May 1, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1962): Al Jackson Tosses First Mets Shutout & Frank Thomas Gets Hit By Pitches Twice In Same Inning

Sunday April 30th 1962: Casey Stengel's Mets had only won two games in their first 14 tries, this early in the teams inaugural season. 

Today Casey would earn his third win & first shut out in team history. The Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in Sunday afternoon double header at the Polo Grounds to a good crowd of just under 20,000.

Starting Lineups

The Mets Al Jackson, would go down in Mets history, pitching the teams first shut out ever in this game. Jackson went nine innings, allowing ight hits & one walk, while striking out four to earn his first win of the year.

In the home 2nd, Mets slugger, Frank Thomas hit a HR off Phillie pitcher, Art Mahaffey. It was already Thomas' sixth HR on the young season.

In the crazy home 4th inning, Thomas would get hit by a pitch as he batted second in the inning. Gus Bell had left off with a base hit. For the Mets, Charlie Neal reached on an error scoring Bell, Gil Hodges got on with a fielders choice, scoring Thomas. Felix Mantilla then singled, a ground out & a wild pitch to the pitcher, Al Jackson, led to two more Mets runs. 

The Mets Jim Hickman knocked out Mahaffey when he hit a two run HR, making it 8-0 Mets.

Trivia: Before the inning was over, Frank Thomas was plunked with another pitch. He made the record books, as he tied an MLB mark by reaching base twice in the inning with getting hit by pitches.

The Mets sent 14 men to the plate that inning, collecting eight runs, four hits, a walk, two hit by pitches & an error. They would go on to lose the nightcap 10-2.

Trivia: The 32 year old Frank Thomas was truly the Mets first slugger. In 1962 he hit 34 HRs with 94 RBIs while batting .266. He would hit 25 or more HRs seven times in his 16 year career, finishing up with 286 all time HRs, 52 of them as a Met. 

He would get hit by pitches eight times in 1962 (5th most in the NL) , with a career total of 51. In 1954 he led the NL with ten Hit by pitches.

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