Although he finished his 18-year career with only 1,418 hits, an average of less than 80 hits per season, Ed Kranepool had remained the Mets’ all-time leader in hits for well over three decades. That’s “had”, as is the past tense of “has”. David Wright has now supplanted Kranepool as the team’s all-time leader with his 1,419th hit, collecting the landmark hit off Jeff Locke in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates.
But Kranepool wasn’t always the team leader in base hits. Just as Wright replaced him, Kranepool replaced someone else. And that someone else replaced someone else. And so on. Let’s take a look at the evolution of the Mets’ all-time hits record, going from Day 1 in 1962 to David Wright’s record-setting hit.
The Mets played their inaugural game on April 11, 1962 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rightfielder Gus Bell, who already had 1,746 hits to his credit in his first 12 big league seasons, became the answer to the trivia question, “