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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 81 of 984 players
Knight
Charles Ray Knight
Born: December 28, 1952 at Albany, Ga.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.02 Weight: 190

Ray Knight was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on August 15, 2010, July 22, 2011, and April 11, 2012.

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First Mets game: August 29, 1984
Last Mets game: October 27, 1986





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Mr. Sparkle
January 10, 2001
How things have changed. After being a team leader and World Series MVP Ray wanted $850,000 and the Mets wouldn't go over $800,000. So he walked over $50,000. Today they'd be arguing over $8mil or $8.5 mil. Amazing. That aside, he was a great clutch player and a great guy.

murphy
May 11, 2001
Ray Knight's home run off Calvin Schiraldi in Game 7 of the '86 World Series was the most exhilirating hit by a Met that I ever saw. Only Robin Ventura's grand slam single rivals it.

His leaving the Mets after '86 was a huge blessing in disguise. He only had 2 years left in his career, hitting a total of 17 HRs with 98 RBIs in '87 & '88. Howard Johnson hit 36 HRs and drove in 99 in '87 alone. I will always remember his '86 season fondly, and I'm glad he didn't tarnish that image by coming back with poor seasons.

b u i c k
June 24, 2001
Ray got really hot for a stretch in '85, and around the same time, had some weird blister growing on his upper lip. Ray was on Kiner's corner b/c he knocked in the game winner one night and my dad's old lady said, "Gee, do you think he has herpes?" My dad said, "Who cares? Ever since he grew that thing on his lip he's been hitting like a house on fire." Those were some good times.

Ron from Tampa
June 30, 2001
I remember going to a game at Shea in '86. Mets vs Dodgers. George Foster hit a grand-slam against Tom Neidenfuer. He also took about 5 minutes to circle to bases. Neidenfuer was fuming. Ray Knight was the next batter, and the first pitch was right at his head. The funny thing about it was seeing Knight go straight down to avoid the pitch. He hit the dirt, then about 1/100th of a second later shot straight up and charged the mound. It was hysterical seeing it. That team sure had attitude!!!

Mike
July 30, 2001
Even with all the superstars, Knight is a real symbol of the 86 team, very gutsy, and its a shame he didn't return. I also remembe him charging the mound in a flash and punching Eric Davis. However I also remembe him messing up Gooden's no-hitter in 84

Shannon
October 20, 2001
Another Met I liked when I thought they were Pond Scum.I might add i'm 31 have gorwn up and no longer think of the Mets as Pond Scum.I remember when the Mets won in 1986.I was excited and yelled at the tv. I yelled Ray's name out loud and my step brother who was close to being 2 years old at the time repeated what I said LOL.I wonder if Sean remembers that.

Jim Snedeker
March 11, 2002
Amazin'. He went from .218 hitter one year to World Series MVP the next.

Bob Mercier
October 5, 2002
I think that Ray Knight should be the next Mets manager, replacing the fired Bobby Valentine. When he managed the Reds, he had an intense, emotional, in your face managing style. That is what today's Mets require after what happened in 2002. If the Mets are doing bad he can get into their faces and yell at them. After a bad loss he could have a closed door meeting where he fires them up by yelling at the players. When he was introduced to the media when being hired as Reds manager he said he is fierce but fair and a player's manager is too soft.

mets
June 2, 2003
Ray Knight was a real gamer. He struggled intially with the Mets but once Davey Johnson gave him more playing time he became very productive. I recall his bad throw in Game 6 of the 86 Series against the Red Sox allowed them to tie the game. Of course he rebounded with a key hit in the bottom of the tenth inning and scored the winning run. His homer off Calvin Schraldi in Game Seven gave the Mets the lead they never relinquished. I met him when he worked for ESPN a truly gracious and nice person.

Barney Beaugareaux
November 11, 2003
This is an odd memory but every time I hear Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes I think of Ray. I was in college and a bunch of us had gotten a beach house over the summer and were partying pretty hard. That song came on just as Eric Davis slid into third (the TV sound was down) and Ray Ray decked him. It seemed to have been coreographed perfectly. I was toasted and the whole thing seemed so cool. I don't remember a hell of a lot from that night but the fight stands out.

Jim Snedeker
October 10, 2004
Ray's name came up in the search to replace Bobby V. So now I think he should be considered again to be the Mets' skipper. Sure he gets annoying by thanking the good Lord every other sentence, but he also doesn't take any crap from anyone.

KMT
February 7, 2005
I loved it when they got him! His attitude fit in well with the Mets players and fans! I was at Shea 9/7/84 against the Cubs. That little roller by Keith Moreland should have been an error!! Years later, I still see him nailing Eric Davis and starting the brawl at Cincinnati! He gets tossed, Carter moves to 3rd base, starts a double play. Orosco and McDowell take turns pitching and playing in the outfield. Unbelievable!! 1986, What a season

rich salustro
March 22, 2005
A true...GAMER! Played hurt all the time, all the Met brass except Davey Johnson wanted to get rid of him in spring of '86, but Davey gave him a chance, because Davey liked the way he played in Cincinnati when Davey was a visiting player. I can't believe they never offered him a chance to manage the Mets!

David
July 8, 2005
I have really enjoyed watching Ray play for several teams in the pros. But my favorite memory is from High School in Albany, GA at Dougherty High. He was two years ahead of me and WAS our baseball team. He was always a really nice guy, but very intense, especially about sports. I was lucky enough to play in two games with him in my sophomore year. And, of course, as soon as he graduated our baseball team pretty much dried up and went away. Hope he gets to manage again and remain a valuable asset to professional baseball.

Jonathan Stern
March 17, 2006
I would have thought there'd be more memories for the 1986 World Series MVP. I rooted for him as a member of the Tom Seaver Reds as well as the Mets. Knight had a tough act to follow as successor to Pete Rose at 3B. All he did was bat .318 and play great defense as the 1979 Reds won the division. Seven years later, there he was at the center of the biggest miracle in baseball history.

5280MetsFan
March 17, 2006
My favorite Ray Knight moment as a Met is when he b**ch slapped that punk Eric Davis at old Riverfront stadium. Had the AP photo of that hit hanging on my locker for the longest time.

Crabby
August 24, 2006
Although he was not a great player, Ray Knight was a great clutch player. If you needed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Ray Knight was the guy you wanted at the plate. The game I most remember was July 4, 1986 at Shea Stadium against the Astros. He struck out 4 times and he was the last batter in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. He hit a home run to win the game and he waved to his wife Nancy as headed for the dugout.

Gets by Buckner
September 6, 2008
He wins the World Series MVP in 86 and then they don't re-sign him. I wonder what could have been if he was a Met in 88 against Orel Hershiser? My brother and I went to a Met/ Astro game at Shea in '83. My brother spotted Nancy Lopez (Mrs. Ray Knight) by the Astro dugout. He yelled to her "Hey Nancy Lopez". She smiled and left quickly I guess embarrassed. I was glad Ray became a Met a year later.

DailySkew
December 19, 2008
As a kid, I never understood why he was not in the 1987 team. Looking at his career stats, Ray seems a bit overrated, like a lot of guys from the Mets.

Ed from NJ
June 16, 2010
I remember in August of 86 going up to Montreal during a 3 game series with the Expos and hanging with the team at the hotel. Ray Knight was the nicest guy on the team - a friend of mine asked him for a picture with us and he flashed a huge smile and threw his arms over us like we were old friends. Anytime we saw him walking by, he'd always say hello. A class guy.

community chest
March 25, 2011
I remember the day Knight charged Neidenfuer. The impression was that he was so overjoyed by Foster's grand slam that he never dreamed he'd get drilled. He never saw it coming. But if he'd been watching TV... the camera kept a tight close-up on Neidenfuer's glowering furious mug while Foster rounded the bases, and then Knight got plunked the moment he stepped in. I've never seen a pitcher steam quite that way, before or since.

Jopapa
April 13, 2012
Knight just said on a radio interview on WFAN that he was never offered $800K. He said he made $530K and they offered him another year at $535K. He said he told them that he just wanted a 2-year deal and they told him that "it's not going to happen." He said for years he's been reading that he turned down $800K.

Shickhaus Franks
January 30, 2013
My late brother once said of Ray: "His face looks like Charlie Brown". GOOD GRIEF! Plus I'm still ever so MAD at him that he didn't show up for the 20th anniversary reunion of the '86 team and for the closing of Shea Stadium.

Mark Corrao
November 20, 2013
The Mets not resigning him was a mistake. He was part of the heart and soul of the championship 1986 team. They got cheap after he helped win it all, a mistake. It's no wonder why they didn't win it all again after breaking up a championship team by letting him and Kevin Mitchell walk.









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