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Wes Westrum had a different view and after he took over as manager the following month after this, the Mets had several more combined shutouts the rest of This is my only major league game I was in a stadium. I remember Pete running to first after a walk. Johnny Stephenson missed a play at home plate that allowed a run. In the last inning he hit one ball to the center field that looked like Vada Pinson couldn't catch though he felt backwards, but Pinson ruined Josephson's night catchin' that ball even though he was crawling backwards. I still got that in my mind.
I remember this game very well! It was Rusteck's ML debut, and he threw a shutout against the heavy-hitting Reds. Being a fan of the Mets throughout their short existence, I thought: At last! A quality pitcher who is not at the end of his career! Alas, Rusteck hurt his arm a few starts later and was gone from MLB forever. Trivial note: I believe that Rusteck was a graduate of Notre Dame. Interview with Gordy Coleman, calls Selma the toughest slider that he has seen all year. Rusteck throws a 6-hit gem besting Jimbo Maloney and the future looks great until he throws his arm out!
This was the first and only win, complete game, and shutout of Dick Rusteck's short major league career. It was Rusteck's major league debut, and he allowed just four singles and one walk. The Reds never had more than one baserunner on at a time, and they never got a runner as far as second base. Ed Bressoud had a three-run homer in the second inning and a solo homer in the eighth.
John Stephenson drove in the other Mets run with a third inning single. Rusteck pitched three more games, then was on the DL for two months. After coming back he pitched four more games in September and October, making a total of eight appearances for the year Chuck did hit. This doubleheader was actually fan appreciation day. Between games the Mets and Reds competed in some friendly feats of throwing skills. They gave some stuff away too. Maloney strikes out thirteen as the Reds shellack the Mets.
Ribant finished the season with an record for a team that went His ERA was 3. Ribant won only eleven more games in his career after the trade and pitched his final major league game a week after his 28th birthday in September They had finished in last place every year during Completing the season in 9th place ahead of the Cubs may not sound like much but it was a step up in the world. Actually, the thirdbaseman might have been Sid Rosenberg!
Got some great pictures. Tommy Davis taking his sweet stroke. The Glider Ed Charles. He had the greatest smile in baseball. A very young Billy Connors. Most notably, Ron Swoboda clowning around by posing with a very small kid's Met cap on. Unfortunately, when the game started, they couldn't touch Gary Nolan. July 23, Brutally cold, windy, and gray Sunday afternoon, with an unusually small crowd on hand to brave the elements.
Mets took an early lead, and McGraw retired the first nine. My cousin and I were screaming for a perfect game! I think we started with one out in the first! Oh well, it was all down hill after that, as McGraw ran out of gas early, and the Mets couldn't muster a comeback. The vendors ran out of hot chocolate early, too, on a day more suited to a Jets game. To Ken S.
September weather in New York can be topsy-turvy: One day it can be like a summer day in June and then it can turn into November-December without the snow. According to retrosheet, the attendance was 12, November 29, A Met fan was born this day My older brother and his wife took me to see the Mets and the Reds because my sister-in-law was a Ron Swoboda fan. During the middle innings Jerry Buchek made a nice backhand catch on a hard hit line drive. A few innings later Buchek was replaced by Al Weis. My brother who wasn't much of a baseball fan asked me why they made this move and I said it was made for defensive purposes.
Some wise ass know-it-all sitting in front of us must have overheard my remark, turned to his friend and said "the guy makes a great defensive play and they take him out. It still amazes me forty years later how little fans know about how this game is played and won. Cleon Jones doubles in the first off Jim Maloney to drive in a run. In the sixth inning, Maloney walks the bases full with nobody out.
Clay Carroll comes in to relive Maloney and gives up two infield outs, scoring two runs. As I remember, Kranepool fielded a throw from one of the infielders and thought it was the third out. It was only the second out and Krane thoughtlessly flipped the ball to Bragan, as was the custom. Bragan threw the ball behind him and the runner on base kept running. Kranepool realized his mistake and proceeded to pummel Bragan, who easily had to be 30 years older. Bedlam errupted. I can never forget Lindsey Nelson screaming as though he had swallowed the microphone: "There's a fight on the field The Reds manager, Dave Bristol, got pitched from the game.
He was red hot that an opposing player fought one of his coaches. When Eddie came to the plate the fans at Crosley Field really gave it to him, but he had a good game with 3 hits. I'm sure it's a game he'll never forget. There are a few things you can count on in life: death, taxes, women on Spanish TV wearing sexy outfits or bikinis and the Mets vs Reds in a donnybrook.
Kranepool's fight with Bragan was sure a sign of things to come between two legendary National League franchises! Three buddies and I drove down from Dayton to catch the game. I brought along my most prized possession - an autographed Ron Hunt card. Hunt was my all-time favorite Met and I thought it would be cool to have Pete Rose autograph the same card, Rose being the one to beat out Hunt for Rookie of the Year. Got there very early, sat through BP, waited patiently then move down to the rail as Rose came over to sign.
There were maybe 30 others all clamoring for his attention but my Mets hat caught his eye first. Upon seeing what it was he flew into a rage screaming expletives that would shock a sailor, tore it in half threw it down and proceeded to stomp all over it. He then stormed off toward the dugout. Half way there he noticed a piece of it stuck to his cleat.
He ripped it off and attempted to punt it into the upper deck before leaving. The remaining autograph seekers wound up screaming at me, my friends were laughing their butts off, and I just stood there my mouth agape. My Dad, myself and three of our friends sat in the press-box and I vividly remember being astounded by the beauty of the Stadium and the electricity of the game itself. I was eleven years old and became totally addicted to the sport since that balmy July evening. We stayed from batting practice through the entire twelve innings and I recall thinking that if there was a Heaven on Earth that it was located in Flushing Meadow at the Willets Point stop on the 7 Train.
Sorry to be the fact police, but Vada Pinson was played for the Cardinals in , contrary to the previous post. My aunt and uncle took me for my birthday and I saw a gem by Tom Seaver. The most memorable play was a successful pickoff play at second base between Seaver and Bud Harrelson.
As we were going through the parking ticket booth the girl had on the radio and that song was playing. I have not gone through that booth since without thinking of that song! My very first game. Like any kid at his first game, I was star-struck. Like the other commenter, I remember it was one of those 4 pm starts, the Mets used to promote those as days you could spend time at the beach and then come to Shea to see the game, although we didn't go down the shore first. I also remember it being a long-since discontinued promotional day, Player Family Day, in which the Mets' kids and remember this was a young team, so the kids were mostly pre-schoolers "played" against their dads, and it was fun.
It was my first Met game ever, and it was also batting helmet day. I remember seeing all the hot dog wrappers and the plastic from the batting helmets blowing around in right field where Pete Rose was playing. I remember Nolan Ryan striking out 4 or 5 batters in 2 innings pitched. Mets lose the first game I ever went to, but who cares it was the year of the miracle Mets. I spent many future summers going to Shea Stadium. I used to call Shea Stadium my second home. Like Richard this was also my first game. I remember riding the 7 train and seeing the orange, sky blue, and teal?
I saw 3 Hall-of-Famers that day: Ryan, Rose, Bench and that started a love affair that continues to this day. This site has enabled me to pin this game and countless others down. I knew it was a Sunday and Cardwell started and the two Reds I mentioned were in the starting lineup and that the Mets lost I think.
It was my first game, as well, at the age of 7. Batting Helmet Day made Shea look like a sea of blue. I'd love to know what the attendance figures were for this game. I'm pretty sure it was sold out. Finally, some fans ran into the outfield late in the game, and everyone was having a good time watching the police try to catch them.
It was the first of many games I've enjoyed at Shea, and the beginning of a love affair with live baseball games. Here is your answer Mr. Shawn Davis for your attendance question. According to retrosheet. My first game, too. My most vivid memories are the batting helmets all over the place, and Don Cardwell getting hammered. Pete Rose led off the game with a double I believe off the left center field wall. I remember being crushed that Bud Harrelson was not in the lineup that day.
I miss Shea. This was my first game as well. Don Cardwell vs. Gerry Arigo. Rose hit the first pitch off the wall in left center for a double. Rose confirmed this at an event in Bethlehem Pa. Bobby Tolan hit a three run homer in the first and the game was pretty much over. I recall a full house and also the fan who ran on the field in, I believe the 7th inning. Twenty years later at Shea, I mentioned to a friend of this important anniversary and three nearby fans bought me beers and would not accept my attempts to return the favor.
Magical times! I was 10 years old. I lived in southern Indiana about 2 hours from Cincinnati. I became a huge Reds fan in '69 but quickly became caught up in the excitement of the "Miracle Mets" in the playoff and World Series that season. In , I remember that Riverfront Stadium was new and opened in June. Would something like that happen today with a stadium opening during a season?
Doubt it. They completed construction so the All-Star game could be held there. Regarding that August 11 game, I distinctly remembered, all these years, that the big three sticks for the Reds Lee May, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench each hit a home run. Perez' was a grand slam and the Reds site tells me that the slam was the first upper-deck home run in Riverfront Stadium.
I also remember that Pete Rose doubled and slid head-first into second base safely on the play. Other than that, most of my memories are of my awe at the what I perceived as the big city of Cincinnati, the stadium, and just being there with my parents and sister. And, oh yes, I remember feeling that the Mets were like gods since they had won the prior World Series. It would take some frustrating years in the early 70's rooting for the Reds to win one; they finally did it '75, and for good measure, another in ' Glad to share it with you.
Will never forget riding the escalator up and catching my first glimpse of that beautiful green grass. Koosman shuts down the Big Red Machine. What a thrill for an 11 year old. Thank you Uncle Barney! August 9, One of my first Met games. I was My dad decided to drive to the game from NJ. We got lost somehow in Brooklyn, then somehow wound up in the Bronx and finally got to Shea in the 4th inning just in time to see Jim McAndrew give up 2 runs to the Reds.
It was Camera Day at Shea and I bought my "Insta-matic" with lots of extra film but since we arrived late, Camera Day festivities were finished so I used up all the film on pictures of the game. Since we were sitting way up in the General Admission seats nose-bleed country! It was shameful to hear Tug getting booed for giving up the winning run to the Reds but it was a beautiful cool, breezy sunny day at a young Shea Stadium in the greatest city in the world so all was not lost. We got home without a problem!
My first major league game - I was We sat in the Press Box. We took Camera Day photos, but for some reason they weren't developed for a over a decade. Somehow they actually came out. It was interesting looking back at what Shea looked like back then. I remember this game. Joe Foy made a error in the 9th inning on a I think it was a double play ball. If the Mets would have turned the double play they would have won the game.
I attended Shea that day and remember that the first game was delayed by rain for almost two and a half hours. The Mets won the first game on a bases loaded walk. There also was a rain delay between the first and second games.
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In the second game, I believe that Don Gullett made his major league debut. He was outstanding, striking out batter after batter. It was so late that I could not stay for the end of the second game. I remember taking the subway and arriving home after 11PM. It was a long but memorable day. Richard, you have a great memory! The first game of this doubleheader did end on a bases loaded walk by Joe Foy, and it capped off a three run rally in the ninth inning. The Mets were down, 4- 2 but got a run on two singles and an error, and then tied it up on an RBI single by Art Shamsky.
After Wayne Gaarrett was intentioanlly walked Ron Swoboda struck out, but Foy came through with the "walk-off walk" to win the game. In game two, the Mets had an early lead with Seaver on the mound. The Reds came back to make it , and then took the lead on a two out pinch- homer by utilityman Jimmy Stewart in the seventh. It was Stewart's only home run of the season and the eighth and final home run of his career. Meanwhile, in the bottom of the sixth, rookie Don Gullett had come on in relief for the Reds by the way, Gullet had been with the team all season, so this was not his first game.
Gullett wound up pitching the last four innings and retired all twelve batters he faced. This is how it went: Sixth inning: struck out the side. Seventh inning: struck out the side. Eighth inning: Two foulouts. I was 7 years old and made my mother wait for several hours until they called the game. They started playing around and my mother loved Seaver and we watched about 5 or 6 innings of the second game after moving to field level seats. That was the only time they let you sit anywhere without a ticket.
I guess because of all the rain and sparse crowd by that time. This site is enabling me to piece memories together and sure is great. All I remembered was august , Reds, and rain. Someone posted home video footage of this doubleheader on YouTube. I followed along with the scorecards and it is the actual game. I can't post the link here but search YouTube for Mets or email me. April 11, Shea Stadium Mets 1, Cincinnati Reds 0 cj January 20, i remember watcthing that game on TV and it was easter sunday and it had gone so long with out any score until jerry grote hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th to win it for the Mets what a game and a W.
This was the first baseball game my brother took me to. I was 8 years old. I remember Jerry Grote hitting the game winning home run. It just cleared the orange line they had on the wall in left field corner. It seems like it was yesterday. This game will always be special for me, because it was the first baseball game ever for both my brother and myself. I was eleven and he was five. Not only was it Easter Sunday but it was Helmet Day as well. We sat in the Loge by First base. My favorite player Tom Seaver was pitching.
At the end of nine, there was no score. Much to our disappointment, our father wanted to leave in order to beat traffic. Before we got to our car, we heard a huge roar from the stadium. My father turned on the car radio and we found out that Jerry Grote had hit a "walk- off" home run in the bottom of the eleventh. Some 36 years later, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. July 10, Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds 4, Mets 2 Christopher Hagee January 10, What's most notable about this game was a film clip of Pete Rose scoring all the way from first base on a 5th Inning double by Red teammate Lee May and his signature diving belly-flop head-first slide of home plate as the Reds defeated the Mets in that Mid-season game, 4- 2.
July 11, Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds 5, Mets 3 Bob P February 10, The Mets got swept in this pre-all-star-break doubleheader for their seventh loss in a row and they fell ten games out of first place. Tony Perez drove in all five runs in game two, with the crusher being a three run eighth inning homer off Tom Seaver, who came in to relieve starter Jon Matlack.
Jim McGlothlin had twelve strkieouts for the Reds. Seaver appeared in relief in this game because it was the final game before the All Star break. Back in the day, managers treated that game like Game 7 of the World Series, running out anyone and everyone on the pitching staff. It was a twi-night doubleheader; my dad took my sister and me. We sat down the left field line and I remember Lee May hitting a home run in to the left field loge seats. We tried waiting out a long rain delay in the second game but it was getting late and we were leaving for vacation early the next morning so we decided to leave.
Just as we hit the parking lot the rain had stopped and we heard the crowd cheer as they apparently came out to take the tarp off. We listened on the radio as the Mets came back and won. It was pouring rain and they were determined to squeeze in a double-header. With Ryan pitching game 1 and the rain delays it was a long day. By the end few people were left. I am left with great memories of a 13 year old and his dad, trying to stay dry and rooting for Charlie Williams.
Thanks for ending the day on an up note. I too, remember sitting thru the rain of this long twi-night doubleheader. Ryan lost the first game, and they threw out Charlie Williams against the Big Red Machine in the second. Well, Williams did OK, and the Mets exploded for 9 runs to split the night. One particular memory I have was of another fan's comment during the game. Duffy Dyer was coming up to bat, and someone shouted "Come on Duffy, show Bench how it's done! As a 10 year old, I got a big kick out of that. I was eight years old and really wanted to see Tom Seaver pitch. I had to settle for Gary Gentry, though.
Gentry did a good job, nearly shutting out the Big Red Machine. My clearest memories of the game are seeing the 14 on Gil Hodges' back as he walked out to the mound it was the only time I would ever see him in person and a birthday greeting to Cleon Jones that flashed on the scoreboard. I remember my father took me to the game, I was 12 years old. My only memory of the game was Pete Rose leading off the game with a triple and eventually scoring, it was the only run of the game. The next day we were at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and I remember seeing outside on a large board the previous days scores, and there it was: Cincinnati 1, Mets 0.
This was my first game I ever went to. I was 4 years old. We sat in the Mezz in left field. I don't remember much from this game, but I do remember how great it was to see a game in person. I only hope my son feels the same way when I take him to his first game this season.
The Mets were coming off a miserable July and after this game they fell to in August. On June 30 the Mets were and in second place, just two games behind Pittsburgh. After this loss they were and in fourth place, twelve games out of first. Pete Rose drove in the only run of this game with an eighth inning double, and was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Gary Gentry pitched a fine game, allowing just seven hits while walking two and striking out eleven. But Gary Nolan allowed just five hits over 8. The Mets got only three runners as far as second base in the game.
Websites that cover play-by-play accounts of past games state that the play was an error on Milner all the way and not even a hit was credited to Morgan. It was apparently scored as a four-base error instead. Funny how some of your experiences as a youth can turn out to be illusions later in life! He pitched a complete game in a win over the eventual National League Champions.
Tom allowed only five hits, all of them singles. It was Seaver himself who provided the margin of victory. In the seventh inning, he broke a tie by hitting a home run over the left field wall. Pete Rose just looked up helplessly as the ball sailed out. Tom Terrific had won his own ball game! This game was played on Father's Day. I don't know if this is true, but it might have been Tom's first one since becoming a father for the first time. Whether it was or not, he had a great day in more ways than one. More of a line drive than a Strawberry shot.
The Mets were playing the Big Red Machine. Dave Marshall was playing right field and allowed a ball to go through his legs. Staub was out for the season with a broken hand, Cleon, Harrelson and Boswell were out of the lineup as well. It was Brent Strom's major league debut. I can't remember who was in left that day.
The Mets lost Bench hit a home run and a double. Joe Morgan made a spectacular play at second. It was actually Brent Strom's second appearance, he had broken in three weeks earlier against the Expos. Johnny Bench homered leading off the second inning and later singled to help build another run. Jack Billingham pitched a three-hitter all singles for the Reds. I'll never forget the Big Red Machine and the Mets.
Only so sad Willie Mays never got in on this Double header. Got an autograph from Jerry Koosman from the Mets, it has since been lost. Would like to know how to get ahold of Jerry to ask for another. I'll never forget how kind Mr Koosman was, in getting his signature. Something I'll never forget! I was 9 years old at the time, so details are a little fuzzy. Still pretty good wheels for an old man. And there was a rain delay. Also, I remember waiting for players to come out after the game so I could ask for autographs my parents found the parking lot somehow and Reds OF Bobby Tolan blew past all the kids and sped away, squealing his tires.
We have a photograph of me looking up at him and he stormed by. The Reds and Mets seemed to be bitter rivals that year, as the Rose-Harrelson brawl in the playoffs would probably prove. I had all of my Mets and Reds baseball cards with me, so I recognized the players very well for a young kid. The homer turned out to be the last one of Willie's career I was seven. My dad and I sat in the Mezzaine in right.
Johnny Bench was playing right that night and I felt honored to get to see him up close. Also got a great view of Willie Mays' last home run in the Majors -- a liner to right center. George Stone pitched great for the Mets. Remember Johnny Bench running over Mays who was playing first that night. It was a close play and Mays had leaned into the basepath and Bench rolled him over. Mays was down for a couple of minutes. The Mets never got back up. Reds tied it, and won it on an extra-inning Hal King homer.
I am from Cleveland. My Godfather who lives in New York took me to Shea that night.
It was the first time I have been to another ballpark other than Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. I was 12 years old and remember seeing Mays' home run to right center field early in the game. I also remember Bobby Tolan's great catch in center field that night in the ninth inning that pushed the game into extra innings. We left after the ninth inning. Little did I know that this was Mays' last home run of his career. It is this game and Len Barker's perfect game in that I can say "I was there".
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I was 11 years old, It was my birthday and my Dad took me to the game. We lived in Ronkonkoma so it was always a bit of a journey to get to Shea but my grandparents lived in Richmond Hill so we would go every so often. I kept telling my dad that Milner was going yard but much to my father's delight it was Mays.
I remember thinking how strong he was. He just kinda flicked the bat at it and drove it out the other way. I didn't realize until just now that was his last dinger. Somehow it seems fitting; he was my Dad's favorite player and we were both there to see it. Pretty cool. My dad knew some of the ushers, so he got us in box seats on the 3rd base line. I was five years old, and until I found this site remembered little about the game other than the final score in 16 innings and that Seaver and Billingham started.
Good memories. I remember this game very well. It was one of my favorite childhood memories. I was 8 years old and day camp had ended for the summer. My brother, who was 11, and I were sitting around the house watching TV when my mom decided that we needed to get out of the house. She called my friend's mom and we all hopped onto the Q44 bus line to Roosevelt Avenue to go to Shea to catch this afternoon game.
I remember that we didn't arrive until the 3rd inning and I was upset that we had already missed some of the game. My mother and her friend were chatting while the game went into extra innings. At p. We whined and complained and ended up staying for the whole games. We got home about p. Even though they lost, what a great day.
I was this game as a year-old Met and Tom Seaver fan. He mowed down the Big Red Machine, but his weak-hitting team couldn't get him that one run he needed.
I'm 55 now and still consider Seaver one of the best of my lifetime. I can still see Seaver walking off the mound. He was awesome, but two later homers and no run support did him in. Bench and Rose with 8th and 9th inning homers. I forget which order. Both solo shots, one to the opposite field Good thing we went on to win the series! I remember Seaver pitched one of the best games of his career and he drove in the only run the Mets got! Thanks, Tom Seaver, for the memories.
I remember watching this game well. This was one of the best games Tom Seaver ever pitched. People need to note how great the Reds hitters were to really appreciate Seaver's performance. And Dan Drieson batted over in I watched the game with my Uncle Tommy, now deceased. Ranks up there with best post-season performances in MLB history. Mets were down 1 game to 0 in a best of 5, on the road against the Big Red Machine. Matlack pitched a two-hit shuthout. Just amazing, and clutch as can be. The two Cincy hits were by Andy Kosko, of all people.
I assume JM went the whole nine. Will look that up in a minute. Does anyone else miss those days, when a manager let a pitcher go the whole way? I can't stand this Tony LaRussa crap that is now the standard operating procedure: go to your eight innning guy and then go to your ninth inning guy. That template would have made this '73 gem just another bland victory by committee. Just so you know Lendog you were right. John Matlack did go all 9 innings. And Andy Kasco did get both hits.
Also even if this was current day baseball, any manager would let John Matlack go all 9. Jon Matlack stifled the Big Red Machine with a two-hit shutout. Matlack struck out nine batters and the NLCS was even at one win each. Rusty Staub slugged a solo homer and the Mets collected five singles in the ninth inning for four more runs. Great game. Andy Kosco singled for both Cincinnati hits.
I remember Kosco also hitting a drive down the left field line that was over the wall, but foul by inches. Kosco, Sparky Anderson and a few coaches argued the call to no avail. LenDog, I couldn't agree with you more. Baseball was so much better back then with pitchers going all the way. Could you imagine Ray Sadecki or Harry Parker coming in, in the eighth? They would have pitched to 2 pinch hitters, then Rose At the time, a friend of my father, Stanley Binger, worked as a host in the Diamond Club restaurant at Shea Stadium, so the plan was that he would be taking me into the game and I would be sitting by myself in the lodge section just outside the Diamond Club area imagine a mother allowing THAT to happen today!
I was being supervised to some degree by one of the ushers, who Mr. Binger obviously trusted with my well being. Even though I was a rather shy eleven year old, I certainly couldn't pass up the chance to see my heros play The Big Red Machine in a playoff game, so if I had to sit in a big stadium amongst thousands of complete strangers, then so be it! It was a wonderful game as the Mets jumped out to an early lead.
All of a sudden, in the fifth inning, everyone around me jumped to their feet and roared. Since I was so small I was unable to see what was happening with all the adults standing up around me. I asked the man next to me what was going on, and he told me that Pete Rose was beating up Bud Harrelson. I couldn't imagine what a riot that might have caused. The fans calmed down, however, and the Mets won the game, and I was probably the happiest baseball fan on the planet that day. I have no souveniers from the game I don't think I was even concerned about souveniers that day , but I will always have that memory of my greatest day as a Mets fan.
I was a beer vendor covering the left field side of the upper deck. After the fight between Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson, people were grabbing the cans of beer off my tray to throw onto Rose's head in left field. Because of that incident, was the last year vendors sold beer out of cans at Shea. I was in the mezzanine down the LF line with a couple of friends. The whole incident with Rose played out right in front of us. What people may forget is that Rusty Staub hit two home runs that day despite a wrist injury that forced him to essentially swing the bat with one hand, sort of like a tennis player.
I was sitting in the upper left field stands. After the Rose incident I remember Rusty Staub coming out to left field to plead with the fans to stop throwing objects.
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He had his bat with him and was pointing to the scoreboard to stress that the Mets were way ahead and we were in danger of forfeiting. If I'm not mistaken Willie Mays and Seaver were with him. I remember being scared because the upper stands started to sway with all of the fans jumping around.
Props to Wayne Garrett for being the first one to literally jump in to save Buddy. Of course, what I remember most was that my dad actually took me at 9 years old , my younger brother and two cousins to a playoff game! The series was tied at one game each with the Cincinnati Reds coming to Shea. The Mets jumped out to a huge lead as Le Grande Orange hit two homers and drove in four runs. My clearest memory of the game occurred at the end of the fifth inning.
The runner on first, known as Charlie Hustle, slid hard into second base in an unsuccessful attempt to break up a double-play that ended the inning. From our seats in the upper deck behind home plate I told my dad that something was happening at second base. He told me that the inning was over, completed the entry in his scorebook, and then looked up to see Pete Rose beating up Bud Harrelson. The crowd went wild. We went wild. Rose got the best of little Bud, but the Mets got the best of the Big Red Machine in the game and in the series. The Mets secured the pennant and I secured my dad's scorebook.
I was 13 at the time and planning my day around watching the game on NBC. It was Columbus Day and we were off from school and my friends and I played touch football late morning to early afternoon then we watched the game at my friend's house in Cambria Heights, Queens. I remember Koosman was sharp striking out Tony Perez to end the top of the 1st.
Then the Mets started hitting. Rusty Staub had a huge day. Then the famous fight between Rose and Harrelson. Then the Mets had to tell the fans too stop throwing stuff at Pete Rose in left field. It was a great game. Looking to acquire the tape of that game and series. Does anyone know where I can purchase a copy of that game and or series? Hearing her tell it was just as exciting as watching it. Anyway, I have to agree with Stan. The games do exist, and the series was one of the most exciting ever.
I still get chills listening to Bob Murphy's blow by blow account and to this day my friend Kathy who's all time fave Met is Buddy cannot stand Peter Edward Rose and the Mets got sweet revenge when the Amazin's won in 5 the NLCS was best of 5 until Two things that stick out: If you look up the website retrosheet.
Also, go on youtube. It was a ABC News show that would air a period of time in the world's history and that particular episode mentions the NLCS as well as more serious matters like Watergate and the troubles of the Middle East. How about during the brawl Pedro Borbon picked up a Met hat and put it on. When he realized it he threw it to the ground and stomped on it! There was a lot of emotion out there.
Pedro Borbon did pick up a Mets cap and put it on. But actually he put the bill in his mouth and ripped it off with his teeth, when he realized it was a Mets cap. I think it was the day after the Rose-Harrelson fight. I will never forget how happy Pete Rose looked when he hit that home run; he was easy to hate in those days. This was the game when Rusty Staub made that great catch in right field, where he slammed into the wall and robbed Dan Dressien of an extra base hit. Unfortunately he separated his shoulder in the process. Rusty Staub was truly the M.
My vendors badge allowed me to get into the ballpark. My father took my sister out of school told the principal there was a family emergency and got tickets in the upper level. I couldn't wait to run onto the field since I saw it done in In the eighth inning we crouched in the aisles in the field level, perched to run onto the field. As soon as the final out was made, all the temporary plywood stands along the field crunched over in unison.
It sounded like hundreds of fireworks going off together. I danced onto the field and took some sod samples to plant in my parents Levittown lawn. One sad note, though. At the final out, Mets centerfielder Willie Mays was attempting to run off the field through the right field bullpen. I suppose a fan tried to nab Willie's hat or glove, because I saw Number 24 wrestle the fan to the ground inside the bullpen and beat him up.
I was a senior in college and my friend and our two girlfriends cut class and drove to Shea. I remember walking up to the ticket both and getting 4 tickets.
It was an exciting game and everybody booed Pete Rose the whole game. Seaver pitched a great game and it was a nice touch when Yogi took him out to a standing ovation in the ninth. By then we all moved down and stood in the lower box section. When Tug got the last two out everyone piled onto the field and a great dust cloud covered it.
Grass chunks were missing from hundreds of spots. I stayed in the stands and saw the last NL Chamionship banner right in front of me. I asked the cop next to me if I could have it and he said 'sure'. I was 12 yrs old, already a die-hard fan. But as luck would have it, my older brother came up with a wild idea — he informed me not only was I going to miss school again to watch Game 5, but that we were going to the Big Shea and try to but tickets to the game!
I still have the colorful stub. We all know what happened in Game 5 - plus I remember the 'Spiro Agnew resigns' flash on the scoreboard. During the 8th inning, my brother and I made it from the last row in the upper deck to about the 4th row behind 3rd base as the Reds threatened in the ninth.
We were among the first to make it onto the field, and I remember my jubilation quickly turned to horror as none other than Pete Rose was running right at me. He was like a blocking fullback, knocking over anyone in his path. Rose headed right at me, who was weighing in at about 80 lbs at the time. Luckily, I saw him in time and dodged him, then I had to duck a couple of other Reds as well.
I remember seeing many injured fans laid out, hurt in the stampede. I then went to home plate, but others were already cutting it up with an army knife.
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Ditto for the pitching rubber. So after grabbing a piece of the infield grass, we headed to the right field pen, where we cut up a piece of the bullpen tarp. We took the grass home, rolled up in the tarp. I then planted the grass in my parents back yard, and the grass still lives today! My employer gave me a box seat ticket for this game. The box was E, seat 8, field level.
I was very happy to attend this game but the end of the game proved to be more interesting. I recall people jumping over the rails, pulling out huge chunks of sod and throwing them into the stands. He treated it like gold, took it home and planted it in his backyard, and surrounded it with a tiny fence.
He was thrilled to have that bit of the Mets right in his own backyard forever. I still have the ticket showing "Mr. Met" running with his cap falling off. The legal notes kept by Supreme Court justice Harry Blackmun were released to the public on March 4, Among the papers was a small memo that was handed to Blackmun from fellow justice Potter Stewart while the two were on the Supreme Court bench hearing arguments in a court case.
The undated memo reads, "V. Agnew Just Resigned!! The date could only have been Oct. I am pleased to see that some of the most powerful men in the United States, hearing a legal case that was important enough to merit the high court's attention, still took a few moments to keep abreast of the NL championship -- as well as other matters of national importance. I was 11 and my father pulled me out of school to go to the game.
Our seats were great. Box seats on the first base side. I was in awe of the Big Red Machine. Who wouldn't be? Rose, Perez, Morgan etc. This was only a few days after the celebrated Rose Harrelson Fight and passions were inflamed. Tom Seaver was my favorite and he was on the mound. I think I remember the sign man being on the other side of the field. It was a noisy crowd. I remember Seaver pitching great, and Willie Mays' crummy little infield squibler third base side?
I remember watching the wild celebration on the field and my father hanging on to me so that I wouldn't be knocked over as what seemed like thousands of people swarmed past us onto the field. My dad was not a huge baseball fan, but he definitely was excited when he learned that Agnew resigned.
I remember him telling me Agnew was a crook, who never should have been Vice President. I'd been to games before, 's of games after, but that one game made me a fan for life. That's why my email address is Metsfan compuserve. I was 15 in and a rabid Mets fan. Played hooky and went to the game day game, do they still exist? Got to Shea early, bought a three dollar ticket and wandered around the old World's Fair site before the game.
My friend and I snuck down to the box seats and amazingly weren't thrown out. A lady actually gave us 2 tickets. Bear with me here. Crowd is insane all game after recent mugging of Lb. Harrelson by arch-vilain Rose historical footnote-scoreboard shows Agnew being forced out of White House at gunpoint, or at least being asked to leave. End of game. There are some interesting findings. Click through the slideshow for Major League Baseball's most expensive beer prices:.
Some context, from The Street :. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Neither New York team ranks in the Top Four of the five National League East clubs made the list. There is no correlation between winning and pricing, only four of the teams on the list made the playoffs. Click through the slideshow; it'll make sense. The two oldest ballparks have some of the highest beer prices. How much do you spend for beer at your local ball park? Tell us in the comments! Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
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