Nov 13, 2014

1969 World Champion Mets Utility Player: Bobby Pfeil (1969)

Robert Raymond Pfeil was born on November 13, 1943 in Passaic, New Jersey. Pfeil attended high school in Reseda California, getting signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1961. The six foot one infielder dwindled in the minors through the sixties, getting traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965.

By 1968 he was sent over to the New York Mets and hit .280 with 8 HRs & 49 RBIs at AAA Jacksonville. There he played on a team with Duffy Dyer, Amos Otis, Ken Singleton, Tug McGraw & Danny Frisella, who would all have success in the big leagues.

On June 26th 1969, Pfeil made his debut at age 25, in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He played at third base going 1-4 that day with a good MLB start. He hit safely in nine of his first eleven games & was batting .333 through the Fourth of July. He was in the line up on the night Tom Seaver pitched his imperfect game, playing at second base & at third. Pfeil went 1-4 that night, driving in the first run of the game when he doubled off the Cubs Ken Holtzman driving in Tommie Agee in the 1st inning.

On July 20th he had a pinch hit, bunt base hit in the top of the 10th inning at Montreal. The hit brought home Ron Swoboda in what was the winning run, as the Mets pennant chase gained momentum. In August his average dropped, but he did drive in five runs seeing alot of playing time. On August 16th he had a big three hit game in the first game of a double header against the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium.

On August 20th he had another three hit game against the San Francisco Giants, and went on to hit safely in nine of his next ten games. On September 27th he drove in the only run of the game in the Mets 1-0 win in Philadelphia. That night Tom Seaver won his 25th game of the season, beating pitcher Grant Jackson.

On the season Pfeil played in 62 games, he hit .232 with nine doubles & ten RBIs. He played 49 games at third base, with a .976 fielding % making three errors in 123 chances. He also saw action 11 games at second & two games in the outfield. Pfeil did not play in the post season.

In 1970 he batted .300 at AAA Tidewater in 66 games. That May he was traded to the Phillies for a guy named Ron Allen. He didn’t play that season but resurfaced briefly in 1971, hitting two HRs and batted .271 in 70 at bats.

His final career hit came against the New York Mets on September 5th 1971, driving in a run off pitcher Charlie Williams. He was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in late 1971 & Boston Red Sox in 1972, but never made their big league squads.

He played in the minors through the 1972 season. Pfeil finished his brief two season career a lifetime .242 hitter, with 68 hits two HRs 12 doubles & 19 RBIs.

Honors: Pfeil appeared at the 1969 Mets 40th Anniversary reunion in 2009.

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