Infielder Sammy Drake was drafted from the Chicago Cubs in the 1962 expansion draft. He spent most of the 62 season on the minors playing for the Syracuse Chiefs before he was promoted to New York in August. He made his Mets debut on August 1st as a pinch hitter for pitcher Bob G. Miller against the Philadelphia Phillies. He popped up to 3rd base as the Mets lost 11-9. He recorded his first hit as a Met on August 7 against the Los Angeles Dodger, a pinch hit single that also drove in a run, unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Mets lost 7-5. He would go onto appear in 25 games for the Mets, hitting .192 with 7 RBIs. His most productive day occurred in a doubleheader loss to the Houston Colt 45’s on September 18. In the first game he went 1 for 4 with an RBI and in game 2 he went 2 for 5 with a 3 RBIs.
Following the season Drake returned to the minors where he spent the next 3 seasons before retiring.
While with the Mets Drake wore number 12.
Sammy Drake also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1960 and 1961.