Dec 24, 2015

Remembering Mets History: Jack Hamilton Tosses One Hitter In St. Louis (1964)

May 4th, 1966: On this day at the old Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Red Schoendienst Cardinals (6-11) hosted Wes Westrum's New York Mets (8-11).

It was the last season the Cardinals would play at Sportsman's Park, before moving to the new Busch Stadium. There they would go on to two consecutive World Series in their first two seasons.

Mets Manager Wes Westrum sent right hander Jack Hamilton to the mound, to face a future Mets lefty; Ray Sadecki.

In the 3rd inning, the Cards pitcher; Ray Sadecki bunted to get aboard with a base hit. Next up, future Hall of Famer Lou Brock, walked putting two men on base. Hamilton then struck out Alex Johnson (the 1970 AL batting champion) to end the inning.

Hamilton was perfect the rest of the way, he retired the next 18 batters in a row, completing a one hit shut out. He would strike out six, walk just the one, earning his 3rd win of the year, to go to 3-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.17. It was just the second one hitter in Mets History at that point, Al Jackson had pitched the first one in 1962.

The Mets scoring happened this way- In the 1st inning, Eddie Bressoud led off with a base hit. Jim Hickman would then draw a two out walk. Ron Swoboda then hit a three run HR, putting the Mets up 3-0.

In the 2nd, Billy Murphy walked, he was picked off but was called safe when the first baseman dropped the ball. Eddie Bressoud would eventually single home Murphy & Ken Boyer then dove him in putting the Mets up 5-0.  

In the 4th, Bressoud hit a solo HR off Sadecki & two more Cardinal errors led to two more unearned runs. Eddie Bressoud would have three hits on the day.

The Mets blanked St. Louis 8-0 in front of 7,924 fans.

The Met line up that day featured Ed Kranepool at 1B, Bressoud at 2B, Roy McMillan at short, Ken Boyer at 3B, Ron Swoboda, Jim Hickman & Billy Murphy in the outfield. Hamilton's catcher that day was Jerry Grote.

Jack Hamilton would go 6-13 with a 3.93 ERA in 1966, the next season the Mets traded him to the California Angels for Nick Willhite. 

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