New York Mets 1987 Road poly/knit jersey # 18
In 1947, the first Rookie of the year Award was presented to the legendary Jackie Robinson. 40 years after Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and won the Rookie of the Year Award, they renamed it after him. "The Jackie Robinson Award" is presented to the top rookie player in each league. The New York Mets struggled with off the field problems and couldn't find their way back to the playoffs to defend their title. Darryl Strawberry had a career year, batting .284 while driving in 104 runs. Strawberry was third in the league in home runs, hitting 39.