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BILLINGS, Mont. — Les Rohr, a highly touted prospect who briefly pitched for the champion 1969 New York Mets, has died. He was 74.
The Cremation & Funeral Gallery said Rohr died at home on Nov. 6. A cause of death wasn’t listed.
Rohr was the second overall pick in Major League Baseball’s initial amateur draft in 1965. Despite a promising start, the 6-foot-5 left-hander never achieved the success of the first choice, future All-Star outfielder Rick Monday.
Rohr went 2-3 with a 3.70 ERA in six games, four of them starts, in parts of three seasons for the Mets. A couple of those outings, though, were noteworthy. Rohr won his big league debut in September 1967 against Los Angeles. He then excelled in his final start of the year, throwing eight shutout innings at Dodger Stadium to outpitch future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.
Rohr was featured on a 1968 Topps baseball card of National League Rookie Stars with Astros outfielder Ivan Murrell. In the opening week of the season, he pitched for the first time and relieved in a marathon the Mets lost 1-0 in 24 innings to Houston. He