LAKEWOOD ALUMNI PROFILE


Name: Rod Gaspar
High School: Lakewood HS (1964)
Position: Outfielder
College: Long Beach State University (Played 2 seasons)
College Highlights: Two time All-League outfielder for the 49er's...1993 Long Beach State Hall of Fame Inductee
Drafted: Drafted by New York Mets 18th round in 1966 did not sign Drafted by New York Mets 2nd round in 1967 did sign
Minor Leagues: Played 3 seasons - Memphis Blues
Professional: Played 7 seasons - Played with New York from 1967 to 1970, traded by Mets to the San Diego Padres 1970 for Ron Herbel. San Diego Padres 1970-1974, out fielder/first baseman Games played 49, AB 31, R 5, H 5, RBI 3, BB 7, SO 6,
Pro Highlights: Rod’s High Lights: In 1969 when he was a reserve outfielder for the world champion “Miracle” New York Mets. Gaspar, a defensive specialist, let the National League in double plays by and outfielder that season. His best moment came in the 10th inning of Game 4 when he scored from second on a bunt single to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Orioles. Frank Robinson was a little upset and called out Ron Gaspar during the 1969 World Series. The Orioles were heavy favorites and was a little up set by all the attention being showered on the Miracle Mets, already in progress. No wonder Frank Robinson dared New York to “bring on Ron Gaspar!” When informed by teammate Merv Rettenmund that “it’s Rod Gasper, Stupid!” the great man replied, “OK, then bring on Rod Stupid!” Old’ Whathisname” Gaspar, was next seen crossing home plate to win the pivotal fourth game of the Series, the one that put the Mets up 3-1 and made the Miracle all but inevitable. Rod started in right field on Opening Day and got two hits.
Career Highlights: 1969 World Series Champion, New York Mets
Stats: Utility player, played Right, Center & left field for the Miracle Mets; At bats 229, Games 129, Runs 31, Hits 49, 2B 6, 3B 1, HR 1, RBI 14, BB 25, IBB 2, SO 19, HBP 2

 
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