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Hubie Brooks
Hubie Brooks
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 37 of 1043 players
Hubert Brooks
Born: September 24, 1956 at Los Angeles, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.00 Weight: 188

Hubie Brooks has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 10 times, most recently on November 25, 2017.

3b of ss 2b

First Mets game: September 4, 1980
Last Mets game: August 18, 1991

Cousin of Donnie Moore

Winner of National League Player of the Week award, September 20, 1981, June 17, 1984. (New York Mets)

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I remember when he came up in '80 with Mookie. Hubie was a great Met. I was disappointed when the Mets traded him in 1985 for Carter. It was a necessary move. But, too bad they couldn't have figured a way to keep Hubie. He should have been on the '86 team.

He was a true great Met and it is too bad that he missed 1986. Like a lot of major league third basemen, he was a shortstop in college (Bob Horner was his second baseman at Arizona State); I think he filled in a little at short for the Mets much as HoJo did. The thing I remember most about Hubie is that he was impossible to retire with two outs. If memory serves me well he hit a homer in the 8th or 9th inning with two down to tie the game in Darryl Strawberry's Met debut in 1983.

luv mets
January 20, 2001
Hubie Doobie Doo...Always smiling, fun to watch...One of my favorites!!!

August 30, 2001
One of the greatest moments in Mets broadcasting history- Hubie was on Kiner's Korner- Ralph called him "Mookie" for the entire interview and Hubie never flinched, he just went along with the whole thing and never bothered to correct him.

December 10, 2001
Poor Hubie...He got traded away TWICE on December 10. He was a good Met, but unfortunately management wanted to make sure fans saw him in his early years as he was getting better and after his years were over. Its like a cruel joke on Mets fans-we never get to see the best years of our players.

Mike Crawford
January 28, 2002
I had the pleasure of meeting him in Phoenix and playing golf in his group at the ASU golf course a couple of years ago. I didn't know who he was when we went off the first tee, but I can honestly say he is one of the most genuine and personable people I have ever met. Class act both then and now!

Mr. Sparkle
January 28, 2002
I loved this guy when he was a Met. Back in the early 80's there wasn't much to root for but Hubie and Mookie were both great to root for and brought a real excitement. It sucked seeing him shipped off in the Carter trade although you can't argue with that trade. And then he really excelled with the Expos which kinda hurt.

It was great to see the "Doober" come back in 91 but he wasn't the same player. Still, he'll always be one of my favorites.

Lee Margolis
February 24, 2002
I ran into Hubie at the Blue Note jazz club in Greenwich Village when he was with KC and in town to play the Yankees. (He was released a few days later.) He told me that he was a big jazz fan and hung out there alot, but could never get any of the other players to go with him.

I told him that I always appreciated his hustle and he thanked me and said that he remembered breaking in with Mookie and Wally (Backman). Then he looked at me sort of sadly and said "Now, Mookie's kid is playing".

Hubie is a classy guy and was a solid ballplayer.

October 20, 2002
Had to love Hubie. A legitimate major leaguer who handled everything like a pro and never acted stupid. I agree that when they were terrible, at least we had Hubie and Mookie to point to with some pride and hope. Can never argue with the trade for Carter - most baseball fans forget that you have to give something of value to get something of value - but I do wish he'd been a Met for some of the glory. His hitting streak was a real highlight during the bleak years. One of my all-time favorite Mets.

Steve Green
December 4, 2002
Fun to watch play....versatile, looked like a kid doing what he liked, and a hitter, seemingly one of those .290-style hitters (of whom the Yankees of the late 70's used to have great success amassing).

Poster rg's mention of Hubie being a tough two-out hitter brings back another recall: He was also a very tough two-STRIKE hitter to retire.

December 7, 2002
I remember Hubie as being one of the small glimmers of hope on that dreadful dynasty of horrible players. Watching him play made a Met fan feel that somehow there would be some light at the end of the tunnel, I was kind of sorry he was traded and never got enjoy the success of the 1986 and 1988 seasons.

Andy from Rego Park
January 20, 2003
The answer at third-base, Hubie Brooks was the Mets' 62nd third-sacker, and in one of his early games in Sept. 1980, made three errors in one inning. That said, his arrival that month, together with Mookie and Wally heralded the great times to come.

Brooks was actually the first in a succession of quality third basemen... Knight, HoJo, Alfonzo and Ventura. Hubie hit in a club-record 24 straight games during the '84 season, then shifted to short in mid-season when the Mets traded for Knight. His production that year allowed him to be the only proven big-leaguer sent to Montreal in the Gary Carter deal.

As a shortstop, he was momentarily the prototype of today's .300 hitting, 100-rbi guys like Nomar and Jeter. Sadly, in the midst of his best season with the Expos he tore ligaments in his thumb while batting against the Mets and was never the same again.

Andrea Smith
April 1, 2003
When Hubie Brooks came up to the Mets, I was a 12-year-old Yankee fan, forced to watch the Mets because my mom was a Met fan. My first memory of him was he and Mookie Wilson warming up before an away game by tossing around the ball. The two of them played the game with all their heart and by the end of that season, I was a loyal Met fan. Once when the Mets were in this long losing streak one year (I think they lost about 15 games in a row?) Hubie hustled around the bases and did what was rare at that time for the Mets, score a run! The ump called him out on a bad call! Hubie went ballistic in a way that would make George Bret's pine tar tirade look like a civil dicussion between two gentlemen! The guy had heart!! I was sad to see him go, and hated Gary Carter! Until he hit that opening day home run... Hubie is still my all time favorite Met. The reason I eat, drink and sleep Mets blue and orange for the last 22 years! Hope to see him coaching somewhere one day and hopefully in the blue and orange!

February 4, 2004
Solid player. Clutch and streaky. Still holds the club record with a 24-game hitting streak, if I'm not mistaken.

In the game where Dwight Gooden broke the rookie strikeouts-for-a-season record, Brooks hit a two-run homer off John Tudor of the Pirates in 1984 into the bleachers at Shea for the only runs of the game.

Was the key in the Gary Carter trade. Didn't want to see him, Floyd Youmans, and Mike Fitzgerald go. But, then the Mets weren't going to win championships with Fitzgerald behind the plate.

July 19, 2004
He was always one of my favorite Mets. He hustled, he played good defense, he hit line drives, he was personable and outgoing. His grandfather Leandrus Brooks played in the Negro Leagues.

Just before he was traded, the Mets Inside Pitch had an article headlined, "Hubie Brooks: The Indispensible Met." Boy, did we look stupid!

When he came back in 1991, he was clearly a shadow of his prior self. He hit .238 in his second go-round, in which he was called upon to replace Darryl Strawberry in the order. Tall order.

I'm sorry he missed 1986. Like Ed Lynch.

February 27, 2005
I can't argue with anything that's been written here before me. Class act and hustling ballplayer. Hubie was one of the few bright lights in an awfully dim time for the Mets! I wish he could have been a part of the '86 team as well! Does anyone remember a game in Cincinnati? Hubie on third base, I think. Reds pitcher throws pitch all the way to the screen on the fly. Hubie takes off for home. The ball caroms right back to the catcher, he makes a tag on the sliding Hubie. Hubie's out! Only happens to the Mets!

Lifelong Fan
July 10, 2005
You had to love Hubie Brooks, but he had a bad habit of getting thrown out by 15 feet trying to go to third.

Jonathan Stern
December 21, 2005
He left just when the Mets were getting good and came back just when the Mets were going back to being bad again. My lingering Hubie Brooks memory? Breaking up David Cone and Buddy Harrelson before fists were thrown during a disastrous 1991 game. The look on Brooks's face said it all: This is a lost season.

December 22, 2006
I was at the game on 4/9/91. Caught his game winning home run. Still have the ball and the tickets.

La Vera Smith-Wade
March 9, 2007
Just wanted to share with everyone that loves Hubie as much as I do. Hubie is my first cousin and a very genuine man. I love him so very much and again thank all of his fans for the fantastic words you share about him.

Charlie Biggs
November 21, 2007
I have mentioned how I used to live at Shea in the 1980's. I was friends with Hubie back when he was with the Mets. He always gave 100% and I would look forward to watch him play. He taught me how to tape up my bats, and everyone asks me where did I learn to tape up my bats like I do. I tell them Hubie Brooks did it.

My most memorable moment has got to be in spring training in 1985 in St.Petersburg. The Mets were playing the Expos and I was hoping to see Hubie while I was there. I did not see him before the game and since it was my first time at Al Lang I didn't even know where anything was, so after the game I find the Expos bus and ask someone if they saw Hubie get on the bus yet. They tell me he's on the bus already. I'm there outside the bus for a couple of seconds and to my surprise Hubie comes running off the bus all smiles to say hi to me. He and I chat about him getting traded to the Expos and how I made the trip to Florida for the spring. I wished him the best for the season and was glad when he made the all-star team for Expos in 1985.

Hubie you are a great guy.

Tom Birkley
November 21, 2007
I roomed with Hubie at Mesa JC my first year, Hubie went on to ASU. What a great guy! I so much enjoyed rooming with him and better yet, watching him play ball! I knew he would make it to the bigs, he could do it all! I hope I get the chance to talk to him again someday. Tom.

Mike A.
December 6, 2007
My first year getting into the Mets was his last season-1984. But some great memories.

Killed the Mets while he was an Expo. Had an All-Star year in '86, as another poster mentioned earlier, hurt his thumb playing against the Mets right before the All-Star break.

I didn't see Hubie play until his second go-around with the Mets in '91. An early July night game against the Phils at the Vet. We had cheap bleacher seats under the left field overhang and saw Hubie hit a ball in the air. Problem was with the overhang, we couldn't tell where the ball went, yet the Phils left-fielder didn't move an inch, but the ball didn't land into the visible bleachers as a HR....and really screwed up, the 30-35,000 fans in the park made this weird noise...almost like they were in awe.

Turns out Hubie hit the ball into the upper deck of the Vet! No small feat considering only Greg Luzinski hit moonshots up in that area. Got back to check out the high-lights of the game on, the ball landed a good ten rows into the upper deck!

A highlight of an otherwise dismal year for the Mets.

Ken Akerman
March 30, 2008
Hubie Brooks played collegiate baseball at Arizona State University (ASU) and is a member of ASU's Hall of Fame.

edward clark
December 11, 2008
Hubie was always a class act. I followed his career and pulled for the Mets along with you. I only wished that I had seen more of his high school and college game. I still pull for the Mets because of him.

community chest
March 17, 2011
Last day of '85 season, Mets had been eliminated the day before. The Shea crowd gave Hubie, of the visiting Expos, a standing ovation for reaching the 100 RBI mark.

Rick Henry
July 13, 2011
Hubie was a very likeable young man. I knew him from his days on the Dominguez High School baseball team. Yes he was a slow runner but a great ball player. His high school nickname was Boo Boo.

Ronell Warren 'Brooklyn' Alman
December 27, 2012
Hubert Brooks Jr. was a pure sport who handled things with class. I remember when Brooks came to the Mets late in the 1980 season as a third baseman. Brooks helped stabilize the third base position. Brooks also played second base and shortstop as well. In his first full season he hit .307 and finished in the top ten in hitting. I watched him play in 1982.

It really was too bad when he was traded away prior to the 1985 season to the Montreal Expos.

I watched him play again when he returned to the Mets in 1991 as an outfielder. I will never forget when Bud Harrelson and David Cone got into a tiff in the dugout during a game. It was Hubie who separated the two and shouted as if to say, "Come on guys, cut that stuff out."

Mark Beckner
March 1, 2013
Just played a round of golf with Hubie. What a nice man. He was introduced to me as Junior, but for some reason I thought he was a retired professional athlete. After we started talking and he told me his friends called him Junior but his name was Hubie. Hubie Brooks. I immediately recognized the name and the conversation centered around baseball and other sports as well. What a humble, genuine down-to-earth man. I hope to see him some day back on the links.

November 20, 2013
Brooks finally shined as an All-Star after he was dealt to Montreal (sound familiar?). But at least we got Gary Carter.

I was too young to see Brooks in his first stint with the Mets. I only saw him when he came back in '91, when he had the unenviable task of replacing Darryl Strawberry in right. Brooks was pretty much at the end of his career. His numbers had plummeted and he seemed to have problems with every ball that was hit to him.

Like the earlier post, though, I do remember that mammoth home run he hit at the Vet. There were landmark Phillies home runs that were marked at different spots in the upper deck and Brooks's home run exceeded many of them. Unsurprisingly, the Vet didn't mark that one and I think the distance was even underreported.

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