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Remembering Mets History: (2015) Mets Take First Game of September Subway Series Magic # Down to 8

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Friday September 18th 2015: The first place New York Mets (83-63) hosted their cross town rivals, the A.L. New York club (80-66) in front of one of the largest crowds ever at Citi Field. The Mets began the night eight games up on the Washington Nats with a magic number of 9. The young Steven Matz, straight out of Long Island took the mound for the Mets tonight against Masahiro Tanaka. Mantz did not have his best stuff tonight, but he fought hard and after a shaky 1st inning where he allowed a run, he settled in to shut out the A.L. New Yorkers for the next five innings. In the bottom of the 2nd, Lucas Duda connected for his 22nd HR of the year to tie up the game at one. It ended a long HR drought for Duda whom the Mets hope they could get going for the post season. In the 6th Daniel Murphy hit a long HR to right center field, putting the Mets up  2-1. It was Murph's 12th HR of the year. In the 7th inning, with Tanka gone on the losing end as pitcher of record. With

Remembering Mets History: (1973) Tug McGraw Saves A Jon Matlack Win As Mets Move Within 2 1/2 Games of 1st Place

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Wednesday September 12th, 1973: As the surging New York Mets were making their way to the N.L. Eastern title, tonight was another big game. Yogi Berra's Mets (70-75) moved within 2 1/2 games of first place as they went down the New Jersey Turnpike to Philadelphia, to take on Danny Ozark's last place Phillies (65-80). Starting Lineups New York Mets         Philadelphia Phillies 1 Wayne Garrett 3B 1 Billy Grabarkewitz 2B 2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Mike Anderson RF 3 Rusty Staub RF 3 Bill Robinson CF 4 John Milner 1B 4 Greg Luzinski LF 5 Cleon Jones LF 5 Bob Boone C 6 Dave Schneck CF 6 Mike Schmidt 3B 7 Jerry Grote C 7 Tom Hutton 1B 8 Bud Harrelson SS 8 Larry Bowa SS 9 Jon Matlack P 9 Wayne Twitchell P Yogi Berra had his left hander Jon Matlack take the mound, Matlack had won five of his last eight games & was in the midst of a personal four game September win streak. The Phillies went ahead as future Mets hitting instructor Bill Robinson doubled in a

Legendary Mets Scout: Roy Partee (1962-1985)

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Roy Robert Partee was born September 7, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. Partee would sign with the Boston Red Sox and make the major leagues in 1943. He got the job as the Sox main catcher, hitting .281 in 96 games, but had no power in his bat, not hitting a single HR. In fact in 1090 career at bats he only hit two career HRs. The following season he was called for military duty to serve in World War II but was rejected due to a bad ankle. He rejoined his team, & posted the 2nd best fielding percentage among catchers at .989. He hit both of his two career HRs while driving in 41 runs, but his average fell to .243. At the end of the year, he enlisted in the military on his own, in San Pedro California and served until the War ended. He came back to the Red Sox in 1946, & ended up losing his starting job to Hal Wagner. That year the Red Sox went to the World Series, but only went 1-10 playing in five games. The Mad Dash: He is most famous for having Enos Slaughter slid

Remembering Mets History: (1973) Seaver Ks Season High 13 & Mets Sweep A Twin Bill In Montreal

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Tuesday September 4th, 1973: Yogi Berra's New York Mets were in 5th place, five & a half games out of first place, the only team behind them were the Philadelphia Phillies. That night, the Phils came to Shea Stadium as a small crowd of 13, 000 came to see Jim Lonborg (12-12) go up against Tom Seaver (15-8). Tom Seaver was coming off two straight losing decisions, but tonight would be different. Tom Terrific pitched a complete game five hit, one run victory, blowing 13 Phillies away with strike outs.  The 13Ks were Seaver's second highest single game total on the season. Seaver sent the Phillies Mike Schmidt down swinging three times & slugger Greg Luzinski down twice.  Starting Lineups Phillies 1 Denny Doyle 2B 2 Del Unser CF 3 Willie Montanez 1B 4 Greg Luzinski LF 5 Bill Robinson RF