Forget the seamy guy with the big head. Ed Kranepool is the real Mr. Met. Edward Emil Kranepool III signed with the Mets in 1962, the team's first year of existence, as a 17-year old out of James Monroe High School in the Bronx. He spent the next two decades with the team, and has been one of the players most associated with the team in the three decades to follow.
Kranepool was a big deal as a high school prospect. In his senior year at James Monroe, he broke a home run record previously held by school alumnus Hank Greenberg and that was the sort of slugging lefty first baseman the Mets thought they were getting for their $80,000 bonus. They fast-tracked him to the majors, as he appeared in three games that September, all before his 18th birthday on Nov. 8. But while everyone predicted from the start that he'd be a perennial star, Kranepool turnedRead More »from Happy Birthday Boy! Ed Kranepool celebrates his 67th