We’re at the point of the season where much of the talk is about trades, so let’s look back on one of the Mets biggest deals.
On June 15 of 1969, Donn Clenenon was traded by Montreal to the Mets for minor leaguers Bill Carden and Dave Colon, Kevin Collins and Steve Renko.
The Mets were nine games back of the Cubs when the trade was made. Clendenon was hot down the stretch, hitting homers to beat Chicago and St. Louis, and continued to hit for power during the World Series, with homers in Games 2 and 4.
Clendenon played two more years for the Mets with limited success. On this date in 1971, his homer gave the Mets a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia in 15 innings.
Clendenon was released after the season, played in 1972 with St. Louis and was cut after that year.
Clendenon’s father was a mathematics and psychology professor at Langston University in Oklahoma, and education was a big part of his life. After retiring, Clendenon returned to school at Duquesne University and practiced law in Dayton, Ohio.
Clendenon died at 70 in 2005 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.