Wednesday, October 28, 2009
#127) JACK DILAURO
Jack DiLauro was traded to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers for Hector Valle on December 4,1968. He made his major league debut at Shea Stadium for the Mets on May 15, 1969. Jack threw two scoreless innings in relief against the Atlanta Braves that day. He would finish the season with 23 appearances and a fine 2.40 ERA. DiLauro was a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets World Championship team, but did not pitch in the postseason. After the season he was selected by the Houston Astros in the Rule V Draft on December 1, 1969.
After their World Series victory the New York Mets players appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jack was known for his impersonation of the famous host and performed it on the show. "My wife got a VHS tape of that show about 15 years ago and that's something I will always cherish." DiLauro retired from baseball in 1972 and embarked on a 24 year career as the manager of Koenig's Sporting Goods store in Ohio.
Jack DiLauro signed his card in the set, adding an awesome World Champions inscription, from an autograph request sent to his home on January 7, 2009.