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Mets Acquire Marv Throneberry

May 9, 1962 - Marv Throneberry, a first baseman, was purchased today by the New York Mets from the Baltimore Orioles. Though the transaction is hardly expected to make a pennant contender of the club, it represents a significant second stage in the development of the new National League team. Throneberry’s acquisition marks a radical departure from the Mets’ previous practice of stocking the club with vintage talent of limited durability but crowd-drawing appeal. Throneberry is a 27-year-old left-handed slugger who was brought up by the Yankees in 1958. He was unable to dislodge Bill Skowron at first base despite his size, good arm, and considerable speed. His Yankee immortality was assured, however, in 1959. He was traded to Kansas City in the deal that brought the Bombers an outfielder named Maris. Traded to the Orioles last year, he played in portions of 96 games for Baltimore, batting .226 and hitting 11 homers.


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