Amos Otis… was a center fielder who played 17 years in the Majors – largely with the Royals, but he started with the Mets and finished with the Pirates. In between, he got 2000 hits, 3 Gold Gloves, was a 5-time all-star and once lead the A.L. in stolen bases. He was inducted into the Royals Hall Of Fame in 1986 and is still ranks among the top 3 Royals in hits, runs, triples, homers, RBI, stolen bases and walks.
‘Round here, folks call me: A.O.
In 1976, Amos Otis… was an All-Star, batted .279/18/86, lead the league with 40 doubles, and got a first-place vote for MVP (he finished 7th behind winner Thurman Munson).
Betcha didn’t know… Amos Otis started out playing with the Mets in 1967 and 1969. He was traded to the Royals for third baseman Joe Foy… not straight up, of course — the Royals also got pitcher Bob Johnson. This trade often comes up when a list is made of “All-Time Worst Mets Trades” (not that anybody would have cause to compile a list like that…)