The Mets signed Joe Ginsberg as a free agent prior to the 1962 season. Ginsberg was a journeyman light hitting catcher who bounced around the majors for 12 seasons.
He was the Mets starting catcher in the first home game in franchise history, but went 0-4 at the plate. He started one more game for the Mets two days later, but after striking out in his first at bat he was lifted for a pinch hitter. It would be his last appearance in a Major League game as the Mets released him on May 1st ending his playing career.
In two games with the Mets Ginsberg went 0-5. His claim to fame is that he was the first Jewish player to play for the Mets.
While with the Mets Ginsberg wore number 12.
Joe Ginsberg also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1952,1953
Cleveland Indians – 1953,1954
Kansas City A’s – 1956
Baltimore Orioles – 1956-1960
Chicago White Sox – 1960,1961
Boston Red Sox – 1961