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Chico Fernandez
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 562 of 1043 players
Humberto Fernandez
Born: March 2, 1932 at Havana, Cuba
Died: June 11, 2016 at Sunrise, Fla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 170

Chico Fernandez was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 12, 2006, March 2, 2008, June 13, 2016, and June 14, 2016.

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First Mets game: May 11, 1963
Last Mets game: September 29, 1963

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harvey k
January 29, 2002
i was all excited when the Mets got this veteran ex- tiger shortstop.my enthusiasm quickly faded when he struck out looking as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth to end the game with the tying run in scoring position.since that was his debut as a met, he argued the call with the ump to conceal his failure to produce.

May 29, 2003
Fernandez was another former Brooklyn Dodger the Mets gambled on and lost.

Lynne Fernandez
February 12, 2006
I can tell you from personal knowledge that my husband, Humberto "Chico" Fernandez did not want to play for the Mets. He was a Detroit Tiger where the fans loved him. He loved Detroit. Fans there still called out "Number 9!" when we'd go to the race track etc. prior to our move to Florida where we now reside. Let's all remember he had to play in our country as a "black" player and put up with a lot of discrimination even though he is not black but Cuban. He did love Met fans, however, and always enjoys going back to New York for the annual baseball hupla in New York city every January. He is also one of the few former players that we know of who will actually respond to fan mail. I am too young to have actually seen him play but I wish I had. Lynne Fernandez

February 18, 2006
Hard to argue with someone not wanting to leave a team with great associations to play for the '63 Mets.

The thing was, I was one of those suckers that the Mets were pandering to. I knew the Mets weren't going to be any good, at least at the beginning. I loved having baseball (as opposed to General Motors) back in New York. And I loved seeing all those old Dodgers. Including Chico.

Jackie (Howard) Esquivel
September 19, 2008
As a kid growing up in Detroit in the late 50's, I had the opportunity to not only to watch Chico play, but to meet him and have our families become friends. I followed Chico's baseball carreer and still have an article about him stealing homebase in one of his games. I rooted for Chico as a Tiger and as a Met, not just because our families were friends, but because of who he was as a player.

Lynne Fernandez
October 9, 2008
Chico Fernandez and I have been together my entire adult life. He's just a wonderful man! I listen to him talk about his baseball days and never get tired of his "animated" way of describing old plays, who got on base, who should have got on base and who really made that error! Other players still call the house to say "Hi" and they catch up on who's doing what. I'm always seeking old photos that fans may have taken of Chico before or after a game or on the field practicing. I scrapbook and he enjoys looking at old fan photos, old friend's photos etc. So, if anyone out there has a photo please email me at lynnechico@comcast.net. We'd be glad to copy the photo and send you back a copy with Chico's autograph as a thank you. Best wishes to all the fans. Without you, Chico says, baseball wouldn't have been any fun!

Tino Prieto
September 25, 2015
I remember when I arrived in New Jersey from Cuba I used to go on Sundays to Yankee Stadium for a doubleheader with my father and uncle, and of course we went mostly when the opposing team had Cuban players, players such as Camilo Pascual, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, Humberto Fernandez etc. I particularly remember when Humberto was with the Tigers and in a game against the Yankees he stole home which is still one of the most exciting things that can happen in a baseball game, because of the dates probably 1961 or 62 I assume the Yankees catcher was Elston Howard (Yogi took turns playing left field with Hector Lopez), but I can not remember the Yankees pitcher, was it Ralph Terry or maybe Whitey Ford ? Best wishes to Humberto and thank for the memories.

Tino Prieto, Fellow Cuban (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

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