July 27, 2017 Like so many pitchers in the Mets farm system, Jim had his share of success with other major league teams. He pitched a no-hitter as a Texas Ranger against the Athletics in 1973 - the year the Knicks became world champions in basketball. I mention this because Jim's brother, Henry, played for that Knicks team. If he had been a Met in '73, Jim would have pitched in a World Series the same year his brother appeared in an NBA Finals. Considering the no-hitter, Bibby's pitching could have lifted the Mets to victory over Oakland. The family would've then had New York-based champions in two sports at the same time!
July 27, 2017 Alan was a #1 draft pick of the Mets out of the University of Arizona. Coming from the college ranks, I thought he'd be playing for them within the next two years. The team had Todd Hundley being groomed as an upcoming catcher and Alan's path to New York was blocked. He never had a real chance with the Mets and didn't reach the major leagues until he was 34 years old.