I'm not sure of the reason for Jim Hickman's anguished look in this photo. Maybe someone just called him "Piano Legs". Then again, maybe it's just the general sort of anguish that came with playing for the Mets in the 1960s. Jim had a fascinating, trivia-rich career, which I never would have expected. It's days like this that I'm happy to be doing this blog!
-A proud son of Henning, TN, Jim signed with the Cardinals in 1956 as an amateur free agent.
-Was a fairly average player as a Met, hitting double-digit home runs for four straight seasons and batting .241.
-Was the last of the original Mets to leave the team when he was traded to the Dodgers in December 1966 with Ron Hunt for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith. Had a terrible year in L.A., but did pitch two decent innings on June 23, allowing only a solo home run to Willie Mays.
-Had a flair for the dramatic, hitting seven walk-off home runs in total. One of these was a grand slam against the Cubs on Aug. 9, 1963, and it snapped Mets pitcher Roger Craig's record 18-game losing streak!
-Retired in 1974 as a career .252 hitter with 159 HR and 560 RBI in a 13-year career.