Tuesday, July 20, 2010
#14) ED BAUTA
Ed Bauta was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Mets in exchange for Ken MacKenzie on August 5, 1963. He actually debuted with the Mets in 1963, but came to Shea Stadium when it opened the next season. Bauta pitched in the first game ever played at the new ballpark. He was given the loss after coming on in relief of starter, Jack Fisher.
The Cuban born right-hander was not with the club long during the 1964 season. Bauta made eight appearances with New York before throwing his last game in the major-leagues on May 9th. Ed was sent to Triple-A Buffalo to finish the year. He started the next year there too, but finished it with the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate in Rochester.
Ed Bauta signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on November 4, 2008.