Leon Brown – His New York Mets Career 1976

leon brownA career minor leaguer, the Mets acquired Leon Brown from the San Francisco Giants on March 16, 1976 in exchange for Bob Gallagher.  After starting the season in the minors Brown made his Met as well as his Major League debut on May 19th.  In his first Major League at bat Brown pinch hit for pitcher Skip Lockwood and doubled in the 9th inning of the Mets 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Leon Brown finished out the season with the Mets serving mainly as a pinch hitter and outfield defensive replacement.  He hit just .214 with 2 RBIs for the season.  His first career RBI came on June 5th against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he singled home Mike Phillips in the 7th inning of the Mets 3-1 victory.

His second career RBI came in a game against the San Diego Padres on August 10th.  He doubled home Jerry Grote in the 2nd inning of the Mets 5-4 victory.

1976 would be Brown’s only season in the majors, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals along with Brock Pemberton on December 9, 1976 in exchange for Ed Kurpiel.  He retired from baseball following the 1980 season.

While with the Mets Brown wore number 23.

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