|Al Jackson '62 Mets|
Manager Harry Craft's Houston Colt 45's (30-36) 13.5 games out, were doing better than Casey Stengel's New York Mets (18-47) already 26 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Today Al Jackson (3-8 / 4.73 ERA) would pitch the first one hitter in Mets history. In the top of the first, he retired lead off man Bob Lillis & then surrendered a single to second baseman; Joe Amalfitano. With two out, Jackson walked Norm Larker putting two men on. He then struck out Carl Warwick to end the threat.
Jackson would not allow another hit in the entire game & would surrender just one more walk. He struck out nine Houston Colts on the day, on his way to his fourth win, a historic one hit shutout. Through 2013 the Mets would have 38 one hitters credited to team history.
The Mets leadoff hitter; Richie Ashburn started out the Mets first with a solo HR off Turk Farrell. Ashburn would be the Mets first hitter to bat .300 in a season & would hit seven HRs on the year.
The Mets would get romped in the second game of the days double header, taking a 16-3 loss.