Showing posts from August, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1969) Seaver Wins 19th In San Francisco

Sunday August 31st, 1969: The weekend series came to its grand finale on this Sunday doubleheader at Candlestick Park. The second place New York Mets (76-54) were 4 1/2 games behind the Fading Chicago Cubs as they faced off against the first place San Francisco Giants.  The Giants were clinging to a half game lead with both the L.A. Dodgers & Cincinnati Reds right behind them. The Atlanta Braves were just two games out in a tight Western Division. The starters in this one, would be the Giants Mike McCormick, who had led the NL in wins (22) just two seasons ago against the Mets ace, who was leading the NL in wins this year, Tom Seaver. Seaver who was born in Fresno always enjoyed coming to San Francisco just 185 miles from his home. Starting Lineups Mets 1 Bud Harrelson SS 2 Bobby Pfeil 3B 3 Tommie Agee CF 4 Cleon Jones LF

Remembering Mets History: (1985) Doc Gooden Wins 14 Straight While Reaching the Twenty Win Mark

Sunday August 25th, 1985: The incredible Cy Young Award season for 20 year old Dwight Gooden reached another mile stone on this day as Gooden earned his 20th win of the season. Centerfieldmaz, along with 37,350 Mets fans filled Shea Stadium as Davey Johnson's second place Mets (just one game out of first) hosted Dick Williams second place San Diego Padres. The Padres were the Reigning NL Champions at the time.   It certainly wasn't Gooden's most dominating performance of the year, but it was good enough for win #20. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out four while walking one. Starting Lineups San Diego Padres         New York Mets 1 Garry Templeton SS 1 Lenny Dykstra CF 2 Tony Gwynn RF 2 Wally Backman 2B 3 Steve Garvey 1B 3 Keith Hernandez 1B 4 Graig Nettles 3B 4 Gary Carter C 5 Terry Kennedy C 5 Darryl Strawberry RF 6 Carmelo Martinez LF 6 George Foster LF 7 Kevin McReynolds CF 7 Howard Johnson 3B 8 Tim Flann

In Memory of Charlie Watts

 The beat  of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts has passed away at age 80. Thanks for the 57 years of music you have given us in our lifetime. Rest in Peace legend...................................

Remembering Mets History: (1972) Jim Beauchamp Delivers Game Winning Hits In Two Straight Games

Monday August 21st 1972: A crowd of 24,242 came to Shea Stadium to see Yogi Berra’s second place Mets (60-53) take on Harry Walkers’ second place, Western Division Astros (66-52).  Walker sent pitcher; Jerry Reuss to the mound against the Mets lefty; & that years Rookie of The Year- Jon Matlack (11-7).  In the home 3rd, Ted Martinez singled & stole second base. Mets rookie Lute Barnes singled as well bringing in Martinez making it 1-0. The two pitchers battled along the way, then in the 6th inning Houston’s Cesar Cedeno hit a solo HR off Matlack. In the bottom of the 7th, the Mets reserve outfielder; Jim Beauchamp answered with his own solo HR to put the Mets ahead 2-1.  In the 8th Cedeno, haunted Matlack once again, he doubled to score Roger Metzger tying it up again. In the bottom of the 8th Jim Ray relieved Reuss, he walked Matlack then retired the next three batters.  Matlack would go the distance allowing two runs, on seven hits with eight strike outs &a

Remembering Mets History (2019): Thor Shuts Out Tribe & Then Hammers Them on Social Media As Mets Sweep Series

Thursday August 22nd 2019: Mickey Callaway's Mets (66-60) hot on a four game win streak, fresh off an exciting walk off win & winners of 22 of their last 28 games, were going for the sweep of a some what struggling Cleveland Indians (74-53) team. The Indians who were getting some slack from their fans had posted a tweet making excuses for their recent losses. In that message they referred to the Mets as a "fringe post season team". This did not sit well with Mets pitcher, Noah Syndergaard tonight's starting pitcher. Thor was opposed by Cleveland Rookie, Aaron Civale. In his first five games Civale had not allowed a HR, becoming the first Indians pitcher since the Dead Ball era to do that. Starting Lineups Indians 1 Francisco Lindor SS 2 Greg Allen CF 3 Carlos Santana 1B 4 Yasiel Puig RF 5