2010-08-04 / Sports

Mets Honor 4 Legends In Hall Of Fame

By Jason‚ÄąD. Antos

Click for more photosClick for more photosA near sellout crowd at Citi Field witnessed the installation of four new members into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on August 1 in Flushing. 

The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 included Mets General Manager John Francis “Frank” Cashen, Manager David “Davey” Johnson, Pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

WFAN 660 sports radio announcer Howie Rose was the master of ceremonies.

“Today is a very special day as we honor truly iconic figures,” Rose said.

Cashen was GM from 1980 until 1991 and helped revitalize a team that had finished in last place for more than three decades. Under his leadership from 1984 until 1990, the Mets averaged more than 95 victories each season with 108 wins in 1986 that resulted in a World Championship that same year. In 1988, the Mets won 100 games and the Eastern Division title.

“I want to thank the New York Mets for this very singular honor,” Cashen said. “I also want to thank the fans of New York and the surrounding environs.”

Possessed of an eye for talent, Cashen drafted Strawberry and traded for Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter. 

Johnson was the team’s manager from 1984 until 1990, led the Mets to a World Series victory in 1986 and finished with the best managerial record in franchise history with 595 victories.

“I am honored by this induction and feel so proud to have been a part of the team that won 108 games in 1986 and took home a World Series trophy for New York,” Johnson said.

Gooden joined the Mets in 1984. That year he won the Rookie of the Year Award while setting a record for strikeouts with 276 and became the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award at age 20. 

“There was nothing like the feeling of adrenaline whenever I would take the mound at Shea Stadium,” Gooden said.

“I want to thank my family and my children and all the Mets fans.”

Strawberry played outfield from 1983 until 1990 and was known for his home runs that bounced off scoreboards and the grandstand roof of Shea Stadium. He would play in seven All-Star games while with the Mets and was the number one overall draft pick. In his debut season, Strawberry won the National League Home Run crown with 39. Strawberry finished his career with the Mets as a leader in home runs with 252, 469 extra-base hits, 733 RBIs and 662 runs.

“This is a dream come true,” Strawberry said. “I love you, New York Mets fans.”

The new Mets Hall of Fame opened this season and is located inside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at the entrance to Citi Field. The museum features relics of Shea Stadium including ticket stubs, programs and seats, along with the 1969 and 1986 championship trophies. Artifacts include the ball that went through Boston Red Sox First Basemen Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series Currently 18 persons are honored in the Hall of Fame, including William A. Shea, Gil Hodges, Ralph Kiner, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter.

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