Today in Mets History: Big day for Kong.

One of David Einhorn’s childhood heroes, Dave Kingman, has a monster game on this day in 1976.

KINGMAN: All or nothing.


The all-or-nothing Kingman hits three homers and drives in eight runs to back Tom Seaver as the Mets rout the Dodgers, 11-0, in Los Angeles.

Once a pitcher at USC, Seaver’s alma-mater, finished with a career .236 batting average, but with 442 homers with seven teams, including two stints with the Mets.

In 16 seasons, Kingman had 1,575 hits (131 a year average) and 1,816 strikeouts (152). The tradeoff was 37 homers and 101 RBI.




Kingman is one of those guys who would have severely tested the Baseball Writers Association of America had he hit 500 homers, once considered automatic entry into the Hall of Fame. Kingman certainly had the power, but contributed little else as a player.

Kingman was not considered one of baseball’s greatest citizens. While with Oakland, in protest to women sportswriters, he sent a live rat to Susan Fornoff, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee.




2 thoughts on “Today in Mets History: Big day for Kong.

  1. Was this the game that Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda had the memorable obscenity-laced rant when a reporter asked him what he thought of Kingman’s performance? There are edited versions of that available, not that I need to hear the original, but still funny when I play the Rhino CD of “Greatest Baseball Hits” that it is on.

  2. kingman was the man in 76. I saw that game and he just destroyed all 3 homers. The tabloids kept track of his homerun pace as he was on track to break the record for awhile. That was the last good Mets team with the seaver/kooz/harrelson/grote core from the 69 team. Kong broke his thumb diving for a ball and that was the end of the mets pennant chances that year.