Jun 23, 2016

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Mets Sweep the Phillies In A Twi-Night Doubleheader As Slugger Dick Allen Gets Suspended

Tuesday, June 24th 1969: The Philadelphia Phillies arrive in town for a twi-night double header at Shea Stadium.

 Drama: In the late morning controversial Phillie slugger Ritchie Allen (soon to be known as Dick Allen) decides he wants to go to New Jersey to bet on a horse race. Allen went down to Monmouth Park, and played the ponies. He made his way back to Queens, arriving back at the ballpark after the game had started. 

Some in the Phillies organization believe he forgot there was double header, thinking it was just one game. Others claim he just didn’t care. According to Allen himself, he said he got stuck in New York's crazy traffic. In the end he was fined and suspended until the middle of July.

The Phils and Dick Allen had been battling each other all year. Most recently he had already been late for two games that month, but there were other issues. In all fairness to Allen he was never welcomed in Philadelphia.

He had been booed mercifully when he struggled early on. Things go so bad, he had to wear a batting helmet on the field because because the fans threw objects at him. He answered them, back by writing BOO in the dirt around 1st base with his foot while playing at the position. (Allen moved to St. Louis & then L.A. Eventually  he was with the Chicago White Sox & won the 1972 MVP Award.)
As for the double header at Shea; The second place Mets were five games back of the Chicago Cubs, with Tom Seaver (11-2) on the mound facing the fifth place Phils' Woodie Fryman (6-3). Phillie Larry Hisel led off the game with a HR, but that would be the only run the Phils would score in both games of the double header.

Starting Lineups

Tom Seaver went on to have another outstanding game. He would throw a complete game seven hitter, striking out nine batters & walking just one. He went to an 11-3 record on the season. with one of the leagues best ERA's at 2.53 on his way to his first Cy Young Award. 

In the home 3rd, Al Weis singled & was moved over on a Seaver bunt. Bud Harrelson then tripled scoring Weis making it 1-0. It was Harrelson's third triple of the year, he would have six on the season. The leagues leading hitter, Cleon Jones then brought in Harrelson with a base hit. It was all New York needed for the 2-1 win.

In the nightcap Mets Manager Gil Hodges sent Jim McAndrew (0-2) to  the mound to face Philadelphia's Jerry Johnson (3-6).

Starting Lineups

McAndrew had one of his best outings, shutting out the Phillies for eight innings, allowing just two hits. Ron Taylor came on for the 9th inning save & twin bill sweep.
As for the Mets offense;  In the bottom of the 4th, Tommie Agee reached on an error & Kenny Boswell singled.

Art Shamsky & Wayne Garrett both singled driving in runs. Ed Kranepool’s sac fly drove in Shamsky making it 3-0. McAndrew then drew a walk with the bases loaded for the 4th run. In the home 8th; Agee hit his 11th HR of the year capping off the 5-0 win.

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