Wednesday, December 30, 2009
#108) BILL CONNORS
Bill Connors joined the New York Mets when his contract was purchased from the Chicago Cubs on August 20, 1967. Billy served exclusively as a relief pitcher during his career with both the Cubs and Mets. The lone exception came on September 2, 1967 when he got the starting assignment for New York at Wrigley Field. He earned a no-decision after going 4 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 4 hits, while striking out three batters in a 5-4 victory over the Cubs.
Connors became the batting practice pitcher for the New York Mets in 1971. Which lead to his serving as a pitching coach in the Mets' minor league system from 1972-1974. After a time in the Phillies minor league system he would embark on a 17 year career as a major league pitching coach with the Royals, Mariners, and Yankees. In 1996 he was named to the Yankees front office and given a senior level position in player development.
Billy Connors signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on November 29, 2008.