1966 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s)George Weiss, Bing Devine
Manager(s)Wes Westrum
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWHN
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)
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The 1966 New York Mets season was the fifth regular season for the Mets. They went 66–95 and finished 9th in the NL. They were managed by Wes Westrum. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1966 marked the first season in which the Mets avoided a last place finish, as well as the first time they did not lose at least 100 games.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
San Francisco Giants 93 68 0.578 47–34 46–34
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 0.568 3 46–35 46–35
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 8 48–33 39–42
Atlanta Braves 85 77 0.525 10 43–38 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 12 43–38 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 76 84 0.475 18 46–33 30–51
Houston Astros 72 90 0.444 23 45–36 27–54
New York Mets 66 95 0.410 28½ 32–49 34–46
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 36 32–49 27–54


Record vs. opponents


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1966 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Jerry Grote 120 317 75 .237 3 31
1B Ed Kranepool 146 464 118 .254 16 57
2B Ron Hunt 132 479 138 .288 3 33
SS Eddie Bressoud 133 405 91 .225 10 49
3B Ken Boyer 136 496 132 .266 14 61
LF Ron Swoboda 112 342 76 .222 8 50
CF Cleon Jones 139 495 136 .275 8 57
RF Al Luplow 111 334 84 .251 7 31

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
Chuck Hiller 108 254 71 .280 2 14
Roy McMillan 76 220 47 .214 1 12
Larry Elliot 65 199 49 .246 5 32
Johnny Lewis 65 166 32 .193 5 20
Jim Hickman 58 160 38 .238 4 16
John Stephenson 63 143 28 .196 1 11
Billy Murphy 84 135 31 .230 3 13
Hawk Taylor 53 109 19 .174 3 12
Bud Harrelson 33 99 22 .222 0 4
Dick Stuart 31 87 19 .218 4 13
Danny Napoleon 12 33 7 .212 0 0
Greg Goossen 13 32 6 .188 1 5
Choo-Choo Coleman 6 16 3 .188 0 0
Shaun Fitzmaurice 9 13 2 .154 0 0
Lou Klimchock 5 5 0 .000 0 0

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
Jack Fisher 38 230.0 11 14 3.68 127
Dennis Ribant 39 188.1 11 9 3.20 84
Bob Shaw 26 167.2 11 10 3.92 104

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
Jack Hamilton 57 148.2 6 13 3.93 93
Rob Gardner 41 133.2 4 8 5.12 74
Bob Friend 22 86.0 5 8 4.40 30
Dick Selma 30 80.2 4 6 4.24 58
Tug McGraw 15 62.1 2 9 5.34 34
Gerry Arrigo 17 43.1 3 3 3.74 28
Dick Rusteck 8 24.0 1 2 3.00 9
Larry Miller 4 8.1 0 2 7.56 7
Nolan Ryan 2 3.0 0 1 15.00 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
Bill Hepler 37 3 3 0 3.52 25
Darrell Sutherland 31 2 0 1 4.87 23
Larry Bearnarth 29 2 3 0 4.45 27
Dave Eilers 23 1 1 0 4.67 14
Gordie Richardson 15 0 2 1 9.16 15
Ralph Terry 11 0 1 1 4.74 14
Dallas Green 4 0 0 0 5.40 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Jacksonville Suns International League Solly Hemus
AA Williamsport Mets Eastern League Bill Virdon
A Auburn Mets New York–Penn League Clyde McCullough
A Greenville Mets Western Carolinas League Pete Pavlick
Rookie Marion Mets Appalachian League Buddy Peterson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Auburn, Marion

Notes

  1. ^ Charley Smith page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Al Luplow page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Joe Christopher page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Gary Kroll page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p. 32, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  6. ^ Tom Seaver page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Galen Cisco page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Duffy Dyer page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Mets buy Bob Shaw from Giants
  10. ^ Ralph Terry page at Baseball Reference

References