John Pacella
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John Pacella
John Pacella
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 314 of 1043 players
John Lewis Pacella
Born: September 15, 1956 at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 186

John Pacella was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on September 15, 2013.


First Mets game: September 15, 1977
Last Mets game: October 1, 1980

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I remember being 8 years old and watching Met games with my dad and listening to Steve Albert do the John Pacella cap count --- how many times he lost his cap in a game

Mets' play-by-play guys would make a big deal about Pacella's cap falling off contributing it to how hard he threw (and not his poor mechanics.)

He would warm up in the bullpen without wearing a cap (the Mets had to obstrute the view of the camera because players are required to wear one even warming up.)

March 19, 2001
He tried, but those were some bleak days.

The 26th Met
February 23, 2002
Everyone who ever collected baseball cards remembers selected hilights of the players previous season. Well in John Pacella's case I guess the Topps company could not come up with any credible highlights to Pacella's 1980 season. The back of his '81 Topps card simply read "John has the unique distinction of losing his cap on each pitch." Wow!

Paul S
July 23, 2002
A world of talent that just never materialized. Threw hard but had absolutely no command of his pitches...he was a thrower not a pitcher. Being from Brooklyn, Torre probably had a soft spot for him as he shouldn't have been with the Mets for as long as he was.

Some of you might recall Pacella being forever immortalized on the "Eight is Enough" TV show. One of the daughters dates a fictional Mets pitcher who before he makes his big league debut in Dodger Stadium gets called away for a family emergency, as the pitcher leaves the stadium parking lot you hear in the background "Now pitching for the Mets, John Pacella". That may have been the kiss of death for him.

Edgy DC
October 11, 2002
The fictional Met was Merle "the Pearl" Stockwell (played by soap actor Brian Patrick Clark). Susan Bradford would eventually marry him, but he never established himself as a big leaguer during the show's run.

Five peeps at the J ump the Shark site have voted for the introduction of Merle as the point at which Eight Is Enough jumped the shark. This is the first time I read that it was the point where John Pacella jumped the shark.

You learn something new every day.

Andy from Rego Park
December 5, 2002
Too bad we can't have a Merle Stockwell page. (MBTN -- I think he wore number 57.) But then, we'd have to have a Sidd Finch page, and it would be all downhill from there.

Speaking of downhill, Pacella and shakey infielder Jose Moreno were traded to San Diego after 1980 for out-of-control ex-Cy Young award winner Randy Jones. And, I believe Pacella later resurfaced with the Yankee organization.

February 9, 2003
I had the unforuntate pleasure of seeing John's two NY debuts '77 with the Mets and '82 with the Yankees. The only Yankee game I ever attended.

Russ Antico
January 3, 2006
He is my second cousin. I remember watching him with my dad from the front row and getting a kick out of his hat falling off. Memories are vague as I was just a small kid. (5 years old) I remember him most from his card, with his hat in the dirt.

February 8, 2006
I caught Johnny at Connetquot High School on Long Island. He threw so hard that I needed an extra pad in my catcher's glove, but my hand still looked like raw meat at the end of every game. Towards the end of the season, his reputation for throwing hard stuff got around the league and I remember seeing one kid's knees shaking when he stood in the batter's box. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself! I'm just glad John was on my team. He kept his cap on his head throughout high school and I'm sure he was trying too hard and overthrowing when he got his big league chance. That said, he has a Topps baseball card with his picture on it and I don't!

Mrs. Spunky
September 6, 2008
Watched John in the minors and his hat stayed on 50% of the time then! Today I watch John's son in the minors. Talk about feeling old!

Gets by Buckner
October 29, 2010
It's sad to say this but John's hat always falling off was the only memory I have of a bleak 1980 season. Just think. If he pitched today, they would have posted on the top of your TV screen a "Hat falling count" just like the pitch count TBS has during the NLDS.

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