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Leo Foster
Leo Foster
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 463 of 1043 players
Leonard Norris Foster
Born: February 2, 1951 at Covington, Ky.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 162

Leo Foster was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on February 2, 2011, and February 7, 2015.

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First Mets game: August 1, 1976
Last Mets game: October 2, 1977

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David Mo
The thing I most remember is that after the Mets acquired him, people said the Mets were the "sleeper" team of the NL because they had [John] Stearns & Foster. The joke resurfaced when George Foster came to town. Leo Foster's nickname was Bananas, by the way.

Dave A
December 17, 2000
He looked about 12 years old on his baseball card

May 7, 2001
May have been the worst shortstop in Mets history. The double play tandem of Foster and Doug Flynn epitomizes the truly dark days of the Mets franchise.

Joe Figliola
September 24, 2001
I'll say this about Leo; he made the most of his 50- something at-bats by driving in 15 runs. Pro-rate those figures and he'd have been the A-Rod of his time!

May 16, 2003
I vividly remember the Star-Ledger article reporting that he started crying when the Mets told him he had been traded. Personally, I was amazed that anyone would trade for him.

He seemed like a nice guy but he was a terrible player.

July 16, 2006
Growing up I'd see his picture in the yearbook year after year, often on a page where it seemed they needed to take up space. Yet I never saw him play. I used to jokingly wonder to myself if it was some kind of hoax. Like his picture was like one that comes with a picture frame and they just stuck it in when one day I was watching the team play the Expos and there was a shot of Leo, with his back to the camera, trotting up the sidelines in uniform heading God knows where. He wasn't put in the game and I never saw him again.

senor ortiz
February 4, 2007
Looking at his stats I noticed something kind of unusual in his first year. In 59 at bats he hit .203 with only one home run and 2 doubles yet had 15 rbis. Knew he had the nickname Bananas but never knew why until I became of legal age and saw a drink while I was on vacation out of the country that was called Bananas Foster. Luckily the people I was on vacation with were avid 70's Mets fans also and knew the reference.

May 28, 2007
I always remembered that afro. The Mets' yearbooks in the 1970s listed interesting highlights about a player on his page--good and bad. For Foster it said that he hit into a triple play in his first big league at bat and a double play in his second at bat! No wonder the Mets traded for him. My biggest Foster memories: hitting a foul ball home run at Shea and his crying when he was traded.

Bob P
June 12, 2007

That information is close but not quite right...Foster flied to center in his first big league at bat, which was on July 9, 1971, as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

He did indeed ground into a double play in his second at bat, and followed that up by grounding into a triple play in his third at bat, all in that same game!

Leo got into 8 more games that season and finished the year 0-for-10.

DP Fann
April 5, 2008
Leonard Foster was one of the most talented atheletes that came out of Northern Kentucky in 1969. He was excellent in basketball, football, track and baseball. Additionally, he was a excellent student and was on the honor roll.

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