Jun 12, 2019

Remembering Mets History: (1962) Frank Thomas Has Three Straight Multi HR Games

Wednesday August 1st 1962: Today 8,681 fans came out to the Polo Grounds to see Casey Stengel's last place Mets (26-77) host Gene Mauch's seventh place Philadelphia Phillies (50-58).

In the 1st inning the Phils were all over starter Al Jackson, as Don Demeter & Bob Oldos hit HRs taking a 3-0 lead.

In the home 1st the Mets came back, Ritchie Ashburn singled & Frank Thomas hit a two run HR his twentieth of the season. It was the start of a three game tear for Thomas. Later in the 4th inning, the Mets were down 9-4. Joe Christopher & Charlie Neal singled as Ritchie Ashburn walked to load the bases. Frank Thomas came up & hit the big grand slam, it was his 21st HR of the year. Thomas big day had two hits, two HRs, a walk with three runs scored & six RBIs. Of course the '62 Mets scored nine runs but went on to an 11-9 loss.

On Thursday August 2nd, 6042 fans showed up at the Polo Grounds for the series finale. The Mets Craig Anderson was knocked out in the 4th inning after allowing eight runs on eleven hits, while also issuing three walks.

The only real problem Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey had on the day was Frank Thomas. Thomas blasted two solo HRs his 22nd & 23rd of the year. Thomas had three hits overall on the day, as Mahaffey went on to beat the Mets 9-4.

Friday August 3rd 1962: Fred Hutchinson's third place Cincinnati Reds (63-43) who were the reigning NL champions at the time came to New York to take on Casey's Mets (26-79).

In the bottom of the 2nd, Thomas continued his HR tear as he hit his 5th HR in three days. Later in the 7th inning, Thomas hit his 6th HR in three games, his 25 of the year.

Also for the second day in a row Marvelous Marv Throneberry followed with a back to back blast. Again the Mets lost, taking an 8-6 defeat to the Reds. It was their 5th straight loss & amazingly their 15th of 17th.

On the season Frank Thomas would hit 34 HRs a team record that would stand until 1975 when Dave Kingman hit 36.

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