Saturday, January 4, 2014

283 - Ray Sadecki

About This Player
Ray Sadecki had an 18-year career in Major League Baseball and played six years with the New York Mets. Sadecki made his big league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on May 19, 1960 at the age of 19. Sadecki played in seven seasons with the Cardinals before we was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1966. He was traded again to the New York Mets before the start of the 1970 season.

Sadecki was a member of the Mets pitching staff from 1970 through 1974. He played the role of a swingman: pitching mostly in relief, but making the occasional spot start. As part of a pitching staff in 1973 that included Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Jon Matlack in the rotation, Sadecki helped the Mets come back from being nine games behinds the Chicago Cubs in the standings to win the National League East Division and, eventually, the National League Championship. Sadecki pitched in four games of the seven-game World Series and earned the save in Game 4, but the Mets ultimately lost the series to the Oakland A's.

Sadecki bounced between different teams late in his career. He was traded in 1975 and returned to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was traded again in 1975 to the Atlanta Braves and later to the Kansas City Royals. He was released by the Royals in 1976 and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Sadecki joined the New York Mets again in 1977, but was released after pitching in four games.

In 2002, Catholic Charities of Kansas City and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund renovated a baseball field and renamed it in honor of Sadecki, who is also a Kansas City native.

Sadecki was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

About This Card
The back of Ray Sadecki's card highlights his achievement of 19 career shutouts. He finished his career with 20 shutout with the last one earned in 1974 with the Mets.

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