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Jon Matlack
Born: January 19, 1950 (1950-01-19) (age 59)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
July 11, 1971 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 1983 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     125-126
Earned run average     3.18
Strikeouts     1,516
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Trumpbour Matlack (born January 19, 1950 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher.

Matlack played for the New York Mets (1971-1977) and the Texas Rangers (1978-1983).

Finishing out his career with a 125-126 record, many thought Matlack's career was overall average, but the two time league leader in shutouts actually had an above average career, especially with the New York Mets. Matlack won 15 or more games, four times in his career, and won 13 twice more. From 1972 through 1976, Matlack enjoyed his best years, reaching three All-Star Games (1974, '75, '76) while pitching in a rotation with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. He was managed by Yogi Berra during this time (except in '76).

In his first year, 1972, Matlack had a quality season going 15-10 with a 2.32 ERA, the fourth-lowest in the National League.[1] Steve Carlton was 1st that year with a 1.97 ERA. Matlack took home the Rookie of the Year award for 1972.[1] That year, he also gave up Roberto Clemente's 3000th and final hit, a double.

The following year, a Marty Perez line drive fractured Matlack's skull.[2] When he returned in 11 days, he was back in form, finishing the season with 205 strikeouts. This total set a Mets' team record for lefthanders which stood for 35 years. Jon also threw a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in Game Two of NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds.[1] In the World Series against the Oakland Athletics, Matlack was the winning pitcher in Game Four, but lost Games One and Seven for the Mets in what would be his only three Series game appearances.

Matlack shared the All-Star MVP Award in 1975 (with Bill Madlock) when the National League beat the American League, 6-3.

Matlack was sent to Texas in an unusual 4-team deal involving a number of players including Bert Blyleven, Al Oliver, and John Milner. Accomplishments with Texas include breaking up George Brett's 30-game hitting streak by holding him hitless on August 19, 1980, and earlier that year, matching nine shutout innings with Ron Guidry, before both were removed from the game. The Rangers won the game when Goose Gossage threw a wild pitch in the 12th inning, allowing Mickey Rivers to score.

In a 13-year career, he was 125-126 in 361 games. He had almost 100 complete games in his career, ending with 97, 30 of them shutouts. He struck out 1516 batters in his career, in 2363 innings pitched. His final ERA was 3.18 in his career.

Matlack retired after being released by the Rangers in October 1983. He played his final game September 15 of that year.

After retirement, Matlack became a pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox organization.[1] Currently, Matlack is a minor league pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers.


  1. ^ a b c d Pietrusza, David; Matthew Silverman; Gershman, Michael (2000). Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia. New York: Total Sports. p. 724. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.  
  2. ^ Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 683. ISBN 0-87795-984-6.  

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Preceded by
Earl Williams
National League Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Gary Matthews
Preceded by
Steve Garvey
Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Most Valuable Player

1975 (co-MVP with Bill Madlock)
Succeeded by
George Foster


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