A member of the inaugural Mets team, Jim Hickman has passed away at 79.
Reports show he had been in hospice.
After years in the minors, Hickman made his debut for the infamous Mets team that lost 120 games. He was an outfielder that played all 3 spots. Hitting 13 home runs in his rookie season, Hickman had .245 batting average.
Hickman stayed in NY for five season before spending one in LA. The next six season he played for the Cubs adding first and third base to his positions.While in a Cubs jersey, he was given the nickname “Gentleman Jim.”
In 1970, Hickman played in his first All-Star game where his base hit scored Pete Rose when Rose decided to run over the catcher for the other team. That run was the winning run. He finished that season with 32 home runs, 115 runs batted in and a stat line of .313/.419/.582.
In 1974, Hickman hung up his cleats with 159 home runs, 569 RBIs and 1,002 career hits. He played his last season with the Cardinals.