I got my first autograph of the New Year in the mail last week. Former New York Mets slugger Dave Kingman signed the photo I sent to him with a $5 donation.
Kingman hit a total of 154 home runs during his two stints with the Mets, and he represented New York on the National League All-Star Team the year that I was born. He finished his 16-year major league career with 442 home runs, twice leading his league. (He also led his league in strikeouts three times.)
Kingman’s last year in the major leagues was 1986, and he spent his final three seasons on the West Coast with Oakland. So the only memories I really have of him are of finding his baseball cards and seeing him in those Mets Yearbook shows SNY sometimes airs.
What do you remember about Dave Kingman?