Mets Birthdays

Happy Birthday Rickey Henderson

It’s somewhat ironic that someone who was always stealing things was born on a day that’s all about giving, but Rickey Henderson was born on this day, December 25, 1958. Happy Birthday, Rickey! Other former Mets celebrating their birthday today include Ruben Gotay, Jack Hamilton, Al Jackson, Dennis Musgraves, and Orange, NJ native Tom O’Malley. […]

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Mets Birthdays: The Francos

Happy Birthday John Franco! Today is the 51st birthday of one of the most beloved Mets, Brooklyn-born John Franco. He wore the Mets uniform for a staggering 14 years. 14 years! During his tenure in Queens, he tallied 48 wins, 56 losses, a nice 3.10 ERA to go along with an impressive 276 saves and […]

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Happy Birthday Guillermo Mota and Billy Wagner

The Baseball Gods have given us Met fans a fun treat today. Two relievers whom evoke completely differently emotional responses share the same birthday. Since he used to set up for Wagner, it is only appropriate that we start with Guillermo Mota. Omar Minaya decided to trade for his services in 2006 after being designated […]

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Happy Birthday Mike Bordick!

Today is the 46th birthday of 2000 trade deadline acquisition Mike Bordick. Believe it or not, it took four players to rent the services of the gritty leader from Baltimore: Mike Kinkade, Leslie Brea, Pat Gorman and Melvin Mora were sacrificed in the deal. In 56 games with the Mets, Bordick batted a serviceable .260, […]

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Happy Birthday Roy Lee Jackson

Happy birthday today to Roy Lee Jackson. One of my earliest memories of visiting Shea Stadium was in 1980, with Roy Lee Jackson starting the game for the Mets. I think it might have been an Old Timer’s Day, but can’t remember for sure. In any case, I remember Roy Lee striking out 7 or […]

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Happy Birthday Tony Phillips

Today, April 25th, is the birthday of former super utilityman Tony Phillips, who played in 52 games for the Mets in 1998. Phillips was picked up at the trade deadline from the

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Mets Birthdays for April 23

A warm happy birthday today to former Mets

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Happy Birthday Pat Zachry

The day June 15, 1977 lives in infany as the darkest day in Mets history. For those too young to remember, it was the day that the Mets traded “The Franchise” — Tom Seaver — to the Reds in return for a gaggle of Cincinnati’s worst “top prospects”: Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn, Dan Norman, and […]

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Happy Birthday Willie Mays

Happy Birthday to the “Say Hey Kid”, Willie Mays, the greatest ballplayer in the history of MLB. By the time Willie returned to New York in 1972, he was a shell of former self. Make that, a shadow of a shell of his former self. He was tired, old, broken down, and downright awful, which […]

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Happy Birthday Bob Hendley

Bob Hendley was a fairly nondescript pitcher from the 1960s who started 13 games for the Mets in 1967, his final year in MLB. Hendley did have one brush with fame, though. On September 9th, 1965, as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Hendley pitched a brilliant one-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, opposing […]

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Happy Birthday Tom Sturdivant

For a brief period, Tom Sturdivant was a dominant starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, going 32-14 from 1956-57 and helping the Bronx Bombers to the World Series in each year. The big righthander relied on outstanding control and a unique assortment of pitches — he’d start off batters with a knuckleball, and continue […]

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Happy Birthday Brian Giles

Before there was Brian Giles the on-base machine, there was Brian Giles the light-hitting second baseman for the New York Mets. Giles epitomized everything that was wrong with the organization in 1983, but you have to look at the season before to understand the whole story. In 1982, a 22-year-old firecracker named Wally Backman fought […]

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Happy Birthday Blaine Beatty

Who? Born Gordon Blaine Beatty in 1964, Blaine Beatty pitched all of 7 games and 16 IP for the Mets — 2 appearances in 1989 and another 5 in 1991. He was a lefthanded pitcher in the wrong place at the wrong time — this was when the Mets had starting pitchers such as Doc […]

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Happy Birthday Duke Carmel

Duke Carmel is neither a candy bar nor a nemesis of cartoon superhero “Underdog”. In actuality, New York native Leon James “Duke” Carmel was a Major League OF/1B who trudged through 47 games for the Mets in 1963. He also is one of the rare ballplayers to have played for both the Mets and the […]

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