May 26, 2015

The First Canadian Born Mets Player: Ray Daviault (1962)

Raymond Joseph Robert Daviault was born May 27, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The right handed pitcher had ties with all three National League New York baseball teams at one time or another in his career. The six foot one, right hand pitcher was originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954. He pitched in their organization for six seasons mostly at the A ball levels or lower.

In 1960 he went to the San Francisco Giants organization & pitched in there for two seasons. He was a best 13-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 1960 at AAA Rio Grande Valley. He was a ten game winner (10-9) in 1961 for the AAA Pacific Coast League Tacoma club, before getting drafted by the New York Mets in the 1961 expansion draft.

Daviault was an original 1962 Met & became the first Canadian born player to don a Mets uniform. He became known as "Frenchy" due to his Quebec background & was remembered as a good natured guy with a fine sense of humor.

Daviault debuted in the second game in Mets history in relief of pitcher Herb Moford. He finished out the game & although he didn’t allow any hits in two innings of work, he walked four batters allowing a run. He briefly pitched at AA Syracuse in May but returned to the ’62 Mets staff on June 10th. On July 7th he earned his first & only MLB win, it came in the first game of a double header, pitching two innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Polo Grounds.

Although he gave up the go ahead run in the top of the 9th he was saved as the Mets won it in the bottom of the 9th on a dramatic walk off HR by "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. The rest of the year he earned four losing decisions & blew a save.

On the year Daviault would make 36 appearances going 1-5 with a 6.22 ERA,. He had 51 strike outs allowing 14 HRs & 48 walks in 81 innings of work.

He spent 1963 with the AAA Buffalo Bison's retiring from baseball the following year due to arm injuries.

Retirement: He appeared in Canada playing baseball for the Lachine Mets in 1967 under manager (former Met) Tim Harkness.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very nice tribute to Ray Daviault. He's still alive and in good health. Thanks for your good work.

Best regards

Frank Daviault(Ray son)