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Tom Veryzer
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 442 of 1043 players
Thomas Martin Veryzer
Born: February 11, 1953 at Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Died: July 8, 2014 at Islip, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 175

Tom Veryzer was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 11, 2007, September 14, 2011, October 19, 2013, July 8, 2014, July 9, 2014, and July 8, 2015.

2b ss

First Mets game: April 9, 1982
Last Mets game: September 15, 1982

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Mr. Sparkle
I'll never forget the time Claudell Washington broke Veryzer's leg when Claudell slid into 2nd with spikes a-flying. If it weren't for that I would never remember the guy.

flushing flash
March 28, 2001
The Mets were 27-21 and Tom Veryzer was hitting .333 on June 1, 1982. On that day Veryzer injured his leg and was lost for the season. The Mets record for the rest of the year was 38-76. Coincidence? I think not.

September 3, 2003
I remember that he had to wear a uniform with his name spelled 'Beryzer' for one game. He was hot as could be for a couple of weeks, got hurt, and slid into oblivion.

June 6, 2004
I was a young kid when I started to follow Tom Veryzer. I'm from Islip, NY and he grew up in my town and lived across the street from my grandparents. I was stoked that he came to the Mets and kinda bummed after he went to the Cubs. He is a stand up guy and my childhood memories of baseball when I was a kid will always be surrounded by Tom. I still have a few pictures he sent to me for Christmas playing at Yankee Stadium. Thanks for the memories!

July 1, 2004
Another average locally-bred player the Mets hired, that they thought would be a big draw...presumably that his family and friends would all buy season tickets en masse.

But once he landed on the disabled list, that idea went down the drain.

Biggest Fan
July 5, 2005
Tom Veryzer was the best shortstop the Mets ever had. Hands down. No question.

May 28, 2007
I met him in 1982. He came to sign autographs at a baseball card store in my hometown of Patchogue. I remember trying to start up a conversation but not being able to get two words out of the guy. Pretty good player though. The Mets should have kept him.

October 29, 2010
Tom was good guy and a slick fielding SS. I'm from Islip too and he lived on the next block. Graduated with sister Patty. I remember her telling me at lunch period how he was doing and how Ralph Houk really liked him. Mr Veryzer was our A.D. at Islip High, what a great guy!!! Lived behind Associated.

Jerry Newport
December 27, 2012
I remember Tom and his three older brothers well. I graduated with oldest brother, John. However, being not gifted in baseball, I actually played against Tommy, four years younger, in Little League. He was already a standout shortstop in only the second grade!!

John and Jim were the older pair and I spent many hours at the Veryzer home in pickup games of all sports. It was fun to watch the younger pair, Jerry and Tommy, follow in the footsteps of their older brothers. In charge of it all was their dad, Mr V, we called him, the high school basketball coach and eventually the A.D. Great Islip family!!

January 24, 2014
I remember Tom was supposed to make an appearance in 1982 at the Mid Island Plaza Mall in Hicksville for an autograph signing. As a kid I was very excited to meet a real Met. Well, after waiting for hours he never showed. No explanation. Nothing. It wasn't like this guy was Mickey Mantle or anything. What a letdown. Thanks Tom!

Tom K
July 10, 2014
I grew up in Islip in the 70's. Went to Sherwood Elementary and Islip HS. Everybody knew about Tommy Veryzer. We all played on the same ball fields as Tommy, but he made it to the big leagues. He stayed a part of his hometown of Islip after leaving baseball. Best on your journey, Tom.

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