Mike Fitzgerald (fitzgmi02)
Michael Roy Fitzgerald
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Lakewood (CA) High School
- Debut September 13, 1983
- Final Game October 4, 1992
- Born July 13, 1960 in Long Beach, CA USA
Mike Fitzgerald became the 52nd player in major league history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, doing so for the New York Mets on September 13, 1983 against Tony Ghelfi of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Fitzgerald was one of four players traded by the Mets to the Montreal Expos in return for future Hall of Famer Gary Carter on December 10, 1984; the others were Hubie Brooks, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans.
On July 26 and July 27, 1988, he had walk-off hits in consecutive games against the Chicago Cubs. In the first game, he hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Jeff Pico with two outs in the 11th inning to give Montreal an 8-4 win. The next day, he again came up with the bases loaded, this time with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, and hit a single off Rich Gossage to win the game, 5-4.