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Dave Hillman
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 744 of 984 players
Hillman
Darius Dutton Hillman
Born: September 14, 1927 at Dungannon, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 168

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First Mets game: April 28, 1962
Last Mets game: June 22, 1962





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Scott
October 15, 2002
Solid member of the Cubs teams of the mid 50's. Career was on the downside when the expansion Mets picked him up. That team had a lot of those kinds of guys.

David
November 16, 2004
This past summer I looked up Dave Hillman's phone number on an Internet directory and called him, asking if I could come by some weekend and get his autograph and my photo taken with him. I'm trying to collect a set of all the living 1962 Mets.

I made the same phone call to Herb Moford. Both said yes, so I booked a flight to Lexington, KY and visited them both. Dave and I ended up chatting for over two hours. He showed me some of the memorabilia that he has held onto. His memories of games from the 1950s and early 1960s is really precise. Great stories. What a great guy.

Bob P
April 1, 2006
Dave Hillman was signed as a free agent by the Cubs in 1950, and made his major league debut five years later. He appeared in 129 games with the Cubs, mainly as a reliever, and had a less-than-spectacular record of 18-32. The Cubs traded him to the Red Sox after the 1959 season, and Dave spent two years there with a record of 3-5.

He got into 2 games with the 1962 Reds, then came to the Mets. In his first appearance as a Met, he relieved Bob L. Miller in the sixth inning of a game at the Polo Grounds with the Mets down, 5-1. The first batter he faced was Don Demeter and Demeter hit a home run. After walking the next batter (Clay Dalrymple), Hillman retired the Phillies and then the Mets scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-6 lead in a game they would go on to win 8-6.

But the official scorer gave the win to Roger Craig, who came on in relief of Hillman in the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings. This scoring rule is rarely invoked these days, but the scorer has the right to give the win to the pitcher who pitches the most effectively in this kind of situation. I'm sure if the same thing happened today, Hillman would get the win and Craig the save.

Hillman's final major league appearance came in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader at the Polo Grounds on July 22, 1962. Hillman again relieved Miller, this time with the Mets trailing the Colt .45s, 7-0. This time Hillman gave up a homer to the second batter he faced, Merritt Ranew. Bob Aspromonte walked, but Hillman retired Houston SS Bob Lillis on a fly ball to CF Joe Christopher, and that was the end of Hillman's major league career.

Ed K
February 13, 2012
Dave is the oldest living Met pitcher these days. Yogi Berra is the oldest Met player.









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