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Jon Matlack
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Baseball Player
    (January 19, 1950- )
    Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Pitcher for the New York Mets (1971-1977) and Texas Rangers (1978-1983)
    Three time All-Star (1974-1976)
    NL Rookie of the Year (1972)
    MLB All-Star Game MVP (1975)
    Pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers (1996)
    He surrendered the pitch for Roberto Clemente's 3,000th career hit (September 30, 1972).
    He was prone to shoulder problems during most of his career.
    He didn't gain his potential after he was the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year.
    He got hit in the head by Marty Perez's line drive ball in a game against the Atlanta Braves (May 8th, 1973).
    Despite his good performance in the 1973 World Series, the Mets lost the series to the Oakland Athletics in 7 games.
    He retired with a losing career record of 125-126.
    He is left-handed.
    He was part of the Mets' 'Big Three' pitchers which included Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.
    He shut out the Cincinnati Reds in Game 2 of the 1973 NLCS, only allowing two hits.
    He was the NL Leader in shutouts twice (1974 and 1976 (tied with John Montefusco)).
    He established a Mets pitching record for the most strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher (205) (1973).
    He put an end to George Brett's 30 game hitting streak (August 19, 1980).

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