Tommie Agee – His New York Mets Career 1968-1972

Tommie ageeOn December 15, 1967 the New York Mets acquired Tommie Agee along with Al Weis from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jack Fisher, Tommy Davis, Billy Wynne and Buddy Booker.

Tommie Agee who had three cups of coffee with the Cleveland Indians from 1962 to 1964 was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1966 as a member of the White Sox.  But his production fell off the next season and the White Sox decided they had seen enough and shipped him to the Mets.  Though he struggled in his first season in New York (.217 average, 5 HRs and 17 RBIs), he turned out to a god send in helping the Mets win the 1969 World Series. 

In 1969 Tommie Agee got off to a strong start hitting two home runs during the third game of the season against the Montreal Expos, one of which was hit to section 48 of the upper deck in Shea Stadium.  He became the first and only player to hit a home run into the upper deck. Agee would go on to hit .271 while leading the Mets in home runs (26), RBI’s (76) and runs scored (97). 

Even though Agee had a brilliant regular season in 1969, it was his brilliant postseason performance which cemented his legacy in Mets history.  After hitting .357 with two home runs and four RBI’s in the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, Agee continued his superb play in the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

After the Mets split the first two games in Baltimore they returned home looking to win their first World Series title.  Tommie Agee led off game three of the series with a home run off of Baltimore ace and future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.  A lead they would not relinquish due in large part to the defensive heroics of Agee in centerfield.  Agee made two spectacular catches in centerfield saving at least five runs from scoring.  The Mets would win the game by a score of 5-0 and never looked back as they shocked the world and won their first World Series title.

Agee continued his stellar play in 1970 hitting a career best .286 while once again leading the Mets with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.  In 1970 Agee also became the first player in franchise history to win a gold glove. 

In 1970 Agee also set the following franchise records, which have all since been broken:

Most At-bats – 636
Most Runs – 107
Most Hits –  182
Most Stolen Bases – 31
Most Total Bases – 298 

Though Agee still led the Mets in 1971 with 14 home runs, sharing the honor with Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones, knee injuries affected his production in 1971 and 1972 prompting the Mets to trade him to the Houston Astros following the 1972 season.  for Rich Chiles and Buddy Harris.

He would go on to play for the Astros and Cardinals in 1973 but was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 1974 season ending his playing career. 

In five seasons with the Mets Tommie Agee hit .262 with 82 home runs and 265 RBI’s in 661 games.  He also played 8 postseason games hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in. 

Tommie Agee was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2002 but unfortunately was not able to enjoy the moment as he passed away in January 2001.

While with the Mets Agee wore number 20.

Tommie Agee also played for the following teams:
Cleveland Indians – 1962-1964
Chicago White Sox – 1965-1967
St, Louis Cardinals – 1973
Houston Astros – 1973

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Jack DiLauro – His New York Mets Career 1969

Jack DiLauroAfter spending five seasons in the Detroit Tigers minor league system left handed pitcher Jack DiLauro was acquired by the Mets prior to the 1969 season.  After starting the season with the Tidewater Tides, DiLauro made his Major League debut on May 15, 1969.  He pitched two innings and allowed one hit in the Mets 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.  From that point DiLauro appeared in 23 games, mostly out of the bullpen in helping the Mets make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.  He posted a 1 -4 record with four saves and a very respectable 2.40 ERA.  His one only victory came on July 20th against the Montreal Exp

Despite helping the Mets reach the playoffs, DiLauro did not appear in the postseason for the Mets as they went on to win the World Series.  Following the season the Mets lost DiLauro to the Houston Astros in the rule 5 draft.

While with the Mets DiLauro wore number 31. 

Jack DiLauro also played for the Houston Astros in 1970.

Bob D. Johnson – His New York Mets Career 1969

bob-d-johsonAfter spending five seasons in the Mets minor league system, right-handed pitcher Bob Johnsn finally got the call to join the big club in September 1969.  He made his Major League debut on September 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates; he pitched 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-2 loss.  Johnson made one more appearance on October 1 and earned his first big league save by pitching a scoreless 12th inning in the Mets 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs

Following the season Johnson was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with Amos Otis in exchange for Joe Foy.

While with the Mets Johnson wore number 29. 

Bob Johnson also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1970
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1971-1973
Cleveland Indians – 1974
Atlanta Braves – 1977

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Jesse Hudson – His New York Mets Career 1969

jesse-hudsonThe New York Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Jesse Hudson in the 11th round of the 1967 amateur draft.  After spending three seasons in the Mets minor league system, Hudson finally got his chance to pitch for the big club as a September call up in 1969.  On September 19th against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea Stadium Hudson was brought into to pitch the 8th inning with the Mets trailing 7-0.  He finished out the game allowing one run and two hits, but did manage to strikeout future Hall of Famer Willie Stargell.  It would be Hudson’s only appearance in a Major League uniform.  He pitched one more season in the minors for the Mets before retiring after the 1970 season.  In four seasons in the minors Hudson won 30 games while losing 23 with 2.51 ERA.

While with the Mets Jesse Hudson wore number 38.