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metirish
Jun 15 2005 10:14 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 15 2005 10:18 AM

First the Bad news...

On June 15, 1977, the New York Mets trade franchise pitcher Tom Seaver just moments before the trading deadline. In an unpopular move, the Mets send Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for four lesser players: infielder Doug Flynn, outfielders Steve Henderson and Dan Norman, and pitcher Pat Zachry. Seaver will go on to win 75 games for the Reds in five and a half seasons.

Then some good news..

On June 15, 1983, the New York Mets acquire first baseman Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. The onetime MVP will help the Mets win the World Series in 1986.


one more..

On June 15, 1969, the New York Mets acquire first baseman Donn Clendenon from the Montreal Expos for infielder Kevin Collins and pitchers Steve Renko, Bill Carden, and Dave Colon. Clendenon will hit 12 home runs over the second half of the season and help the Mets to their first world championship…

Any thoughts on this day for thse who remember?

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

cooby
Jun 15 2005 10:16 AM

The Mets traded Mike Phillips away on June 15, 1977 too, and he was my favorite player at the time

Willets Point
Jun 15 2005 10:17 AM

Remembering June 15, 1977 is another reason to visit the Triple Crappiness thread

MFS62
Jun 15 2005 10:36 AM

This is also the day the Mets acquired Keith Hernandez. Both he and Clendenon were to lead the team to World Championships. Imagine, first basemen who could hit. What a concept. I wonder if Omar can see this and the light bulb will go on.

Later

Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 10:57 AM

Also, Kingman to the San Diego Padres for Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert, which, in a sense, helped us win a pennant, as well as bringing in the current first player on our Freaky 500.

ScarletKnight41
Jun 15 2005 11:00 AM

A dark day indeed :(

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 15 2005 11:20 AM

We missed the 25th anniversary of this game:


[url]http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=2987[/url]

Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 11:29 AM

That game makes me love the web. It was a tiny engram in my memory. I wasn't even sure if it had taken place or was just a myth of my youth until somebody else recalled it at the MOFo.

Great feats by run-of-the-mill teams would get lost to hisotry if not for the archives and communities you find on the web.

Retrosheet says that 22,918 were paid for that game, which is hard to believe. It seemed like about 1,500 gathered around the dugouts for Henderson's curtain call.

Willets Point
Jun 15 2005 11:36 AM

Holy Shit!!! That was the first Mets game I ever attended. The crowd after the game was freakin' estatic. I was a Mets fan for life at that point.

Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 11:38 AM

Excellent.

This day isn't so craptastic after all.

Willets Point
Jun 15 2005 11:42 AM

The thing I remember about that game is that we had just gone on vacation to California and my sister was wearing a San Francisco t-shirt, and since the Mets were playing on the Giants I ragged on her for that. We both had on Mets caps though and a woman told us we were good kids for being Mets fans. Henderson's home run was grand slam right? I don't see that noted in the memories section.

sharpie
Jun 15 2005 11:48 AM

The other side of that game (or at least that part of that season):

In 1980 the Giants went into the season with emerging slugger Mike Ivie as the starting first baseman, displacing Giant legend Willie McCovey. McCovey was still on the team as a backup -- but McCovey really really hated Ivie and, given his standing in the clubhouse, wore him down with snide comments until the sensitive Ivie was completely useless, going from 27 homers to 4 in '80. As I recall, Ivie was placed on the dl in early June and Rich Murray (your cleanup hitter in this game) was brought up. Rich was (is) the brother of Eddie Murray. McCovey proclaimed that now that first base was being adequately covered by Rich Murray he could retire, which he did a few weeks later with a big ceremony. Murray was a disaster and, other than 10 at bats a few years later, was never heard from again. Ivie was traded early the next season.

metirish
Jun 15 2005 11:50 AM

From what I have read in the fans memories section it was a 3 run shot...

best Met moments ever and certainly the best from 1977-Seaver's return in '83.

John Autero
May 19, 2002
What an unbelieveable game! It was Fathers's Day, and I was there with my parents and sister. "The Count" of Montefusco was pitching a perfect game and leading 6-0 into the 6th. The Mets finally broke through but trailed 6-2 heading into the 9th. With two outs and nobody on they loaded the bases, then scored two on a single by Claudell Washington. That is when Henderson came up (who had struck out 3 times in the game) and deposited a game-winning HR off the bottom of the scoreboard in RF. The "crowd" (what was left of them) went crazy. I was only 15 and it was one of my first recollections of a big Mets win. Plus we were sitting over the Mets dugout in the 8th and 9th since so many people left. It was a great night.

Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 11:51 AM

It was a three-run jobbie, but it seemed like a granny (I thought it was at the time) because it came in a five-run rally. It would have been a grannny, but showoff Mazzilli had to go and score from second on a single in the previous play.

METS 9TH:
Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first);

Flynn singled to second;

Cardenal grounded out (shortstop to first) [Flynn to second];

Mazzilli singled to center [Flynn scored];

Taveras walked [Mazzilli to second];

Washington singled to center [Mazzilli scored, Taveras to second];

RIPLEY REPLACED MINTON (PITCHING);

Henderson homered [Taveras scored, Washington scored, Henderson scored as well, of course];

5 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Giants 6, Mets 7.

SI Metman
Jun 15 2005 02:56 PM

June 15th has also been a busy day recently in team history:

2002: Clemens-Estes, Mets wallop Yanks 8-0
2003: Trax 1 hits the Halos, Reyes hits his first homer, a Grand Slam and records 5 RBI's
2004: Mets fire Denny Walling and name Don Baylor hitting coach as Trax leads them to victory over the tribe.

soupcan
Jun 15 2005 04:19 PM

Oddly I have no memory of that game.

Odd because I was so friggin' into the team then.

The Seaver trade:

I still have a button that says 'GRANT MUST GO!' in the middle and curved around the top it says 'SAVE OUR METS', curved around the bottom it says 'REMEMBER TOM'

It's also bittersweet for me as I came to truly love Steve Henderson and Doug Flynn.

Dan Norman not so much.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 15 2005 04:48 PM

sharpie wrote:
The other side of that game (or at least that part of that season):

In 1980 the Giants went into the season with emerging slugger Mike Ivie as the starting first baseman, displacing Giant legend Willie McCovey. McCovey was still on the team as a backup -- but McCovey really really hated Ivie and, given his standing in the clubhouse, wore him down with snide comments until the sensitive Ivie was completely useless, going from 27 homers to 4 in '80. As I recall, Ivie was placed on the dl in early June and Rich Murray (your cleanup hitter in this game) was brought up. Rich was (is) the brother of Eddie Murray. McCovey proclaimed that now that first base was being adequately covered by Rich Murray he could retire, which he did a few weeks later with a big ceremony. Murray was a disaster and, other than 10 at bats a few years later, was never heard from again. Ivie was traded early the next season.


Wow! What a Dick move by McCovey!

Edgy DC
Jun 16 2005 09:35 AM

With not a small amount of racial overtones.

Putting yesterday behind us.

June 16: Baltimore Orioles claimed Rich Becker of the New York Mets on waivers on June 16, 1998.

metirish
Jun 16 2005 09:46 AM

On June 16, 1978, Tom Seaver hurls the first no-hitter of his brilliant career. Seaver strikes out three and walks three as the Cincinnati Reds halt the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0. Seaver had barely missed pitching no-hitters on three previous occasions, losing the bid each time in the ninth inning.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

Frayed Knot
Jun 20 2005 10:08 AM

Meanwhile, back to the Henderson HR for a second:

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2005/06/hendu-can-do.html

from a blog where the writer (an espn BB2N producer of some sort) takes it upon himself to begin a chronicle of NYM walk-off wins; 324 of them in their history he claims.

Edgy DC
Jun 20 2005 11:02 AM

That's a good memory by MagicIsBack, thought he incorrectly identifies bullpen coach Joe Pignatano as the pitching coach. I wanted to invite him to post here, but his profile was blank.

The other guy said about his grilfriend: "she wasn't to bright about baseball." Make sure you proofread yourself when you're disparaging somebody else's intelligence.

Bret Sabermetric
Jun 20 2005 11:51 AM

Uyo og, grilfriend!

metswalkoffs
Jun 20 2005 12:19 PM

Hi there

Thanks for posting the link to my blog...it was on my list of things to do in the next few days. I hope that a lot of you will come over and check it out.

One of the challenges with this project is to get perspectives on these walk-offs that are fresh and unique. It's not easy. Sometimes you'll see me summarize the game from reading newspaper articles and books. Sometimes I'll try to track down the walk-off'er (talked to Ron Swoboda, still waiting for Steve Henderson to call me back). Sometimes I'll offer a personal experience story. Hopefully the site will serve as a nice companion to what's offered at the Ultimate Mets Database and the Crane Pool Forum.

Feel free to send me an e-mail with your thoughts on the site.

-mark
http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com
metswalkoffs@aol.com

PS- The 324 total is one that I'm hopeful is correct...spent 90 minutes a day for 2 weeks going thru Retrosheet boxscores. Hopefully I didn't miss one...

Edgy DC
Jun 20 2005 12:34 PM

Please continue to visit us as well.

Where can we see the master walkoff list?

Edgy DC
Jun 20 2005 12:55 PM

Please continue to visit us as well.

Where can we see the master walkoff list?

Willets Point
Jun 20 2005 12:56 PM

Someone hit Edgy, he's skipping.

metirish
Jun 22 2005 03:34 PM

On June 22, 1987, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver announces his retirement after a brief comeback attempt with the New York Mets. Known as “Tom Terrific,” Seaver leaves the game with a career record of 311-205, a 2.86 ERA, and 3,640 K’s.

Frayed Knot
Jun 22 2005 03:57 PM

I didn't realize that came so relatively late in the season. I would have thought it was still in the Spring.
Seaver had gotten hurt at the tail-end of '86 - it's the reason he didn't pitch against us in the WS - so he must have still been recovering from whatever it was.

What I do remember is that he would up testing his stuff by pitching a few simulated games and then called it quits when he got smacked around by the likes of Barry Lyons.
Lyons wondered at the time if that meant he'd be inducted into the 'Simulated Hall of Fame'.

metirish
Jun 23 2005 09:41 AM

I love this one

On June 23, 1963, New York Mets’ outfielder Jimmy Piersall celebrates his 100th career home run by running the bases backward. Piersall’s stunt angers Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dallas Green and Commissioner Ford Frick…


fan memories explain why he ran backwards....

http://www.ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0052&tabno=7

metswalkoffs
Jun 24 2005 01:59 AM

I'm not making the master list public, but i'll be glad to answer any Mets-walk-off related questions if anyone e-mails them to the address on my blog.

-mark
http://metwalkoffs.blogspot.com

Edgy DC
Jun 26 2005 06:27 PM

June 26:

Tim Harkness hit a grand slam in the 14th inning off Jim Brewer of the Cubs at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1963 to lift the Mets to an 8-6 victory. ... Rusty Staub tied Dave Philley's Major League record with his eighth straight pinch-hit in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies on this date in 1983.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 30 2005 06:59 AM

Five years ago today. Where were you?

I was driving to Maine.

[url]http://mets2005.myblogsite.com/blog/_archives/2005/6/30/985533.html[/url]

ScarletKnight41
Jun 30 2005 08:24 AM

I was right where I am now. Except that it was my old computer chair, and probably two computers ago. I was too nervous to watch the unfolding drama on television, and only ran to the living room for the replay of the homer.

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 08:27 AM

Piazza was consequential.

Avi was there.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 30 2005 09:06 AM

I went to bed.

I remember finding out about the comeback on my car radio the next morning. I got the news as I was pulling into a parking spot at my local 7-Eleven.

soupcan
Jun 30 2005 09:11 AM

I was there.

Great night.

I lay claim to being the only fan to attend both Mets game at Shea when the Mets posted 10-run innings.

That one and [url=http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=2825]this one[/url]

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 30 2005 09:28 AM

Holy cow!

That boxscore shows "A" runs in the sixth inning.

I thought I had put in code to translate the hexadecimal digits three years ago!

I guess I didn't. I'll have to add that to the to-do list.

soupcan
Jun 30 2005 09:34 AM

So does the box from the 2000 game. I assumed you couldn't fit two digits in there and that's why there was an 'A'.

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 09:39 AM

In an odd way, I remember the 1978 game more.

Oh, yeah, I was living in New York and following it live.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 30 2005 09:41 AM

To keep things simple, I score the linescores in only two fields (one for the Mets and the other for the opponent).

So a typical entry might look like this:

Mets line score: 001100020
Opponent line score: 30001100x

I didn't want to have a separate field for each inning, as some games can go 25 innings or more. So to get around that I put an A instead of a 10, a B for an 11, etc. The part that's missing is the part that sees an A and displays a 10. I thought I had done that. I know I meant to.

seawolf17
Jun 30 2005 10:58 AM

1962: Sandy Koufax no-hits the Mets.
1978: Dave Parker collides with John Stearns, breaking Parker's cheekbone and causing him to wear that special face mask. (Uni Watch found a photo of it, but I can't find the Uni Watch archives.)
1989: Ron Darling homers in his second straight start, becoming only the second Mets pitcher to accomplish that feat (Seaver was the first).
2000: The aforementioned 10-run inning.

Neat day of history, methinks. And it's Ron Swoboda's birthday.

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 11:12 AM

Walt Terrell homered in successive starts in 1984, I'm almost certain.

seawolf17
Jun 30 2005 11:19 AM

Nope. He homered twice in a game in Chicago in 1983, and his third that season came three starts later.

Yancy Street Gang
Jun 30 2005 11:20 AM

Seawolf beat me to it:

http://ultimatemets.com/profile.php?PlayerCode=0338&tabno=4&ThisYear=1983

Edgy DC
Jun 30 2005 11:20 AM

Bammer.

metirish
Jul 07 2005 10:35 PM

On July 7, 1964, the National League defeats the American League, 7-4, on Johnny Callison’s two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Philadelphia Phillies’ right fielder connects against Boston Red Sox relief ace Dick Radatz, ending the game at Shea Stadium…

Anyone here at that game?

metirish
Jul 08 2005 09:25 AM

On July 8, 1962, 41-year-old Stan Musial becomes the oldest man to hit three home runs in a game when he victimizes the New York Mets. The longtime star, who had homered in his last at-bat the previous game, helps the St. Louis Cardinals to a 15-1 win.

Bret Sabermetric
Jul 08 2005 09:31 AM

metirish wrote:
On July 7, 1964, the National League defeats the American League, 7-4, on Johnny Callison’s two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Philadelphia Phillies’ right fielder connects against Boston Red Sox relief ace Dick Radatz, ending the game at Shea Stadium…

Anyone here at that game?


Saw it on TV. I think (I'm pretty sure) that was the game Ron Hunt got elected to the A-S game, the first time for a Met. I was totally jazzed.

metirish
Jul 11 2005 02:02 PM

On July 11, 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in history to record 4,000 strikeouts. Ryan notches the milestone when he fans New York Mets outfielder Danny Heep on three pitches in the sixth inning.


This is not Met history but I have to post it..

]On July 11, 1961, San Francisco Giants pitcher Stu Miller is literally blown off the mound during the All-Star Game at Candlestick Park. In the ninth inning, high winds cause the 165-pound Miller to lose his balance. Umpires call a balk, allowing the tying run to score. The National League eventually wins, 5-4, in 10 innings.


http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

now that would have been fun to see.

MFS62
Jul 11 2005 02:15 PM

I remember Stu Miller. That wind was probably several MPH faster than his best fastball.
He had two pitches, a curve and a changeup. He spotted the fastball off the plate just to let batters know he had one. Then when they were laughing at it, he got them out with another pitch.

Later

metirish
Jul 15 2005 09:41 AM

Again not Mets history but a Met connection..

]On July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season, as the California Angels defeat the Detroit Tigers, 6-0. In the sixth inning, Tigers slugger Norm Cash comes to the plate with a piano leg, instead of a bat. Cash, who had struck out his first two times up, will pop out after exchanging the piano leg for a regulation bat.


A piano leg,WTF?

seawolf17
Jul 16 2005 08:34 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jul 16 2005 12:12 PM

New York Mets traded Armando Benitez to the New York Yankees for Jason Anderson, Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia on July 16, 2003.

Ah, yes. A great day indeed.

Anderson is back with the Yankees; he was one of five pitchers in yesterday's 17-1 laugher:




PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
T Redding (L, 0-1)1.046642041-1654.00
D May2.266630169-4016.71
J Anderson2.024421037-177.94
B Groom1.121100118-144.44
S Proctor1.010002020-144.50
Totals8.0151717952185-101


edit: Aha! Better.

Yancy Street Gang
Jul 16 2005 09:05 AM

]edit: Why is all that space in there? I didn't do that.


Line feeds in your HTML. If you edit, and make it look like one big thick paragraph, you'll get rid of the blank lines.

Edgy DC
Jul 16 2005 09:08 AM

Armando likes to make peeps look bad when they take shots at him.

metirish
Jul 18 2005 03:42 PM

On July 18, 1964, Ken Boyer, Tim McCarver, and Bill White hit back-to-back-to-back home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals. The power outburst takes place in the eighth inning of a 15-7 rout of the New York Mets.

ouch.

Edgy DC
Jul 18 2005 03:53 PM

Today is also the 65th birthday of former Met player and manager (and player-manager!) Joe Torre.

Johnny Dickshot
Jul 18 2005 05:06 PM

="seawolf17"]New York Mets traded Armando Benitez to the New York Yankees for Jason Anderson, Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia on July 16, 2003.

Ah, yes. A great day indeed.


Of those 3 guys we're still fooling around with Anderson Garcia, who's a reliever at AA.

Ryan Bicondoa was closing for an Indy League team last year.

Edgy DC
Jul 18 2005 07:36 PM

Notevery team that has two guys sporting the first name of "Anderson," though.

seawolf17
Jul 20 2005 09:53 AM

-----------------------------------
This Date in Mets History

Today is July 20
-----------------------------------

Nothing. Nothing happened in Mets history. No birthdays, no trades, no waiver claims, no managerial firings, no deaths. How bizarre.

Yancy Street Gang
Jul 20 2005 09:57 AM

July 20, 1969

Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon, proving that the previously unimaginable can become reality. This is the first of two miracles of human achievement that would occur in 1969.

Willets Point
Jul 20 2005 09:59 AM

I think it was the 2nd of 3 if you also happen to be a Jets fan.

seawolf17
Jul 20 2005 10:12 AM

2004: Richard Hidalgo's first HR as Met.
2003: Braves score eight runs in the bottom of the eighth off Edwin Almonte and Ikemay Antonstay.
2001: Robert Person gets revenge for the Olerud deal by throwing a CG in a 10-1 Phillies win.
2000: Dustin Hermanson throws 8.2 IP for a W.
1999: Sidney Ponson throws a CG win for the O's.
1996: Expos starter (!?) Ugueth Urbina is out after four innings, giving up three runs and losing to Paul Wilson.
1994: Jim Lindeman (career high: 8 HR in 1987) bats cleanup for the Mets.
1993: Greg Harris (the one who was never a Met) throws a CG win.
1992: Juan Samuel continues to haunt the Mets, as Roger McDowell picks up a save for the Dodgers. Wally Whitehurst continues his streak of consecutive July 20 starts.
1991: Mackey Sasser has four hits, including a homer, and drives in five but the Mets lose to the Dodgers. Wally Whitehurst starts and loses.
1987: Don Schulze picks up his only Met win.
1986: Mets lose in 15 to the Astros. I'll let Bob P describe it for you:

The last of a four game series...and another wild one that would be a preview of the 1986 NLCS!!

After seven innings, the Astros had a 4-2 lead. But in the eighth, back-to-back homers by Kevin Mitchell and Keith Hernandez tied it off Aurelio Lopez, and then Ray Knight gave the Mets a 5-4 lead on an infield out.

The Astros jumped right back in front in the bottom of the eighth as Doug Sisk gave up four straight hits to start the inning, and Jesse Orosco came in and allowed two more runs to score. The Astros led 8-5 going to the ninth.

In came Dave Smith again, just like yesterday (YAY!). Smith gave up a walk, an infield out, an RBI single and hit a batter, and the Mets had the tying runs on base. Frank DiPino came in to pitch and struck out Darryl Strawberry, but unlikely heroes Rafael Santana and Ed Hearn each singled to drive in runs and the game was tied, 8-8.

Both bullpens pitched well after that. Bob Knepper, who had thrown a three-hit shutout at the Mets two nights earlier, came in to pitch in the fifteenth inning and wound up the winning pitcher as Houston loaded the bases off Roger McDowell in the bottom of the fifteenth and got the winning run in on a fielder's choice.

The Astros got blown out in game one of this four game series and came back to win the next three. The next meeting of the two teams would be in the NLCS in October.

1985: The Mets set a Shea Stadium record for runs, whooping up on Atlanta 16-4. Straw drives in seven.
1979: Craig Swan and Gaylord Perry attempt to throw dueling CGs, but the Padres win it 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Okay... that's as far back as I go. Taking too long. I guess there's some history today, especially in terms of opposing pitchers throwing complete games against us.

Edgy DC
Jul 20 2005 11:56 AM

Aurelio Lopez: the late Señor Smoke. Long may his memory live on.

metirish
Jul 22 2005 10:52 AM

On July 22, 1963, the New York Mets release colorful outfielder Jimmy Piersall, who was hitting .194. Piersall made headlines in June when he ran around the bases backward after hitting his 100th home run.


A Doctor I work with says he was at that game.

not Mets history but....

On July 22, 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators becomes the first pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts in the major leagues. “The Big Train” strikes out five batters in defeating the Cleveland Indians, 3-1.

metirish
Jul 25 2005 09:37 AM

On July 25, 1965, New York Mets manager Casey Stengel falls and breaks his hip after attending the Mets’ Old-Timers’ dinner. The 74-year-old Stengel will have hip replacement surgery the next day, ending his managerial career.


On July 25, 1966, Casey Stengel and Ted Williams are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Both men make memorable speeches in Cooperstown. Williams calls for the election of former Negro leagues stars to the Hall of Fame. Five years later, Satchel Paige will become the first Negro Leagues standout to take his place in Cooperstown. Stengel amazes the crowd with his recollections of his nearly six decades in baseball.

metirish
Aug 09 2005 10:28 AM

On August 9, 1988, Rich “Goose” Gossage of the Chicago Cubs earns his 300th career save. The veteran right-hander pitches the final inning of the Cubs’ 6-4 win over the New York Mets, in what also happens to be the first completed night game at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 36,399 attends the evening affair.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

G-Fafif
Aug 09 2005 02:21 PM

metirish wrote:
On August 9, 1988, Rich “Goose” Gossage of the Chicago Cubs earns his 300th career save. The veteran right-hander pitches the final inning of the Cubs’ 6-4 win over the New York Mets, in what also happens to be the first completed night game at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 36,399 attends the evening affair.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm


It's being shown on ESPN Classic (during the afternoon, go figure). It's no less annoying now than it was then.

Gossage got his 300th save in the same series Carter got his 300th homer. Wonder if that ever happened before.

Edgy DC
Aug 14 2005 03:18 PM

Forty-three years ago today, Al Jackson locked up with future Met pitcher and manager Dallas Green in a serious pitching duel. Green gave up only one run in 10 1/3 innings. Jackson went 14 before Tony Gonzalez opened the 15th reaching on an error by Marv Throneberry (Retrosheet notes that the error may have been originally scored to Sammy Drake), opening the door for two runs for the Philadephia victory.

Is this the longest pitching outing --- innings-wise --- in Met history?

Also on this date 26 years ago, Lee Mazzilli, evidently improved from the concussion he got knocking coconuts with Dan Norman, scored five runs in an 18-5 drubbing of the Braves, a Met record that would stand twenty years until Edgardo Alfonzo broke it in 1999.

MFS62
Aug 14 2005 03:39 PM

IIRC, Jackson hooked up in some epic extra inning pitching duels with Jim Maloney of the Reds. Not sure if any of those went longer, though.

Later

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 14 2005 04:30 PM

I found 17 cases where a Mets pitcher went 11 or more innings.

http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=3465
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=2740
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=2281
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1981
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1908
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1932
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1276
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1010
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=1100
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=829
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=833
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=854
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=645
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=648
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=650
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=200
http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=117

Yancy Street Gang
Aug 14 2005 04:31 PM

The most recent one was Mike Torrez going 11 innings in 1983.

The most was 15, in games 117 and 648, above.

metirish
Aug 30 2005 12:26 PM

Today is a big day in Mets history...

On August 30, 1999, Edgardo Alfonzo of the New York Mets becomes only the fifth player in major league history to hit three home runs while going 6-for-6 in a game. Alfonzo’s performance, which highlights a 17-1 rout of the Houston Astros, includes a double, six runs scored, and five RBIs.


On August 30, 1965, one of the game’s most legendary figures, New York Mets manager Casey Stengel, announces his retirement. Doctors had advised Stengel to step down after suffering a broken hip in a bathroom fall on July 25. Stengel will gain induction to the Hall of Fame the next year.


http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

Edgy DC
Aug 30 2005 12:34 PM

Does anybody do old-timer's games anymore? The Mets and Phils should re-assemble surviving members of their 1965 squads and finish that 0-0 game.

seawolf17
Aug 30 2005 04:56 PM

[url=http://www.ultimatemets.com/gamedetail.php?gameno=6035]August 30, 1999[/url]:

Alfonzo 2b 6 6 6 5

2B: Edgardo Alfonzo (37), John Olerud (30), Daryle Ward.
HR: Edgardo Alfonzo 3 (23), Mike Piazza (32), Darryl Hamilton (3), Lance Berkman.

Willets Point
Aug 30 2005 05:36 PM

That was the day that Seventeen became Thirteen. Where is he now?

metirish
Sep 15 2005 12:37 PM

]On September 15, 1969, Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals sets a major league record by fanning 19 batters but loses a 4-3 decision to the New York Mets. “Lefty” surrenders a pair of two-run homers to Ron Swoboda...

metirish
Sep 16 2005 09:56 AM

]On September 16, 1972, three unusual occurrences highlight the Chicago Cubs’ 18-5 demolition of the New York Mets. Chicago’s Glenn Beckert sets a major league record by leaving 12 runners on base; Elrod Hendricks draws five walks against Met pitching; and Cubs pitcher Burt Hooton hits a grand slam.



http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm

metirish
Oct 10 2005 10:56 PM

On October 10, 1973, the New York Mets win their second National League pennant in five years. In the fifth game of the Championship Series, Tom Seaver wins a 5-2 decision over the Cincinnati Reds. Tug McGraw, who inspired the Mets with his “Ya Gotta Believe!” slogan, picks up the save…

http://www.baseballhalloffame.com/history/index.htm

G-Fafif
Oct 10 2005 11:28 PM

metirish wrote:
On October 10, 1973, the New York Mets win their second National League pennant in five years. In the fifth game of the Championship Series, Tom Seaver wins a 5-2 decision over the Cincinnati Reds. Tug McGraw, who inspired the Mets with his “Ya Gotta Believe!” slogan, picks up the save…

http://www.baseballhalloffame.com/history/index.htm


7-2. Don't let those bastards take away a single run of ours.

http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B10100NYN1973.htm

metirish
Oct 10 2005 11:30 PM

Wow, tomorrow I'm going to contact the Baseball Hall of Fame about that...good job Greg.

seawolf17
Oct 12 2005 02:06 PM

Hey! Sid Fernandez turns 43 today. Happy Birthday to one of my favorite Mets.

Valadius
Oct 12 2005 02:09 PM

Looking at that box score, I see Bruce Froemming listed as one of the umpires. Wow, he's still calling games 32 years later.

rpackrat
Oct 12 2005 03:00 PM

It's amazing to me that Sid is only 43. It seems like so long ago when he was pitching for the Mets.

metirish
Oct 12 2005 03:11 PM

]On October 12, 1988, Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers blanks the New York Mets on five hits to win the National League Championship Series. Hershiser, who is named playoff MVP, vaults the Dodgers into the World Series.


http://www.baseballhalloffame.com/history/index.htm

Willets Point
Oct 12 2005 11:55 PM

Yuck, I didn't need to be reminded of that.

metirish
Oct 14 2005 09:14 AM

]On October 14, 1969, New York Mets center fielder Tommie Agee makes two spectacular catches against the Baltimore Orioles in Game Three of the World Series. Agee adds a home run to help the Mets to a 5-0 win…


greatest plays in Mets history?, most important plays?where do they rank if such things can be ranked.

HahnSolo
Oct 14 2005 09:53 AM

October 14, 1973 -
The Mets even the World Series with a 10-7, 12-inning victory over the As in Game 2.
The game is notable for a few reasons:
-Willie Mays's final appearance
-Buddy being called out at the plate on a non-slide as he tried to score on a sac fly, leading to the classic argument at the plate.
-Tug going six innings in relief, giving up 4 runs in the process, only to watch soon-to-be-forgotten man George Stone pick up the final three outs for the save.
-Don Hahn sets a WS record for at bats in a single game. He singled and scored in seven official at bats.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 14 2005 09:58 AM

Hugely important moments in Mets history, both of them. Saved 5 runs, at least.

The Mets got Agee basically because they'd used 10 clowns in CF in 66 & 67 and none of them could catch the ball with real reliability. Until we went and de-valued it with the acquisition of Beltran, getting Mike Cameron was a similar moment.

Edgy DC
Oct 14 2005 10:51 AM

Agee drank a lot of Schaefer that night.

ScarletKnight41
Oct 14 2005 10:59 AM

Hail Han!

G-Fafif
Oct 16 2005 02:22 AM

October 16, 1969.

The date says it all.

G-Fafif
Oct 16 2005 02:23 AM

October 16, 1969.

The date says it all.

SI Metman
Oct 16 2005 02:42 AM

I'm disappointed that October 15, 1986 was skipped over.

Iubitul
Oct 16 2005 07:49 AM

G-Fafif wrote:
October 16, 1969.

The date says it all.


http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/10.16b.html

metirish
Oct 18 2005 11:57 PM

Not Mets history but a friend retired this day in 1955..

]On October 18, 1955, Ralph Kiner announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer, who slumped to 18 home runs and a .243 average in 1955, leaves the game with 369 home runs in 10 seasons.

metirish
Oct 19 2005 02:02 PM

On October 10th I posted this bit of Mets history which I got from the Baseball Hall of Fame website....




]On October 10, 1973, the New York Mets win their second National League pennant in five years. In the fifth game of the Championship Series, Tom Seaver wins a 5-2 decision over the Cincinnati Reds. Tug McGraw, who inspired the Mets with his “Ya Gotta Believe!” slogan, picks up the save…


G-Fafif pointed out that the score was wrong and provided this link...

http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B10100NYN1973.htm


So I sent an email to the Hall of Fame and today recieved this reply...

]Subject : RE: 1973


Dear Friend,

Thank you for visiting the Hall of Fame web site. We regret that we had
an error on our web site, but we appreciate that you made us aware of
it. The error has been corrected.

Thanks for your support of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum, and we hope to see you in Cooperstown soon.

Dan Holmes
Web Manager
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org



seawolf17
Oct 22 2005 07:28 AM

This is a very "dire" date in Mets history:

="UMDB"]Today is October 22

Transactions:
New York Mets traded Duffy Dyer to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Gene Clines on October 22, 1974.
New York Mets released Dyar Miller on October 22, 1981.

G-Fafif
Oct 25 2005 05:36 AM

The date of dates: October 25, 1986.

http://mets2005.myblogsite.com/blog/_archives/2005/10/25/1321179.html

ScarletKnight41
Oct 25 2005 08:24 AM

Great stuff Greg :)


]It's hard to enough line up all your good-luck ducks in a karmic row, and goodness knows that doesn't always give you the result you want. But try plying the gods with notes ("let us win our first World Series in 68 years but only after the guy I know and like doesn't make the last out") and you will come away looking at 69 years and counting.

Edgy DC
Oct 25 2005 10:06 PM

Today in 1971, Pedro Martinez first saw the light of day.

metirish
Nov 15 2005 12:02 PM

How could you win the MVP with only 76RBI?

]

On November 15, 1988, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins the National League’s MVP Award, despite finishing the season with only 76 RBIs. Gibson beats out New York Mets outfielders Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds...


Strawberry had 39 hr and 101 rbi,McReynolds had 27 and 99

Edgy DC
Nov 15 2005 12:05 PM

Orel Hershiser (6th) and David Cone (10th) were more valuable than the lot of them.

Willets Point
Nov 15 2005 12:21 PM

Gasp! You never give the MVP to ... a ... PITCHER!!! They have their own award.


(Tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Ouch.)

Edgy DC
Nov 15 2005 12:42 PM

My ballot that year is full of them.

  1. Orel Hershiser

  2. David Cone

  3. Darryl Strawberry

  4. Danny Jackson

  5. Kirk Gibson

  6. Andres Galarraga

  7. Kevin McReynolds

  8. Will Clark

  9. John Franco

  10. Eric Davis
i think we should go back in time this off-season and re-vote all the major awards.

Valadius
Nov 15 2005 03:00 PM

Yes!!! I agree.

Yancy Street Gang
Nov 15 2005 03:01 PM

Valadius wrote:
Yes!!! I agree.


I knew he'd like that idea.

Now be prepared for hourly e-mails asking when we're going to get started.

Valadius
Nov 15 2005 03:18 PM

Heheheh... only after the rankings are finished...

Zvon
Nov 15 2005 08:51 PM

="Edgy DC"]My ballot that year is full of them.

  1. Orel Hershiser

  2. David Cone

  3. Darryl Strawberry

  4. Danny Jackson

  5. Kirk Gibson

  6. Andres Galarraga

  7. Kevin McReynolds

  8. Will Clark

  9. John Franco

  10. Eric Davis
i think we should go back in time this off-season and re-vote all the major awards.



You save your ballots? :0
;)

I agree with you 100% on this one Edge.
May be one of the most dominant years Ive ever seen from a pitcher.

G-Fafif
Nov 16 2005 04:45 AM

November 16, 1964: The birth of the single most dynamic performer and single biggest disappointment in Mets history.

Happy birthday Dwight Gooden. Don't blow another one.

metirish
Nov 16 2005 09:44 AM

Gooden is younger than I thought, maybe he just seems older,if he kept himself right he could still be pitching.

]
On November 16, 1954, the Chicago Cubs trade Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Sam Jones, minor league outfielder Gale Wade, and $60,000 in cash. The slugging outfielder will hit 18 home runs for the Indians in 1955-his final major league season

G-Fafif
Nov 17 2005 01:23 AM

The Mets may have been minted in 1960, stocked in 1961 and sent off into battle in 1962, but it was on this day in 1944 that The Franchise was born.

Happy birthday Tom Seaver. Make it a Terrific one.

metirish
Nov 17 2005 09:15 AM

happy Birthday Mr.Seaver.....and more Mets news..

]On November 17, 1964, the New York Mets name former New York Yankees great Yogi Berra to their coaching staff. Berra signs a two-year contract and will work under another former Yankee legend, Casey Stengel, who is now the Mets’ manager.

Valadius
Nov 17 2005 03:38 PM

Happy Birthday Tommy!!!

metirish
Nov 23 2005 03:29 PM

quote]
On November 23, 1964, the New York Mets purchase future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn from the Milwaukee Braves. The 43-year-old Spahn, who struggled to a record of 6-13, will go only 4-12 for the Mets before being released. Spahn will then sign with the San Francisco Giants, his last major league team.

Yancy Street Gang
Nov 23 2005 05:02 PM

Tomorrow's another anniversary date for Warren Spahn. He'll be on the UMDB front page two days in a row.

DocTee
Nov 27 2005 07:09 PM

The Mets said hello to Eddie Murray and goodbye to Rico Brogna and Tommie Agee.

DocTee
Dec 03 2005 04:22 PM

12/3/74

G'bye Tug McGraw,

'ello John Stoins.

seawolf17
Dec 08 2005 06:50 AM

The four southpaws who have thrown the most lefty innings in Mets history were involved in transactions on this day in history:

New York Mets traded Jon Matlack and John Milner to the Texas Rangers for Willie Montanez, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve on December 8, 1977.
New York Mets traded Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978.
New York Mets traded Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones on December 8, 1983.
Florida Marlins signed Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004.

(Barry Zito, anyone?)

Willets Point
Jan 19 2006 01:17 PM

Bump.


And to keep it relevant, here's a cut & paste from UMDB:

This Date in Mets History

Today is January 19
Born on this date:

* Jon Matlack (1950)
* Anthony Young (1966)

Transactions:
Seattle Mariners signed Brent Mayne of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 1997.

New York Mets signed free agent Allen Watson of the Anaheim Angels on January 19, 1999.

Colorado Rockies signed Steve Reed of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 19, 2003.

Zvon
Jan 19 2006 08:40 PM

Happy Birthday Mister Matlack!

metirish
Jan 24 2006 01:08 PM

]

On January 24, 1980, Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon buy the New York Mets from the DeRoulet family for $21 million, then a record purchase price for a major league franchise. Doubleday, a relative of Abner Doubleday, will act as chairman of the board, and Wilpon, a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, will serve as team president.



http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/index.htm