Mar 26, 2015

Short Time Brooklyn Born Mets Third Baseman: Ted Schreiber (1963)

Theodore Henry Schreiber was born on July 11th 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended James Madison High School, & the five foot eleven infielder then attended St. Johns University.

In 1959 he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Boston Red Sox. When he first arrived to his locker, veteran Jim Piersal said to him "get every dollar you can get out of 'em kid". Schreiber had an on going feud with his minor league manager Johnny Pesky & his days were numbered.

In 1962 he was scooped up by the Mets in the Rule V draft & spent three years mostly playing at AAA Buffalo. He was not a favorite of Casey Stengel but was rather chosen by GM Johnny Murphy.

On April 14th, 1963 he got a chance in the majors, playing for manager Casey Stengel. He debuted as the tenth third baseman in Mets history, batting leadoff & wearing uniform #43. He got his first career hit that day as well, in a 1-0 ten inning ,ets loss to the Milwaukee Braves. He got three hits in the month but was sent to the minors at the end of April. He returned in late July & remained with the club for the rest of the season.

He hit just .160 (8-50) with two RBIs & no extra base hits, playing in 39 games. It was his only big league season.

In his next to last career at bat, he grounded into a double play & made the final out in the Polo Grounds. The Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 that day. Schreiber got one more at bat on the final road trip & had four appearances as a defensive replacement.

Retirement: After baseball he became a long time school teacher in Brooklyn.

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