What does memorable ex-Met reliever Roger McDowell share with infamous former Met pitcher Hank Webb?
They’re among nine Mets that wore No. 42. Again on April 15, each major leaguer donned 42, honoring Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodger debut.
The first Met sporting 42 was Larry Elliot, an outfielder who totaled just 14 homers with the club in 1964 and 1966. In July of ’64, Elliot uncharacteristically homered in four straight games, and in five of six games.
Ron Taylor led the Mets in saves four straight years, including 13 for the 1969 world champions.
Chuck Taylor, no relation to Ron, was a Met reliever in 1972. As an Expo the following year, he fanned Met Willie Mays in Montreal in the Hall of Famer’s final regular season at-bat ever.
Webb’s errant pickoff throw in 1974 allowed Bake McBride to score from first in the 25th inning for a 4-3 Cardinals win at Shea Stadium.
Ron Hodges was a Mets backup catcher for ten years. In 1973, Dave Augustine’s apparent Pirate homerun bounced off the top of Shea’s left field wall, right to Cleon Jones. His relay to Hodges via Wayne Garrett nailed Richie Zisk at home during a 4-3 Met win in 13 innings.