The New York Mets acquired Richie Hebner from the Philadelphia Phillies on March 27, 1979 in exchange for Nino Espinosa. A solid major league third baseman and hitter, Hebner knew what it was like to be a winner. In his ten years in the majors before joining the Mets, his teams appeared in the postseason eight times.
Hebner’s Met career started with a bang as he went 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs in the Mets opening day victory over the Cubs. From that point on Hebner went on to have a decent season with the Mets, despite the fact that he disliked New York and playing for the Mets. He managed to lead the team with 79 RBIs while hitting 10 home runs. But his .268 average was the lowest of his career.
One of the highlights of his season occurred on May 20 against the St. Louis Cardinals when he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the game. The Mets would go on to win the game in 11 innings.
After the season, Mets management knew that Hebner wouldn’t survive another season in New York and he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Jerry Morales and infielder Phil Mankowski. Hebner went on to play another six seasons in the big leagues.
While with the Mets Hebner wore number 3
Richie Hebner also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1968-1976, 1982,1983
Philadelphia Phillies – 1977-1978
Detroit Tigers – 1980-1982
Chicago Cubs – 1984,1985