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UnforMETable, Episode 20: Mike Vail

The outfielder burst onto the Mets scene with a record-setting hitting streak before slowing flaming out with the team.

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure, but quintessential Mets players from the past.

As the Mets are streaking in real life, we look back at a young outfielder who burst onto the scene with the the Mets in 1975. Mike Vail seemed like the next big thing as he quickly set a team record—and tied a National League record—with a 23 game hitting streak.

Hear about Vail’s memorable streak, the notable Met figure who was traded to clear space for Vail in the outfield, and his slow flameout from phenom to former Met. You’ll also learn about Vail’s intriguing roommate from the Gulf Coast League, who went on to make a (different) name for himself in another realm of sports entertainment.

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Make sure to follow Rob on Twitter (@WolffRR), and you can now follow the show, too (@unformetable). Tune in next week for another tale from the Mets’ past.