GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Greenwich’s Claude Edward (Skip) Lockwood Jr.!
Lockwood, who has lived in Greenwich, turns 70 on Wednesday. The former Major League Baseball pitcher was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Roslindale, Mass.
Lockwood was a third baseman when he signed with the Kansas City Athletics out of high school in 1964 as an amateur free agent. His school record time in the 100-yard dash in 1964 still stands.
On Nov. 28, 1967, Lockwood was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1967 Rule 5 draft. He was converted to a pitcher in 1966. He made his Major League Baeball debut on the mound with the Pilots, going 0-1 with a 3.52 earned run average in six games.
In 1975, Lockwood joined the New York Mets and blossomed as a reliever. In 1976 and 1977, he earned 19 and 20 saves, respectively, and established a Mets season record for games in 1977 with 63.
He also pitched for the Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970-1973),California Angels (1974), New York Mets (1975-1979) and Boston Red Sox (1980).