1962 - 1979 | B: L | T: L | HT: 6-3 | WT: 215 | DOB: 11/8/1944
Member of the 1969 World Champion Miracle Mets. Native New Yorker Ed Kranepool was 17 when he was signed by the expansion New York Mets as an amateur free agent straight out of James Monroe High School,on June 27, 1962. He made his Major League debut on September 22, 1962 as a pinch hitter against the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds. After a few trips back and forth from AAA, Ed was mostly a starter from 1964 until June of 1969 when the Mets acquired Donn Clendenon. In 1970 Ed was demoted to the AAA Tidewater Tides, and was so upset he considered retirement. However it turned out to be the best thing for his career. In 1971 he returned to the team where he had perhaps his finest season, even leading NL first basemen in fielding percentage. The later part of Ed‘s career (1973-1979) he was used primarily as a platoon player and pinch hitter, which was a role he excelled at and made him a fan favorite. Ed retired after 18 seasons with the Mets. Ed is the all time Mets leader in games played (1853),ab‘s (5436) hits (1418) amongst other categories. Ed was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1990 and is still a legend amongst long time Mets Fans.