Aug 19, 2015

Remembering Mets History: (1962) Frank Thomas Hits Six HRs in Three Games

The 1962 Mets were in their first year of existence, on their way to losing a record 120 games. It was a rough season as far as winning games, although it was an important season bringing National League baseball back to New York City. 

On Wednesday August 1st,1962: Casey Stengel’s Mets were 26-77 in last place, already 43 games back. On this day they hosted Gene Mauch’s seventh place Philadelphia Phillies (50-58). Met pitchers; Al Jackson (five earned runs) Ray Daviault (two earned runs) Bob Miller (one earned run) & Willard Hunter (one earned run) gave up eleven total runs in a 11-9 loss. But it was the Mets slugger; Frank Thomas who would have a huge offensive day & an incredible three day span. 

On August 1st, Thomas began his big day with a bases loaded walk in the second inning. In the bottom of the 4th, he hit a grand slam HR off Jack Hamilton, scoring Joe Christopher, Richie Ashburn & Charlie Neal. In the bottom of the 6th with the Mets down 10-8 he brought them within a run as he hit a solo HR off Dennis Bennett. Thomas completed a two HR six RBI day, the biggest offensive day in team history at that point which was just four months old. 

The next day Thursday August 2nd 1962, the Mets would take a 9-4 loss to the Phillies; Art Mahaffey who threw a complete game, five hitter. Two of the hits were from Marv Throneberry, while the other three came from Frank Thomas. In the bottom of the 2nd, Thomas hit his 22nd HR of the year, a solo shot. In the 7th, he hit a line drive HR over the wall at the Polo Grounds for his second straight multi HR game. Throneberry followed with a HR of his own & blasted another in the 9th inning. 

On Friday August 3rd 1962, Fred Hutchinson’s third place Cincinnati Reds (63-43) were in town & took an 8-5 win in front of just under nine thousand fans. In the home 2nd, Thomas led off with a solo HR off the Reds; Joey Jay. In the 7th, he would hit yet another solo shot his 25th HR of the year. For Thomas, he hit six HRs with eight hits & ten RBIs over the three games, bringing his average up to .296. On the season he would hit 34 HRs (6th in the NL). In his career he hit 286 HRs (156th all time).

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