Photograph © Steven L.J. Russo
His 4-3, 3.42 record didnít seem to add up to much but with his rookie league 5-1, he would go a total of 9-4 on the season. 19 year old Mel Stottlemyre was in the first year of a professional career that would go on to see three 20 Win seasons and 5 All-Star nods. He would be the 3rd Falcon Field product to go on to become an MLB All-Star and the next bonafide superstar. Melís appearance was a nice parting gift by the Yankees organization as they said goodbye to Falcon Park in 1962. This didn't mean however, that New York would not continue to represent itself here at the ballfield. In the Yankees place, a brand new ballclub would sign up Auburn to become one of their first ever Minor League franchises. The brand new expansion team, the New York Mets would begin play for the first time in April of 1962 and the new Auburn Mets would do the very same. The older team would set the Major League record for futility going 40-120 (.250). The Single-A version?Ö not bad at 62-57. The reason?Ö perhaps partially due to a 17 year old by the name of Ed Kranepool would would take 92 swings at Falcon Park and bat a very impressive .351. So good in fact that the Mets felt the league was overmatched against him and promoted him to the next level rather quickly. Kranepool would keep being promoted and would go on to take over almost every NY Mets record for decades. For 18 years, Ed Kranepool would proudly serve the NY Mets and become synonymous with the team. The best hitter on the team however would surprisingly never make it to the Majors. His name was Richard Bazinet and at 27 was the veteran Minor Leaguer. Bazinet hit .338 with 21 2Bs and 27 HRs becoming the closest player so far to reach John Ericksonís 28 HR record at Falcon Park.