Billy Baldwin was acquired from the Detroit Tiger along with Mickey Lolich in exchange for Rusty Staub and Bill Laxton on December 12, 1975. The outfielder spent the 1976 season with the Tidewater Tides, the Mets top farm club, before being brought up to New York when the rosters expanded in September. With the Tides he batted .271 with 17 home runs and 72 RBIs.
Baldwin made his Met debut on September 4, 1976 when he pinch hit for pitcher Nino Espinosa. His sacrifice fly extended the Mets lead over the Phillies to 5-3. The Mets would win the game 7-3.
The highlight of Baldwin’s brief stint with the Mets occurred on September 24th when he hit a pinch hit walk off home run to defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
1976 would be Billy Baldwin’s last appearance in the majors, he remained in the organization playing in the minors before being released before the 1979 season.
In 9 games for the Mets Baldwin batted .273 with one home run and 5 RBIs.
While with the Mets Baldwin wore number 21.
Billy Baldwin also played for the Detroit Tigers in 1975.