Jul 23, 2019

Remembering Mets History: (1970) Tommie Agee Steals Home For A 10th Inning Walk Off Win

Friday July 24, 1970: On this warm summer evening, Walter Alston's second place L.A. Dodgers (55-40) were in town for the first night of a weekend Series. Gil Hodges reigning World Champion Mets (51-44) were in second place 2 1/2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As usual a large crowd came to see the Dodgers just 13 years removed from Brooklyn, when ever they were in town. Tonight a huge Shea crowd of 53,657 was on hand to see the Mets; Jerry Koosman go up against L.A.'s Bill Singer.

Starting Lineups

Both pitchers put in solid nine inning, one run performances. Singer allowed five hits, one walk & struck out seven. The Mets Jerry Koosman gave up six hits, walked six & struck out six as well.

In the top of the 4th, LA's Willie Davis singled, stole second & scored on Ted Sizemore's base hit.

In the Mets 6th, Kenny Singleton walked & scored on a Cleon Jones double to tie the game. It stayed that way until the tenth.

Mets reliever Tug McGraw came on to pitch a perfect top of the 10th inning.

Jim Brewer came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th for L.A. in what would be a wild inning. Mets pitcher Tug McGraw came to bat & led off the inning with a single. Tommie Agee then attempted to bunt him over. Brewer fielded the bunt threw to second but McGraw was safe, because short stop Billy Grabarkewitz dropped the ball.

Al Weis came in to pinch run for McGraw, but quickly got picked off of second.

Tommie Agee was pesky, he stole second base & then advanced to third on a Jim Brewer wild pitch.

Brewer struck out Bud Harrelson for out number two. Then the Mets, Ken Singleton walked & Donn Clendenon came in to pinch hit for Mike Jorgenson. Clendenon walked as well & loaded up the bases.

Then, in a bold move, Tommie Agee broke for home as Brewer went into the wind up. He surprised everyone in the ballpark stealing home, sliding safely under catcher Jeff Torborg’s tag for the game winning run.

The umpire signaled the safe call as he fell over Torborg and the batter Cleon Jones. The Mets had an amazing walk off 2-1 win, thanks to Agee's great aggressive base running.


Anonymous said...

A-G! A-G!

Bob said...

Thanks for the highly detailed information. I saw the game on TV in New Haven, Conn, when I was 10 years old and remember how intense that last inning was. One of the best moments in sports ever ! Unforgettable. It's no wonder they were called 'The Amazing Mets' that year.

Unknown said...

I was 11 years old and it was my first baseball game. We were sitting up at the top of the stadium and I thought it was going to collapse from the noise. What a night. Jim Branford, ct

Bob Hathaway said...

I was at the game and like everyone else, was astounded when Agee stole home to win the game. I thought there was a full count to the batter with two outs when Agee stole home, but the history records it as a 1-1 count on the batter when Agee broke for home. Anyone else remember what the count was?