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Billy Baldwin
Billy Baldwin
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 493 of 1043 players
Robert Harvey Baldwin
Born: June 9, 1951 at Tazewell, Va.
Died: June 29, 2011 at Hudson, O.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 180

Billy Baldwin was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on June 24, 2004, June 25, 2004, and June 29, 2013.


First Mets game: September 4, 1976
Last Mets game: September 28, 1976

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ray ayling
November 7, 2001
I remember him by his tremendous afro. I mean the hat barely fit on his head. He would run and the hat would go flying and this huge afro would pop out. That's all I remember about him.

Joe Figliola
March 21, 2002
As a teenager, I recalled some buzz in the papers about Baldwin being a talented prospect. I also remember his September with the Amazin's and my friends and Ithinking he was a pretty good player.

What the $#@#$! happened to a guy that hit .273 and seemed like a no-brainer to make the 1977 club? I'm notsure if he was traded or it was poor judgement among the minor league development team and/or M. DonaldGrant and the DeRoulet brood.

I believe that had Billy been with the team in '77, he and (later) Steve Henderson would've been a great rookie pair that would've offered some hope for the future. Like Hendu, Baldwin had a good blend of speed of power. Strange.

November 10, 2003
It wasn't M. Donald this time. I believe Baldwin's career was finished by a knee injury.

Stephen Scanlon
October 21, 2007
I went to my first night game at Shea Stadium the day that Billy Baldwin hit his only home run as a Met to win the ball game. It was very exciting for a 9 year old! Too bad he didn't play anymore but at least no matter where he goes he'll at least be able to say he hit a walk off home run. I'd buy him a drink.

Bob P
October 27, 2007

That game was played on Friday night, September 24, 1976. Billy's pinch-homer came with one out in the bottom of the ninth off veteran RHP Joe Coleman. The Mets had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.

Baldwin was in the starting lineup the next day against the Cubs and had a single, double, and triple. He drove in two runs and scored one. Billy started again the next day and went 1-for-3 before coming out for pinch-hitter Joe Torre.

Baldwin's final major league appearance was in the first game of a September 28 doubleheader against the Expos at Shea. He flied out to right in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, but the Mets wound up scoring a run that inning to win the game, 5-4.

Billy stayed in the Mets organization until early 1979, when he was released. The Cleveland Indians picked him up in March, 1979 but he never made it back to the majors after September 28, 1976.

Quality Met
July 12, 2011
I just found out about Billy's recent passing. I don't remember much about him as a Met other than he came over from Detroit with an over-the-hill Mickey Lolich in the trade for Rusty Staub. Also, his face showed up in a Mets baby-picture quiz in the 1977 yearbook. I thought his photo was of John Milner, but I guessed wrong.

RIP, Billy.

January 30, 2013
I was just looking over Billy's minor league stats and it seems he pitched 9 innings over 4 games for Tidewater; anyone know why? Were the Mets trying to convert him to a pitcher for some reason? I don't recall that at the time, but it seems like more than blow out/mop up duty.

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