May 14, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1970) Tom Seaver Throws His Second Career One Hitter

Friday May 15th, 1970: A small crowd of just over 6,000 gathered on a Friday night in Philadelphia for a meeting between Gil Hodges second place New York Mets and Frank Lucchesi's fifth place Phillies. 

The Phillies were playing their last season at the old Shibe Park, which had been their home since abandoning the Baker Bowl in 1938. Shibe Park was also once home to the Philadelphia Athletics from 1909-1954. The following season they were to play in the new Veterans Stadium, as the era of cookie cutter Stadiums came to be.

The Phillies sent Woodie Fryman (2-0) to the mound against the NL reigning Cy Young winner; Tom Seaver (6-1)

In the home 1st, Seaver struck out Oscar Gamble & Denny Doyle. Johnny Briggs reached on an error but was thrown out trying to steal. In the 2nd, Don Money grounded out & Seaver struck out Deron Johnson & Lary Hisel. By the 3rd inning, Seaver already had four strikeouts, he got Larry Bowa to pop up to lead off the inning. Then Phillies reserve catcher Mike Compton singled to right field. 

It was to be the only hit Tom Seaver would allow the rest of the night. Compton was to be another obscure player that would ruin a no hit bid for Tom Seaver.As for Mike Compton, he would only play in 47 career games, all in the 1970 season batting just .164. 

Seaver struck out two more batters that inning, then two more in the 4th & 5th innings as well. Seaver would strike out fifteen Phillie batters on the night. He walked three & two other Phillies reached base on errors by Joe Foy & Al Weis respectively.

In the top of the 4th inning, the Met offense provided some spark, as Don Clendenon singled to right & Ron Swoboda doubled. Fryman threw a wild pitch to Joe Foy that led to Clendenon scoring. As Swoboda tried to advance to third, catcher Mike Compton threw wildly leading to Swoboda scoring to make it 2-0 Mets. 

In the 5th inning, Cleon Jones & Donn Clendenon both walked, then hits by Joe Foy & Jerry Grote brought them in, as the Mets went on to a 4-0 victory.

Seaver went the distance, besting his record to 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA on the 1970 season. The Mets kept pace with Chicago Cubs now just a half game behind them in the standings. Two days earlier Gary Gentry had one hit the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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