Dick Smith – His New York Mets Career 1963,1964

dick-smithDick Smith was a career minor leaguer when the Mets acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Norm Sherry on October 11, 1962.  Over the next two seasons the outfielder/first baseman split his time between the Mets and their Triple A affiliate the Buffalo Bisons.  He made his Mets debut on July 20, 1963, but after going 0-9 in five games was shipped back to Buffalo.  He was brought back to New York as a September call-up and on September 5th he got his first major league hit, a second inning single off the Cardinals Curt Simmons.  Dick Smith would play 20 games for the Mets in 1963 hitting .238 with 3 RBIs in 42 at bats. 

Dick Smith was the Mets starting first baseman on opening day in 1964 against the Philadelphia Phillies, a 5-3 loss.  As the Mets leadoff hitter Smith went 2 for 4.  He would go on to start 19 games for the Mets but struggled at the plate, striking out once every 3.2 at bats, and with his average at just .223 he was sent back to Buffalo in June where he finished out the season.  Before his demotion he became the first Met to get five hits in a game.  On May 26th against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field Smith went 5 for 6 with a triple and a double while driving in two runs in the Mets 19-1 victory.  In 46 games for the Mets in 1964 Smith hit .223 with 3 RBI’s in 94 at bats.

The Mets traded Dick Smith back to the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 15, 1964 in exchange for pitcher Larry Miller.  In 66 games over two seasons, Smith hit .228 with 6 RBIs.  He made the Dodgers roster out of Spring Training in 1965, but filed to get a hit in ten games and was shipped to the minors where he bounced around for four seasons before retiring after the 1968 season.

While with the Mets Smith wore number 16.

Dick Smith also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1965.

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