Erik Sherman, co-author of the new book Davey Johnson: My Wild Ride in Baseball and Beyond, discusses Johnson’s playing and managerial career, his thoughts on changes in the current games and the debate of Johnson’s Hall of Fame consideration, on the latest edition of the Voices Podcast.
On April 29, 1967 — the day Atlantic Records released Aretha Franklin’s single “Respect” — the New York Mets were shutout, 7-0, by the Cincinnati Reds. The loss dropped the Mets into ninth place (7 ½ GB) in the National League just two weeks into the season.
Nothing new for the hapless, “lovable losers” from Queens.
One glance at the New York Mets No. 1 draft selections reveals a history of good, bad and ugly decision-making. The Mets first-ever draft pick was pitcher Les Rohr, the second overall pick in the 1965 draft. Rohr’s major league career was short-lived. He made his MLB debut on September 19, 1967 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching six innings, allowing three runs and recording his first win...