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Remembering New York Giants History (1954): Giants Slug Six HRs & Don Mueller Hits For Cycle

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Sunday July 11, 1954: In the opener of a doubleheader‚ at the Polo Grounds, Leo Durocher's first place New York Giants (57-26) pounded Fred Haney's last place Pittsburgh Pirates (26-55) 13-7. Giants right fielder Don Mueller wasted no time, in the 1st inning he collected a double to drive home Whitey Lockman for a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd, Monte Irvin lead off with a HR, his 16th of the year. Later Wes Westrum singled. Whitey Lockman then connected for a two run HR, his 13th of the year. Alvin Dark then followed with a back to back HR, his 10th of the year, making it 5-0 Giants. In the 3rd, Hank Thompson lead off with a HR. Willie Mays singled and after Monte Irvin grounded out, Davey Williams was hit by a pitch. Westrum then singled bringing in a run. Pitcher Sal Maglie bunted & reached base safely. Next, Whitey Lockman's sac fly brought in another run. Al Dark then singled bringing in Westrum putting two men on base. Don Mueller then tripled to right field, bri

Remembering Mets History: (1976) Mickey Lolich Tosses a Two Hitter

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Sunday July 18th 1976: Tonight Joe Frazier's third place Mets (48-44) were hosting Dave Bristol's; fifth place Atlanta Braves (41-48). Carl Morton (0-6) (the 1970 NL Rookie of the Year) took on the Mets veteran Mickey Lolich (4-10).  Lolich had come over from the Detroit Tigers, in a deal that sent the popular; Rusty Staub to the Motor City.  Loilch's best days were behind him, back in the sixties /early seventies, he had been one of the game's best left hander's. In a deal that never made any sense, the Mets traded away Staub one of their biggest RBI guys on a team that didn't score many runs & brought in Lolich on a Mets team with a strong rotation.  Starting Lineups Atlanta Braves         New York Mets 1 Jerry Royster 3B 1 Mike Phillips SS 2 Rod Gilbreath 2B 2 Felix Millan 2B 3 Jim Wynn CF 3 Joe Torre 1B 4 Willie Montanez 1B 4 Dave Kingman LF 5 Tom Paciorek LF 5 Mike Vail RF 6 Ken Henderson RF 6 Del Unser CF 7 Earl Williams C 7 Ron H

Remembering Mets History: (1999) Roger Cedeno Steals Four Bases

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Friday May 14th 1999: Bobby Valentine's New York Mets (2015) were having a fine start to what would be their Wild Card Champion season. On this night they arrived in Philadelphia to take on Terry Francona's Phillies (19-15) also having a good start. Both teams were battling for a second place spot behind those pesky Atlanta Braves. The Mets one & one half game behind with the Phils a game behind them. Mets pitcher Masato Yoshii went up against Chad Ogea in front of 21,074 at the Vet. Starting Lineups Mets 1 Roger Cedeno RF 2 Edgardo Alfonzo 2B 3 John Olerud 1B 4 Mike Piazza C 5 Robin Ventura 3B 6 Brian McRae CF 7 Benny Agbayani LF 8 Rey Ordonez SS 9 Masato Yoshii P Phillies 1 Doug Glanville CF 2 Marlon Anderson 2B 3 Scott Rolen 3B 4 Rico Brogna 1B 5 Ron Gant LF 6 Bobby Abreu RF 7 Mike Lieberthal C 8 Desi Relaford SS 9 Chad Ogea P In the top of the 1st, Roger Cedeno reached on an error & advanced on a force play. He then stol

Remembering New York Giants History (1937): Carl Hubbell's 24 Game Winning Streak Snapped

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Monday May 31,1937: New York Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell (King Carl or the Meal Ticket as he was known) had just set a record by winning 24 consecutive games. The pitcher with the high leg kicking delivery dominated the league for two seasons. On May 31st, 1937 at New Yorks Polo Grounds, the NYFD had to turn away a crowd of an estimated 20,000 fans who did not have tickets for the game, for public saftey. An incredible 60,000 had already jammed into the Polo Grounds and the surrounding hills, to watch Carl Hubbell continue his win streak. But it was on this day that he took his first loss in ten months losing 10-3 to the Brooklyn Dodgers. One of the things that makes baseball so great are the unsung heroes, that shine for a day to break or spoil a record. Today it was Brooklyn Dodger, back up catcher Paul Chervinko, making his first MLB start of a short 45 game career. Chervinko would contribute with two RBIs helping Brooklyn defeat the Giants & beat Hubbell f

Former Italian American Player: Steve "Bye Bye" Balboni (1981-1989/ 1993)

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Steve Charles Balboni was born on January 16th 1957 in Brockton, Massachusetts. The six foot three right hand power hitter, attended Eckerd College & was a second round draft pick of the AL New York club in 1978. Balboni became known as Bye Bye Balboni, for his long HRs & some may say his frequent strike outs. He was a feast or famine type hitter. In 1979 he bashed 29 HRs at A ball Ft. Lauderdale & then went on to have three straight 30 plus HR seasons at Nashville (1980) & at AAA Columbus (1981-1982). In those years at Columbus he was the AAA HR Champion. In 1982 his 32 HRs came in just 83 games & the following year he hit 27 HRs in 83 games. MLB Career: Balboni would see brief action in parts of three seasons with the AL New York club, debuting in 1981 in four games. In December 1983 he along with Roger Erickson got traded to the Kansas City Royals for Mike Armstrong, who went 3-3 in three seasons & Duane Dewey, who never got to the big leagues.  Ge

Former Mets Back Up Catcher / Infielder: Alex Trevino (1978-1981)

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Alex Castro Trevino was born on August 26, 1957 in Monterrey Mexico. The New York Mets purchased his contract in 1974 when he was just 16 years old. The five foot ten, catcher never batted over .240 in the minors until 1978. That year he hit .294 at AAA Tidewater leading the club in hitting. He earned a September call up getting inserted as a defensive replacement on September 11th in a game vs. the Chicago Cubs. At the end of the month he started his first game catching pitcher Mike Bruhert in a game at Wrigley Field. He got his first career hit, that day and went 2-4 the next day finishing the year batting .280 in six games. In 1979 the 21 year old Trevino became a versatile utility player, mostly backing up John Stearns behind the plate in 36 games. With his strong arm, he had the league’s best percentage of throwing out would be base stealers for two seasons. In 1979 he threw out 48% of base runners trying to steal & also played 27 games at third base. in 1979 & 14 i

Remembering Mets History: (2015) Mets Open Up Five Game 1st Place Lead in Big Labor Day Matchup

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September 7th 2015: After stumbling, losing two of three games in Miami, the Mets had also lost 2 1/2 games in their lead in the NL East. Terry Collins first place Mets (75-61) came to Washing DC to face Matt Williams Nationals (71-65) for a Labor Day matinee. The Nats arranged their pitching staff so their ace Max Scherzer would face the Mets in the opener, the Mets sent the struggling Jonathan Niese to the mound. Today the Nats faced a much different Mets team then they had known earlier in the season. In the 2nd inning, two of the Mets "new comers" helped put New York on the board, as Rookie Michael Conforto hot a solo HR (his 6th HR of the season) & veteran Kelly Johnson added another making it 2-0. In the 4th Yoenis Cespedes hit a towering Dave Kingmanesque HR into the flower pots in left field, putting the Mets up 3-0. For Cespedes it was his 31st HR of the year, his 13th as a Met & his 30th RBI as well. In the 4th inning, Jonathan Niese fell apart on

Original 1962 Mets Third Baseman: Don Zimmer (1962)

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Donald William Zimmer was born on January 17, 1931 in Western Hills, Ohio and went to the same high school Pete Rose would go to in Cincinnati. Zimmer was an infielder earning the nickname Popeye, getting signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. In the minors while playing at Elmira, he got married at home plate before a game to his wife Jean Soot.  In 1953 he was leading the American Association with 23 HRs & 63 RBIs in July when he was hit in the head with a pitch striking his temple and was seriously injured. He was in & out of consciousness for a week, lost vision, then had to have holes drilled in his skull to relieve the swelling.  He was told he was finished in baseball, that playing was too dangerous. But the stubborn Zimmer wouldn’t accept that & made a remarkable comeback. He was brought up to the Brooklyn Doders club in July of 1954 as a utility infielder, behind the talents of Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson & Jim Gilliam. In his first game he hit

Remembering Mets History: (1975) Mike Vail Ties Rookie Hitting Streak Record At 23 Games

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Monday September 15th, 1975: In a crazy year for the New York Mets, the club was at 76-74 in fourth place, 9 1/2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Manager was Roy McMillan who had taken over after Yogi Berra was released. That year the Mets had also parted ways with long time outfielder Cleon Jones. On a brighter note, that season Tom Seaver would win his third Cy Young Award as well. In August the Mets brought up a young outfielder who was named the AAA International League Player of the Year; Mike Vail. Vail debuted with the Mets on a Western road trip on August 18th, getting a hit in his first career at bat.He got a start the next night but went 0-5 in Houston in a 5-4 loss to the Astros. On August 22nd, Vail was inserted as the Mets left fielder in San Francisco, getting two hits in a 6-4 Mets win over the San Francisco Giants. On August 25th, Vail had himself a big night in San Diego, while starting on a record setting feat. That night he had four hits, including a

Remembering Mets History (1964): Willard Hunter Earns Wins Both Ends of Twin Bill

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Sunday August 23, 1964: The '64 Mets were on one of their hottest streaks of the season just coming off five straight wins & in the midst of a streak that had them nine wins in eleven games. In this twin bill sweep at Shea Stadium, Newark, New Jersey's own Willard Hunter earned both victories. Hunter had a short two year career, playing briefly for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962 one game before getting traded to the New York Mets where he went 1-6 with a 6.65 ERA. After spending 1963 in the minors he returned in 1964. In the first game of this double header, Pitcher Galen Cisco took the Mets into the 8th inning with a 1-1 score. Reliever Larry Bearneath pitched a perfect 9th, keeping it a tie. In the 10th, Bill Wakefield gave up a single & a walk. Mets manager Casey Stengel came out & put in Willard Hunter. Hunter got the last two outs, ending the game as Hall of Famer Billy Williams grounded out. In the bottom of t he 10th, George Altman doubled, which le