May 10, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1972- Say Hey Returns To NY & Seaver Wins 100th

On May 11, 1972 the Mets made a major announcement; they had acquired future Hall of Famer and former New York Giant Willie Mays from the Giants for Charlie Williams and $50,000. Mays who was in the twilight of his career, was finally lured from the Giants by Mets owner Joan Payson to finish off his career in New York where it all began. The 41 year old Mays was still a fan favorite and he was aquired more for nostalgia than his skills.

Late that afternoon the 1st place Mets played a twi-night double header against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Shea was abuzz with news of the Say Hey Kids return, the 1st place Mets & Tom Terrific taking the mound. Tom Seaver pitched a fantastic 8 inning one run performance, allowing five hits and striking out six to beat Bill Singer 2-1 to earn his 100th career victory. Seaver bested his 1972 record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to under two. Danny Frisella came on in the 9th to earn his 1st save of the year. The two Met runs came in the 5th inning, as Ed Kranepool hit his third HR of the season and then a bizarre inning followed. Catcher Duffy Dyer walked, he was bunted over to second, then Bill Singer walked Bud Harrelson & Ken Boswell. Boswell got picked off of 1st base, but steady gold glove 1st baseman Wes Parker made a rare error allowing Dyer to score what would be the winning run.

The Mets would split the double header, as Jim McAndrew lost the 2nd game 6-4 to Tommy John.

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