Ex-Met, pitcher Don Cardwell dies at 72

Helped 'Miracle Mets' to World Series win
January 15, 2008 4:55:30 PM PST
Don Cardwell, who pitched a no-hitter and helped the "miracle" New York Mets win the 1969 World Series has died. He was 72.Cardwell died yesterday, according to a spokesman for Salem Funerals & Cremations.

Cardwell was traded to the Mets in December 1966. In 1969, he was part of a New York rotation that included Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Gary Gentry. Cardwell pitched one inning in the '69 World Series as the Mets upset the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles.

Cardwell ended his career with the Atlanta Braves in 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; three children, five grandchildren and three sisters.

Cardwell pitched for five major league teams from 1957-70. He finished 102-138 with a 3.92 ERA and 1,211 strikeouts. He threw 17 shutouts, earned seven saves - and hit 15 home runs.