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Calvin Schiraldi
Calvin Schiraldi
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 337 of 1043 players
Calvin Drew Schiraldi
Born: June 16, 1962 at Houston, Tex.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.05 Weight: 215

Calvin Schiraldi was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on September 27, 2009.


First Mets game: September 1, 1984
Last Mets game: September 14, 1985

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I went to Banner Day in 1985. Some guy had a sign that read "Sisk Sucks!" on one side and "But Schiraldi is worse!" on the other. Boy, did he prove that in the '86 World Series--thanks, Cal.

He was the ace at the University of Texas before Roger Clemens. People actually thought he would be better than Clemens coming out of UT. Not quite. Besides his remarkably bad relief performance in Games 6 and 7 of the '86 Series, I'll always remember Schiraldi giving up 10 runs in an inning in that 26-7 debacle against the Phillies in '85. That's the game that Von Hayes (I'm pretty sure it was Hayes) hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the first inning. He led off the game with a homer and then hit a grand slam later in the inning. And to think, Schiraldi was the worst pitcher on the field that day.

March 17, 2001
OK, let's say it's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded and the game is tied. Do you want:

A) Schiraldi to pitch B) Kenny Rogers to pitch, or C) Just forfeit and save yourself the aggravation.

Won Doney
November 13, 2001
If the game happens to be game 6 of the 1986 World Series, I would want him to pitch for the Red Sox.

David M.
February 14, 2002
Schiraldi was the true goat for the Red Sox during the 1986 World Series. Somehow he escaped culpability for Red Sox loss as Buckner got all the blame.

Thanks for being on the mound during Game 6 of the 1986 Series. You made a Mets fan dream come true.

Larry Burns
May 30, 2002
Who would have believed in college he was a higher ranked prospect that Roger Clemens. Talk about two different roads taken. My real memory of him is the 1986 World Series, I will never forget the look of total fear he had when he was put in the game. He looked like he would rather take a kick to the groin than throw a pitch. Although I was still nervous, he made me feel much more confident about our chances. I think his career ended at that same moment Ray Knight crossed the plate---even though he was long gone.

Karl de Vries
December 23, 2002
Forget Bill Buckner, this guy is the REAL goat of the 1986 World Series. The spiritual forebearer to Armando Benitez, Mr. Pressure.

December 28, 2002
He used to ask the manager to come out from the dugout and take him out of tough situations. Even Gary Carter said this kid had the look of a no guts loser. And Gary Carter doesn't have that kind of thing to say about too many people.

Jeff In Florida
May 27, 2003
I still get chills when I remember watching Game 7 of the 1986 World Series at home in New York. No, I am not one of the 5 million people who have claimed to be at that game. However, I remember that when he came in the fans were chanting, "Calvin Calvin Calvin!!!!!!" He looked like a scared deer. When Ray Knight hit that home run I knew it was over. Thanks Calvin!

October 3, 2003
Yup, that "deer in the headlights" look is ingrained in a lot of peoples' memories, including mine.

I always thought Schiraldi got a raw deal, though. He never should have been put in that position. He was red hot for about three weeks in August and the Sox got the crazy idea they'd discovered a closer. Truth is, he was never really that good and he wound up in a role he wasn't nearly able to handle. If his confidence hadn't been totally destroyed, he might have had a decent career as 5th starter or middle- reliever / spot starter. But have one hot streak for a team with no bullpen and suddenly you're Mitch Williams.

As for the goat of the '86 series, why not McNamara? Got all sentimental about letting Buckner be on the field to celebrate at the end. In the ALCS, Stapleton went in for defense. Should've done the same here.

July 13, 2004
The Mets rated this guy higher than Roger Clemens?

Calvin Schiraldi performed his greatest service to the Mets as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

April 30, 2005
I was at Game 7. I've never felt Shea rock like that night! I mean, you could feel the stadium moving and swaying! I was 3 rows from the top of the stadium so I couldn't see the look on Cal's face! I can tell you,when the crowd started the C-A-L-V-I-N chant it was both eerie and spooky at the same time! I later got to see his expression on the Series highlight tape! He looks like he'd rather step in front of moving traffic, than pitch the ball!

Mrs. Spunky
August 28, 2008
Quit your lousy comments about Calvin, folks! Unfortunately the pressures can get to even some of the best people and Calvin is one of them.

Ringo Boisclair
October 1, 2008
I actually was there and it's true. The stadium was literally swaying to the chant of "Calvin, Calvin, Calvin". The sense of power you could feel as part of that screaming mob was like nothing I've ever experienced before or since.

Maybe it was the shape of the sound waves the name "Calvin" makes when being derisively howled by 56,000 people, but the stands, and probably the field, were literally moving with the chant. I've seen a lot of ballgames - but never anything like that.

At that point, it wasn't just that the Mets were the Beasts of Baseball: we the fans were, too. We were a part of it. We were imposing our will on the action on the field.

When I viewed the videotape later, I, too, was struck by the expression of terror on Schiraldi's face. I've never seen a professional athlete present like that before. But it's hard to understand what it must have been like for him unless you were actually there.

Maybe he would have blown it anyway, even if the environment had been peaceful and quiet. Shea was completely silent at the beginning of the bottom of the 10th two nights earlier. Who knows?

That game was the apex of 9 years of rebuilding, the pinnacle of one of the best teams ever assembled, and made up for the misery of watching a lousy franchise all through childhood. The middle 80's were the only time ever the Mets did not somehow feel like a second rate organization. Sadly, that didn't last.

In his own way, though, Schiraldi was a vital part of the highest moment Mets fans have ever had. If I ever meet him, I'd gladly buy him a beer.

May 4, 2012
Schiraldi is one of the few Mets I've met in person. My friend Spencer and I were autograph hounds for a short time when we were in junior high. In 1991 we went to a few Tucson Toros games to get autographs and Schiraldi was on that team briefly. Somehow we found out he was on the Toros roster and before the game I looked for the perfect card he could autograph in my collection, his 1986 Donruss card, of him in a Mets uniform.

I took my Schiraldi card to the ballpark along with all my others to get autographed. We saw him after the game and asked him for autographs. It got to my turn and looked at my card for a moment and said "I don't sign Mets cards." He was a total douche. I thought it was funny that was so insecure about it so many years later.

Jonathan Stern
June 19, 2012
Talented though he was, Schiraldi, by his own admission, simply could not handle the pressures of being a major league ballplayer as well as most of his peers and he also felt that the media was out to make trouble. I am not sure I would handle these things well either. Then again, many players - like most of the 1986 Mets - rise and overcome tough fans and media pond scum. But I do sympathize with him more than a little.

He will be remembered more than anything else for his performance in the 1986 World Series.

Old Fashioned Met
January 23, 2013
We all know about Calvin's misfortunes in the 1986 World Series that resulted in a World Championship for the Mets. However, I attended a game two years later at Shea Stadium when our guys were not so lucky against him. As a member of the Cubs, he matched David Cone (a 20-game winner that season) pitch-for-pitch and both of them went nine scoreless innings in a solid mound duel. I believe this was Schiraldi's first appearance at Shea since that '86 Series. He seemed to be a man on a special mission.

That night, I gained a respect for Calvin that I hadn't really had since he was named MVP of the College World Series at Texas in 1983. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if he believed that he showed New York what he was made of in that game. Calvin, if you're reading this entry, I just want you to know that I was there that night and remember it well. God Bless You!

August 11, 2015
When Schiraldi made his first major league appearance, Tim McCarver said that Calvin Schiraldi sounds like a brand of designer jeans.

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