Wednesday, March 24, 2010
#18) JOE CHRISTOPHER
Joe Christopher was one of the Original 1962 New York Mets. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the draft on October 10, 1961. The fleet-footed outfielder established then team season records for total hits (163) and runs scored (78) during the first year of Shea Stadium in 1964. The same time he became the first Mets' player to register a .300 batting average in a season. Christopher credits the superior season to a little 50-cent pamphlet written by Hall of Famer, Paul Waner. "I saw the ad for the book in The Sporting News and sent away for it," Joe recalls, "Waner once talked to me in '61 and helped me a lot."
Joe had been the first player from the Virgin Islands to appear in a major league game. Winning a World Series with the Pirates in 1960, and becoming a fan favorite with the Mets. Christopher was known for the habit of wiggling his ears for the New York fans.
After his baseball career was finished he joined an advertising agency in New York. Christopher worked his way to a Vice Presidency with the firm, Promotions Colorful. He now enjoys painting and drawing, in a Pre-Columbian style, from which he claims to gain patience and concentration.
Joe Christopher signed his card in the set for me during a private signing conducted by Chris Potter on February 27, 2010.