Mets Rewind Timeline

Something new had arrived in New York. While the New York Mets continued their losing ways, recording the franchise’s sixth consecutive losing season, a sea change was taking place. The franchise — or, The Franchise — had arrived. The future success of the Mets was on the field and its name was George Thomas Seaver.

April 1967

Mets add plexiglass to outfield walls
Clear plexiglass is placed on outfield wall sections in front of the bullpens. In stadium's first three years, solid green wall obscured fans' view of bullpens. Outfield wall painted light green, with distance numerals in dark green. New color scheme makes it impossible to see balls hit off the wall; outfield wall re-painted dark green in May.

April 20

Seaver earns first MLB win
Tom Seaver, a right-hander the Mets obtained in a lottery drawing among the three teams, gets his first major-league win when the team beat the Cubs, 6-1. The 22-year old rookie, who will become known as the 'Franchise,' goes 7.2 innings, giving up eight hits and one run in the Shea Stadium contest.

June 20

Jackson one-hits Mets
Phillies starter Larry Jackson one-hits the Mets, 4-0, at Connie Mack Stadium. It is Jackson's 18th win over the Mets without a loss.

November 8

Mets acquire Shamsky from Reds
The Mets acquire Art Shamsky from the Cincinnati Reds for infielder Bob Johnson. Shamsky hits 42 home runs in a part-time role during his four seasons with the team.

November 20

Seaver named Rookie of the Year
Tom Seaver is named the National League Rookie of the Year. At 22, Seaver compiled a 16-13 record and a 2.76 ERA.

November 27

Mets acquire Hodges to manage
The Mets complete the deal to bring manager Gil Hodges to New York to become the team's fourth manager in the brief history of the five-year old franchise. The Amazin's obtain the former Dodgers and original Mets player by sending pitcher Bill Denehy and $100,000 to Washington.

December 15

Mets acquire Agee, Weiss from White Sox
The Mets obtain Tommy Agee, the 1966 Rookie of the Year, and utility infielder Al Weis from the White Sox in exchange for Buddy Booker, Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher, and Billy Wynne. New York's newest additions will both play a pivotal role in the team's 1969 World Championship season.

December 27

Murphy named GM
Johnny Murphy becomes the Mets' third general manager in franchise history when he replaces Bing Devine. During Murphy’s tenure, the team begins to benefit from their talented farm system, especially its young pitching prospects which include Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, and Gary Gentry.

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