|1970 McDonald's Milwaukee Brewers|
He didn't exactly light up the minor leagues -- a 62-80 record over 9 minor league seasons with a 3.92 ERA over 1211 innings in which he walked 784 and struck out 1065 (the strikeouts total is incomplete due to not having the total from his first trip to Single-A Binghamton in 1960).
Still, he made it to the major leagues in 1964 with the Yankees. After making 7 nondescript appearances (0-3, 4.91 ERA, 18-1/3 innings, 12 BB, 12 K), the Yankees sold his contract to the Los Angeles Angels on June 12, 1964. With the Angels, he made 6 appearances (5 starts) that were similarly nondescript (18 innings, 13 BB, 13 K, 1-1 record, 5.00 ERA).
So, six weeks later on July 29, 1964, Meyer's contract was sold to the Kansas City Athletics. He didn't embarrass himself totally in Kansas City, but he didn't exactly set the world on fire either: 1-4 record, 3.86 ERA, 7 starts, 42 innings, 33 BB, 30 K. The A's -- both in KC and in Oakland -- were happy to park him at Triple-A in hopes of never having to use his skills in the major leagues.
Perhaps management from the Seattle Pilots were in the area that evening, but for whatever reason, the Pilots decided in late 1969 to pick Meyer up from the Athletics with Pete Koegel in exchange for Fred Talbot. Meyer pitched decently for the Pilots, or at least decently enough for the organization to keep him around for the 1970 season.
With the Brewers in 1970, though, Meyer struggled. He made 10 appearances all season -- all before the end of May. He threw just 18-1/3 innings, allowing 24 hits, 12 walks, and 2 HR in racking up a 6.38 ERA. But, there was a good reason for his struggles: an injury. He was placed on the 21-day disabled list on May 29, 1970 with tendonitis in his pitching arm.
His final appearance for the Brewers on May 20 was also his final appearance in the major leagues. At least he made it a memorable one: he threw 3-1/3 innings in relief of Skip Lockwood, giving up 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts, but he also got just his second major league hit in his lone at-bat in the game -- a single off later Brewers pitching coach Chuck Dobson against his old team, the Oakland Athletics.
|1994 Miller Brewing 25th Anniversary Commemorative Set|
My only question is this: if the guy is such a fan and proponent of bartering, why isn't there an option to barter for the Autographs package?
Meyer has six total cards/items featuring him as a Brewers player: the McDonald's card above, a 1970 Mike Andersen Postcard, a 1971 Dell Today's Team Stamp, his 1971 Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards, and the 1994 Miller Brewing card. So, I have three of the six, and I am (of course) looking for the other three.