Nick Willhite – His New York Mets Career 1967

Nick WillhiteLeft-handed pitcher Nick Willhite was acquired from the California Angles in exchange for Jack Hamilton on June 10, 1967.  The following day he was the Mets starting pitcher against the Chicago Cubs, he allowed five runs over just two innings and suffered the loss.  Willhite would appear in three more games all out of the bullpen before the Mets cut ties with him.

In four games for the Mets Nick Willhite finished with a 0-1 record and 8.64 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

While with the Mets Willhite wore number 29.

Nick Willhite also played for the following teams:
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1963-1966
Washington Senators – 1965
California Angels – 1967

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Joe Grzenda – His New York Mets Career 1967

Joe GrzendaThe Mets purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Joe Grzenda from the Kansas City A’s on August 14, 1967.  He made his Met debut the next day against the Philadelphia Phillies pitching two innings of scoreless relief in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in 12 innings.  He would finish out the season with the Mets appearing in 11 games.  He posted a 0-0 record with a 2.16 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

Following the season his contract was purchased by the Minnesota Twins.

While with the Mets Grzenda wore number 43.

Joe Grzenda also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1961
Kansas City A’s – 1964,1966
Minnesota Twins – 1969
Washington Senators – 1970,1971
St. Louis Cardinals – 1972

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Al Luplow – His New York Mets Career 1966-1967

Al LuplowAfter spending five seasons with the Cleveland Indians outfielder Al Luplow was sold to the New York Mets on November 29, 1965.  He made his Met debut on April 16, 1966 against the Atlanta Braves as a defensive replacement; he replaced Dick Stuart and finished out the game in leftfield.   He would spend the first couple of months of the 1966 season serving primarily as a pinch hitter before becoming a mainstay in the Met outfield in June.

Luplow appeared in 111 games for the Mets in 1966, playing all three outfield positions, and hit a respectable .251 with 7 home runs and 31 RBIs.  The highlight of his season came on September 17 when he hit 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs against the San Francisco Giants.  Unfortunately, his heroics were not enough as the Mets lost the game 6-4.

Al Luplow returned to the Mets for the 1967 season but struggled at the plate and with his average at just .205 was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 21, 1967.  He finished out the season with the Pirates before retiring.

In two seasons with the Mets Luplow appeared in 152 games and batted .240 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs.

While with the Mets Luplow wore number 18. 

Al Luplow also played for the Cleveland Indians from 1961-1965 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967.

Jack Lamabe – His New York Mets Career 1967

jack LamabeOn April 26, 1967, the Mets purchased the contract of Jack Lamabe, a right-handed journeyman pitcher, from the Chicago White Sox.  He made his Mets debut two days later pitching one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.  Lamabe would appear in 16 games for the Mets before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 16 in exchange for Al Jackson.

In his 16 appearances, all but two out of the bullpen, Lamabe posted an 0-3 record with a 3.98 ERA in 31 2/3 innings.  As a member of the Cardinals Lamabe pitched a complete game shutout against the Mets on August 28 and would go on to help the Cardinals win the 1967 World Series.

While with the Mets Lamabe wore number 34.

Jack Lamabe also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1962
Boston Red Sox – 1963-1965
Houston Astros – 1965
Chicago White Sox – 1966,1967
St. Louis Cardinals – 1967
Chicago Cubs – 1968

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Sandy Alomar – His New York Mets Career 1967

Sandy AlomarSandy Alomar Sr. was an up and coming 2nd baseman when the Mets acquired him from the Houston Astros in March 1967 for Derrell Griffith. He would play in just 15 games for the Mets and did not get a hit in 22 at bats. He holds the infamous distinction of having the most at bats in team history without getting a hit. The Mets traded Alomar to the Chicago White Sox on July 22, 1967 along with Ken Boyer for J.C. Martin and Billy Southworth.

While with the Mets Alomar wore number 5.

Sandy Alomar also played for the following teams:
Milwaukee Braves – 1964,1965
Atlanta Braves – 1966
Chicago White Sox – 1967-1969
California Angels – 1969-1974
New York Yankees – 1974-1976
Texas Rangers – 1977,1978

Sandy Alomar returned to the Mets organization serving as a coach under managers Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel from 2005 to 2009.

Both of his sons would also play for the Mets, Roberto Alomar from 2002 to 2003 and Sandy Jr. in 2007. They are the only father and son combination to play for the Mets.

Dennis Bennett – His New York Mets Career 1967

dennis-bennettLeft handed pitcher Dennis Bennett was a six-year veteran who had a 42 and 41 lifetime record with the Phillies and Red Sox when the Mets acquired him from Boston on June 24,1967 in exchange for an Al Yates, a minor-league outfielder.

Bennett made his Mets debut three days later on June 27th earning a no decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Mets 5-2 victory.  Bennett would pitch two more games before earning his first Mets win on July 16th, pitching seven strong innings against the St Louis Cardinals.  He would appear in four more games for the Mets before being demoted to the Jacksonville Suns, the Mets Triple A affiliate.  He finished out the season in Jacksonville posting a 2-2 record in six starts.  Bennett returned to Jacksonville to start the 1968, after pitching in just two games, the Mets sold his contract to the Chicago Cubs.

Dennis Bennett pitched in eight games for the Mets in 1967 posting a 1-1 record with a 5.13 ERA in 26 1/3 innings pitched. 

While with the Mets Bennett wore number 38.

Dennis Bennett also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1962-1964
Boston Red Sox – 1965-1967
California Angels – 1968

Bill Graham – His New York Mets Career 1967

bill-grahamThe Mets purchased right-handed pitcher Bill Graham from the Detroit Tigers on August 31, 1967.  Three days later he made his Met debut as the starting pitcher against the Chicago Cubs.  He pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 hits and 3 runs but suffered the loss.

He appeared in four more games for the Mets compiling a 1-2 record with a 2.63 ERA.  In his final appearance of the season he pitched a complete game against the Los Angeles Dodgers beating them 5-1 while allowing 6 hits.

1967 would be his only season with the Mets and his final season as a professional pitcher.

While with the Mets Graham wore number 26.

Bill Graham also played for the Detroit Tigers in 1966.


Al Schmelz – His New York Mets Career 1967

al-schmelzAfter spending three seasons in the minors right-handed pitcher Al Schmelz was brought up to the Mets as a September call up in 1967.  He made his Major League debut on September 7th throwing two innings of relief in the Mets 9-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  He made one more appearance on September 24th against the Houston Astros pitching one inning of relief.

1967 would be his season in the majors, he returned to the minors for two more seasons before retiring.  His final stat line – 2 appearances, 3 innings pitched and 3.00 ERA.

While with the Mets Schmelz wore number 44.





Don Shaw – His New York Mets Career 1967, 1968

don-shawThe Mets drafted pitcher Don Shaw in the 35th round of the 1965 amateur draft.  After working his way through their minor-league system Shaw made his Major League debut on opening day in 1967, he pitched the 9th inning in the Mets 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and gave up 2 hits and 1 run.  Shaw spent the rest of the season pitching out of the Mets bullpen and appeared in 40 games posting a 4-5 record with a 2.98 ERA. 

The Mets looked to trade Shaw during the off-season but he had become a favorite of general manager M. Donald Grant who blocked any trade.  Shaw spent the majority of the 1968 season in the minors but did manage to appear in 7 games for the Mets.  In 12 innings, he pitched to a 0.75 ERA.

Following the season the Mets left Shaw unprotected in the expansion draft and he was selected by the Montreal Expos.  In 47 games for the Mets over two seasons, Shaw won 4 and lost 5 while pitching to a 2.56 ERA.

On Opening Day 1969 Don Shaw was the winning pitcher in the Expos first ever game which just happened to be against the Mets.

While with the Mets Shaw wore number 35.

Don Shaw also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 1969
St. Louis Cardinals – 1971,1972
Oakland A’s – 1972

Hal Reniff – His New York Mets Career 1967

hal-reniffOn June 29, 1967, the Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Hal Reniff from their cross town rivals the New York Yankees.  He made his Mets debut on July 1 and earned the win by pitching the final 3 innings of the 6-4 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.  Reniff also earned the victory the following day in his second appearance with the Mets.  Overall Reniff appeared in 29 games during the 1967 season, all out of the bullpen, and posted a 3-3 record with 4 saves and a 3.35 ERA.   

Following the season the Mets released Reniff, he returned to the Yankee organization but never made it back to the majors.  He pitched 4 more seasons in their minor-league system before retiring.

While with the Mets Reniff wore number 32.

Hal Reniff also played for the New York Yankees from 1961-1967.