Jan 10, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Jim McAndrew Tosses Two Hitter

Wednesday August 20th, 1969: Gil Hodges Mets were in second place (68-51) still seven games behind the Chicago Cubs. On the young Mets star studded pitching staff names like Seaver, Ryan, Koosman, McGraw & Gentry stand out as much today as they did then. But there were other fine pitchers on the staff as well. 

A young man named Jim McAndrew had a quiet career in the shadow of some of those great pitchers. In August 1969, McAndrew threw back to back shut outs, won three straight & pitched three straight complete games, keeping the Mets in the race.

On this night he went up against, future Hall of Famer; Gaylord Perry & Clyde Kings (64-57) San Francisco Giants.  A big paid crowd of 48,414 came to Shea for the big game.

Starting Lineups

In the first inning, McAndrew gave up a double to Don Mason, the second batter he faced. In the 3rd, Mason haunted McAndrew again as he tripled to right field. These were to be the only two hits McAndrew would allow all night.

McAndrew struck out six Giants & walked three on his way to the 6-0 shut out. Don Mason had the two hits but the likes of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey & Bobby Bonds all went a combined 0-9.

The Mets scored off Perry in the 1st, back to back doubles from Bobby Pfeil & Art Shamsky made it 1-0. In the 2nd, Bud Harrelson singled, Duffy Dyer reached on an error & Tommie Agee singled making it 2-0. 

In the home 5th Art Shamsky blasted a three run HR, knocking Perry out of the game. It was Shamsky's 10th of the year. Wayne Garrett doubled & Harrelson tripled off Ray Sadecki to cap off the 6-0 Mets win.

McAndrew would be part of both the 1969 World Champion Mets team & the 1973 Pennant winner. He pitched an overall six seasons with the Mets going 36-49 with four saves & a 3.54 ERA.

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