Joe Hicks – His New York Mets Career 1963

Joe HicksThe New York Mets purchased outfielder Joe Hicks’ contract from the Washington Senators prior to the 1963 season.  He started his Met career playing for their top minor league team the Buffalo Bisons.  After hitting .320 with Buffalo, the Mets brought him to New York in the middle of July where he made his Met debut on July 12th, striking out as a pinch hitter against Sandy Koufax.  He moved into the starting lineup the next day and was hitting .351 after ten games. It looked like the Mets may have found an outfielder worth keeping, especially after he hit a home run in three straight games from July 16-18 while driving in seven.  He hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning on July 17th against the San Francisco Giants to give the Mets the victory.

But unfortunately, his fast start did not last and Hicks finished the season hitting just .226 with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs in 56 games.  Hicks returned to Buffalo in 1964 and spent the next two seasons playing for the Bisons.  He put up decent numbers, a .297 batting average with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs but did not get the call back to New York.  He spent one more season playing for the Bisons in 1966 but they were now part of the Cincinnati Reds organization.  He retired following the 1966 season. 

While with the Mets Hicks wore number 22.

Joe Hicks also played for the following teams:
Chicago White Sox – 1959,1960
Washington Senators – 1961,1962

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