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Mel Stottlemyre
Melvin Leon Stottlemyre
Born: November 13, 1941 at Hazelton, Mo.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 178

Mel Stottlemyre was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 25, 2011, and February 26, 2011.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Pitching Coach 1984 - 1993

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January 24, 2004
One of the greatest underrated pitchers of the late 60's and early 70's. Three 20 win seasons. Too bad he was a Yankee.

rich edwards
January 31, 2004
Also Mel was a terrific hitter, once getting 5 hits in a game vs. the Washington Senators. I also remember an inside the park Grand Slam at the old Yankee Stadium.

Jonathan Stern
July 5, 2005
If there were a place in Cooperstown for pitching coaches, this man would be a first-ballot. His mistreatment of Gooden may have been his only serious miscue during his time in Queens, although Doc contributed a great deal to his collapse on his own. The man exudes quiet confidence and so do his pitching staffs. Personality-wise, he reminds me a little of what I have read about Gil Hodges. He, too, has fighting a serious illness in recent years. I hope he's doing better.

I read in Thurman Munson's autobiography that during his playing days with the Yankees, Mel was close to Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. Apparently, he knew before anyone else that the two of them had traded families. The thought of the seemingly straight-arrow Stottlemyre being privy to something that outrageous makes me giggle a little, for whatever reason.

Feat Fan
April 19, 2006
Here's a game that featured two future Met coaches, played at Yankee Stadium on 7-20-65.

Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees becomes the first pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam since Deacon Phillippe did it for the Pirates in 1910. Stottlemyre's bases-loaded drive in the 5th off Bill Monbouquette assures him a 6–3 victory over the Red Sox.

I'm not sure if this also was the game in which Stott got 5 hits, but, I'm reasonably sure that he did have a 5 hit game during the '65 campaign.

Bob P
April 28, 2006
Feat Fan, Mel's grand slam in the game of July 20, 1965 was his only hit of the game. Mel's five-hit game was on September 26, 1964, against the Senators in DC.

Mel outhit the Senators that day, 5-2! He allowed a first inning single to Don Zimmer and a second inning double to Joe Cunningham, then held Washington hitless for the last 7.1 innings.

Meanwhile, at the plate, Mel singled to drive in two runs in the second, singled with one out in the third, had a bunt single in the fifth, singled again in the seventh, and doubled in the ninth.

Mel had some pop in his bat...he finished his career with 120 base hits in nine seasons before the DH came into the AL. Twenty-six of those hits were for extra bases, including seven career home runs. He also walked 47 times and drove in 57 runs.

December 11, 2008
Doc was like a son to Mel. He didn't mistreat him. In Mel's book he says the order came down from the Mets hierarchy to alter his delivery.

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