May 30, 2009

1937: NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24 Game Winning Streak Snapped

May 31,1937: New York Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell (King Carl) set a record by winning 24 consecutive games.

On May 31st, 1937 at New Yorks Polo Grounds, the NYFD had to turn away a crowd of an estimated 20,000 fans who did not have tickets for the game, for public saftey.

An incredible 60,000 had already jammed into the Polo Grounds and the surrounding hills, to watch Carl (The Meal Ticket) Hubbell continue his win streak. But it was on this day that he took his 1st loss in ten months losing 10-3 to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

One of the things that makes baseball so great are the unsung heroes, that shine for a day to break or spoil a record. Today it was Brooklyn Dodger, back up catcher Paul Chervinko, making his first MLB start of a short 45 game career. Chervinko would contribute with two RBIs helping Brooklyn defeat the Giants & beat Hubbell for the first time on the season.
The streak started back in July 1936. Hubbell was 10- 6 at the time. He went on to win his next 16 decisions leading the NL with 26 wins & an .813 winning percent.

On July he won three games in a five day span, shutting out Pittsburgh 6-0, then beating Cincinnati in relief. He came home to get a 2-1 win over the 1st place Cardinals. On August 19th his 2-1 win over Brooklyn brought the Giants within a 1/2 game of 1st place, a spot they would secure in the upcoming days. Of Hubbell's 16 straight wins, 14 were complete games, 2 were in relief and his ERA was 1.86. Besides leading the league in wins & winning %, he won the ERA title, and MVP award. The Giants won the NL by five games, and in the World Series Carl went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

In 1937 he picked up where he left off starting out 8-0. He shut out the Boston Braves in the 2nd game of the season 3-0, then beat Brooklyn, Chicago, Pittsburgh (twice), St. Louis, & Cincinnati (also twice). The last win in the streak was in relief at Cincinnati.

Hubbell went on to lead the league in wins (22), strike outs (156) & winning percentage (.733), en route to another World Series. During his streak he beat every NL team (except Boston) four to five times.

May 29, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1977- Mets Fire Manager Joe Frazier & Hire Joe Torre

May 31, 1977: It was on this day in 1977 that the Mets who were 15-30 in last place, fired manager Joe Frazier and replaced him with Brooklyn's own Joe Torre.

Frazier had been a manager in the Mets organization since the late sixties and won four championships at various minor league levels. After Yogi Berra was fired late in 1975, coach Roy McMillan was named interim manager, until a replacement was found. In 1976 the Mets gave Frazier the job. He was dubbed" a winner" at the press conference and Frazier stated "I'm the type of manager who stresses fundamentals. I think a man should go from first to third on a hit and second to home. I demand hustle. If I have my way, you're going to see a Mets' club next year that will hustle." Frazier's hustle got the Mets t
o a 3rd place finish in the bicentennial year at 86-76.

After all the trades to key players & the Midnight Massacre looming, Frazier didn't have much to work with. He got fired two months into the season in last place. Torre in his third year as a NY Met had hit .306 in 1976 after a disappointing '75 season. He was hired as a player/ manger but after 26 games hitting only .176, he called it quits as a player. Torre wouldn't fare much better as manager. The Mets went 48-68 the rest of the way, finishing last. He would stay at the helm for five years going 286-420, never finishing higher than fourth place, and that was the 2nd half of the 1981 strike season.

May 28, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1973 - Seaver Strikes Out 16 at CandleStick Park

May 29, 1973: The Mets were struggling on this rough West Coast road trip, which also brought them through Cincinatti, losing 9 of 11. It was their worst stretch of the '73 Pennant season, although they were only 5 1/2 games out of 1st place. On this day at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, it was Tom Seaver who needed to stop the losing streak.

Seaver struck out 16 Giants, throwing a three hit complete game, going to 6-3 on the year with a league leading 1.71 ERA. The Giants Bobby Bonds had a tough game, striking out all four times he batted, and Willie McCovey wiffed three times. Seaver struck every batter out in the line up at least once. He would lead the league in strikeouts for the 3d time in four years & win his 2nd Cy Young Award in 1973. Seaver also helped out his offense, in the 5th inning he hit a solo HR off Jim Barr for the first score of the game. It was his sixth career HR & his 1st of the 1973 season.

Although McCovey struck out three times, he also hit a two run HR to put the Giants ahead. The Mets trailed going into the 9th inning 2-1. Pinch hitter Ken Boswell drew a walk, Bud Harrelson singled and Seaver got aboard with a bunt base hit. Reliever Randy Moffitt walked Wayne Garrett to tie the game, and then Felix Millan put the Mets ahead with a two run single. George the Stork Theodore drove in the 5th run with a pinch hit sac fly. Seaver struck out the first two batters in the 9th, and got Ed Goodson to ground out to John Milner to end the game.

centerfield maz catches Ramon Castro's Citi Field Foul Ball

I am proud to say that at last nights Mets win over the Nationals, not only did I witness live, (1) the 1st ball affected by the right field Pepsi Porch over hang (2) the 4th Mets win in a row (3) Rookie Fernando Martinez getting booed for lazily not running out a pop fly that was dropped (4) another Santana win, and a wild wacky game as a whole. But I also caught the second foul ball of my life. Well I actually didn't catch it, but I benefited from a miss play of the row in front of me.

In the 2nd inning Ramon Castro hit three foul balls in my area (Section 409), I got the third. First the ball hit off some ones arm in front of me, then the ball bounced into my row, and beneath the scrum of hands, elbows and heads banging together, I came out victorious!! Yes thanks to an assist I got my first Citi Field ball. I was impressed to see all the balls used at Citi Field games have the Inaugural season logo on them.

My 1st foul ball was caught in at Shea in 2005. I was down in the 1st row off the San Francisco Giants dugout at a Sunday double header. There was hardly anyone in the seats due to the fact that the DH was added because of a prior rain out. The Giants Jason Ellison hit a high fly ball right above me, it came down like it was in slow motion. I caught it with one hand & cupped it with my other hand. The crowd cheered, and I felt like a little kid. Security came over to see if I was ok, and I said couldn't be better.

May 26, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1986- Mets Brawl With Dodgers at Shea

May 27, 1986: 35,643 show up at Shea on a Tuesday night as the Mets host the Dodgers. The Mets were on a three game winning streak securely in 1st place by 4 1/2 games over the Expos. Ron Darling pitched a complete game five hitter, only allowing one run and striking out twelve. Darling had great stuff, he struck out Franklin Stubbs three times, and Ken Landreaux & Mike Marshall twice each. Everyone else in the Dodger starting line, up except Mike Scioscia & Greg Brock, struck out at least once. Darling was still undefeated thru the first two months of the season, after this win he went to 6-0.

George Foster who's days were numbered as a Met, had a big blow on this night. Tommy Lasorda removed his started Bob Welch in the 6th inning with the bases loaded. George Foster then hit a grand slam HR off reliever Tom Niedenfuer, his 5th HR of the season. Niedenfuer was upset, he stared into the Dodger dugout, his third baseman Bill Madlock came over to calm him down. On the next pitch Niedenfuer hit Ray Knight on the elbow, not a wise thing to do. Knight dropped the bat and charged the mound tackling Niedenfuer, the benches cleared, punches wre thrown as the fighting '86 Mets were at it again. Order was restored, no one was ejected but both players were fined. Knight said he had no choice, when he got hit, he had to hit back. It seemed everyone was on the field fighting except George Foster, he would be released in the coming weeks.

Keith Hernandez added a solo shot in the seventh inning, for his 3rd of the year. Gary Carter had a sac fly scoring Wally Backman in the 4th inning and a single to score Backman again in the 6th. Backman himself drove in the other run as the Mets beat up the Dodgers in more ways than one 8-1.

I was at the game the next night when Dwight Gooden beat the Dodgers 4-2. We had great seats, 1st row on the Dodger dugout, and when Niedenfuer was brought in we really let him have it. The Shea faithful booed & harassed him & Lasorda mercifully. It was so bad Lasorda cried to the press about it!!

May 24, 2009

1954: New York Giants Score 21 Runs at the Polo Grounds

May 25, 1954: By todays standards a game lasting 2 minutes 54 seconds is the norm. Back in 1954 it took that long to comlplete a game where the Giants scored 21 runs pummeling the Pirates 21-4 at the Polo Grounds. The Tuesday afternoon matinee only had a crowd of 7000 plus on hand to see the Giants score the most runs they would in any game all year.

Behind Johnny Antonelli's complete game seven hitter, his sixth victory in the 21 he would win on the season, the Giants scored 21 runs on 22 hits off five different Pirates pitchers. Whitey Lockman led the charge with 4 hits and a grand slam HR to right field in the 7th inning off Joe Page. It was Lockmans 7th HR of the year and gave him 21 RBIs up to that point. Second baseman Davey Williams hit a three run shot in the 8th inning and was one of four Giants to have three hits on the day. Weak hitting catcher Ray Katt was batting .314 at the time, he had 3 hits, including a double, triple & an intentional walk, driving in five runs. Young Willie Mays had 3 hits including a triple to drive in his 29th RBI, on his way to his MVP season. Out fielder Don Mueller who was on fire batting .370 at the time, also had 3 hits driving in two runs. Mueller would go on to lead the league with 212 hits that season. Even pitcher Johnny Antonelli hit a home run, his 1st of the year, on this day. Antonelli hit 2 HRs with 9 RBIs and a .163 average on the year.

Leo Durocher's Giants were just starting to go on a roll, winning their 4th straight of a 6 game win streak, putting them 1 1/2 games out of 1st place. They would take over 1st place in two weeks, going on a tear winning 33 of their next 41 games. By July they would have a 4 game lead and never look back winning it all.

May 23, 2009

30th Anniversary of The Who's Film : The Kids Are Alright

Back in June1979 I was graduating the 8th grade, for myself and a generation (or two) The Who's Kids Are Alright album & movie was a major soundtrack to that time. It was all over the radio in the summer & fall of 1979, especially on 95.5 WPLJ in its prime. When VCRs first came out we spent many an afternoon & evening renting out this movie watching it over & over as we partied to the music, as it came alive in video.

The Kids Are Alright is movie that documents the Who's first 15 years in old television & concert footage. The producer was Jeff Stein who was a fan with no prior experience. He approached Pete Townshend in 1975 with the idea, and Pete was coaxed by the bands manager to do it. When the initial footage was shown to the band & their wives, they loved it. It was one of the first documentries where the story was told by the band and people close assciated with them. They also used the project moved forward but needed more recent material. A film crew followed Keith Moon around for a week getting some great Moon material including his 31st birthday. There was the great segment of Keith destroying a hotel room with Steve Martin along side him, an interview where a leather clad girl is whipping him behind a leather mask, and a funny on going interview with his good friend Ringo Starr.

There were no good performances existing on film of for two of their biggest songs. (Won't Get Fooled Again & Baba O'Reiley). So after two private filming's in 1978 new footage of Wont Get Fooled Again, & Baba O' Reily were completed in front of an invited audience that summer. These two fantastic performances would come to define the two songs visually for millions of Who fans. This performance marked the last time Keith Moon would perform live with the Who. At Londons Battersea's studio a great promo for Who Are You, their newest record of the time, was also filmed along with a rendition of the oldies classic Barbra Ann. Barbra Ann featured Moon on rare vocals. It was the last time Moon was in the studio with the band.

The movie opens with the 1967 Smothers Brothers Show which introduced The Who to America. During intros, with Tommy Smothers, Roger Daltrey claims he is Roger from Oz. Keith says my friend call me Keith you can call me John. The band rips into My Generation complete with explosions & smashing of equipment in the finale. Extra explosives were put into the drum kit by a stage hand who was bribed by Moon. The explosion surprises the band, burns Pete's hair leaving him temporarily def for twenty minutes. Pete then takes Tommy Smothers guitar and smashes it to bits.

Also seen is footage from; 1965 Shindig TV show- I Cant Explain, 1965 Ready Steady Go- Any Way Any How Any Where, and an 1966 promo film for Happy Jack. The Who are seen in all their classic images; smashing equipment, Moons explosive drumming, Pete's pinwheel style playing of guitar, Rogers microphone twirling, John's silent but incredible bass playing. The look like mod clothes; Keiths target shirt, John military medals jackets, Rogers long curly blond locks, and the Who being the Who.
Performances from major events like Woodstock (See Me Feel Me, Pinball Wizard, Sparks, My Generation jam,) the Montery Pop Festival: My Generation), & The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus. The R & R Circus footage had never seen the light of day before this film. It has the band performing their first mini rock opera; A Quick One While He's Away.

Also included are Young Man Blues from 1969 at the London Coliseum, Tommy Can You Hear Me from the 1969 German TV show the Beat Club, Road Runner /My Generation Blues from the Silver Dome in Pontiac Michigan 1975. There is a montage of clips from 1966-1968 of Pictures of Lily, Magic Bus & Substitute. There are various interviews through out the movie including a British TV show where Moon rips Pete's shirt off & strips down to his under wear. Another scene has John Entwhistle firing a machine gun at Roger Daltrey solo records, at his mansion with a staircase full of guitars. The film ends with the song Long Live Rock & the Kids Are Alright playing to the credits rolling over various footage of the band saying good byes to the crowd at the end of concerts. Long Live Rock became a big hit on FM radio in the summer of '79.

Unfortunately Keith Moon died during the sound editing of the film. The band chose not to change anything in the film and have it released as it was suppose to be. A soundtrack album was released and got huge radio airplay in the hey days of FM radio. It reached #8 on the US chars and went platinum. A tour also followed, the first tour without Moon, featuring new drummer Kenny Jones.

The picture on the album cover was a photo of the Who in 1968 at Carl Schurz Park, at 116th St. & Morning Side Drive on the West Side of Harlem in New York City. It was taken in 1968 by photographer Art Kane and 1st appeared in Life magazine. Schurz was a Civil War Union General & politician.

May 22, 2009

The 1912 New York Giants - Three Straight NL Pennants

The 1912 NY Giants dominated the National League and are considered one of the best teams of all time. John McGraw's Giants were in the middle of winning three straight pennants although they didn't win any of the those World Series. 

On May 22, 1912 Christy Mathewson scattered three hits in the 1st three innings of a road game in Cincinnati. He retired the next 18 batters in a row, rolling along to a 6-1 Giants victory. The Giants came home to the Polo Grounds and went on a nine game wining streak. They would have a 10 game lead by the start of June and never looked back.They finished with 103 wins and a .682 winning percentage, 10 games ahead of the 2nd place Pirates.

Christy Mathewson now 31, was 23-12 with a 2.12 ERA in 310 innings pitched. Believe it or not he wasn't the best of the staff. Rube Marquard set a record by winning 17 straight games, he ended up 26-11 with a 2.57 ERA, he pitched 294 innings. 

The #3 man was Jeff Tesreau 17-7 with a league leading 1.96 ERA. Red Ames (11-5) & Hooks Wiltse (9-6) rounded out the staff. In those days the bull pen had just one regular guy, Doc Crandle had two saves and won 13 games. Quite a staff indeed.

The offense was led by the 1912 NL MVP Larry Doyle. Doyle had just missed winning the award the previous year, he was in the top five in hitting four times from 1908 thru 1915, finally winning the title in 1915. In 1912 he hit .330 (5th best) drove in 90 runs (6th best) 10 HRs (6th best) scored 98 runs, had 184 hits & stole 34 bases.

Catcher Chief Meyers (of American Indian dissent) led the league in on base percentage and was second in the league in hitting at .358. The Chief caught 122 games behind the plate and handled the All Star pitching staff perfectly.

Fred Merkle, now a five year veteran and four years beyond his famous "1908 boner play", was also amongst the leagues best, his 12 HRs were 3rd in the NL, his 84 RBIs ninth best & his 37 steals fifth. 

Fred Snodgrass & Red Murray were 3rd & 4th in the league in stolen bases too. It is important to remember that home runs were a very small & rare part of the game in 1912, stolen bases played a more important role.

The bench was strong as well; Moose McCormick hit .333 and three players (Tillie Schafer, Art Wilson & George Burns) all hit around .290 or better. Even Christy Mathewson had 10 RBIs & batted .264.

Unfortunatley the Giants lost a classic World Series to the Boston Red Sox in 8 games. (The 2nd game ended in a tie.) The Series is forever remembered for an error made by Fred Snodgrass on a fly ball in the deciding game.

May 21, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1969- Mets Reach .500 Mark

5/22/1969: It was a historic day for the fact that the Mets reached .500 for the 1st time in 1969. Gil Hodges & his team were really starting to believe in themselves and wanted much more than being just .500. As the press was all smiles after the game, Tom Seaver told them “we’ll smile in September when we win the pennant”. It was that same confident Tom Seaver who threw a three hit shutout against knuckle baller Phil Niekro & his Atlanta Braves, at Fulton County Stadium on this night. Seaver won his 5th straight and improved his record to 6-2 with a fantastic 1.96 ERA.
Cleon Jones, came into the game as the league’s top hitter, he would get two hits in this game, bringing his average up to .391. He drove in two runs in the 1st inning to put Seaver up 2-0. In the 8th inning the Mets would load the bases with Jones, Art Shamsky & J.C. Martin. Bud Harrelson would drive them all in with a bases clearing triple. This gave Seaver a nice cushion to relax with for the 9th inning, as he completed the 5-0 shutout. The Mets still had a long way to go 7 games back.

Today In Mets History: 1988- Benches Clear As David Cone Plunks Guerrero

May 22, 1988: The Mets were riding high with a 5 1/2 game lead over Pittsburgh as they rolled into Dodger Stadium after sweeping the Padres in San Diego. On the 1st night in Los Angeles Dwight Gooden pitches a complete game shutout, making him 8-0 on the season. In the game Gooden drills Dodger short stop Alfredo Griffin with a fastball fracturing his wrist. Later Dodger pitcher Brian Holton retaliates by plunking Howard Johnson. End of drama, Mets win 4-0.

The next night David Cone goes for the Mets, and throws two high & tight pitches to Pedro Guerrero.On the next pitch he throws a 75 mph curve ball that bounces off Petey's shoulder and bounces off his head. Pedro glares at Cone, then swings his bat & flings it at him. The bat harmlessly rolls over toward shortstop Kevin Elster. As Guerrero walks toward the mound, he is stopped by Mets catcher Barry Lyons & quick advancing Howard Johnson. The benches clear but no punches are thrown and all cools down. NL President Bartlett Giamatti suspends Guerrero for four games with a $1000 fine.

The Mets went on to win the game 5-2 as all the runs are scored in the first two innings, all RBIs by Keith Hernandez & Daryl Strawberry. Straw blasted his 11th home run of the year off Fernando Valenzuela. David Cone bests his record to 6-0 and Roger McDowell got his 5th save of the year. The Mets would sweep the series in L.A. and go on to win 7 in a row before being stopped in San Francisco.

May 20, 2009

1998: Mets Acquire Mike Piazza Fom the Marlins

The ground work was laid a week earlier when the Dodgers traded Mike Piazza & Todd Ziele to the Marlins for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson & Jim Eisenreich. It is considered one of the worst moves in Dodger history, the result of contract disputes due to Piazza becoming a free agent at the end of the season. The Marlins had won the World Series the year before and wanted to cut salary, they dropped over 22 million on this trade alone. They had a fire sale dumping all their big players and getting Piazza would give them a big chip to trade for more top prospects. The Mets had just aquired Al Leiter in the 1997 off season from the Marlins for prospect A.J. Burnett. So the GMs were on good terms, playing nice leading up to the Piazza deal.

Todd Hundley was the Mets catcher at the time and he was down on a long term injury. Alberto Castillo was the back up and he wasn't going to cut it. The Mets under Bobby Valentine were changing direction & going up wards. Piazza would give them the catcher they needed, and one of the best hitters in the league.

On May 22, 1998 the new broke in New York to the delight of Mets fans; The Mets got Mike Piazza for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnell, & Geof Getz. The rest is history. Piazza went on to become one of the best players in Mets history. After a slow start he became a New York icon, that season he brought them within one game of the playoffs. The next two years he led them to two playoff berths, and one World Series. He came close to winning an MVP Award, made seven All Star appearances, set many offensive records becoming the face of the franchise. He set a record for most HRs by a catcher in a Mets uniform and is destined for Cooperstown joining Tom Seaver as Mets immortals.

Preston Wilson did well for Florida, he hit over 23 HRs in all four seasons he played there, driving in over 100 RBIs once and never hitting above .280. He was gone by 2003, when they won their next World Series. Yarnell was a top AAA pitcher at the time of the trade but soon faded & Goetz never made the big leagues.

Today In Mets History: 2005- Dae-Sung Koo Has His Day In The Sun

May 21, 2005: On a Saturday afternoon Fox Game of the week, the Mets hosted their cross town rivals in an inter league subway series game. Mets pitcher, Kris Benson threw six shutout innings, scattering just 3 hits in one of his finest outings. He was relieved by Korean born, Dae-Sung Koo who would actually get a chance to hit in the seventh inning.

In a previous meeting Koo was afraid to even step in the batters box against Johnson. In the dugout Mike Piazza thought the scenario was amusing and told David Wright "I will donate a million dollars to charity, if he gets a hit". Well wouldn't you know it, Koo stands in and belts a 91 mph Johnson fastball off the center field wall for a double. Then adds to his moment in the sun, as he scores a run sliding safely into home plate. He dives head first around the catchers tag on a Jose Reyes hit. Piazza can only laugh in amazement at Koo, realizing he has some big checks to write out to charity over the next few years.

It was also a big day for Jose, as he gets 4 hits, including his 4th triple of the year and drives in 4 runs. Randy Johnson hits the showers and takes the 7-1 loss. Davis Wright gets two hits & drives in two runs, Miguel Cairo belts a home run against his former team & Mike Piazza has two hits also.

Benson, Koo, Roberto Hernandez, & Braden Looper combine for a five hitter, as Looper allows a run in the 9th. The Mets keep pace 2 games behind the Marlins.

An Angry Mob Wants To "Kill the Ump" At the Polo Grounds

May 21,1907: It was a classic match up for the day, the NY Giants star Christy Mathewson would go against Chicago Cubs ace, Three Finger Brown at the Polo Grounds. The Giants had a one game lead over the Cubs for 1st place in the National League. These were the Cubs of Tinkers to Evers to Chance, World Champions & the last Cub team to win a World Series (1908). They were bitter rivals of the NY Giants.

The game turned out to be quite a pitchers duel. Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan, (who just last month became the first catcher to ever wear shin guards) would make two errors that would cost his team the game. The Giants 3-2 loss was Christy Mathewsons first of the year, but more importantly it put Chicago in a 1st place tie.

The crowd back in those days were very unruly. This is still back in a time where baseball was just becoming a gentlemans game, there was alot of drinking & fighting still going on. The umpires of the game Hank O'Day and Bob Emslie had made a controversial call on the errors. They get mobbed by the Polo Grounds crowd and require police protection for their saftey. The NY crowd is egged on more by Giants manager John McGraw, who himself, will be thrown out of the game and seven others in 1907.

The next day AL ump Billy Evans needed a police escort after McGraws old pal Hughie Jennings incites a riot. Jennings who was the Detroit Tiger manager will be suspended for his actions.

May 19, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1999- Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams in Twi Nighter

May 20,1999: Tonight the Mets play a rare twi-night double header against the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium. The attendance is just around 20,000. In the 1st game Al Leiter went against the one armed wonder, Jim Abbott. The Mets roughed him up in the bottom of the 1st inning; after getting the 1st two outs, John Olerud walked, Mike Piazza singled and Edgardo Alfonzo walked. Next, Robin Ventura hit a line drive down the right field line, it stayed fair and cleared the fence for a grand slam home run. It was his 7th home run of the season. Granny #1. Some how Al Leiter gave up 6 runs in 5 innings and still got the win, as Benny Agbayani (3 run blast) & Mike Piazza (2 run blast) also homered giving the Mets an 11-10 victory.
In the 2nd game, Masato Yoshii improved his record to 4-2 in one of his finest outings. He went 7 innings allowing just 1 run, on 8 hits while striking out 4 as the Mets cruised to a 10-1 victory. The Mets beat up Steve Woodard for 8 runs by the 4th inning, the biggest blow came when Robin Ventura made history. He became the 1st player to ever hit grand slams in both games of a double header. His 4th inning shot, in almost the same spot as the one in the 1st game was #8 on the season. It scored Roger Cedeno, and Alfonzo & Olerud who also scored on his 1st game granny. Granny #2.

In his career Robin Ventura hit 18 grand slam home runs, he is tied for 4th on the all time list, with Willie McCovey. His most famous one, was the grand slam single in the bottom of the 15th inning in Game #5 of the 1999 NLCS vs Atlanta. He is also one of only 12 players to have hit 2 grand slams in the same game. He did that in 1995 while with the White Sox.

The Mets swept the double header on 5/20/99, keeping pace with Atlanta 2 1/2 games back in 2nd place.