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Turn Back the Clock To Some Old Mets Advertisments:

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What better way to make for a nicer day at Shea, Mets baseball & a big fat salty pretzel? If you can't get to the ballpark, listen to the voices of experience: Lindsey, Ralph & Bob made it all come to life for so many of us. Back in the late sixties, you could get your official Original Mr. Met wrist watch for only $9.99. A Casey Stengel ad for Westinghouse dish washers in the early sixties. Here's another great Yogi Berra Yoo-Hoo ad. Two great Hall of Famers. The official beer of the Mets for years was extra dry Rheingold. Who could forget those little brown nip bottles? 1969 World Champion Met's outfielder Art Shamsky with model / actress Lauren Hutton in Harpers Bazaar, circa 1970. Tom Seaver for the Men's Store at Sears, wearing that early seventies "comfort- shirt", and a classic seventies wide burgundy tie. Gary Carter was the amazing clean up hitter for Northville Gasoline. Gary was quite the commerc

Late Eighties Mets Pitcher: John Mitchell (1986-1989)

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John Kyle Mitchell was born on August 11, 1965 in Dickson, Tennessee. The six foot two, right-hander was drafted out of high school while at Nashville in 1983, by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round. Tragedy: After his 1983 minor league season, he & two team mates Anthony Latham and Scott Skripko went fishing off the coast of Florida. Their boat capsized, and they were left clinging for life, for twenty hours before being rescued. Tragically the owner of the boat & Latham both drowned. Mitchell said he held on to a bucket & some debris during the time it took to get rescued. Years later he named his child in honor of his fallen team mate. In November of 1985 Mitchell came over to the New York Mets in the Bobby Ojeda deal. He pitched at AAA Tidewater in 1986, going 12-9 with a 3.38 ERA, getting a September call up. He debuted at Shea Stadium on September 8th pitching one inning relief against the Montreal Expos. He made three relief appearances & had one st

Late Nineties Mets Centerfielder: Brian McRae (1997-1999)

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Brian Wesley McRae was born August 27, 1967 in Avon Park, Florida, the son of former MLB player Hal McRae. Hal McRae was born on July 10, 1945 in Avon Park, Florida. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1965 making it to the big leagues in 1968 for brief 17 games. He would spend three more seasons with the Reds, winning two pennants in the early days of the Big Red Machine, playing as a reserve outfielder. McRae hit .248 with 8 HRs & 23 RBIs for the 1970 NL Champion Reds, playing in 70 games. He had a great World Series that year against the Baltimore Orioles batting .455 (5-11). In Game #2 he had two hits including an RBI double, then had another double driving in two more runs in Game #5. McRae hit .278 with 5 HRs & 26 RBIs in the 1972 season, having another good World Series batting .444 (4-9) with two RBIs against the Oakland A’s. In November 1972 he was Traded by the Cincinnati Reds along with Wayne Simpson to the Kansas City Royals for Roger Nelson and Richie