J. C. Martin
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J. C. Martin
J. C. Martin
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 228 of 1043 players
Joseph Clifton Martin
Born: December 13, 1936 at Axton, Va.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.02 Weight: 188

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First Mets game: April 10, 1968
Last Mets game: October 15, 1969

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Richard Kissel
JC wouldn't have won a foot race with such speedsters as Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool, Joe Torre and Rusty Staub, however, his most famous at bat was the bunt that won a World Series game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The most famous left wrist in Mets history!

I was 15 when the Mets won the 1969 World Series, and I remember in the spring of 1970 when JC was traded to the Cubs. I was thinking, "After last year, how could he play for the CUBS!"

June 5, 2003
My recollectiuon of J. C. Martin was Game Four of the 69 Series. Pete Richert was pitching in relief in the tenth inning. The Mets had Rod Gaspar at second running for Jerry Grote. Martin bunted up the first baseline. Richert ran to the line and threw to first base and stuck Martin in the back allowing Gaspar to score the winning run. Martin was clearly out of the baseline. In 1970, he was traded to the Cubs for the immortal Randy Bobb.

January 15, 2004
Don't forget, J.C. also had a big hit in game 1 of the playoffs against Atlanta. As I remember, three runs scored on the play - he got credit for two RBI and another scored I believe on an error. Of course, he was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple - J.C. wasn't exactly the speedster.

Mike DePue
December 10, 2006
I met J.C.Martin at an autograph show on 12/09/06 and I asked him if he thought he was out on that play he said yes he was but every time they show the bunt they always call him safe!

Shickhaus Franks
September 16, 2007
A friend of mine told me this story many years ago: Before the 1969 season, veteran American League Catcher Johnny Romano was asked to be a back-up for the 1969 Mets but Johnny said "NO" saying he didn't want to be in the bullpen for a long, losing season. Little did he know! However, Johnny told the Mets brass to sign J.C. Martin. And as they say, the REST IS HISTORY!

Frank Fiore
September 27, 2010
Growing up a White Sox fan, Martin was my favorite player. I saw him play while attending my first ever major league game. My mom won the tickets from the grocery store and I took a bus there with the other winners. I remember walking in and going to our right field upper deck seats. The players looked like little leaguers to me. I yelled to the Sox bench, "Hey JC!" and I swear someone in the Sox dugout waved! That's just a funny thing I remember. Since he was traded to the Mets in 1967, I was no more than 10 years old when the above story took place. I had at least one baseball card of him. Wish I had it now.

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