For almost 20 years, the Mets experienced a drought of 500 Home Run Club members. This changed when Eddie Murray joined the team beginning in 1992.
The future Hall of Fame first baseman spent only two seasons with the Mets. He was a part of two terribly disappointing squads, with his own underwhelming performance on the field.
Murray hit 16 home runs in his first year with New York and 27 more in his second season. In some regards a compiler because he never hit more than 33 in any single year, he’s still a member of one of baseball’s most elite group of men.
Murray’s Mets career didn’t get off to a powerful start. It took him 15 games before he went deep. However, when he did hit his first Mets home run, he made it count.
The solo shot he hit against the St. Louis Cardinals was a ninth inning walk-off blast. Murray took Cris Carpenter deep to send the fans from Shea Stadium home happy.
When Murray finished his two years with the Mets, he had only 441 career home runs. With two shortened seasons to follow and a 40th birthday insight, odds were stacked against Murry ever getting there.
On September 21, 1996, Murray made sure he wouldn’t retire with 499 home runs. Back with the Baltimore Orioles, he smashed a sixth inning grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays for home run number 500. In doing so, he became the second member of the 500 Home Run Club to have played for the Metropolitans of New York.