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Remembering Mets History: (1973) Mets Clinch NL Eastern Divison

October 1st, 1973: The fate of the 1973 New York Mets season, all came down to the last day of the regular season. The Mets had a scheduled double header planned at Wrigley Field to close out the season. If they could win the first game, the second game would not be necessary. The St. Louis Cardinals & Pittsburgh Pirates both lost their final games of the season. T hese were the NL East standings, on Monday Morning October 1st, 1973: New York Mets 81-79 - St. Louis Cardinals 81-81 (1.0 back) Pittsburgh Pirates 80-81 (1.5 back) Montreal Expos 79-83 (3.0 back) Chicago Cubs 77-83 (4.0 back) Philadelphia Phillies 71-91 (11.0 back) Starting Lineups   Mets 1 Wayne Garrett 3B 2 Felix Millan 2B 3 Rusty Staub RF 4 John Milner 1B 5 Cleon Jones LF 6 Jerry Grote

Buzz Capra: 1973 N.L. Champion Mets Pitcher (1971-1973)

Lee William Capra was born October 1, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. The five foot eleven righty was selected by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1969 draft. He helped Illinois State University win the college championship that same year. He became another highly touted pitching prospect for the early 1970’s Mets, having a great minor league career going 44 -18 with a 2.86 ERA overall.  In 1971 after going 3-0 at AA Memphis, Capra was promoted to AAA Tidewater. There he went 13-3 second to Jim Bibby in victories while posting a .219 ERA. Capra earned a September call up & debuted at Shea Stadium on September 15, 1971. He pitched four innings in relief of Jerry Koosman, in a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. On September 27th, in his third & final outing of the year; he was roughed up by the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing five earned runs in less than an inning pitched taking the loss. I n 1972 he was with the club out of Spring Training in April. He earned his firs

Remembering Mets History (1973): Cleon Jones Hot Hitting In the Final Week

Cleon Jones is certainly a Mets legend, the all time team leader in games played in left field (800). He is sixth in all time Mets games played (1201)  fourth all time in Mets hits (1188)  triples (33) & sac flies (41) eight in RBIs (521) tenth in doubles (182). Jones came in the leagues top ten in batting three times (1968-1969-1971). He was part of two Mets NL Pennant teams & the Amazing Mets World Champions of 1969 where he batted .340 (3rd best in the NL). He also caught the last out of the '69 World Series. In what I like to call the Mets golden era of 1969-1973, Cleon Jones was a vital part of the core line up. In 1973 he missed action from mid April to mid May. He was back for six brief games before going down again for almost six weeks. He returned in July & slowly regained form. In early August the Mets were a season worst 11 1/2 games out of first place. The '73 Mets were in last place as late as August 30th in a tight division, but just 6 1/2 games ba

Remembering Mets History: (1981) Pete Falcone HRs, Drives in Three Runs & Tosses A Shut Out

Tuesday September 29th, 1981: In the crazy year of the 1981 MLB Strike, the New York Mets were a bit better in the second half  of the year (24-28) than the first half (17-34). That year the season was divided by the strike as the half way point. On this date, Joe Torre's Mets were in Philadelphia playing Dallas Green's Phillies in front of 20,110 at Veterans Stadium. The Mets Pete Falcone went up against Mark Davis. Since the strike Falcone, a local Brooklyn born, Italian American pitcher was 2-0 being used as a starter & reliever. Falcone had lowered his ERA at 3.03 & was pitching well. This was to be his best outing of the year & one of his best in his four years with the Mets. Starting Lineups New York Mets         Philadelphia Phillies 1 Mookie Wilson CF 1 Lonnie Smith CF 2 Lee Mazzilli LF 2 Pete Rose 1B 3 Hubie Brooks 3B 3 Gary Matthews LF 4 Dave Kingman 1B 4 Mike Schmidt 3B 5 Ellis Valentine RF 5 Keith Moreland C 6 John Stearns C 6