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Hick with the Stick

Jim Hickman is the answer to about a million good trivia questions, Mets related and otherwise. For example:

Q: Who was the first Mets player to hit for the cycle?

Jim Hickman, August 7, 1963

Q: Who hit the last home run at the Polo Grounds?

Jim Hickman, September 18, 1963

Q: Who was the first Mets player to hit 3 HR in a game?

Jim Hickman, September 3, 1965

Q: Who had the winning walk-off hit in the 1970 All-Star Game, the one most remembered for Pete Rose knocking over catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run?

Jim Hickman

and then there's this one...

Q: Whose walk-off grand slam, one that broke Roger Craig's 18-game losing streak, did this blogger forget to enter into his walk-off database, thus throwing all his data out of whack?

Jim Hickman, of course, August 9, 1963.

I'd tell you more, but I'm in the midst of an elusive game of phone tag with Mr. Hickman, who still works in professional baseball, and I don't want to spoil the fun of any future posts.

True Methicks know...The Mets had two walk-off grand slams in 1963. The last NL team to have two walk-off grand slams in the same season was the 2001 Braves, who had two, both coincidentally against the Mets (Javy Lopez and Brian Jordan)


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