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Gus Bell
Gus Bell
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 340 of 1043 players
David Russell Bell
Born: November 15, 1928 at Louisville, Ky.
Died: May 7, 1995 at Montgomery, O.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 196

Gus Bell was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 15, 2009, June 21, 2010, November 28, 2010, and January 13, 2016.


First Mets game: April 11, 1962
Last Mets game: May 20, 1962

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Won Doney
November 15, 2001
I believe he got the first hit in Mets history.

Jonathan Stern
December 14, 2004
I have a recording of Bob Murphy announcing the starting lineup before the very first Mets game (21st track on a cd the Mets once gave away called "Songs and Sounds that shake Shea"). Is it my imagination or does the Murph say that both Bell and Frank Thomas are playing RF?

Jonathan Stern
May 9, 2005
When describing his Opening Day lineup in a preseason interview, Casey Stengel could not remember Bell's name.

feat fan
March 25, 2006
Gus Bell was a well-known power-hitter during the 1950s and as a member of the Cincinnati Reds made the NL All-Star team in 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1957.

In his best season, 1953, Bell hit .300, 37 doubles, 5 triples, 30 home runs, scored 102 runs and rang-up 105 RBIs.

From 1953 to 1957, he hit .300, .299, .308, .292, .292 and drove in 100 runs in four different years. On Sept. 21, 1955, he slugged three homers in a single game and drove in 8 runs. He lined 583 extra base hits in his stellar career. Gus Bell's career stats: .281 BA, .445 slg/pct in 6478 at bats, 311 Ds, 66 Ts, 206 Hrs, 942 RBIs

Gary from Chesapeake
January 6, 2008
If our data base is correct, Gus Bell has the distinction of being the first player traded FROM the New York Mets.

November 18, 2009
What made the interview Jonathan Stern mentions even funnier was how long Casey rambled before finally, by chance, mentioning the word "bell" -- which at long last triggered his memory of Gus's name.

It's worth mentioning here, since no one else has yet, that Gus started one of the three-generation major-league families. The Boones and the Hairstons are also in a direct line; Dick Schofield Sr. and Jr. and Jayson Werth qualify in a different way.

November 24, 2010
Having seen Gus's entry in the past I've always wondered how he could have been traded in 1961 yet played for the Mets in 1962. As per I found the answer (though I think the web master here might want to change the date or expand on the explanation for the plethora of Gus Bell fans that pass through here!!):

May 21, 1962: the New York Mets sent a player to be named later and Gus Bell to the Milwaukee Braves to complete an earlier deal made on November 28, 1961. November 28, 1961: The New York Mets sent a player to be named later and cash to the Milwaukee Braves for a player to be named later and Frank Thomas. (

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