First baseman Ed Bouchee was drafted from the Chicago Cubs in the 1961 expansion draft and has the distinction of being the first pinch hitter in Mets history. He pinch hit for pitcher Roger Craig in the first game in franchise history and drew a walk. From that point on he was used primarily as a pinch hitter with the occasional start at first base. He appeared in 50 games for the Mets before being demoted to the minors at the end of July. At the time, he was hitting .161 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs. Two of his home runs came as a pinch hitter and were both three run shots; one came on April 18 and the other on April 27.
Following his demotion Bouchee spent the remainder of the year in the minors as well as the entire 1963 season before retiring.
While with the Mets Bouchee wore both number 11 and number 3.
Ed Bouchee also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1956-1960
Chicago Cubs – 1960,1961