Wednesday, January 6, 2010
#6) JIM HICKMAN
Jim Hickman was selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the New York Mets in the expansion draft on October 10, 1961. Making him one of the "Original Mets" of 1962. Hickman was the first member of the new club to hit for the cycle when he accomplished the feat facing the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds on August 7, 1963. A bright spot in the teams' early years, Jim also was the first Met to hit three home runs in a single game on September 3, 1965. All three shots coming off pitcher Ray Sadecki of the Cardinals at Sportsmans Park in St. Louis.
Jim also was a part of a pair of Shea Stadium firsts. He became the first Met to draw a walk, and also the first to be hit by a pitch in the park's inaugural game on April 17, 1964. Hickman was traded by the Mets with Ron Hunt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith on November 29, 1966.
Jim Hickman was one of the very first Mets to sign his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home on October 8, 2008.