January 30, 2002 Wow...What can you say about John DeMerit? John was one of the first Mets to appear on a baseball card, he's on card #4 of the 62 Topps set. According to the card, John was a "Minor League Slugger who clouted 4 consecutive home runs in 1958 for Atlanta." Apparently this feat didn't equate to major league success, while Topps felt that "John was one of the most important draft picks the Mets made during the winter," his stats reveal otherwise, his career numbers coming into 62 were .172 AVG, 2 HRs and 6 RBI in 118 AB spanning 79 games. Odd fact for a Met unmemorable.
October 10, 2002 I remember a back page photo in the New York Daily Mirror (back when NY had more than two tabloids) of John DeMerit dropping a ball in centerfield. The caption: "A DeMerit for the Met Outfield"!
March 5, 2006 I once read where John and "Hawk " Taylor of all people got over $100 Grand to sign with the Milwaukee Braves as Bonus Babies! I guess they realized neither of them was going to work out in the long run. Funny, how right from the start the Mets organization couldn't judge talent. Seems like nothing changes! Ever!
November 10, 2006 Let's hope he wisely invested his bonus money from the Braves, since his career average was .174. The first Met baseball card (#4 in 1962) and one of the least good-looking.
April 7, 2007 John may not have had the brightest Major League career but he's got a World Series ring ('57 Braves). I'd bet he wears it proudly every day.
James Van Der Wall
May 7, 2007 I owned the John DeMerit 1962 baseball card. I had a baseball game I played with my collection of cards and a button served as the ball and a pencil was the bat. For some reason, John DeMerit excelled at that game and made the MVP of my league. I need to get that card again.