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Leroy Stanton
Leroy Stanton
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 710 of 1043 players
Leroy Bobby Stanton
Born: April 10, 1946 at Latta, S.C.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 200

Leroy Stanton was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 7, 2010.


First Mets game: September 10, 1970
Last Mets game: September 28, 1971

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Jim Snedeker
October 18, 2001
Based on Stanton's two at-bats I remember, I always felt he got a raw deal. One, he hit a ball to the top of the fence and it was caught; if it had gone over, he would have had a grand slam.

The other time, he was legging out a triple, and as he was sliding into third, the ball thrown by the outfielder to the third baseman hit Leroy in the back of the head, and he had to leave the game.

Tino Vieitez
June 8, 2002
I remember being ten years old and watching Leroy Stanton getting his first major league hit - a triple. As he was sliding into third base, he was hit on the head by the throw from the outfielder and knocked unconscious. If memory serves me correctly he had to be removed from the field on a stretcher. What a way to celebrate your first major league hit.

Jim Snedeker
June 10, 2002
Tino, imagine that--30 years later, you and I both remember Leroy getting hit in the head after his first triple! And I thought I was the only person in the world who had any memory of Leroy Stanton's Met days.

June 17, 2002
I remember it also, so I guess there are 3 of us! I also remember I didn't like him going in the Fregosi/Ryan trade. I thought he was going to be a real good one.

April 9, 2003
I am 42 years old and I will never forget that hit....I liked Leroy Stanton and was highly ticked off that they traded him for a bum, Jim Fergosi

January 15, 2004
I remember the Mets touting this Leroy as a potential 30 home run producer, a star on the rise, then they traded him in the package for Fregosi.

Stevie B.
April 1, 2004
I was too young to see Leroy's Mets or Angels days. I do remember him having some pretty good numbers with the expansion Mariners. I think in 1979 Leroy & Richie Zisk almost out-homered the whole Mets team. I think he hit 28 or 29 homers that year. (I could be off on the year.)

Bob P
April 9, 2004
Stevie B,

I think you are referring to Stanton's 1977 season with the first-year Mariners. Seattle picked him up from the Angels in the expansion draft after the 1976 season. Lee hit 27 homers and drove in 90 runs in '77 to go with a .275 batting average (the league hit .265 that year).

He had a couple of good years with the Angels in the mid-70s, most notably 1975 when he drove in 82 runs.

His career on base percentage was .311 (very close to average) and his career slugging percentage was .388 (about 18 points better than the league average). His main problem was that he struck out a lot (about 25% of the time), which in those days was not as acceptable as it is now.

After a poor season in 1978, he never played in the majors again. The Mariners released him after the 1979 season and the Blue Jays signed him in 1981, but his major league career was over.

Interstingly, shows that the most similar major league player to Stanton was Ron Swoboda.

Steven Gallanter
April 10, 2004
I seem to recall that Stanton began his career in the Mets system as a pitcher. I also believe that he suffered a severe beaning which led to the Mets giving up on him.

I only saw a few of his at bats against the Yankees but I remember that he swung very hard and reminded me of Danny Darwin of the Twins who also began as a pitcher.

One of baseball's many hardluck guys who were never in the right place at the right time.

RF Mojica
December 14, 2007
One of my most vivid memories watching baseball as a kid in the very early 70s was seeing Leroy Stanton trying to stretch a double into a triple. When he slid, his helmet came off and he got hit right in the back of the head with the ball. I remember that he was knocked out, or at least was hurt bad enough that they had to take him out of the game. Up to that time, he was thought of as one of the hot young Met prospects, but I don't remember ever seeing him play for them after that. I was pretty young at the time, so maybe my memory isn't 100% right. Of course his greatest claim to fame is being in the Nolan Ryan trade, but I think he had at least one pretty good year with the Angels.

Mr. Roboto
June 16, 2010
Here's an interesting tidbit on Leroy. He hit his first two major league home runs in a 6-2 Angels' win over the Yankees at Anaheim Stadium. This game was played on May 14, 1972 - the same day that Willie Mays homered in his first game as a Met. Although Leroy did not become a star player, it was a sign of the Mets' future getting away - just as the fans were celebrating the return of an old hero.

Leroy was a teammate of Nolan Ryan (with whom he was traded) in his five years with the Angels. He even played in three of the four no-hitters Ryan pitched with the California team. Leroy would have never gotten to be a part of any no-hitters had he remained with the Mets.

Jim Hardy
November 20, 2013
I served in the same unit with Leroy in 1967. I remember talking with him about baseball and was amazed at his knowledge of the game. He also talked about the Army trying to get him to play softball and he was refusing to do so since he felt it would hurt his game. He also said he was going to be in the big leagues one day. I think he was getting extra duty because of his statement to them that he wasn't going to play for the Army team. I have most of his baseball cards and tried to go see him play in Seattle when he was with the Mariners. It is funny how some people you talk to just a few times impress you the most.

colin mckeon
August 11, 2015
I was researching my very first baseball game and all I could vividly remember is Leroy Stanton getting a triple and then getting hit in the head with the ball as he slid into third base and carried off on a stretcher! Took about 30 minutes to determine the date of the game. Sept 28, 1970. I was surprised to see so many other people remember the play. I guess I was lucky to see it in person!

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