Ron Swoboda was born in Baltimore on this day in 1944. He broke in with the Mets in 1965 and hit 18 HR as a rookie.
Unfortunately for Mets' fans, Swoboda never really developed into a consistent power hitter: .242 batting average, 73 HR & 344 RBI over 8 years.
Nevertheless, he will live in the hearts of Mets fans for one catch in the 1969 World Series. It killed an Oriole rally and lives as one of the greatest catches in baseball history.
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