Les Rohr was selected by the New York Mets in the first round (second overall pick) of the inaugural free agent draft on June 8, 1965. He made his major league debut with the Mets on September 19, 1967. That year he earned a 2-1 record with a fine 2.12 ERA in three starts. Les was with New York for two games of the 1968 season and a single game during the magical 1969 Miracle Mets season. It would prove to be the last of his major league career. Rohr's contract was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers in October of 1970. He would not pitch for them after having to undergo spinal fusion surgery. "I'm very proud of what I did, the talent I had," Rohr was quoted. "I wish I hadn't got hurt."
Les Rohr signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on April 17, 2009.
The New York Mets and all their fans bid farewell to a major part of their history at the close of the 2008 baseball season. Shea Stadium had been our summer home for 45 years. So many memories were built there by the 790 players that appeared in a game for the Mets during that time. In celebration of that I created a set of handmade cards featuring each one of these men. My design was done in such a way as to allow an autograph to be included. I am now in the process of having each one signed by those players. This blog will feature the cards as I get them completed. I hope you enjoy following my progress and reliving the careers of these great men that will always be our Mets.
I am a lifelong New York Mets fan that grew up in the midwest. I have followed the club and it's rich array of characters throughout the years. Perhaps the most special of which are the "one game" appearances. These men each have a terrific story and honor the legacy of the great Archibald "Moonlight" Graham.
As an autograph collector of the Mets team I will be posting my successes here as well. The focus of my collection is to add a signed baseball card for each man to appear in a game for the Mets. I will be posting examples of these here.