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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Dave Hillman, the oldest living Met, dead at 95

Dave Hillman, who pitched in 13 games for the 1962 Mets, died Sunday at 95. The right-hander, who was the oldest living Met, passed away from natural causes, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.

Hillman pitched in the majors from 1955-1962 with the Cubs, Red Sox, Reds and Mets. He was with the Mets from April to June, mainly as a reliever though he made one start for Casey Stengel’s historic team which would lose an MLB record 120 games.

“It was a joke – the ballplayers they had assembled,” Hillman told the Bristol Herald Courier in 2008. “It was all old players who were over the hill. There were one or two young pitchers that were good, but with the ballclub, they couldn’t get them a run.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 27, 2022 at 10:46 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Itchy Row Posted: November 28, 2022 at 02:25 PM (#6107051)
I read somewhere else that Yogi Berra was the previous oldest living Met. The article mentions Frank Thomas is now the oldest.
   2. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: November 28, 2022 at 03:06 PM (#6107058)
Looking at their roster, the old players were not the problem. Their 4 best hitters by OPS+ were Ashburn (35), Thomas (34), Hodges (38) and Woodling (39)
   3. djordan Posted: November 28, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6107104)
I would be curious to see the pool of available players in the '62 expansion draft vs who the Mets & Colt 45s actually selected.
   4. reech Posted: November 28, 2022 at 10:59 PM (#6107113)
https://sabr.org/journal/article/the-colt-45s-and-the-1961-expansion-draft/
   5. God can’t be all that impressed with Charles S. Posted: November 30, 2022 at 09:59 AM (#6107297)
Shouldn't the headline say "Formerly, the Oldest Living Met"?
   6. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: November 30, 2022 at 11:23 AM (#6107306)
Frank Thomas, Roger Craig, and Willie Mays are now the three oldest living Mets. Willie being that high on the list is pretty remarkable since he didn't join the Mets until they were over a decade old; Hillman, Thomas, and Craig were all on the 1962 team.

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