Dave Marshall was a reserve outfielder in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He played in the majors for seven seasons, three of those with the Mets.
New York acquired Marshall, along with pitcher Ray Sadecki, from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Jim Gosger and utility man Bob Heise following the 1969 season.
The first time Marshall faced his former team, he hit a grand slam off of Gaylord Perry to help the Mets beat them 5-2. It was one of six home runs he’d hit in 1970.
After the 1972 season, the Mets traded Marshall to San Diego for pitcher Al Severinsen. Marshall just missed out on being on the Mets’ first two World Series teams. He arrived too late to be a part of the Miracle Mets and left before he had a chance to be part of the “You Gotta Believe” team.
I wrote to Marshall just after New Year’s and asked him to sign a baseball card for me. He was nice enough to oblige and returned my 1971 Topps card in just over a week.