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Lute Barnes
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 414 of 981 players
Barnes
Luther Owen Barnes
Born: April 28, 1947 at Forest City, Iowa
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.10 Weight: 162

2b ss

First Mets game: August 6, 1972
Last Mets game: September 26, 1973





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EG
March 18, 2001
How bad can you be when you are Teddy Martinez' back- up?

Kooz
May 23, 2001
Got a hit in his first big-league AB, if memory serves.

Jim Snedeker
November 15, 2001
I saw him get his first major-league hit, in person, at Shea. 'Twas a short pop fly to right that fell in, if my memory serves.

Dan
August 9, 2002
I saw him hit one of those two triples in 1972 in Philadelphia. I was 11.

Mitch45
September 3, 2003
I remember him best as being one of the two players who most often appeared in the "Down on the Farm" section of Mets yearbooks of the day. The other was Hank Webb.

Johhnyd
April 15, 2004
My favorite all time Met! He couldn't hit, no arm, questionable fielder, not too fast. He should be on the 2004 team. He would be right at home.

Brooks
June 6, 2005
My memory of Lute Barnes was, like a lot of other memories of Mets players, influenced in some way by Bob Murphy. During the '72 season, you pretty much had to latch onto something, anything, to justify why, while your entire neighborhood in Northern New Jersey liked the Yankees, you were devoted to the Mets. Murph always had something for you to take out to the neighborhood to make your team sound good. With Lute Barnes, Murphy once commented about how good he was because up to a particular point in the season, he hadn't yet struck out. That somehow made him immortal in my 11 year old mind. I kept bragging to my friends how Lute Barnes was better than the evil Bobby Murcer because he hadn't struck out. Naturally, once the Mayor's Trophy game rolled around, and Lute still hadn't struck out during the regular season, the Yankees pitchers promptly struck out Barnes at least twice. (I think it might have been three times.) I stayed home for two days.

Mason
October 5, 2006
Thank you for your stories about my Papa. I'm Lute Barnes' grandson and I'm eleven years old. Our family still loves the Mets!

KMT
October 6, 2006
I remember he seemed so small and I was only 10 when he played for us. As it's been written before he was always in the back of the yearbook, "Down on the Farm" listed with guys like Jesse Hudson, and Randy Bobb. Where ever he is now, I hope he's doing well!

Drew B
October 20, 2007
My older brother got The Sporting News, and I was obsessed with the minor leaguers. And after I told him that Carlton Fisk was going to be a star before his Rookie of the Year season, I was bound and determined to find the next big star. And it was going to be a Met, darnit! In '72, my next big thing was Lute Barnes. And when he got called up and went the first 2-3 games hitting 1.000, I knew I had my man. Plus he wore #1, a sure sign of stardom in my 8-year-old eyes. The next week, we came into NYC (from Albany) for a Mets game, and I was insufferable telling everyone about this up and coming superstar. Needless to say, he never got off the bench that day, and all my yelling of "Lute Baaarrrnnes! Lute Baaarrrnnes!" went for naught.

Mitch45
September 29, 2009
The first Met I ever saw who wore #1.

AlTheK
April 9, 2010
I was at his first game, August 1972. He got a hit in his first major league at bat, a single up the middle (not a pop fly to right). The Mets won behind Koosman that day 12-2. I was in the first row down the left field line and Willie Mays started in center, the only time I ever got to see him play. Awesome.

Bob P
April 16, 2010
Just to add a little spice to the last post by AltheK on Lute's first hit...here is what Retrosheet says:

Barnes singled to left[Martinez scored];

So, was it a single to left, center, or right??

We may never know for sure......

MarkO
September 1, 2013
He may have come up as uniform #1, but I specifically remember seeing him as #49....maybe in '73???









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