Catcher Hobie Landrith has the distinction of being the first player selected by the Mets in the 1961 expansion draft. As legend has it Met manager Casey Stengel decided to draft Landrith # 1 because as he said, “you have to have a catcher or you’re going to have a lot of passed balls.”
Landrith was the Mets opening day catcher in 1962, the first game in franchise history. He batted in the 8th position and went 0-4. The highlight of his Met career came on May 12th when he hit the first walk off home run in team history. In the first game of a doubleheader his two-run shot off future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn gave the Mets a 3-2 victory.
Landrith appeared in 23 games for the Mets before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles in June for Marv Throneberry. During his brief tenure with the Mets Landrith hit .289 with 1 home run and 7 RBIs.
While with the Mets Landrith wore number 5.
Hobie Landrith also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1952-1955
Chicago Cubs – 1956
St. Louis Cardinals – 1957,1958
San Francisco Giants – 1959-1961
Baltimore Orioles – 1962,1963
Washington Senators – 1963