Jon Matlack and The Family Connection

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

Jon Matlack was nothing short of a warrior. Matlack was one of the more dependable pitchers on the Mets from 1971-1977 and he was instrumental in getting the Mets to the World Series in 1973. For a guy who was anything but conventional, he would do something that would be insane even in today’s game. Marty Perez hit a line drive off of Matlack’s skull. Not only did Matlack come back in the same season, but he returned from the skull fracture in just 11 days, and he was still able to perform at a high level.

In the NLCS in 1973, Matlack had a two-hit, nine strikeout performance to help get the Mets to the World Series, but they fell short in game seven of the World Series, when Matlack was given the loss. But, there is no doubt that the former Met was definitely a valuable commodity when he wore the orange and blue.

Now, you may be asking yourself: What the heck does this have to do with anything?

Well, let me tell you a little story. Today, I was at the farm of Ron and Landa Palmer, and by farm, I mean an actual dairy farm. I am doing a documentary for a class, but that is neither here nor there.

After we did some video of the daily operation and some interviews, I got into talking with Landa Palmer, who asked if I was a Mets fan. I, of course, was quick to respond in the affirmative, and she told me her brother used to pitch for them. I immediately asked who he was, and she said Jon Matlack. I was stunned.

This woman used to babysit for Tom Seaver’s children, and that makes it a big deal. The Daily Stache is officially moving up on the food chain.