Glancing Back, and Remembering Ron Hunt
Ron Hunt was one of the first legitimate “stars” to play for the New York Mets. He was the first Mets player to start an All-Star game (as the National League’s second baseman in 1964), and he was runner-up to Pete Rose for Rookie of the Year honors in 1963.
During his playing career, no one in the National League was better than Hunt at being hit by a pitch, leading the league seven times in his career, and finishing second three times.
Hunt was signed by the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and purchased by the Mets following their inaugural 1962 season. Installed as the team’s everyday second baseman, Hunt batted .272 in 1963 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs.
Hunt batted .263 in his only season in Los Angeles. The next winter he was sent to San Francisco in the deal that brought catcher Tom Haller to the Dodgers. His best season in San Francisco was 1970, when he batted .281 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.
Hunt played for five major league teams during his 12-year career, including the Montreal Expos and St. Louis Cardinals. He batted .309 for the Expos in 1973, and retired after the 1974 season with a career batting average of .273.