1963 New York Mets season

1963 New York Mets season

The 1963 New York Mets season was the second regular season for the Mets. They went 51-111 and finished 10th in the NL, 48 games behind the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. They were managed by Casey Stengel. They played their home games at the Polo Grounds, the second and final season there for the Mets before moving to Shea Stadium the following season.

Offseason

Regular season

On June 14, Duke Snider of the Mets hit his 400th home run against the Cincinnati Reds. The opposing pitcher was Bob Purkey. The homer came in the 6,783rd at bat of his career.[3] Snider became the ninth player to reach 400 homers. Along with Eddie Mathews, Snider became part of the first duo to reach the 400-plateau in the same season.[3] Afterwards, Mets outfielder Jimmy Piersall told Snider that he could get more publicity for his 100th home run.[4] Nine days later, on June 23, Piersall ran the bases backward after hitting the 100th home run of his career off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dallas Green.[5] He was released by the Mets one month later, with that home run being the only one he hit in a Mets uniform.

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 -- .611
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 6 .574
San Francisco Giants 88 74 11 .543
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 12 .537
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 13 .531
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 15 .519
Chicago Cubs 82 80 17 .506
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 25 .457
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 33 .407
New York Mets 51 111 48 .315

Notable transactions

Roster

1963 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Hunt, RonRon Hunt 143 533 135 .272 10 42
LF Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 126 420 109 .260 15 60
RF Snider, DukeDuke Snider 129 354 86 .243 14 45

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Carmel, DukeDuke Carmel 47 149 35 .235 3 18
Fernández, ChicoChico Fernández 58 145 29 .200 1 9
Piersall, JimmyJimmy Piersall 40 124 24 .194 1 10

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Willey, CarlCarl Willey 30 183 9 14 3.10 101

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco 51 155.2 7 15 4.34 81
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 3 9.1 0 2 8.68 6

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bearnarth, LarryLarry Bearnarth 58 3 8 4 3.42 48
Bauta, EdEd Bauta 9 0 0 0 5.21 13

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

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Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Kerby Farrell
A Salinas Mets California League Ken Deal
A Raleigh Mets Carolina League Clyde McCullough and Tommy Byrne
A Quincy Jets Midwest League Sheriff Robinson and Wally Millies
A Auburn Mets New York-Penn League Dick Cole

Notes

References

  • 1963 New York Mets
  • 1963 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com