|HAD HIS OWN CHEERING SECTION: THE CONEHEADS.|
|WANTED THE BALL IN THE BIGGEST GAMES.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Gamer. Battler. Red-ass. Descriptions, all, of an intense pitcher who did not give in. In other words, David Cone. He did a little of everything in his 17-year career. Cone won a Cy Young Award, hurled the 16th perfect game in history, struck out 19 in a game and pitched on five World Series winning clubs. He also won 194 games with a 3.46 ERA and struck out 2,668 batters, many on his patented Laredo slider.
- The Mets-Phillies game on Oct. 6, 1991, shaped up as just another season finale for two teams about to head into the off-season. Cone made it a finale to remember. He tied an NL record for strikeouts in a game with 19 in the 7-0 three-hit shutout. Cone tied Tom Seaver's club record for K's, abusing poor shortstop Kim Batiste four times on 16 pitches.
- In '94, Cone dominated AL hitters for his hometown Royals. In a strike season that limited him to 23 starts, Cone went 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA, 130 hits allowed in 171.2 innings. His ERA+ was a career-high 171 as he won the AL Cy Young and made his second All-Star team.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- The Mets pilfered Cone from the Royals in March '87 for Rick Anderson, Mauro Gozzo and Ed Hearn.
- Cone went the longest between 20-win seasons in major-league history: 20-3 for the Mets in '88 and 20-7 for the Yankees in '98.
- It was with the Yankees in '99 where he threw his perfect game against the Expos on Yogi Berra Day on July 18. Cone struck out 10 and overcame a 33-minute rain delay in the third inning.
- The Blue Jays got Cone for their World Series stretch drive in '92 for Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson.
- After stints back with the Royals and Blue Jays, Cone pitched six seasons with the Yankees and was part of their four championships in five years.