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Remembering Mets History: (1971) Seaver Closes Out the Year with His Third Career One Hitter Followed By his 20th Win

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Sunday September 26th, 1971: Gil Hodges third place Mets (82-77) were closing out the regular season, with just four more games to play. Obviously, they were  not making the post season but were still going to give the fans some last thrills.  That season the Mets had displayed some exciting young players for the first time, pitchers Jon Matlack & Buzz Capra. Hitters John Milner, Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen, Tim Foli & Leroy Stanton. And it was to be a busy off season at a time with no free agency as the Mets traded to get some much-needed offense. This week the Met's pitching star, "The Franchise" Tom Seaver (18-10) would make his last two starts of the year in the Mets final four games. Seaver would get the start in today's matinee at Shea & five days later on Thursday night. Tonight, it was Seaver  taking on Steve Blass (15-7) of Danny Murtaugh's first place & eventual World Champion, Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 30,519 at Shea Stadium.

Remembering Mets History (1973): Cleon Jones Hot Hitting In the Final Week

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Cle on Jones is certainly a Mets legend, he is the all-time team leader in games played in left field (800). He is 8th in all time Mets games played (1201). He is fourth all time in Mets hits (1188) triples (33) & sac flies (41) Cleon is eight in RBIs (521) tenth in doubles (182).  Cleon Jones was an exciting player in his younger days of his career, he was a fine pure hitter & came in the league's top ten in batting three times (1968-1969-1971). Cleon was part of two Mets NL Pennant teams & the Amazing Mets World Champions of 1969 where he batted .340 (3rd best in the NL).  He also caught the last out of the '69 World Series. Cleon Jones was a vital part of the core line up of those Mets good years. 1973 Season: In 1973 he missed action from mid-April to mid May. He was back for six brief games before going down again for almost six weeks. He returned in July & slowly regained form.  In early August the Mets were a season worst 11 1/2 games out of first p

Dave Magadan: Former late 1980's Mets First Baseman (1986-1992)

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David Joseph Magadan was born September 30, 1962, in Tampa, Florida. Magadan was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1980 but chose to stay in school instead. He was the MVP of the American Legion World Series, and then attended the University of Alabama where he won the Golden Spikes Award in 1983. He helped the Crimson Tide get to the College World Series where he faced Calvin Schiraldi & Roger Clemens. He was selected College Player of the Year by Baseball America and got signed by the New York Mets, as a second-round pick in 1983. Magadan was pure natural hitter, batting well over .300 at all minor league levels, getting a cup of coffee to the big leagues in September of 1986.  Mets Career:   Dave Magadan came up as a third baseman & first baseman making his Mets debut on September 7, 1986, pinch hitting for Kevin Elster.  He got his first start on September 17th, the night the Mets clinched the 1986 NL East title, as Keith Hernandez was nursing an injury.

Remembering Mets History (2019): Pete Alonso Sets MLB Rookie Single Season HR Record

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Saturday, September 28th , 2019 : On this Saturday evening, in the next to last game of the  New York Mets  2019 season, MLB history was made.  Their young rookie Mets Pete Alonso put himself in the record books by hitting his 53rd HR of the season , the most ever by a rookie. The previous day Alonso had tied Aaron Judge's  record of 52 HRs set in his rookie year of 2017. Tonight, Mickey Callaway's Mets (84-76) hosted the NL East leading Atlanta Braves (97-63) in front of a large crowd of 32,210 who were mostly there in support of Pete Alonso & hoping to see him break & set a new record.   All the scoring came in the 3rd inning. The Mets' Todd Frazier singled & catcher Rene Rivera hit a two run HR. Playing just his ninth game of the year, it was his first of the year.  Then Pete Alonso stepped in & launched his record 53rd HR over the right centerfield wall. Pete carried the bat up the base line as he slowly walked & watched the HR officiall

Remembering Mets History (1969) Mets Sweep Final Weekend Series As Their Pitchers Toss Three Shut Outs

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Friday September 26th 1969: The Mets closed out their last weekend series of the 1969 regular season with a three-game set at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. It was another incredible week for Gil Hodges Mets, this week he & pitching coach Rube Walker's starting pitchers would throw three consecutive shut outs. A small crowd of 6,288 came to see George Myatt's Phillies (62-94) host Gil Hodges first place Mets (96-61). In the opener, Jerry Koosman (16-9) went out & tossed a four-hit   shutout , beating Woodie Fryman for his 17th win of the year. It was his seventh shutout  of the year (4th best in the NL) & his 16th complete game (9th most in the NL). Koosman struck out seven & walked just two, lowering his ERA to a season ending 2.28 (5th best in the NL). Don Clendenon put the Mets on the board in the 1st with a two run HR, his 16th of the year. In the Mets 2nd, catcher Duffy Dyer doubled & got to third on a passed ball.  Al Weis reached

Remembering Mets History: (2000) Mets Clinch Wild Card Berth & Second Straight Post Season

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Wednesday September 27th, 2000:   The Mets entered  tonight's game needing a win to guarantee them at least a tie for NL Wild Card spot.  Bobby Valentine's Mets (89-68) had just five games left to play in the regular season, as they went for their 90th win. Tonight,  the Mets hosted their biggest rival of this era, Bobby Cox's first place Atlanta Braves (94-64). Bobby Cox sent Kevin Millwood (10-12) to the hill to face the Mets Rick Reed (10-5) in front of 48,858 wild & crazy Mets fans. In the 1st, the Braves Andru Jones hit a solo HR putting Atlanta on the board first. Reed would give up a hit in each of the next three innings, but then shut down hitless & scoreless the rest of the way to the 9th inning. On the night, Reed would pitch eight innings, allowing the one run on four hits, with just one walk, while striking out seven Braves.  Reed one of the steadiest Mets pitchers of that era won his 11th game, finishing the year at 11-5 with a 4.11 ERA. In the b