Thursday, October 22, 2009
#101) DENNIS BENNETT
Dennis Bennett was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Mets in exchange for Al Yates on June 24, 1967. The left-hander was a well known free spirit who even had been known to carry a fire arm with him at times. He was quoted as saying, "You'll never catch me out the night before I pitch, but I figure a pitcher has two nights to fool around." His zaniness did not sit well with Boston manager, Dick Williams who played a big part in trading Dennis to the Mets. According to Bennett, Williams had not spoken to him in a few weeks prior to telling him that he had been dealt to New York.
Bennett would only appear in eight games for the New York Mets before being sent to their AAA affiliate in Jacksonville. He would pitch two games there before having his contract sold to the Chicago Cubs organization.
After his baseball career was over Dennis got married and with his wife have raised nine children. He has owned and operated restaurants and bars in his new hometown of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Dennis Bennett signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on November 21, 2008.