Lockwood received a $100,000 bonus to sign with the A's as a third baseman in 1964,
but he didn't hit and converted to pitching in 1968. He failed again, as a starting
pitcher, and began the switch to relieveing in 1973, his last year with Milwaukee.
He finally achieved a modicum of success as the ace of the Mets' bullpen in the late
1970s; his 19 saves in 1976 tied him for second in the NL and 20 saves in 1977 (when
he set a since-broken Met record with 63 appearances) was good for a tie for fifth.
He got his nickname of Jaws (after the shark movie) at this time for "chewing up"
batters. But in 1978 he dropped off to 15 saves and tied Rollie Fingers for the league
lead with 13 relief losses, the third-worst NL mark ever. In June 1979 he went on
the DL with tissue tears in his shoulder and missed the rest of the season; a comeback
attempt with Boston in 1980 failed.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1972: Milwaukee's Skip Lockwood one-hits New York 3–1. Lockwood will be involved in two other one-hitters later in the season: June 26th versus Baltimore (with one inning of relief help from Ken Sanders) and August 1st versus Detroit (a 6-inning game).
»September 24, 1975: Tom Seaver's bid for a no-hitter is again spoiled in the 9th by a little-known Cub batter. This time it is Joe Wallis who lines a 2-out single in the 9th for Chicago's first hit. Seaver retires the next hitter, but the score through nine innings is 0–0. The Cubs tally two more hits in the 10th, but fail to score. When Skip Lockwood relieves Seaver in the 11, Chicago finally scores to win, 1–0.