1963 New York Mets
Photocopy of photograph showing the interior of the stadium. This was taken on September 10, 1963 during a game between Phillies and Mets - Shibe Park (Stadium), 2701 North HABS PA,51-PHILA,683-11.tif
The Mets playing against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium on September 10, 1963.
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record51–111 (.315)
League place10th
Other information
Owner(s)Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWABC (AM)
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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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

Advertisement for the 1963 Mets' ticket schedule, showing box seats for $3.50 and bleachers for $0.75.
Advertisement for the 1963 Mets' ticket schedule, showing box seats for $3.50 and bleachers for $0.75.

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.[4] 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.[4] Afterwards, Mets outfielder Jimmy Piersall told Snider that he could get more publicity for his 100th home run.[5] 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.[6] 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 Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 6 53–28 40–41
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 11 50–31 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 12 45–36 42–39
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 13 46–35 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 0.519 15 45–36 39–42
Chicago Cubs 82 80 0.506 17 43–38 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 25 42–39 32–49
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 0.407 33 44–37 22–59
New York Mets 51 111 0.315 48 34–47 17–64

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–9 9–9 7–11 12–6 11–7 9–9 8–10 10–8 7–11
Cincinnati 9–9 11–7 8–10 10–8 10–8 8–10 11–7 8–10 11–7
Houston 9–9 7–11 5–13 5–13 13–5 8–10 6–12 8–10 5–13
Los Angeles 11–7 10–8 13–5 8–10–1 16–2 7–11 13–5 9–9 12–6
Milwaukee 6–12 8–10 13–5 10–8–1 12–6 10–8 7–11 10–8 8–10
New York 7–11 8–10 5–13 2–16 6–12 8–10 4–14 6–12 5–13
Philadelphia 9–9 10–8 10–8 11–7 8–10 10–8 13–5 8–10 8–10
Pittsburgh 10–8 7–11 12–6 5–13 11–7 14–4 5–13 5–13 5–13
San Francisco 8–10 10–8 10–8 9–9 8–10 12–6 10–8 13–5 8–10
St. Louis 11–7 7–11 13–5 6–12 10–8 13–5 10–8 13–5 10–8


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
C Choo-Choo Coleman 106 247 44 .178 3 9
1B Tim Harkness 123 375 79 .211 10 41
2B Ron Hunt 143 533 135 .272 10 42
SS Al Moran 119 331 64 .193 1 23
3B Charlie Neal 72 253 57 .225 3 18
LF Frank Thomas 126 420 109 .260 15 60
CF Jim Hickman 146 494 113 .229 17 51
RF Duke 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
Ed Kranepool 86 273 57 .209 2 14
Rod Kanehl 109 191 46 .241 1 9
Joe Hicks 56 159 36 .226 5 22
Joe Christopher 64 149 33 .221 1 8
Duke Carmel 47 149 35 .235 3 18
Norm Sherry 63 147 20 .136 2 11
Chico Fernández 58 145 29 .200 1 9
Jesse Gonder 42 126 38 .302 3 15
Jimmy Piersall 40 124 24 .194 1 10
Cliff Cook 50 106 15 .142 2 8
Larry Burright 41 100 22 .220 0 3
Pumpsie Green 17 54 15 .278 1 5
Ted Schreiber 39 50 8 .160 0 2
Dick Smith 20 42 10 .238 0 3
Sammy Taylor 22 35 9 .257 0 6
Chris Cannizzaro 16 33 8 .242 0 4
Gil Hodges 11 22 5 .227 0 3
Cleon Jones 6 15 2 .133 0 1
Marv Throneberry 14 14 2 .143 0 1

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
Roger Craig 46 236.0 5 22 3.78 108
Al Jackson 37 227.0 13 17 3.96 142
Carl Willey 30 183.0 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
Galen Cisco 51 155.2 7 15 4.34 81
Tracy Stallard 39 154.2 6 17 4.71 110
Jay Hook 41 152.2 4 14 5.48 89
Grover Powell 20 49.2 1 1 2.72 39
Craig 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
Larry Bearnarth 58 3 8 4 3.42 48
Ken MacKenzie 34 3 1 3 4.97 41
Don Rowe 26 0 0 0 4.28 27
Ed Bauta 9 0 0 0 5.21 13
Steve Dillon 1 0 0 0 10.80 1

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

[13]

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

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

  1. ^ Ron Hunt page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Norm Sherry sold to Mets
  3. ^ Paul Blair page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ a b Duke Snider | The Baseball Page
  5. ^ Ultimate Mets Database – Jimmy Piersall
  6. ^ Jim Piersall – stats photos pics mets – NYFS nyfuturestars.com
  7. ^ Chico Fernández page at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Jimmy Piersall page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Jesse Gonder page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Duke Carmel page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Jimmy Piersall released by New York Mets
  12. ^ Ron Swoboda page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ "1963 All-Star Game".

References