Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list counts down the seven biggest Met killers to plague our beloved franchise. Today we look at number seven on our list: Hall of Famer Willie Stargell.
Stat Line Against the New York Mets: 249 games, 60 homeruns, , 182 RBI's, the very first home run in Shea Stadium, 26 home runs in total in Shea Stadium.
Before there was Chipper Jones, there was Willie Stargell. When it came to a player that owned the Mets, it was Willie Stargell. The first baseman not only delivered big hits and home runs against the team's mediocre pitchers, but pitchers such as fellow Hall Of Famer Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman as well. Stargell took both pitchers deep seven times each. On April 17, 1964, Stargell showed a sign of things to come when he hit the first home run in Shea Stadium.
He was also known by his great wind up. Stargell followed with that came a "hitch" swing which was similar to a cock back motion. Stargell's swing warranted a comment by former Mets manager Jerry Manuel to proclaim that the Mets player which most reminded him of the Hall of Famer was in fact Ike Davis. Stargell's numbers, though impressive, comes almost second to what he had to do and over come as a player. Over his career, Stargell had a batting average of .282, 475 Home runs, and 1,540 rbi's for his 21-year career, all of which was played as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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