Bing Devine
Vaughan P. Devine
Born: March 1, 1916 at St. Louis, Mo.
Died: January 27, 2007 at St. Louis, Mo.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Assistant to the President 1965 - 1966
  • President 1967

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May 3, 2005
The man who got us Tom Terrific Seaver.

March 1, 2006
It's odd that Johnny Murphy is in the Mets Hall of Fame while a far more influential architect, Bing Devine, is not.

Devine officially served as General Manager for just 13 months, but by the time he left (December of 1967) all but Clendennon and Garrett among the significant '69 Mets were in the organization. Devine made a ton of player deals while he was in charge, including some gutsy ones (Hunt and Hickman for Davis, then Davis for Agee, etc) and smart ones (Bob Johnson for Shamsky). He promoted Whitey Herzog to the front office for the first time and improved the Mets' drafts.

As George Weiss assistant from late 1964-1966, Devine convinced Weiss to enter the Tom Seaver drawing, and reportedly prevented the Mets from releasing minor leaguer Jerry Koosman.

Before and after his job with the Mets, he of course built solid teams in St. Louis. Today (March 1 '06) is Devine's 90th birthday.

May 24, 2007
My favorite Bing Devine moment as a Cardinal fan was the time he traded Ernie Broglio to the Cubs for Lou Brock.

Hot Foot
May 27, 2012
Somehow he couldn't prevent the Mets from drafting Steve Chilcott instead of Reggie Jackson with the first pick in the 1966 draft, but he more than made up for it overall. His role in the Mets acquiring Seaver, Ryan, and Agee makes him a Mets legend. He should be in the Mets Hall of Fame.

June 15, 2012
As an assistant, Devine did a lot in the development of the Mets. But once he became the general manager, he basically failed. There was a total of 54 players to grace the Mets roster in 1967, which was his only year in that role. That's enough to fill more than two major league clubs. Clearly, Bing made so many personnel moves that it had a negative impact on team morale for that season, which included 101 losses and a return to 10th place in the National League. The next year, he was no longer with the Mets.

This might be a cruel and unfair comparison, but Bing's chances of induction into the Mets Hall of Fame are about as good as those of M. Donald Grant.

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