The Mets selected Gus Bell, a former All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds, with their 8th pick in the 1961 expansion draft. In their inaugural game, Bell was named the starting right fielder and has distinction of recording the first hit in franchise history, a second inning single. That would be the highlight of Bell’s time with the Mets. On May 12, the Mets sent Gus Bell to the Milwaukee Braves to complete an earlier trade made on November 28, 1961, a trade in which the Mets acquired Frank Thomas.
In 30 games for the Mets, Gus Bell hit .149 with one home run and six RBIs. His one home run came as a pinch hitter for Jim Hickman on April 17 and tied the game in 9th inning against the Houston Colt 45’s, but the Mets would lose in extra innings.
While with the Mets Bell wore number 3.
Gus Bell also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1952
Cincinnati Reds – 1953-1961
Milwaukee Braves – 1962-1964