Today in Mets History: Milner unloads vs. Expos.

MILNER: Had big day vs. Expos.

Nicknamed “The Hammer,’’ because he could rake, John Milner is another whose career never lived up to its expectations because of injuries. In his case a succession of hamstring issues.

A left fielder and first baseman, Milner broke in with the Mets in 1971 and played through the 1977 season. He was traded to Pittsburgh (1978-81), played with Montreal (1981-82) and spent the latter part of the 1982 season back with Pittsburgh.

On this date in 1972, when he hamstrings were still fresh and had a lot of spring, Milner drove in five runs in a 12-2 rout of the Expos at Shea Stadium.

Milner finished with a career .249 average with 131 homers and 498 RBI.

Milner died Jan. 4, 2000, at age 50, from lung cancer.




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3 thoughts on “Today in Mets History: Milner unloads vs. Expos.

  1. Now there’s a blast from the past – The Hammer John Milner. One of the big boys during our 1973 run

    Thanks for the post John

  2. I remember one NBC game of the week where Joe Garagiola was complaining how a catcher always has to be in the game defensively while a left fielder can just stay in the same spot and think about his swing between pitches. They used camera shots of Milner standing in left at the worn out patch of grass where left fielders invariably stand.