October 16, 2002 Lots of heart but little talent. Mets tried converting him from a starter to a reliever but to no avail. Never pitched again after 1964.
October 21, 2003 I recall watching the end of a game on TV from Wrigley Field-The Mets had just WON (on a Cliff Cook homer, I believe) and newcomer lefty Willard Hunter was the winning pitcher. I remember how fans and press alike jumped on the Hunter bandwagon, because, back then, ANY pitcher who got a win their first time out was perceived as the light who would lead us out of the losing darkness. Well, Willard dropped his next 6 decisions and became just another candle of hope extinguished with hurricane force that season. It was only 1 and 6, but was probably the 2nd greatest rise and fall that year, next to Craig Anderson, who was like 3-1 or 3-2 and dropped to 3-17
July 4, 2005 Willard gave up a grand slam to Jim Davenport in his first appearance as a Met, which also happened to be the first game back in New York for the San Francisco Giants.
September 25, 2013 On a hot summer day in the early 50's, Willard was pitching semi-pro in Glens Falls, NY when a catcher's throw to second hit him square on the noggin. I remember the hush and the ambulance even though I was probably six or seven at the time. Willard had some serious small town heat.