On this night, it would be an NLCS preview as Sparky Anderson's Cincinnati Reds (75-48) were in town for a weekend series at Shea. 36,803 came to see Don Gullett go up against George Stone.
The Mets would lose this game 2-1, in the 10th inning, as pinch hitter Hal King hit a HR off Harry Parker.
The highlight of this game was how the Mets scored their only run. It came on a HR from Willie Mays. It was the last HR Willie would hit in his Hall of Fame career, #660 placing him third on the all time list.
|Cincinnati Reds||New York Mets|
|1||Pete Rose||LF||1||Wayne Garrett||3B|
|2||Joe Morgan||2B||2||Felix Millan||2B|
|3||Dan Driessen||3B||3||Willie Mays||1B|
|4||Tony Perez||1B||4||Cleon Jones||RF|
|5||Johnny Bench||RF||5||John Milner||LF|
|6||Andy Kosco||CF||6||Jerry Grote||C|
|7||Bill Plummer||C||7||Don Hahn||CF|
|8||Darrel Chaney||SS||8||Ted Martinez||SS|
|9||Don Gullett||P||9||George Stone||P|
The HR came in the 4th inning off Don Gullett, it was his sixth HR of the season. Willie would get just six more starts in the season before announcing his retirement in September. He was convinced to stay on if the Mets made the post season which they did.
Mays then collected the first hit of the 1973 World Series, in his final career start.
Trivia: Willie Mays first career HR came on May 28th, 1951 at the Polo Grounds off Hall of Fame pitcher; Warren Spahn.