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George Altman
George Altman
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 258 of 984 players
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George Lee Altman
Born: March 20, 1933 at Goldsboro, N.C.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.04 Weight: 200

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First Mets game: April 17, 1964
Last Mets game: October 4, 1964





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Elliot Baron
January 15, 2002
When I heard that the Mets had acquired this left-handed hitter, I was excited. After all, he was not thought to be a typical Met. I believe he lasted one year at Shea before being moved back to Chicago. In retrospect, his time in NY was disappointing.

FRED of Nyack
March 24, 2003
Here was a guy, typical of many, who did well both before and after being on the Mets. He had good years on the Cubs in 1962 and in 1963 as a Cardinal batting seventh. I guess St. Louis found him expendable but the Cardinals were not discouraged to trade with the Cubs again, shortly later, for another left-handed hitting, outfielder - Lou Brock. There were big expectations for George, coming to the Mets, as he was traded for Roger Craig (who did very well for the Cardinals in their successful pennant run) as an impressive spread in the 1964 Yearbook can verify. I don't know if his problems were similar another slugger George - a couple of decades later - George Foster in that he was under too much pressure, was pitched around, or was better suited to hit lower in the lineup but he was terrible as a Met.

He was THE personification of the proverbial Bob Murphyism; "Good speed for a big man."

He also did well in Japan from 1968-1973 in which he was "BEST NINE" a couple of years and among the league leaders in home runs and, average and RBIS most of his time there.

Stevarino
November 10, 2003
Remember him as a "baseball card guy" when I was a kid after his tenure with the Mets. When I was in Jr. High, a Japanese exchange student from the local high school sat in on 7th grade English and kept asking us about "Joe Artman" who he said was "Glate Amelican Barrrprayer". He was shocked when he was geeted with stares, and disappointed that there was only mild murmers of recognition when he spelled out "George Altman". I did give him a double of an old Altman card and he was thrilled. (Don't worry, at that time it was only in "fair" condition having been flipped,thrown against the wall and otherwise looked out at least 1000 times.)

Feat Fan
February 11, 2007
Was a big deal early on, hit .318 one year, 27 homers, could run. Got to the METS and magically was transformed into a .230 hitter. Spent time in Japan. Back in the day, we got excited about these types of pick ups (Dick Stuart, Ken Boyer), only to watch as their once considerable talents washed up in Flushing Bay!

Jim Eckert
February 15, 2011
Bill James, in his Historical Baseball Abstract, reviews each major league decade, giving out some subjective ratings on a lot of his own topics. He has a "better man than a ballplayer" award and also a "better ballplayer than a human being" award for every decade. He gives no explanations in these decade chapter listings; some insights can be gotten from later chapters with individual player accounts.

George, along with Ruben Amaro was his pick for the 1960's "better man than a ballplayer". The other 1960's category "winner" had been Maury Wills.









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