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Mike Marshall
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 407 of 1043 players
Michael Grant Marshall
Born: January 15, 1943 at Adrian, Mich.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 180

Mike Marshall was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 31, 2014, March 21, 2015, and August 21, 2015.


First Mets game: August 19, 1981
Last Mets game: October 2, 1981

Winner of National League Cy Young award, 1974. (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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December 10, 2001
The ultimate in the "past-his-prime" pickup department.


If the Mets had gotten him in, say, 1975 --when he was coming off a Cy Young Award & The Mets had just traded Tug McGraw....

October 10, 2003
After the Mets let him go, he was charged with breaking a truck window with a rock or a ball or something he threw at it from his garage. Any judge who saw him pitch for the Mets would have let him off, because he couldn't possibly hit a target that small from that distance.

Didn't he once lose a game by throwing a wild pitch on an intentional walk? Might not have that one quite right, but he definitely had some serious control problems toward the end.

Joe Figliola
October 15, 2003
At the time, I thought it was a smart move by the Mets to pick Marshall up. Back then, I looked upon it as the team picking up a savvy veteran who knew how to win. Although I don't recall him losing a game on a wild pitch during an intentional walk, I do remember him pitching pretty well. His numbers, particularly his ERA, were decent for the team at the team. However, I question why schmucko Torre didn't use him more in save situations. Wasn't that Marshall's claim to fame throughout his career?

February 7, 2005
I believe in a game against the Stros, Marshall uncorked two wild pitches in the ninth inning to lose 5-4. If I remember correctly, the first allowed a runner to advance to third, the next, to score the winning run. Both pitches were knucklers.

Bob P
February 12, 2005
Mex, a quick check at retrosheet.org show that you are mostly right about Marshall. I think the game you are referring to was played September 1, 1981 at the Astrodome.

The Mets trailed 2-0 for much of the game, but tied it in the seventh. Marshall replaced Pete Falcome in the bottom of the seventh and retired seven of the first eight batters he faced. But with one out in the ninth, Andy Ashby doubled. A groundout moved pinch-runner Scott Loucks to third, and with Harry Spilman at the plate, Marshall threw a wild pitch giving the Astros the win.

Jonathan Stern
January 23, 2012
During his playing career, Mike Marshall earned a PhD in kinesiology. I am not even going to try to explain what kinesiology is. My attempt to understand it from the wiki article failed.

In one of his books, Tim McCarver wrote that he had a fight with Marshall and never liked him.

December 19, 2012
Marshall was a SS in the minors for 4 years before he pitched. One look at his fielding stats explain why he became a pitcher. In his 4 years he made 53, 68, 45 and 39 errors.

Shickhaus Franks
December 22, 2015
Only the Mets would have two Mike Marshalls ---The first one was the relief ace of the 70's with the Dodgers and the other was a decent power hitting first sacker whose other claim to fame besides playing for the Dodgers, he was Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's) boyfriend for a spell. Then again the Mets had 2 Bob Millers in 1962.

October 9, 2017
Los Angeles, 1974: Mike is on the mound with the tying run on first base in the ninth inning of the second game of the World Series. The Oakland runner is Herb Washington, who served as a pinch-runner only and neither came to bat nor played a defensive position during the season. At the time, Charlie Finley was trying to create a “designated runner” rule and depended on Washington to sell his new idea to baseball. Marshall made a great pickoff throw and the running specialist was tagged out by Steve Garvey to help preserve a Dodger win. After this moment, Finley’s thoughts crashed to the ground and poor Herb saw his career come to an end.

Thank you, Mike, for killing the possibility of a “DR” and preventing further demoralization of the national pastime. The designated hitter is bad enough!

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