Jun 21, 2020

Remebering Mets History: Al Jackson Pitches The First One Hitter In Mets History (1962)

Al Jackson '62 Mets
Friday- June 22nd 1962: This evenings matchup had two of the leagues expansion teams faced off in a memorable game at the Polo Grounds. It was the first game of a Friday night, twi-night doubleheader.

Manager Harry Craft's, Houston Colt 45's (30-35) were 14 games out of first. But they were doing better than Casey Stengel's New York Mets (17-47) already 26 1/2 games out, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Starting Lineups

But this would be a historic evening & one the Mets fans would enjoy, as Al Jackson (3-8 / 4.73 ERA) would pitch the first one hitter in Mets history. 

In the top of the first, Al Jackson retired lead off man Bob Lillis & then surrendered a single to second baseman; Joe Amalfitano. With two out, Jackson walked Norm Larker putting two men on. He then struck out Carl Warwick to end the threat.

Jackson would not allow another hit in the entire game & would surrender just one more walk. He struck out nine Houston Colt 45s on the day, on his way to his fourth win, a historic one hit shutout. Through 2019 Mets pitchers have recorded 39 one hitters in team history.

In the home 1st, Mets leadoff hitter, Richie Ashburn, hit a solo HR off Houston pitcher, Turk Farrell. Ashburn would be the Mets first hitter to bat .300 in a season & would hit seven HRs on the year.

In the home 6th inning, Ashburn would lead off a walk. He would get moved over to second on a Charlie Neal sacrifice hit. Felix Mantilla then followed with a base hit, scoring Ashburn with the second & final Mets run in the 2-0 win.

The Mets would get romped in the second game of the double header, taking a 16-3 loss.

1 comment:

lanzarishi said...

Sometimes fate can be very cruel. After all he contributed to the original Mets and thru the 60s, it is a an absolute shame that Al was traded before the 'miracle' year finished. He should have been there and at least he was rostered in April of '69.
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