Jul 27, 2016

Remebering Mets History: (1962) "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry's Walk Off HR

Saturday, July 7th 1962: Casey Stengel's Mets (23-57) hosted Johnny Keane's fourth place St. Louis Cardinals (45-38) in the Polo Grounds. In the battle of pitchers named Jackson; the Mets sent Al Jackson to the mound against Larry Jackson. 

In the top of the 3rd, Larry Jackson singled & Curt Flood reached on an infield error. Both runners advanced on a Julian Javier fly out. They then scored on Ken Boyer's base hit making it 2-0 St. Louis. In the 6th, the Cards got another run on Jimmy Schaffer's RBI base hit. Larry Jackson was pitching a shutout until the bottom of the 6th, when the Mets Sammy Taylor hit a solo HR making it a 2-1 game. 

In the home 7th, the Mets rallied, as Gil Hodges started it off with a one out single. Elio Chacon then alked & pinch hitter Frank Thomas singled bringing in Hodges. The Cards brought in Lindy McDaniel to pitch, facing Richie Ashburn. Ashburn hit a fly ball to left field, Chacon tagged & scored tying up the game. 

In the 9th inning, Curt Flood led off with a solo HR off new Mets pitcher; Ray Daviault. With the Cards leading 4-3, pitcher Curt Simmons gave up a lead off infield single to Joe Christopher. The Cards brought in Ernie Broglio to close out the game. He got Gil Hodges to fly out to left field for the first out. The next batter was Cahcon but Casey Stengel sent in Marv Throneberry to pinch hit. 

The legend of Marv Throneberry grew even bigger today, as Marvelous Marv came through with a walk off HR, winning the game for the Mets 5-4. There were not many wins for the '62 Mets, especially in walk off style. 

Marv Throneberry was one of the first folk heroes for the New York Mets. The fans loved him, starting the Marvelous Marv fan club which reportedly had over 5000 members. They would wear shirts that read VRAM, which was Marv spelled backwards.

The Polo Grounds stands would soon see banners that the fans had made hanging from the rafters or being walked around held between innings. Mets manager Casey Stengel would call the homemade banners; placards, and some of the famous placards were for Throneberry himself; Cranberry Strawberry - We Love Throneberry. 

In 1962 Throneberry hit 16 HRs, second to Frank Thomas on the Mets team. He would bat .244 with 49 RBIs playing in 116 games. After just 14 games in 1963 he was sent to the minors & eventually retired. In the early eighties he resurfaced as one of the stars in the classic Miller Lite commercials. 


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