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Al Weis
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 223 of 981 players
Weis
Albert John Weis
Born: April 2, 1938 at Franklin Square, N.Y.
Throws: Right Bats: Both
Height: 6.00 Weight: 160

ss 2b 3b

First Mets game: April 15, 1968
Last Mets game: June 23, 1971





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Mark "Miracle Mets"
Al Weis was my favorite Met. I liked rooting for the "super sub." I could relate. In my early Little League days I was not a starter, and played 2nd base which Al platooned at with Boswell. I filled in a SS once in a while and Al did too. I guess I figured Al needed someone, a kid like me, to root for him. I remember getting razzed by my buddy's Dad about Al. I suppose his opinion was you should have a standout player for a favorite, like a Seaver, etc.

Needless to say Al did me proud in the 1969 WS. I've heard it said that there is no other sport where an obscure player can win the big game or series for his club. Another fine example is Todd Pratt this year in game 4 vs Arizona. BTW, the sportswriters selected Al as the WS MVP! That's my man, "Mighty Mite" Al Weis.

Burt Bloom
January 6, 2001
Al Weis was one of my favorite Mets while I was growing up. He certainly was not the biggest, strongest, or best player. However, he filled a valuable role as a "Super Sub". He was a sixth man off of the bench, so to speak. We had a lot in common. We both played mostly second base. Like Al, I was not the tallest, or best player on the team. But I remember getting big hits in order to win a few games. His uniform number six became my favorite number. Six is still my lucky number some thirty years later. Thanks for the memories, Al.

Bill
February 3, 2001
Talk about making your home runs count. Aside from the Homer in the World Series, in 1969 his two regular season HRS came in Wrigley Feild on consecutive days. I'll always have a soft spot for guys like Weis, Rod Gaspar, JC Martin, Don Cardwell, who helped make 1969 a reality.

Tony
August 21, 2002
Undoubtedly THE MVP of the 69 series.In fact if I recall correctly he was voted that by some group and got a Volkswagon.I will always remember one particular play with him running towards the mound to scoop up a ball and throw the guy out at the plate.An impossible play.One of my all time favorites.Getting his autograph once the guy ahead of me mentioned to Al that he should have been the MVP but Al didn't even want to talk about it.Very humble and low key.

Bob R.
January 7, 2003
Al should have been named MVP of the '69 World Series. He drove in the winning run in Game One, and his shocking homer tied Game Five. He had a better average than Donn Clendenon, who was named MVP. Al was a journeyman player but he really rose to the occasion in '69. It seemed like he made so many clutch plays and got so many clutch hits that year.

Mr. Sparkle
January 10, 2003
When I was a kid I would always seperate Mets cards from other teams baseball cards. I would even seperate the Mets players that were on other teams at the time and put them with my Mets cards. I had my Al Weis rookie card tucked away nicely when a friend of mine who was a big collector came over to look at my goods. He was astonished that I had Pete Rose's rookie card. No, I don't told I replied. So he showed me and Pete was on the same card as Al. I was oblivious of that fact since the Mets cards were the only ones I cared about. So my Al Weis card is the most valuable in my entire set.

Jonathan Stern
December 14, 2004
Perhaps the greatest "little guy" in the history of a franchise that his been far more about "little guys" than big-time stars. If they ever build a Monument Park at Shea, they should find a place for Weis. In every book I have ever read about the 1969 Mets, Weis comes across particularly well - humble, soft-spoken, to the point.

Mark
March 25, 2005
Al Weis the "Super Sub" of the New York Mets. I was never much of an Al Weis fan, but I seem to remember that he hit a total of 3 home runs in 1969 - two during the regular season both against the Cubs I believe - and of course one in the fifth game of the World Series which tied the game. Good timing Al! I also seem to remember him making a great play at second base - fielding the ball with his bare hand and throwing out the runner to help preserve a 0-0 tie in the ninth inning. Does anyone else remember this?

agee_of_aquarius
March 28, 2005
That play by Al Weis came in the 15th inning of a game at Shea vs. the Dodgers on June 4th, 1969. The score was still 0-0, and the batter hit a hard one-hopper off the glove of reliever Ron Taylor with a runner on third base. Weis had to change directions instantly to grab the ball after it deflected off Taylor's glove, and Weis then threw home to nab the runner trying to score. In the bottom of that inning, with Tommie Agee on first base, Wayne Garrett lined a single to center, and Willie Davis nonchalanted the ball, letting it scoot under his glove for an error, while Agee ran home with the winning run. Gil Hodges said that Weis's play in the top of the inning was the greatest infield play he had ever seen.

robert
April 14, 2005
I think the play Al Weis made throwing the runner out at home was in the game Jack DiLauro started and pitched shutout ball with no decision. Started the 11 game winning streak (remember that they were 5 games under .500 going into early June with about one fourth of the season underway) that turned their season around and made people think of the Mets as legitimate contenders for the first time.

Joe K.
January 15, 2006
I never get tired of telling this story. It was probably the first homestand after the Mets released Al in the summer of '71. I hadn't a clue until we showed up at Shea, got the program and noticed old #6 was not rostered. My Dad, who was always perplexed yet amused that I loved Al, respectfully tried to explain but I was inconsolable.

Then the moment of all moments: autographs were being given out the first base line and Gil Hodges walked by (my Dad's favorite 1st baseman even though he was a Giant fan) and I begged him to come over. Once he did, I began as only a heartbroken seven year old could, by asking, "Why did you release Al Weis, Mr. Hodges. How could you? He was your clutch player in the series!" Gil looked at my Dad, sort of quizzically, probably wondering if I was on the level. I am sure my Dad was rolling his eyes but on some level, conveyed to Gil that I was indeed, devasted. He put his hand on my head and stated, "Son, Al was a great ballplayer for us but sometimes teams make changes for reasons that none of us like but we all have to live with. I am sure Al would be very proud knowing he's got fans like you that remember him."

Got my autograph (still have it to this day) and I remember my father stating, "Mr. Hodges is right, I am sure Al would be very flattered." Wore my Met shirt with the crooked iron-on WEIS, #6 for three days straight after that. Can't forget stuff like that! Best thing about it, I played baseball in HS, college and two years of minor league ball. I played first base so when asked who was my favorite first baseman was? Gil Hodges, of course. Like Al, 100% class act!

Kevin
August 5, 2007
Al has been like a part of my family since I was born, and long before. When he was traded to the White Sox he and my grandparents met outside Chicago, and he has been like an uncle to me ever since. Everything good written about Al on this board is true - humility, quiet intelligence, and just a stand- up guy overall.

Although he rarely talks about his baseball career to me (golf is his pastime nowadays) I know the quiet pride he carries for having been part of the Mets organization, especially that magical 1969 series. He retired before I was born, but I still root for the Mets to this day...GO NY! Thanks for the memories, Al - on the field and with the family.

Alan Weston
August 14, 2009
I lived around the corner from Al and attended Farmingdale High School with him in the early 50's. There were five of us that used to hang out together, Roy Andre, John Needham, Henry Levy, Al and myself. Although he lettered in three sports in high school Al wasn't the type to brag about his accomplishments, but he was very athletic and quick on his feet. I remember celebrating the Brooklyn Dodgers' first World Series win with him while playing stick ball in the street. Al, John, and I joined the Navy together in 1956.

After boot camp I didn't see him again until 1966 or 1967 when I ran into him in a hotel lobby in Anaheim, California. He was in town with the White Sox to play the Angels and he gave me two tickets for my son, David, and me to see the game. After the game he came over to my house and brought a baseball signed by all the White Sox players. My son was very impressed and still cherishes that ball.

I am now raising my 9 year old grandson, Sam, who is playing Little League baseball. Every time I see him play I think of Al because he is athletic and fast on his feet also. I just hope he grows up to be a class act like Al as well.

Bob Johnston
May 26, 2014
I was one of the bat boys for the Holdrege, Nebraska White Sox when Mr. Weis played there. I have great memories of him. He even gave me his glove when he went to the majors. I would love to connect with him if possible.









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