Wes Westrum – New York Mets Manager 1965-1967

Wes WestrumWhen Casey Stengel was forced to step down as Met manager in 1965 due to a broken hip the Mets named Wes Westrum the second manager in franchise history. Westrum a former catcher with the New York Giants was serving as pitching coach at the time.

Westrum managed the final 68 games of the 1965 season and under his guidance, the Mets went 19 and 48. In 1966, his first full season, Westrum led the Mets to a 66 – 95 record, a 16 game improvement, and though it still marked the Mets 5th consecutive losing season it also marked the first time the Mets didn’t lose 100 games and the first time they didn’t finish in last place; they finished in 9th. Though they were not expected to win a World Series heading into 1967, there were still many who expected the Mets to build on the previous year’s 9th place finish. However, the Mets did not show much improvement and Westrum sensing that he was not going to be retained for the 1968 season resigned with 11 games left in the season. At the time, the Mets were 57 and 94 and fully entrenched in last place.

Westrum’s final record with the Mets was 142 and 237.

While managing the Mets Westrum wore number 51 in 1965 and number 9 from 1966-1967

Wes Westrum also managed the San Francisco Giants in 1974 and 1975.

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Ralph Terry – His New York Mets Career 1966-1967

Ralph TerryThe Mets purchased the contract of right-handed Ralph Terry from the Kansas City A’s on April 6, 1966.  Terry was a former All-Star and World Series MVP having won the award as a member of the New York Yankees in 1962.  Unfortunately for the Mets his best days were behind him.

He made his Met debut on August 11, 1966 as the starting pitcher.  He lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave 4 runs as the Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5, he was credited with a no-decision.  It was his only start on the season as he was sent to the bullpen where he finished out the season.  He made 10 relief appearances and posted a 0-1 record with a 4.74 ERA.

The Mets released Terry on November 30, 1966 only to resign him on April 12, 1967.  He made two relief appearances for the Mets in April before once again being released on May 16, ending his career. He posted 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in 3 1/3 innings.

In 13 games for the Mets Terry posted a 0-1 record with a 4.18 ERA in 28 innings.

While with the Mets Terry wore number 38.

Ralph Terry also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1956,1957, 1959-1964
Kansas City A’s – 1957-1959, 1966
Cleveland Indians – 1965

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Bud Harrelson – His New York Mets Playing Career 1965-1977

Bud HarrelsonTypical of the shortstops of his era, Bud Harrelson was diminutive player with a strong glove and weak bat who anchored the Mets infield for 13 seasons.

Harrelson made his Major League debut on September 2, 1965 as pinch runner in the Mets 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros.  He appeared in 19 games and hit just .108 (4 for 37). He recorded his first league hit on September 19, a first inning single against the Chicago Cubs

He started the 1966 season in the minors before joining the Mets in August.  He appeared in 33 games and batted .222 with 4 RBIs.

1967 would be Harrelson’s first full season in the majors as the Mets everyday shortstop, a role he would remain in for the next decade.  He initially struggled as the everyday shortstop committing 21 errors over the first two months.  He settled down and committed just 11 over the next four months.  He hit .254 with a home run and 28 RBIs.   His first career home run came on August 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was an inside the park job that tied the score in the 8th inning in a game the Mets would win 6-5.

Injuries and a military obligation limited Harrelson to 111 games in 1968.  He hit just .219 with 14 RBIs.  He did finish with a .972 fielding percentage, the 3rd highest in the league.

During the Mets World Championship season in 1969, he solidified the Mets infield, taking away would be hits and turning double plays.  He hit .248 with 24 RBIs.  He was the offensive hero in the Mets 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on April 15.  He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.  He also drove in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 10th inning on May 28.  On September 23 he once again hit a walk off single to win the game, this time in the 11th inning against future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

During the postseason he hit .182 with 3 RBIs in the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.   In the World Series he hit .176 with 2 RBIs against the Baltimore Orioles but his stellar defense played a huge role as the Mets went on to shock the world and win their first championship.

Harrelson got off to a fast start in 1970.  He started off with a 6-game hitting streak and hit safely in 30 of his first 35 games.  During that stretch he hit his second career home run and the first that actually cleared the fence, a solo shot in the Mets 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on April 17.   He earned his first All-Star game selection and had a 54-game errorless streak from June until August.  For the season he hit .243 with a career best 42 RBIs.

In 1971 he earned his 2nd All-Star game selection, this time as the starting shortstop, and won his 1st and only Gold Glove Award.   He had a 10-game hitting streak in April and a 12-game streak in May.  On May 15 he went 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs in the Mets 9-5 win over the Pirates.  He had another 4-hit performance on August 5 against the Atlanta Braves, he drove in the only run as the Mets lost 2-1.  He finished with a .252 average and 32 RBIs.     

Injuries limited Harrelson to 115 games in 1972, he hit .215 with a home run and 24 RBIs.  He did lead the team in stolen bases with 12 and on base percentage with .313.

Injuries once again limited Harrelson in 1973, he appeared in just 106 games.  He was hitting .268 on June 4 when he was lost for a month with a fractured hand.  During the month of September, he hit safely in 22 of 27 games and batted .280 as he helped the Mets win the Eastern Division Title.  He finished the season with a career best .258 average with 20 RBIs.


Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose Fight During Game 3 of the 1973 NLCS

During the 1973 NLCS against the Cincinnati Reds he hit just .167 (3 for 18) with 2 RBIs as the Mets won the series in 5 games.  But he is most remembered for his actions in game 3.  With the Mets leading 9-2 in the 5th inning and on the verge of taking a 2-1 series lead a frustrated Pete Rose slid hard into Harrelson with what some consider a cheap slide trying to break up a double play.  Harrelson got up into Rose’s face and the next thing all hell broke loose as the two players got in a fight which eventually led to both benches being emptied.  When order was restored neither player was ejected but Met fans began got throw objects at Rose when he took his position in leftfield.  The game had to be halted and the Mets were told by the league office that they would have to forfeit if order was not restored.  Many Met players pleaded with the fans who eventually relented, and the Mets went on to win the game and the series.


The Mets lost the 1973 World Series in 7 games to the Oakland A’s with Harrelson hitting .250 with an RBI.

Harrelson got off to a fast start in 1974 recording three hits on Opening Day and hitting safely in 13 of his first 20 games.  He was hitting .279 at the end of April but injuries once again took their toll and he hit just .227 for the season with a home run and 13 RBIs.   He missed a majority of the 1975 season with a knee injury, appearing in only 34 games and batting just .219 with 2 home runs.

He rebounded slightly in 1976, hitting .234 in 118 games with a home run and 26 RBIs.  He struggled for the entire 1977 season and hit just .178 for the season and following the season the Mets decided to part ways with Harrelson by trading him to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

In 13 seasons and 1,322 game Harrelson batted .234 with 6 home runs and 242 RBIs.

Following his playing career Harrelson would go on to become a coach for the Mets in 1982 and 1985-1990.  He also managed the Mets in 1990 and 1991.

In 1986 he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame.

While with the Mets Harrelson wore number 3.

Bud Harrelson also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1978,1979
Texas Rangers – 1980

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Joe Moock – His New York Mets Career 1967

Joe MoockAfter being drafted in the third round of the 1965 amateur draft third baseman Joe Moock would spend five seasons in the Mets organization, mostly in the minors. After hitting just .178 with the Williamsport Mets, the Mets double A affiliate, in 1965 Moock was shipped down to the Auburn Mets in 1966. In Auburn, the Mets single A affiliate, Moock improved to a .294 hitter.

Joe Moock spent a majority of the 1967 season in the military, when he was discharged he was promoted to the Big Club where he spent the month of September playing third base. He made his big-league debut on September 1st against the Chicago Cubs. He entered the game as part of a double switch and struck out in his only at bat. He would play a total of 13 games for the Mets in 1967 hitting .225 while driving in five runs.

Moock returned to the minors in 1968 splitting time between the Raleigh-Durham Mets and the Memphis Blues before retiring after the season.

While with the Mets Moock wore number 18.

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Les Rohr – His New York Mets Career 1967,1968,1969

Les RohrLes Rohr is known for three things in Met history, he was the first player selected by the Mets in the 1965 amateur draft, he was the losing pitcher in the longest game in Met history (at the time), and he was the first and currently the only Met player born in England.

In the first ever amateur draft by Major League Baseball in 1965, left-handed pitcher Les Rohr was selected #2 overall by the New York Mets. However, he never lived up to his potential and appeared in just six games in three seasons for the Mets.

Rohr would not make his Met debut until 1967 when he was called up in September. On September 19th, Rohr took the mound as the Mets starting pitcher and earned his first win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs in the Mets 6-3 victory. He would lose his next start against the Houston Astros, but finished out the season by shutting out the Dodgers 5-0 and out pitching future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale. Unfortunately, it would be his last win in a major league uniform.

Rohr started the 1968 season with the Mets. He made his season debut on April 15th, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings of a 24-inning game against the Houston Astros, at the time the longest game in franchise history. Rohr surrendered the only run of the game and suffered the loss. He appeared in one more game as a starter on April 21st and lasted just 3 2/3 innings and suffered the loss. After the game, he was shipped down to the minors where he stayed for the next two seasons before being recalled on September 19th, 1969. He pitched just 1 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs in the Mets 8-2 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It would be Rohr’s last appearance as a major leaguer.

Rohr spent the 1970 season pitching in the Met minor league system splitting time between the Tidewater Tides and Memphis Blues before retiring. In six appearances for the Mets Rohr finished with a 2-3 record and 3.70 ERA in 24 1/3 innings.

While with the Mets Rohr wore number 31 in 1967 and 1968 and number 33 in 1969.

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Chuck Estrada – His New York Mets Career 1967


Chuck Estrada
Chuck Estrada

The Mets signed right-handed pitcher Chuck Estrada as a free agent prior to the 1967 season. He made his Mets debut on April 13, 1967 relieving future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who was making his Major League debut. Estrada threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in the Mets 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Unfortunately for the Mets and Estrada that game would be the highlight of his brief Mets career. He would pitch in another eight games for the Mets losing two and posting a 9.41 ERA before being sent down to the minors. Estrada would pitch three seasons in the Mets minor league system before retiring after the 1969 season

Following his playing career Estrada worked in the Mets minor league system as a pitching coach.

While with the Mets Estrada wore number 33.

Chuck Estrada also plated for the following teams:
Baltimore Orioles – 1960-1964
Chicago Cubs – 1966

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Amos Otis – His New York Mets Career 1967,1969

Amos OtisIn 1966 the Mets drafted Amos Otis from the Boston Red Sox in the minor league draft. He spent the 1967 season with the Mets top farm club, the Jacksonville Suns, before getting the call to join the big club in September. He made his Major League debut on September 6 as a pinch runner for Tommy Davis. Otis recorded his first career hit on September 14 against the Atlanta Braves; in fact he would go 3 for 4 during the game. He would go on to appear in 19 games for the Mets hitting .220 with one RBI.

Otis spent the entire 1968 season with the Jacksonville Suns, but made the Mets squad out of Spring Training in 1969. However, Otis struggled and was sent back down to the minors in the middle of June. At the time of his demotion he was hitting .136 with just 2 RBIs. He returned in September, but with similar results. He finished out the season with a .151 average.

Following the 1969 season the Mets traded Otis to the Kansas City Royals with Bob Johnson in exchange for Joe Foy. It would be a trade the Mets would regret as Foy never panned out as the Mets new third baseman and Otis went on to enjoy a solid All-Star career with the Royals over the next decade

In 67 games for the Mets Amos Otis hit .178 with 5 RBIs.

While with the Mets Otis wore number 28 in 1967 and 26 in 1969

Amos Otis also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1970-1983
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1984

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Jerry Buchek – His New York Mets Career 1967-1968

Jerry BuchekThe Mets acquired utility player Jerry Buchek from the St. Louis Cardinals on April 1, 1967 along with Ed Bressoud and Danny Napoleon in exchange for Art Mahaffey and Tony Martinez.  He made his Mets debut on April 11, 1967, Opening Day, as there starting 2nd baseman.  He went 0 for 2 with a walk in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He would go on to appear in 124 games for the Mets in 1967, mostly at 2nd base but also seeing time at shortstop and 3rd base.  He hit .236 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.

His first hit as a Met was a 2-run home run in the Mets 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 13.  Some other highlights of his 1967 season included a 9th inning 2 out pinch-hit home run on July 9 to tie the game against the Atlanta Braves.  A game the Mets would go on to win 5-4.  He hit two home runs in the Mets 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on September 2.   He also hit two three run home runs on September 22 to propel the Mets to a 8-5 victory over the Houston Astros. However, Buchek did lead the Mets in strikeouts with a 101 in 1967.

Buchek returned to the Mets in 1968 but saw less playing time appearing in just 73 games.  Splitting time between the infield and outfield he hit just .182 with one home run and 11 RBIs.  His only home run was a 3-run shot in the Mets 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on June 14.

Following the season, he was traded back to the St. Louis Cardinals and eventually to the Philadelphia Phillies.  But his 1968 season would be his last in the majors.  In two seasons with the Mets Buchek appeared in 197 games and batted .219 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs. 

While with the Mets Buchek wore number 1.

Jerry Buchek also played for the St, Louis Cardinals in 1961 and from 1963 to 1966.

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Larry Stahl – His New York Mets Career 1967,1968

Larry StahlThe Mets purchased the contract of Larry Stahl from the Kansas City A’s on October 17, 1966.  He made his Met debut on April 13, 1967 as a pinch hitter for Bud Harrelson, he grounded out to second.  Playing all three outfield positions Stahl would go on to appear in 71 games and hit .239 with 1 home run and 18 RBIs. His one home came on July 13 against the Cincinnati Reds, it was a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 7-0 in a game they would win 7-3.

Stahl started the 1968 season in the minors before getting recalled in July.  He hit safely in 15 of his first 21 games.  He would go on to appear in 53 games for the season, playing outfield and first base, and hit .235 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  

Following the season Stahl was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the National League expansion draft.  In 124 games over two seasons he hit .237 with 4 home runs and 28 RBIs.

While with the Mets Stahl wore number 25.

Larry Stahl also played for the following teams:
Kansas City A’s – 1964-1966
San Diego Padres – 1969-1972
Cincinnati Reds – 1973

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Ken Boyer – His New York Mets Career 1966,1967

Ken BoyerThe Mets acquired former All-Star third baseman and National League MVP Ken Boyer from the St. Louis Cardinals on October 20, 1965 in exchange for Al Jackson and Charley Smith He made his Met debut as Opening Day 1966, as the starting third baseman he went 1 for 3.  As the Mets regular third baseman he appeared in 136 games and batted .266 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs, the most on the team.  He also set the Mets single season record for doubles with 28, a record that was broken the following season by Tommy Davis with 32.

Some select highlights of his season included a 3 RBI performance on April 17 in the Mets 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.  A home run and 4 RBIs against the Cubs in the Mets 14-11 win on April 26.  A 4 hit performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates August 11.

Boyer returned to the Mets in 1967 but was with his average at just .235 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox on July 22 along with Sandy Alomar in exchange for J.C. Martin and Billy Southworth.  Before he was traded he did manage to earn his 2,000 career hit on May 10 and his 300 career double on May 20.

In 192 games for the Mets Boyer batted .258 with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs.

While with the Mets Boyer wore number 14.

Ken Boyer also played for the following teams:
St. Louis Cardinals – 1955-1965
Chicago White Sox – 1967,1968
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1968,1969

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