Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Long Island native Evans Killeen was a favorite of Stengel in Mets first spring training 50 years ago

Evans Killeen
Fifty years ago in February, the New York Mets opened spring training with a hodgepodge of players cast off by their respective organizations, some looking to prolong their careers, others looking to start theirs.
One of those upstarts was a local product, Evans Killeen; a 26-year-old right-handed pitcher from Elmont, N.Y. Killeen had seen action in four games with the Kansas City Athletics in 1959, winding up in Mexico before the Mets gave him another lease on his baseball career after pitching in a local semi-pro league.

Click here to read how Killeen was a "cut," away from making the Mets in 1962.


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