Roy McMillan, a former All-Star and gold glove shortstop, was nearing the end of his career, when the Mets acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers on May 8, 1964 in exchange for pitcher Jay Hook. He made his Met debut on May 9th as the starting shortstop and went 0-3 at the plate. He would finish out the season as their everyday shortstop, he hit .211 with a home run and 2 RBIs. His one home run came on September 7, a two-run shot in the Mets 7-5 victory over the Houston Colt 45’s.
McMillan returned in 1965 and led the team in game played with 157 (at the time a franchise record) while also leading the team with 106 singles. For the season, he hit .242 with a home run and 42 RBIs. His most productive streak occurred from August 16-28 when he hit .333 with 8 RBIs over 14 games.
In what would be his last season as a Major League player, McMillan saw less playing time in 1966 appearing in just 76 games. He hit just .214 with a home run and 12 RBIs. Despite his low batting average, he did have a few highlights at the plate for the season. On May 29 against the Dodgers he drove in the winning run in the 9th inning with a single. He hit his last career home run on July 20 against future Hall of Famer Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants. It broke a 1-1 tie in the 8th inning in a game the Mets would win in 10 innings.
For his Mets career McMillan appeared in 346 games and hit .226 with 3 home runs and 79 RBIs.
McMillan returned to the Mets and served as coach from 1973-1976. He even served as interim manager in 1975 following the firing of Yogi Berra. In 53 games his record was 26-27.
While playing for the Mets McMillan wore number 11.
Roy McMillan also played for the following teams:
Cincinnati Reds – 1952-1960
Milwaukee Braves – 1961-1964