Thursday, October 29, 2009

#120) AL WEIS

Al Weis was traded from the Chicago White with Tommie Agee to the New York Mets in exchange for Jack Fisher, Tommy Davis, Billy Wynne and Dick Booker on December 15, 1967. Known as a "Super Sub" he rotated between three infield positions with the Mets. Al hit seven homeruns during the regular season in his entire career. It was his one fence clearing shot in the 1969 World Series that proved legendary. Weis likes to tell people, "I had an average career in the majors as a utility man. But I had two good weeks of baseball, and they came in the 1969 World Series." A defensive player not known for his bat, Al drove in the game-winning run when he delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning of the Game 2 victory. Then added to that by hitting a three-run homerun to tie Game 5 in the seventh inning. A game the Mets would then go on and win on the way to becoming the World Champion Miracle Mets. Al would finish his career in New York when he retired from the game on July 1, 1971.

Al Weis graciously honored my autograph request of his card in the set. Returning it from his home on November 24, 2008. "I still get fan mail, about 10 letters a week," Al says, " That makes me feel good- 40 years later."

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