Thursday, September 26, 2013
1967 Mets Fantazy Card Opening Day Line-up
In the header picture above, if you look close, you can see the outfield wall at Shea Stadium appears to be white in color (this is a photoshopped image). There has been some talk that on opening day of 1967 the outfield wall was white. Not for the entire season, but for a few weeks at the seasons start. This has been discussed at the CPF and since we can't find any incontrovertible proof that the wall actually was white, this discussion is on-going.
If anyone out there knows any information,details or photos regarding the outfield wall being white to open the 1967 season, please contact me.
The Mets first game of the 1967 season was played on April 11th. The Mets hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates at home at Shea Stadium.
Leading off for the Mets 1967 campaign is the center fielder, Don Bosch. Really? Like I've said, most of these opening day line-ups have surprised me.
Bosch came to the Mets from the Pittsburg Pirates along with todays starting Pitcher Don Cardwell in December of 1966 for pitcher Dennis Riebant and outfielder Gary Kolb. Highly touted as the Mets center fielder of the future Bosch had a disappointing time as a Met. In 94 games spread over two seasons Don batted .157. His OBP was .210.
In 1969 he had some bad stuff to say about the Mets in Dick Schaap's book "The Year the Mets Lost Last Place", possibly leading to the 1978 tell-all book by Chico Escuela entitled "Bad Stuff 'Bout the Mets".
The Mets committed 5 errors in this opening day game. Jones made two of them.
I feel if I am going to make a card for a Met making an error, I should also make one of him making a nice play to balance it out. To be fair Jerry made more plays than he didn't.
A special for the 1967 line-up page- The 1967 Mets/Sgt.Pepper album cover! This supposed to include every player or coach on the '67 squad plus two future Mets for a total of 67. If I've left anybody out please let me know.
Can you name the players without peeking at the UMDB? If you can you are a better fan than I was. But I know who they are now so I'm moving up the Met fan chain.
I thought to do this tribute at the last minute and figured it would take a few sittings. It took way more time than I expected and unfortunately delayed the posting of this page. Totally enjoyed making it though and hope you get a kick out of it.
Special thanks to Batmagadanleadoff of the CPF and my bother Kevin for the suggested additions to the 1967 Mets Tribute.