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john pacella, 1981 topps #414, mets

Player: Pacella, John

Card: 1981 Topps #414

Position: RHP

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John Lewis Pacella (born September 15, 1956) is a former pitcher who played for the Mets, Yankees, Twins, Orioles and Tigers in a 6 year MLB career. He also was contracted with the the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japanese Central League. He became known for his unusual delivery that sometimes caused him to lose his cap after a pitch.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, John moved to Long Island in 1965. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round of the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft.

His only full season in the majors was 1980 with the Mets. After starting the season in the bullpen, he was moved into the starting rotation in June.

Post-playing career, Pacella has been a pitching instructor at Big League Baseball School in Ohio. He was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame on Long Island in the Baseball Category with the Class of 2017.

Pacella's son, J.J. Pacella, played several seasons in the minors.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1983 Topps #166
1983 Donruss #130


John Pacella is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1981 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

John is also part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

John is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

John is also part of the Detroit Tigers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See John’s baseball cards at TCDB

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