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Jack Hamilton
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 328 of 1043 players
Jack Edwin Hamilton
Born: December 25, 1938 at Burlington, Iowa
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 205

Jack Hamilton was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 18, 2007, and December 15, 2009.


First Mets game: April 16, 1966
Last Mets game: June 6, 1967

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Joe Figliola
August 8, 2001
I find it odd that no one wrote about Jack Hamilton. Okay, I'll start it off.

There is a plus and a minus when one recalls Hamilton, and, ironically, both happened in 1967. Early that season, he became the second (and last) Met to smack a grand slam home run. Later that term, he uncorked a fastball that shattered Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro's eye (I saw the film of that and I thank my lucky stars that it was in black-and-white).

Thus are the two sides to Jack Hamilton.

harvey k
January 29, 2002
A very colorful character who pitched in short sleeves no matter how cold it was. His best game as a Met was a one-hit complete game victory on the road against the Cards. The only hit was by St. Louis pitcher Ray Sadecki. I think it was a bunt.

rich edwards
March 14, 2002
My memories of "Hair Breath Harry" are the short sleeves even on freezing April nights and the one hitter he pitched against the Cards. The hit was a bunt single by Ray Sadecki.

Feat Fan
April 22, 2002
Hamilton rented a house in Brooklyn, five blocks from where I grew up in '66. He had a daughter that went to PS 233 (looked just like him, had better control).

He actually was decent in '66 and took over closer duties. Enough said about '67 and Tony C. It 's a shame that he's remembered only for that.

December 23, 2002
Re the night Jack Hamilton hit his grand slam... It was a Saturday night vs St Louis, and gave the Mets a commanding lead. Only problem--- They lost the game 11-9 to the eventual world champs.

Maxwell Kates
December 28, 2003
Jack Hamilton holds the distinction of never surrendering a home run to Hank Aaron. Tommie Aaron, on the other hand, is one he let get away...

Sandy Pippernick
February 28, 2004
I remember meeting Jack at Schul one Saturday. I didn't know he was Jewish. He was a nice man. It was a shame that he hit Tony C. For both men. What is he up to now? Last I heard he owned a shoe store in Syosset. A real nice fella. Hope it all worked out for him.

March 6, 2005
Another guy with good numbers Mets-wise! Another guy they didn't hold on to! A one season wonder traded for nothing useful in return! Story of the Mets history

Gil Gutierrez
March 14, 2005
I remember the grand slam; I was 10 years old. I was watching the game with my father. He said now watch he is going to lose the game because he has to run around the bases. He walked the first two guys when he went back to the mound.

Ray C
July 21, 2005
I remember watching the game alone when he hit the grand slam. I was 7 at the time. I ran in to tell my Dad; I thought the guy was amazing and the best hitter on the Mets. My Dad laughed and explained to me that pitchers can't hit worth a lick and that it was just a lucky shot. I returned to the TV and was amazed to see he hit another one! I yelled to my Dad and he came running in to see. He laughed again and explained that it was a replay. (Back then the replays had a replay of the sound and everything. You couldn't tell it wasn't live if it didn't have the little word "replay" at the bottom of the screen.)

Bob Schwartz
September 24, 2005
I had no idea Jack Hamilton was Jewish. That's great to know, as I'm Jewish, too. The administrative assistant in my synagogue, although not Jewish, was married to Cecil Upshaw, who pitched for the Braves, including in 1969. Cecil is now deceased, by the way. Jack Hamilton's one-hitter against St. Louis is still the best game I've ever seen pitched by a Met, and I'm including Tom Seaver's one-hitter against the Cubs. Hamilton retired the first eight batters, and then Ray Sadecki dropped a bunt down for a single. Hamilton was so disconcerted that he then walked Lou Brock on four straight pitches. He then settled down and retired the final 19 hitters in a row. I don't recall a single ball being hit hard in that game. It was as masterful an outing as I've ever seen by a Met pitcher.

September 24, 2005
Poor Guy - I looked it up, and he had only 13 hit batsmen in his whole career. Included only 1 hit batsman in his 1967 stint with the Angels - and it had to be the infamous Tony C. beaning. I think Jim Bouton mentioned him in "Ball Four" as being truly sorry for hitting Tony C.

Dave Mayo
March 3, 2006
I vividly remember a Mets game I attended at age 7 against the Pirates, when Jack was brought in to face the "meat" of the Bucs lineup after the starter was lifted with the bases loaded and no outs. Due up for the Pirates were Clemente, Stargell and Clendenon. Jack proceeded to strike them all out.

Feat Fan
March 10, 2006
The game in question was on Saturday, July 2, 1966. Hairbreath Harry came on to replace Ribant in the 7th and earned a save. He struck out the great Roberto, then Pops and got Jose Pagan to ground out ending the inning. Glad you found this site, you'll soon be hooked!

Sal Q
August 19, 2006
Jack was always described (in my memory at least) as being "the bi-i-ig righthander from Morningside Iowa," though the UMDB lists him as coming from Burlington Iowa. That's Bob Murphy's description, BTW.

November 8, 2006
Jack was raised in Morning Sun, Iowa. His wife Jan was my babysitter. Jan and I grew up in the same neighborhood. It is news to me that Jack is Jewish??? I don't think so...someone must be pulling someone's leg. After retiring from baseball he ran a supper club in Morning Sun and Washington, Iowa. He then moved to Branson, Mo. and ran a supper club. I think he is now retired.

little k
September 16, 2007
Jack Hamilton was NOT Jewish (I am) and I'd be astonished if he ever ran a shoe store in Syosset, not far from where I live. Or that he ever attended a temple! C'mon now, who makes this stuff up? What he did have was a down home sense of humor and plenty of charisma. Thoroughly likable.

Rhonda Adams-Howard
October 9, 2008
I knew Jack after his baseball days as I went to school in a small town, Morning Sun, Iowa, with his son Kyle. Morning Sun was not known for much except the famous Jack Hamilton's Clubhouse. A great place to eat, drink and be entertained by top-notch performers. Jack was always in the mix, walking around talking to people and always had a smile on his face. They were/are an awesome family. I plan on going to Branson, Mo. and checking out their place there. I hear the prime rib is a grand slam.

May 3, 2009
Does anyone remember Jack Hamilton was accused of throwing a spit ball? Maybe that's why he had control problems

August 11, 2015
I remember one late season relief appearance where he threw NOTHING but strikes...not one ball.

January 24, 2016
I grew up in Cairo Iowa, about 10 miles from Morning Sun. The steakhouse was the best place to go and pretty much the only place to have a good meal unless ya went to Burlington or Muscatine. Jack was a true gentleman, and when he was there he would talk baseball and sign autographs for us kids. I loved baseball, and Jack Hamilton. Best wishes to him.

January 24, 2016
Oh yeah, another memory. We used to listen to the games on the radio, and whenever a game was coming up, the local radio stations would announce "Morning Sun's Son" Jack Hamilton will be pitching so tune in...

C. Duarte
November 14, 2016
I am saddened to report that Jack Hamilton has been retired to a nursing home in Branson. I plan to visit this fall.

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