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Doc Medich
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 542 of 1043 players
George Francis Medich
Born: December 9, 1948 at Aliquippa, Pa.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.05 Weight: 225

Doc Medich was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on September 26, 2009, and September 26, 2010.


First Mets game: September 29, 1977
Last Mets game: September 29, 1977

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Mr. Sparkle
April 12, 2001
All I remember about this guy was that he was a Yankee. Therefore I hate him.

May 7, 2001
I remember Doc Medich pitching for the Rangers. Those Ranger teams were as bad as the Mets teams of the late '70s and early 80's. The Rangers had the oldest pitching staff in the world, including Jon Matlack, Fergie Jenkins, Dock Ellis and a young Danny Darwin. Awful.

mike tenenbaum
August 3, 2001
When a friend of our family had cancer surgery, Doc Medich was the surgical resident. Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

October 29, 2001
I went out to dinner with him when he was with the Pirates and they were playing the Cardinals. He was delightful.

Steven Gallanter
March 13, 2003
I believe that he has been disbarred for improperly prescribimg prescription drugs. There is a certain poetic justice in that because "Dock" Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD

Bob P
March 24, 2003
Steven, and whoever else may be is a story that appeared in the St Petersburg Times on March 7, 2001.

MEDICH SENTENCED: Former pitcher George "Doc" Medich was sentenced to nine years probation in Beaver, Pa., for illegally possessing painkillers. Medich, 53, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Maxwell Kates
January 20, 2004
Has anyone ever seen a photograph of Doc Medich in a Mets uniform? He only pitched in the one game for New York, and he was Mets property for only about a week. When the Mets made a poster featuring their all-time roster, they airbrushed a Texas Rangers cap with a Mets logo for Medich. One guy I know through SABR who has photographs of just about everybody in virtually any uniform has never seen a Medich photo with the Mets or Seattle. If one exists, please let me know. Thanks.

Bob P
January 21, 2004
Medich was only a Met for six games, and those were the last six games of the 1977 season. I would be very surprised if there was ever a posed picture of him in a Mets uniform. Maybe if you check the Daily News, Post, or Times from 9/30/77 (Medich made his only Mets appearance the night before) you might find a shot of him pitching.

Medich did lead the AL in shutouts one year (1981, the strike season). The final appearance of his career was in the 1982 World Series as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched two innings in game six, won by the Cardinals, 13-1. He allowed six runs (four were earned), five hits, a walk, and threw two wild pitches, all in the bottom of the sixth.

October 1, 2008
Here's what I've always wondered, having been 1 years old at the time I couldn't possibly have noticed the why's and the how's of this, but why did the Mets even bring this guy in?

They were far out of contention, the season was almost over and he only pitched in one game. Why bother? There was no one else that could pitch this one game? We absolutely had to have Doc Medich pitch one game for the Mets?

Good thing M. Donald Grant had the forsight to get rid of Seaver. Oy. Kind of makes the frustration of these days seem like a picnic compared to the crew we had running the team back then.

October 6, 2008
Interesting question, Ken. I wanted to find out about this blip in Mets history.

The Mariners (!) waived Medich, and so the Mets brought him in for a look. He then signed with Texas that November for four years and $1 million. The New York Times wrote:

"The Mets' proposal was one of the better offers he received. Medich, however, said: "But it didn't seem as if they were very interested after I talked to M. Donald Grant..."

The Rangers wound up getting good value out of Doc. He stayed for the full length of that contract, going over .500 each year (43-32 total).

Randy Scouse Git
July 9, 2009
George "Doc" Medich pitched only one game for the Mets (a road game that he lost), but the best season of his career came when he pitched at Shea Stadium. In 1974, George won 19 games for the Yankees, who played their home games at Shea both that year and the next. The night he went for his 20th, the Yanks lost, eliminating them from the pennant race. He pitched one more season at Shea, got traded to Pittsburgh and the Yanks moved back to the Bronx.

In one game at Shea with the Yanks, Doc had a no- hitter going against the Royals when Fran Healy singled on his first pitch of the ninth inning to break it up. Anybody remember this happening?

August 4, 2009
Yes, I remember the Doc Medich no-hitter that Fran Healy broke up, in the 9th. I was listening to the game on radio while camping out and fishing, growing up in Kansas. That was like 35 years ago this month. I liked the Yankees and my friend Ron liked the Royals so we were really into listening to the game, especially after the 6th when the no-no was looming. Good times.

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