The Hunt Is On

 

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.

As a rookie in 1963, Ron Hunt batted .272 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs. He finished second to Pete Rose in the voting for Rookie of the Year.

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.

He hit .303 in 1964 and batted .288 in 1966, when he was again selected as an All-Star. However, after the 1966 season, Hunt and Jim Hickman were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Tommy Davis.

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.

Ron Hunt was the first player in a New York Mets uniform to start an All-Star game. He was the National League’s second baseman in 1964, and was an All-Star again in 1966.

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.

 

 

 

 

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