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Remembering Mets History: The Mets Bullpen Cart

What fan from the sixties, seventies & the early eighties, can forget the old bullpen carts. The vehicles were shaped like baseballs, with a cap on top as the roof.  When a relief pitcher was brought into a game, he would get driven from the bullpen, by stadium personnel, along the foul lines on the dirt in foul territory, to the pitcher's mound area near the dugouts.  There he would exit, leave his jacket with the driver & proceed to walk to the mound. The vision of the Mets great reliever, Tug McGraw (one of baseball's best firemen in the early 1970's)  immediately,  comes to mind . The Mets bullpen cart was the first of it's kind. Other teams had started the practice of driving a pitcher to the mound back in the 1950's. In the huge Cleveland Municipal Stadium, a red car was used to transport the Indians' pitchers.  In Chicago, the White Sox became the first team to use it for relief pitchers.  Later, the early sixties, the Los Angeles Dodgers beca

Remembering Mets History (1982) Mets Trade Lee Mazzilli for Ron Darling & Walt Terrell

April 1st 1982: On this day the Mets traded popular centerfielder Lee Mazzilli to the Texas Rangers for two young pitchers, Ron Darling & Walt Terrell. At the time the trade was not favorable with Mets fans. Mazzilli was a popular matinee idol for the Mets since arriving in 1976. As the Mets went downward into a last place team, it was Mazzilli who was one of the few bright spots. He spent six years with Mets up to that point, had made one All Star Team (1979), batted over .300 once & stole over thirty bases twice. He hit over 15 HRs three straight years & drove in over 70 runs twice.  He was never a superstar, but he was good looking, made basket catches like Willie Mays & was one of the better players on bad teams. More than anything else, Mazzilli was one of the most popular Mets of his era. In the strike shortened 1981 season, Mazzilli's average fell to a career worst (up to that point) .228. The Mets felt he was on the down side of his career. The new ownershi

Rusty Staub: 1973 NL Champion Mets Star- The Seventies Mets Years (1972-1975)

The New York Mets needed a bat badly after the 1971 season, and Montreal needed to fill some position players with young solid talent. In the off season & as late as Spring Training Gil Hodges was after Rusty Staub. He wanted him bad & even told Staub about during a March exhibition game. The two teams got together and made a blockbuster trade, just before the start of the 1972 season. On April 6, 1972, four days after Gil Hodges fatal heart attack, Staub was Traded to the Mets in exchange for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, & Mike Jorgensen. This turned out to be a good trade for both teams. Rusty was a true hitter with power, who would find a home in the middle of the Mets lineup for the next four years. Rusty Staub arrived in New York City with a lot of fanfare & hope for adding punch to the Mets lineup. On Opening Day 1972 he was the Mets right fielder, batting cleanup in between Tommie Agee & Cleon Jones. He went 1-3 with a walk that rainy afternoon i

Rusty Staub: The Eighties Mets Years (1980-1985) & Beyond

RUSTY STAUB 1980-2018 : In December of 1980 Staub returned to New York signing back with the New York Mets as a free agent. On Opening Day 1981 he was the Mets first baseman batting in the fifth position, at Wrigley Field hitting a HR in his Mets return. Le Grand Orange became a popular player at Shea once again, adding to his Mets legacy in a new era. He drove in runs in four straight games that April, finishing the month batting .320. On May 1st he hit a to run HR against the San Diego Padres in a 4-2 Mets loss. On June 9th he had a two run pinch hit single against the Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium. On October 1st he hit a two run HR in a game against the Chicago Cubs that ended in a rare official 2-2 tie. He played in 41 games for the Mets at first base and another 29 as a pinch hitter, playing in 70 games overall. He batted .317 (his career best) with five HRs nine doubles & 21 RBIs. In 1982 he had a pinch hit Opening Day RBI single in the Mets 7-2 win over Steve Car