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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 239 of 1043 players
William Francis Almon
Born: November 21, 1952 at Providence, R.I.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 190

Bill Almon was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on December 30, 2011, August 11, 2012, January 7, 2013, March 31, 2014, August 12, 2015, and January 12, 2016.

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First Mets game: July 11, 1980
Last Mets game: September 30, 1987

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The Mets used to hold photo day. My sister Eileen went and had her picture taken with Bill Almon. This either spoke to his status as a nice guy willing to mix it up with the fans or a scrub who had to make an appearance because Kingman was holed up in the locker room.

I also remember the announcers used to like to acknowlege his distinctive status as an Ivy Leaguer (Brown?).

Mr. Sparkle
May 24, 2001
I remember when the Mets re-acquired this guy after a forgetful time on the team the first time. They had to be desperate because he added nothing to the team.

Joe from Brewster
June 21, 2001
I remember him being put up to pinch hit by Davey Johnson for Darryl. I don't need to tell you what happened there with the bases loaded. I never understood what Johnson saw in him to let him pinch hit in pressure situations. He would fold like a Chipwich on a hot July day.

July 23, 2001
After his playing career, I actually played for him for a half season at Brown University, where he coached between 1992-1996. His teams were terrible -- among the worst in Division I, and from experience, I remember he was not a very good coach. However, when he took the field to shag grounders, he still had the smoothest hands I've ever seen up close. A very solid defensive shortstop who was a decent spot hitter.

January 9, 2002
I think you would have to go a long way to find a person who was nicer than Bill Almon. He always signed for the kids and adults. He played hard every day. He made the most with what he had. I never heard him crying about anything. He knew he was lucky to make a good living playing a game and appreciated it. I think he is tops!!!

May 30, 2003
Almon was the number one draft choice of the Padres. He had some pretty good offensive years with the White Sox as I recall where he was the everyday shortstop. As was the case the Mets, they usually acquired a player too late and his productive years were behind him.

Bob P
June 1, 2003
Almon actually had two tours with the Mets. He was with the team for the second half of the 1980 season and was released after the season. He then bounced around to the White Sox, A's and Pirates before the Mets got him back during the 1987 season when he was just about done.

He clearly never lived up to his potential after becoming the Padres' starting shortstop in 1977 at age 24. He hit .261 that year with 11 triples but he did strike out 114 times and hardly ever walked, so his OBP was awful.

His best year was 1981, right after the Mets got rid of him the first time (of course!) when he hit .301 for the White Sox during the strike season. He played in 103 of the Sox' 106 games that year. He finished his career with a .254 batting average (about average for his era) but he rarely walked and had very little extra base pop. In fact, despite the 11 triples in 1977, he finished his 15-year career with 25 triples, and only 138 doubles.

Maxwell Kates
June 28, 2004
Billy Almon was the subject of one of the funniest optical gags I've ever seen on a baseball card. It was on his 1979 Topps card #616. Almon, then with the Padres, was strolling to the plate at Shea Stadium. As my friend Bruce Markusen put it, perhaps he was posed to break his bat over his knee, like Jim Rice. Hopefully he wasn't going up to hit, given the way he was posed. Almon may not have realized this, but he was holding the wrong end of the bat. His expression on the card was priceless, as if to ask "What am I supposed to do with this thing? I am, after all, in the major leagues."

As a sidenote to the Almon card, the Padres uniform he was wearing was perhaps the last which proclaimed both team name and city. It was their infamous brown and yellow uniform which read "San Diego Padres" on the front. Alvin Dark compared it to a billboard for McDonald's, and is it any wonder? Ray Kroc owned the team.

August 10, 2004
Couldn't understand why the Mets got him twice. It was a time when the Mets had no shortage of weak-hitting utility infielders.

Tom Shannon
March 1, 2005
Why was the same photo used on Bill's 1987 Topps Traded Card and 1988 Topps Regular Issue. Looks like Topps got lazy.

It's interesting to note that the photo provided by this website is the same as well. Is there only one picture of this guy!?

January 15, 2006
I grew up with Bill Almon's kids. His daughter was the catcher for the boys baseball team from grade 7- 11. she played softball her senior year in order to get a scholarship much to her disapointment. His son was pretty good too.

mi mi
September 8, 2006
Billy is one of the nicest guys ever to play for the Mets. He brought his best game every day, regardless of what some may think of it. He signed autographs and posed with fans whenever asked. I still have the photos to prove it.

November 20, 2013
Almon was selected out of high school by San Diego in the 1974 Amateur Draft. His family decided he should attend college so he earned a degree at Brown. He joined the Mets in '81 when the Expos optioned him to the minors. He played with tendon and back injuries in place of Doug Flynn and only hit .170.

The Mets picked him up again in '87, even though he was at the end of his career. He was pretty steady in the field but never a particularly good hitter, except for an odd year with the Padres and White Sox.

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