Mets Rewind Timeline

Dave Kingman arrived in New York and provided much-needed power to an anemic offensive team. Despite Kingman’s 36 home runs and solid starting pitching, the Mets failed to return to the playoffs, finishing in third place with a 82-80 record.

January 19

Seaver takes pay cut
Following a season of nagging injuries and mediocre performance, Tom Seaver agrees to take a 20% pay cut for the 1975 season. Seaver said the decision was made in five minutes during a conversation with M. Donald Grant. “No, I wasn’t disturbed by the cut ... The ball club has been very good and honest with me … they paid me a good amount last year and I didn’t pitch up to that amount,” said Seaver.

January 23

Kiner elected to Hall of Fame
Ralph Kiner earns Hall of Fame membership by a single vote. Kiner led or tied for the National League lead in home runs the first seven seasons of his career and retired with a home run percentage second only to that of Babe Ruth.

February 28

Mets purchase Kingman from Giants
The Mets purchase slugger Dave Kingman from the Giants. The 26-year old first baseman/outfielder was drafted by San Francisco as the team’s first pick in the initial round of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft.

August 5

Mets fire Berra as manager
The New York Mets fire manager Yogi Berra. “This decision has been hanging over our heads for some time,” said M. Donald Grant. “We were on the verge of telling Yogi he was out, but always the team would bounce back. It was a yo-yo season. Like grapes, the wins and losses came in clusters.” Grant confessed he’d considered firing Berra as early as 1973. The decision came after Tom Seaver met with Grant privately to express his concern over the team’s lack of respect for their manager. In three-plus seasons, Berra compiled a 292-296 record (.497 winning percentage), including the 1973 National League title. He was replaced by interim manager Roy McMillan.

September 29

Stengel passes away at 85
Casey Stengel, the Mets first manager, dies at age 85. Stengel led the franchise from 1962-1965, recording 175 wins and 404 losses (.302 winning percentage).

October 3

Mets name Frazier manager
The New York Mets hire Joe Frazier as manager. “Joe Frazier has consistently proved to us his ability to handle players,” said Mets GM Joe McDonald. “Winning is what it’s all about and Joe Frazier is a winner.” In one-and-one-half seasons as manager, Frazier compiled a 101-106 record (.488 winning percentage).

October 4

Payson passes away at age 72
Joan Whitney Payson, the principal owner of the New York Mets since the franchise inception, dies at age 72.

December 12

Mets trade Staub, acquire Lolich
The New York Mets acquire Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton. Lolich posts a 8-13 record in one season in New York.

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