SNY gets back in the memory business Thursday evening at 6:30 with the debut of Mets Yearbook: 1967, celebrating the major league debuts of Joe Moock, Al Schmelz, Les Rohr, Billy Wynne and…I think I’m leaving somebody out. Oh, terrific, I can’t come up with the name.
Easy to lose track of all those 1967 Mets, as there were a record 54 of them, or nearly two for each loss. Those Mets went 61-101, finished tenth and were led by two managers: the put-upon Wes Westrum and the eminently interim Salty Parker. I won’t pretend to be a Winik Brother, but I’m guessing there’ll be something toward the end about the guy whom the Mets acquired for another of their distinguished 1967 rookies, Bill Denehy.
Denehy, as I assume they teach in the schools, was the pitcher sent to the Washington Senators (along with a reported $50,000) as compensation for their manager Gil Hodges. Shocking that two years later, Hodges would lead the Mets from 101 losses to 100 wins and then some.
It’s not like Gil did it alone. He had some help, most prominently one of those pitchers who came up in ’67 — a righty. And that man’s name was…
Terrific. I forgot it again.
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