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November 16, 2012
A couple of Mets birthdays for November 16th
Checking the calendar, I found a couple of Mets birthdays -- one of which gave me the excuse to post this poster-sized reproduction of the very first Mets Yearbook, that hangs framed in the corridor leading to the field entrance at Citi Field. Cake and candles go to Dwight Gooden, the last Met before R.A. Dickey to win the Cy Young Award. And it's worth remembering Harry Chiti, who caught 15 games for those "original" Mets and earned a major league first. On April 25th, 1962, Chiti was obtained from the Indians for a player-to-be-named later. He turned out to be THAT player. The Mets send him back to Cleveland on June 15th to complete the deal -- making him the first player ever to be traded for himself.