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This Date in Mets History: May 5

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Mike Piazza set the record for most career home runs by a catcher on May 5, 2004.

This Date In Mets History: April 23

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The 2000 pennant bound squad also has a game to remember.

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What's better than watching the Brewers win? Watching them win while drinking a beer named after Warren Spahn.

[Joe] Torre's older brother played with the Braves. One of the turning points in his life came in...

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[Joe] Torre's older brother played with the Braves. One of the turning points in his life came in 1955, when [Joe] visited the Braves' clubhouse and met one of his idols, Warren Spahn. 'Boy, are you fat,' said Spahn tactfully. He was fat, but he had been kind of hoping people wouldn't notice. The scouts had been noticing. Torre began to work on his weight, and emerged as a prospect.

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 375. James ranks Joe Torre as the 11th greatest catcher of all-time, and the best player in the majors in 1971. [What this is]
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