Apr 27, 2009

Today In Mets History: Five Home Runs At the Polo Grounds & A Gondola at the Astrodome

April 28, 1962 At the Polo Grounds, Jay Hook got knocked out of the game in the 1st inning, giving up four runs. It looked like another bad day for the ’62 Mets. But on this day the Met bats would enjoy one of their best games of 1962. In the 6th inning Frank Thomas, Charlie Neal & Gil Hodges would hit back to back to back home runs, as the Mets came back to beat the Phillies 8-6. Charlie Neal hit two HRs that day & Jim Hickman added another, as Roger Craig earned the victory. It was only the Mets 2nd victory of the season against 12 losses. __________________________________________________________________

April 28,1965 – On the Mets first visit to the new Houston Astrodome, Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson came up with a bold idea. He would deliver part of the games play-by-play from a hanging gondola, located 208 feet above second base. He was equipped with a walkie talkie as to keep contact with fellow announcers Bob Murphy & Ralph Kiner. Before the game ground rules were set that the gondola was in play if any batted balls hit it. Luckily none did. Nelson broadcast the 7th & 8th innings from the gondola. The Mets lost the game Lindsey Nelson was a Met broadcaster for 16 years, known for his loud colorful sports jackets. He is a member of the Hall of Fame.

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