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Oct 10 - This Day in Mets History

MFS62
Oct 10 2005 06:10 PM

And then there finally was a team:

Born on this date:
Grover Powell (1940)

Transactions:
Mets drafted Don Zimmer from the Chicago Cubs on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Hobie Landrith from the San Francisco Giants on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Al Jackson from the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Jim Hickman from the St. Louis Cardinals on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Roger Craig from the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Chris Cannizzaro from the St. Louis Cardinals on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Jay Hook from the Cincinnati Reds on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Elio Chacon from the Cincinnati Reds on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Felix Mantilla from the Milwaukee Braves on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Craig Anderson from the St. Louis Cardinals on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Gus Bell from the Cincinnati Reds on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Ed Bouchee from the Chicago Cubs on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Joe Christopher from the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Choo Choo Coleman from the Philadelphia Phillies on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Ray Daviault from the San Francisco Giants on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted John DeMerit from the Milwaukee Braves on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Sammy Drake from the Chicago Cubs on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Sherman Jones from the Cincinnati Reds on October 10, 1961.

Mets drafted Jack Fisher from the San Francisco Giants on October 10, 1963.

New York Mets released Takashi Kashiwada on October 10, 1997.

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That date in 1961 will never make the highlights on "Great Moments in Drafting".

The 1963 draft was conducted when MLB realized how really awful the Mets had done in both the expansion draft on this date in 1961 and their subsequent trades. Along with "Fat" Jack Fisher, they drafted a power hitting first baseman from LA, who had torn up the California League. I think his name was Bill Haas. He had hit around .350 with over 30HR and 120+ RBI. He never made it to the majors.

BUT in the equivalent of the 1963 Rule V Draft later that year, the Mets had a chance to draft both Dick Allen AND Luis Tiant... and they passed on both.

Later

G-Fafif
Oct 10 2005 07:51 PM

Not a bad day for winning pennants either, as was the case on October 10, 1973.

Spiro Agnew resigned the vice presidency the same afternoon. The Mets beating the Reds was a bigger deal, even in Washington. I forget which Supreme Court justice it was who had his papers released within the last year or so (perhaps then Chief Justice Burger) who saved a note that had him asking a clerk for the score and receiving the news he sought. Whether he was interested in Agnew I'm not sure.

cooby
Oct 10 2005 11:26 PM

I've got to admit, I got a few chills reading down through that list

Frayed Knot
Oct 11 2005 12:35 AM

G-Fafif wrote:
Spiro Agnew resigned the vice presidency the same afternoon. The Mets beating the Reds was a bigger deal, even in Washington. I forget which Supreme Court justice it was who had his papers released within the last year or so (perhaps then Chief Justice Burger) who saved a note that had him asking a clerk for the score and receiving the news he sought. Whether he was interested in Agnew I'm not sure.


It was Cincinnati native Potter Stewart.
The justices were in the midst of a hearing concerning one of the pending Watergate related cases. Stewart decided to have his clerks pass notes to him on the progress of the game (day games as always back then). At first he wanted updates every inning, then every half-inning, and eventually every batter. When the news about Agnew broke (his resignation was unrelated to the Watergate matter of course) the clerk's next note read; "Kranepool Flies to Right ... Agnew Resigns"

G-Fafif
Oct 11 2005 01:02 AM

Frayed Knot wrote:
="G-Fafif"]Spiro Agnew resigned the vice presidency the same afternoon. The Mets beating the Reds was a bigger deal, even in Washington. I forget which Supreme Court justice it was who had his papers released within the last year or so (perhaps then Chief Justice Burger) who saved a note that had him asking a clerk for the score and receiving the news he sought. Whether he was interested in Agnew I'm not sure.


It was Cincinnati native Potter Stewart.
The justices were in the midst of a hearing concerning one of the pending Watergate related cases. Stewart decided to have his clerks pass notes to him on the progress of the game (day games as always back then). At first he wanted updates every inning, then every half-inning, and eventually every batter. When the news about Agnew broke (his resignation was unrelated to the Watergate matter of course) the clerk's next note read; "Kranepool Flies to Right ... Agnew Resigns"


Thanks for clearing that up. Who'd have thought when both men went to sleep the night before that Ed Kranepool would have a job to go later that week and Spiro Agnew wouldn't?