Apr 30, 2015

Short Time Mid Nineties Mets Reserve Catcher: Brent Mayne (1996)

Brent Danem Mayne was born on April 19, 1968 in Loma Linda, California. The tall six foot catcher was the Kansas City Royals first round draft pick (13th pick overall) out of California State University. The next season he was brought up to the Royals big league squad for nine games. Mayne spent six seasons in Kansas City sharing time behind the plate with Mike Macfarlane.

He came in 8th in the 1991 Rookie of the Year voting & threw out 40% of would be base stealers the next season. In 1995 he was the main catcher seeing action in 110 games (103 behind the plate) batting .251. In the winter of 1996 he was traded to the New York Nets for minor leaguer Al Shirley.

In 1996 he was Todd Hundley’s back up catcher, although he only saw action in 21 games behind the plate due to Hundley’s durability that season. Mayne would only throw out one of the 23 base runners attempting to steal while he was behind the plate.

By the end of May he was hitting at .290 & then in August he brought his average back up again near the .300 mark. In 70 games on the season he batted .263, hitting a HR on April 25th in St. Louis. After the season he was granted free agency & signed on with Oakland.

He would spend time there as well as San Francisco, Colorado, back to Kansas City , Arizona & Los Angeles as a backup catcher through the 2004 season. In 2000 he was brought in to pitch an inning by his Rockies manager Buddy Bell. He pitched a scoreless inning & became the first position player since Rocky Colavito in 1968 to earn a victory when the Rockies won it the next inning.

He is the only catcher in the entire 20th century to get credited with a win. In his two seasons back with the Royals, he was their main catcher, enjoying a good 2003 season where the team finished third after being in the wild card run all season.

Mayne finished his 15 year career with 951 hits 38 HRs 178 doubles & 403 RBIs playing in 1279 games.

In his career he posted a .993 fielding %, ranked at #18 all time. His 1143 games behind the plate are 80th all time, & his 6186 put outs are 58th all time. There have been 651 successful stolen bases on Mayne, 95th most on the all time list.

One Of The Tallest Pitchers In Baseball History: Eric Hillman (1992-1994)

John Eric Hillman was born on April 27th 1966 in Gary, Indiana. The tall six foot ten left hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 16th round of the 1987 draft. He pitched in the minors for six years, going a best 9-2 with a 3.65 ERA leading the AAA Tidewater Tides staff in 1992.

That season he was called up to the Mets on two separate occasions, making his MLB debut in San Diego on May 18th pitching one inning of relief of Dwight Gooden. On August 11th he pitched eight innings of shutout ball, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 at Shea Stadium earning his first win. In his next start he went into the 9th inning earning a win at San Francisco beating the Giants 5-3. He would finish the year at 2-2 taking two losses at the end of September where he allowed eleven earned runs in just four innings of work. That season he was the tallest pitcher in the big leagues along with Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners.

Hillman returned to the Mets in May of 1993 and was greeted to a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He started out 0-4 pitching in both a relief & starting role. His best outing came on July 25th when he pitched a five hit shutout at Los Angles to beat the Dodgers for his first win. He would lose his next five decisions & not earn another win until September 30th his final game of the year.

In that game he pitched a complete game one run ten hit performance against the Cardinals at Shea Stadium. He finished the year at 2-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 27 appearances. In 1994 he started out the year with Mets but quickly fell to 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA after allowing nine HRs in just eleven innings pitched. He was sent down to AAA Norfolk & went 10-1 there with a 2.86 ERA.

Hillman went on to pitch for the Chiba Lotte Marines IN 1995, pitching for manager Bobby Valentine in Japan. He went 14-9 making the All Star team winning the games MVP Award. That season he was voted to the Best Nine team. In 1997 the Yomiuri Giants purchased his contract but he only pitched six innings due to a torn rotator cuff.

He attempted to come back to pitch in the US but retired officially by 2000. In his three year career he was 4-14 with a 4.85 ERA, striking out 96 batters walking 45 while allowing 30 HRs in 232 innings pitched in 49 appearances. After his playing days he went on to work as an analyst for FSN with the Colorado Rockies (2005-2008).

Apr 29, 2015

Former Mets Broadcaster: Kevin Burkhardt (2007-2014)

Kevin Burkhardt was born March 2nd 1974 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Burkhardt was a young Mets fan who idolized Mets announcer; Gary Cohen. 

After graduating from William Patterson University he worked at the radio station WGHT in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. He began to cover high school football games & New Jersey Jackals minor league games as well. Burkhardt would work selling Chevy cars at a dealership in Eatontown, New Jersey.

Quotes: Kevin Burkhardt “I thought I was good enough to make it in broadcasting, but after so many years of busting my tail, I was making $18,000 a year and working all kinds of odd hours. It just wasn’t happening for me.”

He sent many tapes of his work to local stations before getting a break on WCBS-AM doing part time sports reports. This led to a gig on WFAN on 20/20 updates & as a Jets reporter.

In 2007 he joined the Mets Broadcast team at the newly former SNY network. He quickly earned a reputation as a nice guy, a fine interviewer & pleasant personality becoming popular with Mets fans. 

He would give live reports from around the ball park, as well as provide pre game & post game player interviews. He fit right in working with his boyhood idol; Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez & Ron Darling up in the booth. In addition to that he would also work on SNY's; Mets Hot Stove, SNY Spotlight, Sports Nite, Daily News Live & occasional Mets Spring Training games.

In 2012 he began to do pre game work & play by play coverage for the MLB on FOX  & FOX Sports 1. In 2013, Burkhardt began doing NFL Football games on FOX, teaming with John Lynch & Erin Andrews as the network's #4 announce team. He is now a full time FOX NFL & MLB broadcaster.

He also covered Dallas Cowboys games for Compass Media briefly worked in Philadelphia on the Out of Bounds program. At the end of the 2014 baseball season he did his final game with the New York Mets.

After residing in Central New Jersey, Kevin his wife & son; Logan have relocated to California. 

Being the good guy he is, he is now the celebrity spokesperson for the card dealership he worked for in New Jersey.

Citi Field Mets In Game Host: Christina Thompson (2015)

Christina Thompson was born in Wisconsin in 1985 & attended Vanderbilt University.

She was Miss Wisconsin & a top eight runner up in the 2008 Miss America Pageant. She appeared in the reality TV show, Miss America: Reality Check in 2008 & 2009. 

She is a classical violinist who has taught classes & worked as a personal violin instructor. Thompson became a model & actress in the Chicago area before moving to New York.

Thompson is the current in game host at Citi Field for the New York Mets, doing live promotions in between innings of Met home games. She also does commercial work for the SNY network & Mets games promotions.

In addition to her Mets work, she is the On Camera host of Fast Lane Daily & co-host of Shakedown Nation on the drive network. She is trained specialist working for Bentley & Ford motor companies as well.

Her resume also includes being part of Napa Auto Parts instructional videos & on camera host of Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

Host of SNY's Mets Insider TV Show: Alexa Datt (2015)

Alexa Datt is a freelance sports reporter on SNY network & current host of Mets Insider. 

Datt began working as a Production assistant on Americas Most Wanted in 2006. From there she moved on to Comcast Sports Mid Atlantic region from 2006-2009.

In 2010 she began to do high school sports & College Basketball on Staten Island. From there she worked on Men's & Women's College basketball at Rutgers University.On SNY she also covers the Fordham Rams basketball games.

In 2013 she was hired at SNY Sports Network & was soon seen on air. She is a weekly host on the social media segment of the "Covino & Rich Show" on SNY. In addition she works on "Hitting the Streets" talking to New Yorkers about various sports issues. Datt began doing New York Mets promotional segments during Mets games advertising future events & promotions at Citi Field.

At Mets Spring Training 2015, she began doing on the field & in the dug out interviews with Mets players in Port St.Lucie, Florida. She is also the host of the Mets Insider TV program for the 2015 season. 

In May of 2014 she along with Howie Rose, Branden Wellington & Rich Kaminski served as judges for Citi Field's Mets Banner Day.

Former Host of SNY's Mets Insider TV Show: Kaitlin Monte (2014)

Kaitlin Monte was born on February 9th 1989 in Pittsford, New York. She first attended Clarkson University but then graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor Degree. Having grown up with three with three siblings with disabilities, she became an avid advocate for disability awareness.

After college she moved to New York City & started out in musical theater working in off  Broadway shows. She also became a member of the USO Show Troupe bringing support to US military personnel, veterans & their families.

In 2011 she held the title of Miss New York & entered the 2012 Miss America competition. She finished second runner up as Miss New York & was awarded scholarships in National fitness & lifestyle. As Miss New York she selected Anti Bullying, as her personal platform. 

She founded an on line petition to bring the issue of cyber bullying to state legislators. She was named the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate 2012 Difference Maker of the Year for her workshop series.

Kaitlin also hosted interactive trivia on WNBC's Today in New York television show.

In 2014 Kaitlin added some beauty to the FSNY network & the Mets organization. She got the job as host of the FSNY show; Mets Insider. The show takes fans behind the scenes of the New York Mets. The show goes behind the scenes of the game with Mets players past & present, as well as other Mets oriented personalities.

In June she became the head traffic reporter for PIX 11 News from 5am -11am in the morning hours. She also has hosted a cocktail segment on the WPIX entertainment show 'Celebrity Tastemakers'. She has family in Astoria Queens, living on Ditmars Blvd. so she frequents the many restaurants & cafe's in the area.

Apr 28, 2015

Late 2000's Mets Catcher: Omir Santos (2009)

Omir (Rios) Santos was born on April 29th, 1981 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The big six foot 215 pound catcher, attended East Central College in Missouri.

He was selected in the 21st round of the 2001 draft, by the AL New York club. Santos spent seven years in the clubs organization, as a catcher at all minor league levels. He was released in late 2007 & signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He played in ten games at the big league level, debuting at age 27.

At the end of the year he was granted free agency & got signed by the New York Mets. He played 84 games with the AAA Norfolk Tides, batting .269 with one HR & 36 RBIs. In 2009 he began the year at AAA Buffalo, but after three games he was called up to the Mets big league club when injuries struck the catching staff, putting out Brian Schneider.

On April 17th he appeared as a pinch hitter, going 0-1 in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Two days later he got a start at Shea Stadium catching Nelson Figueroa in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers. That day he got two extra hits, a double & a triple. On April 27th, he had a huge thrill, hitting a 1st inning grand slam HR off the Florida Marlins Anibal Sanchez.

In May, he had a good month, driving in 14 runs while playing in 19 games. On May 23rd, with the Mets down 2-1 in an interleague game at Fenway Park in Boston, Santos came to bat in the 9th inning with Gary Sheffield on base. He blasted a two run game winning HR off the Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon leading to a 3-2 win. A week later he was the hero again, this time at Citi Field, hitting a walk off HR against Brian Sanches to beat the Marlins 2-1.

Santos was finding a quick success in New York after all his years in the minor leagues. On June 13th in an inter league subway series match up, Santos hit a three run HR off Andy Petitte in a 6-2 Mets win.

Santos put in a decent season, as the Mets main catcher (96 games). He hit .260 with 7 HRs 14 doubles & 40 RBIs. Behind the plate he threw out 29% of would be base stealers.

In 2010 he played just 27 games in the minor leagues & was granted free agency at the end of the year. He would get to the Detroit Tiges organization & appeared in 11 games in the 2011 season.

In 2012 he played three games at the big league level for the AL Champions Tigers. In 2013 he played Spring Training with the Cleveland Indians batting .375 in 17 games.

Short Time Member of the 1988 NL Eastern Champion Mets: Bob McClure (1988)

Robert Craig McClure was born April 29th 1952 at Oakland, California. The five foot eleven left handed pitcher, attended the College of San Mateo, getting drafted in the third round of the 1973 amateur draft.

McClure moved up quickly, finding himself in the majors by late August 1975. He debuted finishing out a 3-0 loss in Baltimore to the Orioles. On August 16th, he earned career save #1, coming against the AL New York team. In his last outing of the year he earned his first career win as well.

He spent most of 1976 in the minors & in March of 1977 was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers as a player to be named later in a deal that also sent Jamie Quirk & Jim Wohlford to the Brewers. Kansas City received Darrell Porter & Jim Colborn.

McClure would spend ten years in Milwaukee making the post season twice (1981 & 1982). He spent his first five years with the Brewers as a reliever leading the team in saves in 1978 with nine & again in 1980 with ten.

After battling arm issues most of the strike shortened 1981 season, he was ready for the playoffs, as the Brewers made their first post season appearance. He would pitch in three games of the ALDS earning a hold in Game #4.

In 1982 he was converted to a starter & found himself on one of baseballs best teams. McClure went 12-7, third on the staff of Pete Vuckovich (18-6) & Mike Cauldwell (17-13) for Harvey Kuenn's A.L. Champion "Brew Crew", also known as "Harvey's Wall Bangers".

Post Season: In the post season, he was used once again as a reliever, mostly in the closing role as future Hall of Famer; Rollie Fingers was injured. McClure would be very effective, first  

In the ALCS against the California Angels, he was the Game #1 winning pitcher. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, as the Brwers won the game on a Cecil Cooper RBI single.

In the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals he appeared in five games, going 0-2 while earning saves in Games Four & Five.

In Game #7 it was McClure that allowed a 6th inning bases loaded single to Keith Hernandez, tying up the game. He then gave up what would be the game winning run to George Hendrick, as he took the loss. Overall in nine post season career games he is 1-2 with two saves, a hold & a 1.93 ERA.

The journeyman pitcher would go to the Montreal Expos (1986-1987) & back to Montreal in 1988. He was released & signed by the New York Mets in mid June.

McClure debuted with the Mets, on July 14th, in Atlanta getting credit for a hold in a 7-2 Mets win. On August 6th, he earned his only Mets win, pitching a scoreless 7th inning against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. On October 1st, he earned a save against the St. Louis Cardinals. He did not pitch in the Mets post season. 

In his brief Mets career lasting just 2 1/2 months, he was 1-0 with a save & a 4.09 ERA in 14 appearances.

He would go to the California Angels (1989-1991) St. Louis Cardinals (1991-1992) & finish his playing career with the expansion Florida Marlins in 1993.

In a 19 year career, he was 68-57 with 52 saves. He struck out 701 batters walked 497 in 1158 innings over  698 games.

Retirement: After his pitching days he began a long career of coaching. He coached with the Colorado Rockies organization (1999-2005). He then went to the Kansas City Royals from 2006-2011.

In 2012 he was Bobby Valentines pitching coach with the Boston Red Sox, but as the team struggled he was let go in late August. He was replaced by Randy Niemann. In 2014 he was named pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Apr 27, 2015

Early 2000's Mets Pitcher: Orber Moreno (2003-2004)

Orber (Aquiles) Moreno was born on April 27, 1977 in Caracas, Venezuela. The tall slender right hander was signed at the age of sixteen by the Kansas City Royals. 

He would spend six years in the minors as a starter, reliever even a closer at times before debuting with the Royals in 1990. He appeared in seven games posting a 5.63 ERA with six strikeouts in eight innings of work. In 2003 he was signed by Jim Duquette & the New York Mets during Spring Training.

He went 5-1 posting a strong 1.90 ERA in 38 games at AAA Norfolk, getting a September call up to Shea Stadium. He debuted on September 3rd in a game against the Braves & was greeted with a two run HR by Javier Lopez, but he got no decision in the 9-3 loss. He had another rough outing in Florida as the Marlins tagged him for four runs & in seven games he posted a 7.88 ERA on the season.

In 2004 he made the club after a good Spring Training, and in the second game of the season was greeted with a two run double from Atlanta’s Andruw Jones in the wild 18-10 Braves win. Moreno earned his first save two days later in Montreal. AT the end of Mat he got his first career win, pitching two innings of scoreless relief in Philadelphia.

On July 4th he came into a subway series game at Shea Stadium, ahead 5-4 in the 8th inning. But he blew the lead allowing two hits & the tying run to score. He was saved by Ty Wiggington who hit a dramatic 8th inning HR, giving Moreno credit for the Met victory. He would earn one more win before getting demoted at the end of the month.

He went 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 33 appearances that season but never pitched in the major leagues again. He finished his MLB career at 3-1 in 47 games with a 4.44 ERA. He pitched in the minors through 2008, then in the Mexican League in 2009 & the Independent League in 2010.

Former Italian / American Eighties Pitcher: John Cerutti (1985-1991)

John Joseph Cerutti was born on April 28th 1960 at Albany, New York. The six foot two, left handed pitcher attended Amherst College. He was a first round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981, the 21st pick overall.

He got a cup of coffee in 1985 going 0-2 in four games with a 5.40 ERA. The next season he went 9-4 establishing himself as a solid pitcher. He was mostly a starter but used in a relief role as well. This was the case in his entire seven year career.

In 1987 he won a career high 11 games (11-4) with a .733 winning % (second best in the AL). After a 6-7 season in 1988, he rebounded for the First place AL Eastern Champion Jays in 1989.

On June 7th, 1989 he made Blue Jays history, recording the teams first win at the newly opened SkyDome, as he beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

On the year he matched his career high, eleven wins but lost eleven games as well. Cerutti posted a 3.07 ERA (9th in the AL) putting up career highs in innings (205) & starts (31). He made two post season appearances, mopping up losses to the Oakland Athletics.

In 1991 he signed with the Detroit Tigers going 3-6 with two saves in 38 games. Injuries cut his career short, as he played 1992 & 1995 in the minor leagues before retiring. In a seven year career he was 49-43 with four saves, posting a 3.94 ERA in 229 games (116 starts).

Retirement: Cerutti became a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays on CBC & the new Rogers Sportsnet as well.

Passing: He was scheduled to work the final game of the Blue Jays 2004 season, but had missed an 11:00 meeting. After he could not be reached, the police were called & broke open his hotel room door.

He was found dead, passing from natural causes due to heart arrhythmia. He was 44 years old.

Honors: John Cerutti was known and admired for his exemplary character, good will, and sportsmanship. The former Good Guy Award was named after him in Toronto.

Apr 25, 2015

Italian / American Baseball Commissioner: Bart Giamatti (1989)

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was born on April 4, 1938 in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard. His grandfather had emigrated from Naples, Italy in early 1900 & his father became an Italian language teacher at Mount Holyoke College. Bartlett grew up in Wakefield , Massachusetts outside of the Springfield area. He attended his junior year in high school overseas in Rome. He returned to attend Yale University, eventually becoming the Yale University from 1976 to 1986.

He was a lifelong die hard Red Sox fan who once said, all he ever wanted to be was “President of the American League”. In 1986 he became President of the National League overseeing the Mets win the World Series.

He suspended Pete Rose in April of 1988 after he shoved Umpire Dave Pallone. During the NLCS between the Dodgers & Mets he suspended L.A. pitcher Jay Howell after he was caught using pine tar. The executives in MLB loved the way Giamatti enforced rules, something he learned by fighting the unions at Yale.

Three years later in 1989, he became the Commissioner of Major League Baseball succeeding Peter Ueberroth. Giamatti helped the game become more fan friendly at ball parks, a strong belief he felt needed to be improved. He made the umpires strictly enforce the balk rule which had become very lax. He also helped support the issue of promoting minorities to positions of managers & executives in baseball.

In August of 1989 with all the scandals of Pete Rose going on, it was Giamatti who worked out a voluntary agreement with Rose. The Dowd report had been submitted to the Commissioner showing bank, phone & betting records proving Rose had bet on his own team while serving as manager.

Giamatti worked out a deal which ended the betting scandal for Rose by permanently banning him from the game avoiding any further punishment.

The one thing baseball has always frowned upon since the days of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal, was gambling within the game. Giamatti was determined to maintain the integrity of the game.

Eight days later, Giamatti passed away from a massive heart attack at age 51 while at his home on Martha’s Vineyard. He was known as a heavy smoker & many people believed the stress of the Pete Rose scandal added to his heat attack. He had served just five months in office before his friend Fay Vincent took over the position.

The 1989 World Series was dedicated to him in his honor. The research center at the Baseball Hall of Fame was named the Giamatti Research Center.& The Little League complex in Bristol, CT, home town of ESPN is also named in his honor.

His son Paul Giamatti is a successful actor who has appeared in Donnie Brasco, Howard Stern’s Private Parts, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, Planet of the Apes, The Cradle Will Rock, Big Mommas House & John Adams.

Apr 24, 2015

Early Seventies Mets Outfield Prospect: Greg Harts (1973)

Gregory Rudolph Harts was born April 21, 1950 at Atlanta, Georgia. The six foot tall, speedy left handed Harts, was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 1970. In 1972 Harts stole 22 bases with 23 doubles 4 HRs & 18 RBIs while batting .286 at A ball Visalia. He closed out the season at AA Memphis & returned there in 1973. That year he hit .263 stealing just eight bases but hit 23 doubles in 133 games played.

He got a September call up, during the heat of the Mets tight pennant race. He made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter on September 15, 1973 in the second game of a double header, during a 7-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He got the honor of getting a hit in his first career at bat, a fifth inning single off Rick Reuschel. However, he only had one other at bat that week, and the appeared as a pinch runner in his last game on September 20, 1973.

Primarily an outfielder, he never played the field with Mets, and after not cracking an outfield position in 1974, actually tried to become a pitcher, but that didn’t work out either. He played in the Mets system through 1975 making it as far as AAA Tidewater for 35 games that season, but only hit .184. He retired from the game & moved on becoming another early seventies yearbook prospect that never quite made it. At the plate he went 1-1 lifetime good for a .500 average.

Apr 23, 2015

Mets Win 11th Straight To Tie Franchise Record

A great day at Citi Field today as the Mets tie a franchise record with their 11th win in a row.  Great fun with DarthMaz, Uncle Frankie (UF) & Freddie. Ran into my buddy from Dave's Mets Dugout, met Citi Field in game host: Christina Thompson & won Zac Brown Band Tixx playing name that City on the Jumbotron.
with Citi Field Mets Host Christina Thompson

DarthMaz- UF & Fred

with Dave of Dave Mets Dugout

1954 World Champion New York Giants Pitcher: Jim Hearn (1950-1956)

Jim Tolbert Hearn was born on April 11, 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia. The big six foot, five inch right handed pitcher, was known as “Jumbo Jim” because of his size.

He attended Georgia Tech University and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942. Hearn then served three years in military service during World War II. He returned to pitch in the minor leagues by 1946, & making it to the Cardinal staff in 1947.

He had a solid rookie year pitching in 37 games going 12-7 with a 3.22 ERA. In 1948 he was 8-6, as his ERA rose to 4.22. He then struggled due to a lack of confidence over the next two seasons. getting placed on waivers in mid 1950.

The New York Giants picked him up and their pitching coach, Frank Shellenback, taught him to throw a sinker ball. Hearn improved to become one of the league’s top pitchers the rest of the season.

He went 11-4 and led the league in ERA (2.49) & shut outs (5). He struck out 58 batters , his highest season total so far, pitching in 134 innings allowing 44 walks.

In the Giants 1951 Pennant season, he won 17 games (ninth in the league) as the number three man in a sensational rotation, behind twenty game winners Sal Maglie & Larry Jansen. His .654 winning % & 34 starts were both sixth best in the league.

From July through the end of the season he was 11-4 throwing four complete games lowering his ERA by over a run. In that stretch he pitched six complete games & beat the rival Brooklyn Dodgers three times against two losses. Hearn helped the Giants in their remarkable comeback from 13½-games behind Brooklyn to catch the Dodgers & force a three game playoff.

According to Hearn: ''The only pressure was on the pitching staff, we were just plain worn out; our arms were hanging dead. In those last four games of the season we gave up a total of four runs, pitching with two days' rest. That, to me, is the Miracle of Coogan's Bluff.''

Post Season: Hearn was the starting pitcher of Game #1 of the 1951 playoffs, played at Ebbetts Field, Hearn had a ligament strain in his side. After each inning, the team trainer would apply hot ointment to ease the pain.

In that first game Hearn beat Ralph Branca & the Dodgers 3-1. He pitched a five hit complete game, allowing just one run, which was a solo HR to Andy Pafko. In the final game he was warming up in the bullpen as Bobby Thompson hit his dramatic game winning pennant clinching HR.

Hearn remembers: ''I saw Duke Snider on his knees in center, pounding his glove on the grass. That's when I took off for home plate. It was just the greatest thrill of my life.''

In the 1951 World Series, Hearn was the winner in Game #3 at the Polo Grounds. Although he walked eight batters in 7.2 innings of work, he only allowed one run. He pitched in two Series games allowing only the one earned run in 8.2 innings of work, good enough for a 1.04 ERA.

In 1952 Hearn came back to win 14 games going 14-7, while coming in the league's top ten in wins again. He posted a 3.78 ERA although he gave up a lot of hits (208) walks (97) & runs (113) among the most in the league.

He was also the league’s top fielding pitcher with a perfect .1000 fielding %. He pitched in 223 innings (tenth in the league) & made his first All Star appearance. As the Giants fell to fifth place in 1953 Hearn posted a 9-12 losing record.

In the 1954 Championship season, Hearn pitched both as a starter & reliever going 8-8 with two shut outs & a save. He did not pitch in the World Series sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

In 1955 Hearn came back to win 14 games (5th in the league) but lost 16 (2nd most in the league). He pitched a career high 226 innings, posting a 3.73 ERA while striking 86 batters.

That season he hit two HRs at the plate, one was an inside the parker. Interestingly since 1955 only eight pitchers have hit inside the park HRs, Hearn himself hit two in his career.

After falling to 5-11 in 1956 he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where he pitched for three seasons as a reliever. In his seven seasons in New York he went 78-56 with a 3.81 ERA getting to two World Series. In three seasons with the Phillies he was 10-4 with three saves.

On May 10th, 1959 while pitching in a relief in a game that would be suspended he he tore a back ligament. At age 38 he was given his release & forced to retire. That suspended game resumed two weeks later & Hearn became the pitcher of record even though he was no longer active.

Overall in his 13 season career, Hearn went 109- 89 with eight saves. He posted a 3.81 ERA, striking out 669 batters while walking 665 in 1703 innings pitching in 396 games.

Retirement: Hearn was an excellent golfer, and after his baseball career opened a golf school in Atlanta, Georgia. After retiring to Florida, he passed away in 1998 at age 77 in Boca Grande, Florida.