Steve Mix played 13 NBA seasons, and during his seven years with the Sixers, he was roommates with the legendary Julius Erving. He averaged 10.6 points a game, once held the team's single-season steal record (later broken by Allen Iverson) and represented the Sixers in the 1975 NBA All-Star Game.
After he retired from basketball, Mix worked for 22 years beside Marc Zumoff as a color commentator on Sixers television games, calling games during the team’s run to the Finals behind Iverson. Mix's contract wasn't renewed by Comcast SportsNet following the 2006-07 season.
So what’s he doing working as a spring training usher for the Mets in Florida?
New York Post reporter Kevin Kernan caught up with Mix at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where, at 6-foot-7, Mix might be the tallest usher working in baseball today. Mix and his wife, Maryalice, moved to Vero Beach last year, and like many retirees, Mix just wanted to keep busy.
“I heard somebody say sometime, when you retire and you do nothing, how do you know when you are done?’’ Mix said. “I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something.’’
Mix, known as “The Mayor” by fans who have gotten to know him in Section 101 where he ushers, says he occasionally gets recognized as a former NBA player. But his day is mostly spent helping and hanging out with the team’s fans.
“Instead of passing the ball to Julius, I’m helping ladies down to their seats and helping them back up,” Mix said. “I have a wonderful time doing it.’’