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  • The original 28 man roster on the inaugural 1962 New York Mets

    The Mets were born into the major league with a 28 man opening day roster. From 1955 to 1967 and again in 1990 teams opened the season with 28 men on the roster. 28 to 30 days into the season (it varied) they had to trim the roster down to the standard 25 man roster. Here is how the players on their opening day roster were used by manager, Casey Stengel.

    April 11, 1962. In their first ever game, an 11-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, the Mets' starting lineup was:
    Richie Ashburn - CF, Felix Mantilla - SS, Charlie Neal - 2B, Frank Thomas - LF, Gus Bell - RF, Gil Hodges - 1B, Don Zimmer - 3B, Hobie Landrith - C and Roger Craig - P.
    Others to appear in that first game were first basemen Ed Bouchee, and Jim Marshall and pitchers Bob Moorhead, Herb Moford and ex-Brooklyn Dodger, Clem Labine. A total of 14 players were used in that first game.

    April 13, Game 2. Six more players made their Mets' team debuts to bring the total of players on the roster to 20:
    Catcher, Joe Ginsberg, shortstop, Elio Chacon, Outfielders, John De Merit and Bobby Gene Smith and pitchers Sherman Jones and Ray Daviault all saw action.

    April14, Game 3.
    Stengel used four more players to bring the total of used players to 24: Catcher, Chris Cannizzaro, Outfielder, Jim Hickman and Pitchers Al Jackson and Craig Anderson.

    April 15, Game 4. Two more players made their Mets' debuts to bring the total of used players to 26: second baseman, Rod Kanehl and pitcher, Ken Mackenzie.

    April 17, Game 5. Pitcher Jay Hook would make his first appearance AS A MET BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 27 MEN USED FROM THE OPENING DAY ROSTER OF 28 PLAYERS. Hook would become the Mets first winning pitcher several days later..

    APRIL 21, GAME 8. : Bob Lane Miller, usually known as Bob L. Miller, to distinguish himself from two other Bob Millers who were his contemporaries. (Three Bob Millers in the big leagues at the same time no doubt caused fans quite a bit of confusion) made his debut, the last of the original Opening Day Mets to appear in a regular season game..

    APRIL 23, GAME 10: Big righthander, Jay Hook broke the NY Mets' opening franchise 9 game losing streak with one of his best career mound performances. He beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9 to 1, with a Complete Game, Five-Hitter. After going 1-9 for their first 10 games they went 40-120 over 160 games , with two rainouts that were never made up.
    Last edited by 1954 Phils; 11-25-2019, 02:40 PM.

  • #2
    Great info.
    Put it in the books.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 1954 Phils View Post
      Others to appear in that first game were first basemen Ed Bouchee, and Jim Marshall and pitchers Bob Moorhead, Herb Moford and ex-Brooklyn Dodger, Clem Labine.
      Clem Labine's service as an original Met was very short. He only played three games for the team - 4/11/62 and 4/18/62 v. St. Louis and 4/26/62 v. Cincinnati. Those were the last three games of his Major League career. His totals with the '62 Mets: 3 games, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 11.25 ERA.

      The fact that he only played three games is interesting, in and of itself. But of those three games, only one was a home game - 4/18/62 v. St. Louis. The other two games were on the road.

      And what prompted me to research Clem Labine, you may all be wondering.

      The number 41 will always be associated with Tom Seaver. But prior to "The Franchise," four other men wore that now-hallowed number for the orange and blue.

      Clem Labine was the first.


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      What's THAT guy doing?
      - one of the YES Network broadcasters, after the camera cut to me doing the thumbs-down after Todd Frazier's home run

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      • #4
        The last guy cut in spring training was Joe Christopher, who would be recalled from the minors in May. Kanehl had been a non-roster invitee and took the last spot, making Christopher the odd man out.

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