Mets Answer

The first of our two trivia questions from the denizens of the Yankee Stadium Press Box, we’ll answer here, then give the juicier one a little more time to cook.

The question was, Rickey Henderson will become the fourteenth Hall of Famer to have worn a Mets uniform – who are the other thirteen. I’m afraid announcers don’t count. Here they are, in rough chronological order, first year wearing the uniform, listed.
1. Manager Casey Stengel, 1962
2. Pitching Coach Red Ruffing, 1962
3. Batting Coach Rogers Hornsby, 1962
4. Outfielder Richie Ashburn, 1962
5. Outfielder Duke Snider, 1963
6. Pitcher-Coach Warren Spahn, 1965
7. Catcher-Coach Yogi Berra, 1965
8. Pitcher Nolan Ryan, 1966
9. Pitcher Tom Seaver, 1967
10. Outfielder, Coach Willie Mays, 1973
11. Pitching Coach Bob Gibson, 1981
12. Catcher Gary Carter, 1985
13. First Baseman Eddie Murray, 1992
Our other question remains: how many Hall of Famers closed out their careers by retiring after a World Series, win or loss? I notice Don Sutton’s name in the comments and I’m not sure – the 1988 Dodgers released him on August 10 (ending his career) which was pretty early. On the other hand, as I recall, whenever they went to the White House in 1989, he was included. 

24 comments

  1. kvanvlac@u.arizona.edu

    Some how I knew my approach was not going to work. So I thought I’d try with three announcers given I couldn’t think of anybody else. It was the kitchen sink approach. Keep rocking the blog! ­čÖé
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  2. shamedog18

    Not including Sutton, Lou Gehrig and Phil Rizzuto I was able to count 14 (Frank Baker, San Coveleski, Joe DiMaggio, Travis Jackson, Sandy Koufax, Rabbit Maranville, Eddie Matthews, Willie Mays, Johnny Mize, Tony Perez, Jackie Robinson, Tom Seaver, Bill Terry, and Dave Winfield).

  3. lreed@niu.edu

    KO,

    DON’T STOP CALLING OUT THE FAUX NEWS LIARS!

    101 years of a proud losing tradition – Go CUBS!

  4. mrkuespert@hotmail.com

    Keith,

    Speaking of Hall of Fame, it’s time to give a spot to Bobby Mathews. Winner of the first major league game in Fort Wayne in 1871, his rÚsumÚ is one that should be enough to earn him a spot. He invented the breaking ball. He won nearly 300 games and pitched in more than 500 complete games. The contributions he made would put him on the list before many of the commissioners of baseball or other ‘contributors’ to the game. Put a plug in for his legacy sometime!

    Thanks,
    Drew Kuespert
    Fremont, IN

  5. mrkuespert@hotmail.com

    Keith,

    Speaking of Hall of Fame, it’s time to give a spot to Bobby Mathews. Winner of the first major league game in Fort Wayne in 1871, his rÚsumÚ is one that should be enough to earn him a spot. He invented the breaking ball. He won nearly 300 games and pitched in more than 500 complete games. The contributions he made would put him on the list before many of the commissioners of baseball or other ‘contributors’ to the game. Put a plug in for his legacy sometime!

    Thanks,
    Drew Kuespert
    Fremont, IN

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