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Remembering Mets History (1999): Al Leiter Strike Out A Career High 15

Sunday, August 1st 1999:  Bobby Valentines Mets (66-43) were boasting on the leagues best records & were trailing the Atlanta Braves by just a half game on this day, as they visited Wrigley Field to play Jim Riggleman's Cubs (48-54). A Wrigley Field crowd of 39,222 filled the Friendly Confines to watch Kyle Farnsworth take on the Mets Al Leiter. The 13 inning affair would last four hours & twenty five minutes, seeing pitchers strike out 28 batters with both teams collecting ten hits each.   Starting Lineups Mets 1 Rickey Henderson LF 2 Edgardo Alfonzo 2B 3 John Olerud 1B 4 Robin Ventura 3B 5 Darryl Hamilton CF 6 Roger Cedeno RF 7 Todd Pratt C 8 Rey Ordonez SS 9 Al Leiter P Cubs 1 Mickey Morandini 2B 2 Manny Alexander SS 3 Mark Grace 1B 4 Sammy Sosa CF 5 Glenallen Hill RF 6 Henry Rodriguez LF 7 Gary Gaetti 3B 8 Benito Santiago C 9 Kyle Farnsworth P Al Leiter would strike out two batters in the 1st inning & again in the 3rd inni

Remembering Mets History (1969) Mets Players Defend Thier Manager In Wake of Hawk's Book

All Star Break- Summer of 1969: Today Ken "the Hawk" Harrelson (no relation to Bud Harrelson) is known as the long time (33 years) broadcaster of the Chicago White Sox. The controversial broadcaster in known for his "Hawkisms" & a homer, outwardly rooting for the White Sox team.  Back in his playing days he was controversial & outspoken as well. He wore hip flashy colorful clothing of the late sixties, something ball players were not doing yet. Although he was not the first player to use one, he is credited with bringing the batting clove back to the game in his era. He wore a golf glove while batting. He began his career with the Kansas City A's as one of the teams first star players, he left in 1966 but was brought back by popular demand the next year. His time in Kansas City ended when he allegedly called owner Charley Finley " a menace to baseball". Finley moved the A's to Oakland & would win three straight World Series in t

Remembering Live Aid 35 Years Later

July 1985- My Story:   At the time I was a young 19 year old teenager, ready to start my real job at the Utility the Monday after this concert. At that time Rock & Roll was everything to me & my friends. It was a time where classic Rock was at a cross over. The sixties music was still popular with us, we grew up in the seventies rock & were living the 80's Rock, especially the Hard Rock / Heavy Metal scene. (Now it's called classic Metal)  We were regulars at the rock clubs (Lamore's Brooklyn, Lamore's East Queens, The Red Eagle Saloon (Bronx), The Rising Sun (Yonkers) The Ritz (NY)  Kenny's Castaway, Rock & Roll Cafe & other MacDougal/Bleeker Street Clubs. We were attending all the rock/metal concerts coming through the New York area, so we had to be at this Live Aid concert. My friend Spanky, managed to get tickets to the sold out show. Me, Billy & Spanky set off on Friday night from the Bronx, to Brentwood, Long Island to pick u