Monday, May 21, 2012

#53 - Tom Gorman

What a card: Tom Gorman was in the midst of the best two-year period of his major league career. Called up in May of 1984, Gorman went 6-0 in 36 relief appearances with a 2.97 ERA.

My observation on the front: I love "out there on the mound" photos that aren't the usual "delivering to home plate" shots.

More opinion from me: Um, what's Gorman wiping on his pants?

Something you might know: Gorman is a central figure in what at least one site has called the greatest game in major league history. The Mets and Braves played a 19-inning game on the 4th of July in 1985. Gorman came into the game in the 14th inning with the Mets ahead 10-8, but allowed a tying two-run home run to Terry Harper, extending the game to the 15th. In the top of the 18th, the Mets went ahead 11-10 on an error by Braves pitcher Rick Camp. In the bottom of the inning, with Gorman still on the mound, Camp came to the plate because the Braves were out of position players. It was 3:30 in the morning. But with the count 0-2 and two outs, Camp swung and hit a game-tying home run, the only home run of his major league career.

The Mets scored five runs in the 19th inning, then hung out on for dear life as the Braves scored twice before Ron Darling struck out Camp for the final out. At 4 a.m., the Mets won 16-13.

Something you might not know: As a rookie on the Expos while playing the Astros, Gorman got onto an elevator and found himself standing next to Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton. "There's a lot of wins in this elevator," Gorman cracked.

My observation on the back: Without doing the least bit of research, I'm 100 percent sure Bob Gibson still holds that record and will hold it forever.

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1 comment:

Derek DiBenedetto said...

It was to be Gorman's only really good season, as it turned out. He went 4-5 and pitched in only 48 more games with a dreadful ERA over the next 3 seasons combined.