Bob Scheffing
Robert Bowden Scheffing
Born: August 11, 1913 at Overland, Mo.
Died: October 26, 1985 at Phoenix, Ariz.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 180

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Director of Player Development 1966 - 1967
  • General Manager 1970 - 1974
  • Vice President 1971 - 1974
  • Special Consultant 1975 - 1980

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March 31, 2005
Scheffing gets a lot of heat for trading Nolan Ryan, but what most fans don't know is that Ryan was so sick of New York that he had gone to the front office and told them he would retire, rather than play for the Mets in '72. So Scheffing really had no choice but to trade Ryan, or risk losing him for nothing. Getting Fregosi? Pretty weak, in retrospect. But it wasn't Scheffing's idea (or Hodges's) to let Ryan go.

Old Fashioned Met
July 27, 2017
It's my understanding that Bob was not interested in the Mets' general manager job when it became available. He wanted to retire and move south with his wife, but M. Donald Grant persuaded him out of it. Scheffing spent five seasons in the GM position, solely as Grant's hand-picked servant, and didn't do very much. Although he made the trade to bring George Stone and Felix Millan to the team - which helped in the ’73 pennant drive - his role with the Mets was minimal and he was soon gone. Bob's heart just wasn’t in his work.

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