Former New York Met pitcher Dennis Ribant dead at 81

Mets starting pitcher Dennis Livant in the mid-1960s died Monday at the age of 81A cause of death was not given.

mets station Howie Rose announces news on twitter on thursday.

“In 1966, he became the first Mets starter to have a consistent 11-9 season, and was soon traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where OF Don Bosh (that didn’t go well) and 1969 Mets pitcher Don Bosh. Swapped for Cardwell. RIP.”

The right-hander pitched briefly for the Mets in 1964 and 1965, but found success in 1966, going 11-9 with a 3.50 ERA and 10 complete games as a starter.

He also posted a 1.14 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

Thanks in part to Rivant’s performance, the 1966 season was the first season in which the Mets did not finish bottom of the National League.

Acquired during the season, Rivant and Don Shaw became the first Mets starters to achieve a winning record.

rose said Amedine Avenue in 2014Livant kicking off one of the most memorable games of his childhood, against Juan Marichal and the Giants, involving Livant splitting Marichal’s perfect game into six innings.

“For some reason, Mets manager Wes Westlam allowed Rivant to hit,” recalls Rose. “My friend and I were looking at each other. We don’t have a baserunner yet, never mind a hit.

credited pitcher Legendary teammate Warren Spahn and pitching coach Harvey Haddix helped him with his changeup, according to the American Baseball Research Association.

Dennis Rivant while with the Denver Bears on June 25, 1963.
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Livant began his professional career in the Milwaukee Braves system before being traded to the Mets for veteran pitcher Frank Larry in 1964.

Following his Mets tenure, he pitched for the Pirates, Tigers, White Sox, Cardinals, and Reds.

He also played in the minor leagues for the Pirates, Padres and Phillies organizations.

Living in California, Livant sold life insurance during his post-baseball career.

Livant is survived by his wife Elizabeth, two children, Deron Livant and Tracy Young, three grandchildren, Cortland Livant, Jack Young, Peyton Young, and a sister, Marsha Comyn.

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