The O's felt they were right where they were suppose to be. Baltimore & rest of the world believed that the Mets may have been finsihed.
But solid play, key hits and the best pitching staff in baseball were the reasons the Mets got to the World Series. On this day in Baltimore, on national TV in front of all of America, it showed.
|Pre Game Mets Starting Line Up Introductions|
|New York Mets||Baltimore Orioles|
|1||Tommie Agee||CF||1||Don Buford||LF|
|2||Bud Harrelson||SS||2||Paul Blair||CF|
|3||Cleon Jones||LF||3||Frank Robinson||RF|
|4||Donn Clendenon||1B||4||Boog Powell||1B|
|5||Ron Swoboda||RF||5||Brooks Robinson||3B|
|6||Ed Charles||3B||6||Davey Johnson||2B|
|7||Jerry Grote||C||7||Andy Etchebarren||C|
|8||Al Weis||2B||8||Mark Belanger||SS|
|9||Jerry Koosman||P||9||Dave McNally||P|
Mets Lefthander Jerry Koosman (17-9 / 2.28 ERA / 180 Ks) took the mound against Dave McNally (20-7 / 3.22 ERA / 166 K's). But this was Koosmans day as he shined in the national spotlight, taking a no hitter into the 7th inning.
Koosman surrendered his first hit in the 7th inning, as outfielder Paul Blair singled, breaking up the no hit bid. Blair stole second and scored on Brooks Robinson's base hit. They were the only two hits Koos gave up, he would strike out four, walk three as he pitched into the 9th inning.
Koosman even got an ovation from the Baltimore fans as he exited. Ron Taylor got Brooks Robinson to ground out. The Mets had won their first World Series game in their history and were coming to New York tied at one game each.
For Baltimore, McNally pitched himself a good game as well, nine innings, two runs, six hits, three walks & seven strike outs.
The Mets did the scoring first, in the top of the 4th, as World Series MVP; Donn Clendenon led off the inning with a HR. It was his first of three HRs in the World Series.
In the Mets 9th, with the score tied, "the Glider" Ed Charles & Jerry Grote both singled. Then another unlikely World Series hero; Al Weis, singled to left field off McNally, bringing in "The Glider" the second run. It was the game winner as New York won 2-1.
|"the Glider" Ed Charles Slides Into Second Base|