, it initially looked like a sequel to the disastrous Nolan Ryan deal a few years earlier. In ’74, Capra challenged Phil Niekro as the Braves’ ace pitcher with a 16 ace pitcher with a 16-8 record, a league-leading 2.28 ERA and a spot on the National League All-Star team. He showed signs of stardom that could have plagued the Mets once again. However, his success turned out to be temporary and he was gone after only three more seasons in obscurity.

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