In February of 1975 the Mets purchased Dave Kingman from the Giants for $150,000. Kingman's 1975 Topps card depicted him as the Giants' first baseman. With the Mets he found a home in the outfield. Even before he wore a Cubs uniform he was a favorite in Chicago. Kingman was a local boy made good. His dad was employed by United Airlines in Chicago and Dave graduated from Prospect High in Mount Prospect, IL. While still on the Mets in 1976 he hit what might have been the longest homer out of Wrigley. An estimated 550 feet it landed on the porch of a house 3 doors down from the intersection of Waveland and Kenmore.
I once heard a sports commentator (I don't remember who) say "Without steroids, Mark McGwire is Dave Kingman." I believe this to be a fair assessment. Both played 16 years and put up similar numbers, especially since you have to wonder how many of McGwires homers would have been warning track outs.
Here is a breakdown of their 162 game average over their career.