Roy Staiger
vs. Other Teams
Game Log Memories of
Roy Staiger
Roy Staiger
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 279 of 1043 players
Roy Joseph Staiger
Born: January 6, 1950 at Tulsa, Okla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 200

Roy Staiger was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 15, 2008.

3b ss

First Mets game: September 12, 1975
Last Mets game: October 1, 1977

Share your memories of Roy Staiger


When I was a kid in Miami in the mid-70's, there was a children's program on TV called "The Skipper Chuck Show". All of the kids watched it, but it wasn't especially cool to acknowledge that you watched it, let alone that you appeared on it. Anyway, once Skipper Chuck had a contest to see who could write the best essay on "Why I'm proud to be an American." I entered, but not under my own name. Roy Staiger, at the time, was a hot young prospect for the Mets. He was a slick fielding 3rd baseman, and was considered to have potential as a hitter. I had visions of him as the Mets' very own Brooks Robinson. So I entered the contest under the name of Roy Staiger, and I won! But I kept my "cool rep", and never appeared on the show. Thanks, Roy!

January 11, 2001
I was at a game in '76 with my best friend. We were 15 yrs old; decided to get some food and were waiting in line when we missed Roy Staiger's one and only major- league triple. Never leave your seat when Roy comes to the plate.

Tom I.
August 22, 2001
Ah, yes. I can still hear Bob Murphy crooning: "Roy Staiger.... He may not hit ya much, but Boy, you always like to have that shurrrrrrrrr glove at third!"

June 19, 2002
OK-he's another one of my baseball card collection memories-His card was the first one I got back in 1977. I was elated because I got a Met of course, so naturally I thought he was fantastic, then I saw him actually play a game. Ah the innocence of a child!

Doug Grad
September 16, 2003
The great Staiger! At a September night game in 1976, my friends and I almost caught a Roy Staiger foul ball- -fouled straight back into Section 1 of the mezzanine. Then there was the classic night on Kiner's Korner where Roy was one of Ralph's guests, and he had the memorable quote, "When I hit my third single tonight, I think three people fell out of the stands," delivered in a wonderful deadpan that was tailor made for Kiner.

Bob Murphy always made a big deal about how Roy led the International League in RBIs in 1975 (or whatever the year was). Staiger, of course, overstayed his welcome in Shea with his "play me or trade me" demand to skipper Joe Torre, who knew a few things about flashing his leather at third base.

There's one thing you can say about Ty Wigginton--he's no Roy Staiger. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Bob Pickard
October 21, 2004
I never saw Roy play ball until 2 years ago when he ran a little baseball clinic for young kids. Since then, I've researched his career online and noticed that no one seems to know what he's doing these days. I guess that's the way he wants it. I'm proud to know him now. He's a class act and solid citizen and has a great sense of humor. Thanks for the memories Roy.

Rob R
May 9, 2005
Echoing the sentiments of others who have posted, the thing I remember about Roy was that he was one of Bob Murphy's favorite players, although Bob seemed to love most of them. I can still hear Bob yelling out "Oh what a play by Roy Staiger!!!"

May 10, 2005
He was one of my early favorites because his baseball card was one of the first Mets I ever got when I started collecting. In my 9 year old head any Met was the greatest and their cards were like gold to me.

May 13, 2005
Me and my friends were insane Met fans in the 70's when they were absolutely awful. I remember we were all excited when this hot young prospect Roy Staiger was called up. Then his hat flew off and he was bald and looked about 35. That was depressing.

john e
July 21, 2005
Funny about card collecting and Roy Staiger. In my early days "collecting" cards, i.e., opening wax packs at the corner store in Queens (I think I was their only customer in the summer of '76), I kept trying to get the "big" Roy Staiger card, not just the one he shared with 3 other rookies (OK, I was 9). It wasn't until I started searching for the "big" Lee Mazzilli card in '77 that a classmate reminded me that the only card for the rookies is the rookie card.

April 11, 2008
I do not have an independent memory of this guy at 3rd base. However, I do remember his staged picture in the field, for either the Mets yearbook, or Topps baseball card, glove lowered, legs bent at the knee, mouth wide open awaiting a ball to be hit to him. He did have a pretty cool name for a 3rd baseman, though. Even better than Graig Nettles.

Ed K
April 15, 2008
Roy was a less visible victim of the Midnight Massacre at the 1977 trading deadline. The Mets traded away three major leaguers (Seaver, Kingman, and Mike Phillips) but acquired five major leaguers. (Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn, Bobby Valentine, and Joel Youngblood.) Roy Staiger was sent down to the minors and Joe Torre, who had been a player-manager, retired as a player a few days later. Staiger was recalled from the minors in September.

Paul Z
September 6, 2008
Does anyone remember a game in 75 or 76 when Roy hit a warning track fly ball late in a close game as the fog rolled in off the water? Everyone on base scored as Roy eased in to third as the outfielders on the other team never saw the ball until it landed. The umps called a fog delay (I believe the first ever at Shea) and my Dad and I went home. What a hitter!!

Neon Noodle
March 28, 2011
I always thought Ol' Roy looked like something out of Mad Magazine.

April 28, 2011
Every time I hear the Mets talk about a prospect I think of Roy Staiger. All spin and no substance.

Meet the Mets
  • All-Time Roster
  • Mug Shots
  • Player Awards
  • Transactions
  • Managers and Coaches
  • Mets Staff
  • Birthplaces
  • Oldest Living Mets
  • Necrology
  • Games
  • Game Results
  • Walkoff Wins and Losses
  • Post-Season Games
  • No-Hitters and One-Hitters
  • All-Star Games
  • Opponents and Ballparks
  • Daily Standings
  • Yearly Finishes
  • Mayor's Trophy Games
  • Stats
  • Interactive Statistics
  • Team Leaders
  • Decade Leaders
  • Metscellaneous
  • Fan Memories
  • Mets Uniforms
  • Uniform Numbers
  • About Us
  • Contact us
  • FAQ

  • Copyright 1999-2018, The Ultimate Mets Database