Sons of Bruce Boisclair

Invaluable longtime MBTN contributor Jason E. this morning noted that in making his (losing) Mets debut last night, Hisanori Takahashi became the 30th Met in team history to have made his debut in an extra inning game. Here’s his list, arranged by year and inning, ending of course with the immortal Bruce Boisclair whose debut appearance came during the 23rd inning of a marathon played between the Mets and Cardinals on Sept. 11, 1974 (Bruce pinch ran for Duffy Dyer in a game the Mets would lose 4-3 in the 25th inning as a result of a bad pickoff throw by Jerry CramHank Webb).

I like that this list includes a mix of younguns making their first arrivals on the way to a long career (Rick AguileraEdgardo Alfonzo) and guys I’d already forgotten were ever Mets (Ben Johnson). It knocked loose memories of that exciting trade deadline when Steve Phillips went out and traded for a half-dozen relievers (including Billy Taylor and Chuck McElroy) and when Jorge Julio was more trusted than Chad Bradford.

What memories does this stir in you? (And take it away, Jason):

10TH INNING DEBUTS (12):
9/20/70- Dean Chance
9/13/74- Rich Puig
6/11/80- Claudell Washington
4/11/85- Terry Blocker
6/12/85- Rick Aguilera
4/26/95- Edgardo Alfonzo
4/26/95- Blas Minor
8/1/99- Billy Taylor
4/5/06- Jorge Julio
4/5/06- Chad Bradford
5/29/07- Ben Johnson
4/7/10- Hisanori Takahashi

11TH INNING DEBUTS (8):
4/14/65- Dan Napoleon
9/1/70- Ron Herbel
5/20/78- Kevin Kobel
6/1/79-Ed Glynn
4/11/85- Roger McDowell
4/26/95- Ricky Otero
4/29/95- Dave Mlicki
8/1/99- Chuck McElroy

12TH INNING DEBUTS (5):
7/24/62- Bob G. Miller
4/23/72- Jim Beauchamp
9/12/81- Brian Giles
6/27/89- Phil Lombardi
3/31/98- Jim Tatum

13TH INNING DEBUT (1):
9/10/70- Leroy Stanton

14TH INNING DEBUT (1):
9/6/87- Gregg Jefferies

15TH INNING DEBUT (1):
4/7/97- Joe Crawford

16TH INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

17TH INNING DEBUT (1):
9/29/93- Kenny Greer

18TH INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

19TH INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

20TH INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

21ST INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

22ND INNING DEBUT (0):
(NONE)

23RD INNING DEBUT (1):
9/11/74- Bruce Boisclair

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by gored82 on Thu, 04/08/2010 – 7:49pm.
    Actually, Hank Webb made the bad throw… http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=2099

    You are correct sir

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Thu, 04/08/2010 – 10:29pm.
    I owe Jerry Cram an apology. He went 8 scoreless in that game and I blamed him for losing it! The Mets’ insistence on carrying two pitchers at once with 4-letter, 1-vowel last names was no help, I can assure you.

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