Oct 31, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1986): NLCS Game #6- Mets Beat Houston In 16 Inning Epic to Win Pennant

Wednesday October 15th, 1986 - NLCS Game #6 - Houston Astrodome: 

Game six began in the late afternoon New York time with Davey Johnson's Mets up three games to two over Hal Lanier's Astros. 

The game would end four hours and forty five minutes later in one of the greatest post season games ever. This epic began with New York's Bobby Ojeda facing off against Houston's Bob Knepper. 

The Astros ace; Mike Scott was already 2-0 in the Series & he was looming to start for Game Seven. The Mets bats had been baffled by Scott's split finger fastball, a fairly new pitch that had only been around a few years at the time. It was a big game for both teams.

The Mets; Bobby Ojeda, got roughed up for three runs in the first inning,  Bill Doran led off with a base hit & scored on Phil Garner's double. Glen Davis then drove him in with a base hit. Ojeda walked Kevin Bass, then Jose Cruz singled bringing in Davis, making it a quick 3-0 lead to the delight of the Texas fans in a loud Astrdome. Kevin Bass attempted to steal home but was tagged out by Ojeda on what turned out to be a huge play.

But Ojeda settled down and would pitch five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks & two strike outs. Rick Aguilera came on to throw three scoreless innings, getting to the 8th. But the Mets were still down 3-0 by the 9th inning. 

Houston’s Bob Knepper was outstanding through eight innings, he shut out New York allowing just two hits. But in the top of the 9th with the Astrodome awaiting a celebration, the Mets woke up. 

Pinch hitter; Lenny Dykstra sparked the team with a lead off triple to center. He quickly was brought home as the next batter; Mookie Wilsons singled. Kevin Mitchell grounded out, but the Mets most clutch hitter; Keith Hernandez doubled, scoring Mookie & bringing the Mets to with in a run, down 3-2. 

Houston’s manager brought in reliever; Dave Smith who quickly was in trouble, as he walked Gary Carter & Strawberry to load the bases. Ray Knight hit a sac fly scoring Hernandez to tie the game. The city of Houston went silent but New York was just waking up.

 The game went on for seven more innings of nail biting drama. It was baseball at it's best.

The Mets; Roger McDowell pitched five shutout innings allowing only one hit along the way in a stellar relief performance.

Houston's Larry Anderson matched him with three shut out innings as well. In the 14th, Aurelio Lopez came in to pitch for the Astros. Gary Carter led off with a single, then Straw walked. Ray Knight attempted a sac bunt but Carter got nailed at third base. Backman then singled to right field putting the Mets ahead in what looked like the game winner. 

But in this epic,t he Astros would not go quietly. Houston came right back, as Billy Hatcher blasted a HR off reliever; Jesse Orosco tying it again in a wild crazy scene at the Astrodome.

In the top of the 16th with a depleted bullpen, Lopez came out & started the inning. Darryl Strawberry hit a lead off double to center field. Ray Knight then delivered with a single, scoring Strawberry putting the Mets ahead 5-4.

Jeff Calhoun was brought in for Houston and threw a wild pitch advancing Ray Knight to third. Calhoun then walked Wally Backman. 
Jesse Orosco got a rare plate appearance and wouldn’t ya know it, Calhoun threw another wild pitch scoring Ray Knight. Orosco then bunted Backman over to third base. 

Lenny  Dykstra then singled as well, bringing home Knight in what would be the all important game's winning run.

Davey Johnson stuck with his relief ace Jesse Orosco through another intense drama filled bottom of the 16th. 

Craig Reynolds struck out to start out the inning, but then veteran; Davey Lopes drew a walk. Bill Doran singled, and then Billy Hatcher struck again, with a single to center driving in Lopes.

Denny Walling then grounded out for out number two. But the Astros refused to die, Glen Davis then singled bringing home Doran & the score to within one 7-6 Mets. 

Next up was the dangerous Kevin Bass who kept fouling off Orosco’s curve balls. In a now famous conversation, first baseman; Keith Hernandez visited the mound and told Jesse if he threw another curveball they were going to fight. 

Orosco agreed, he reared back & struck out Bass for the final out. The 1986 New York Mets won the National League pennant. It was the clubs first World Series appearance since 1973 , thirteen years earlier.

New York City had come to a stop the past few hours following the excitement of the game, and now it celebrated and went wild. They advanced to the World Series for the third time in their history to face the Boston Red Sox.


Oct 30, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1986): NLCS Game #5: The Kid's RBI Single Wins A Thriller In Extra Innings

Tuesday October 14th 1986- NLCS Game #5- Shea Stadium, New York

from center field: It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon when my boss "Big Dom" asked me if I wanted to go to the big game. Sure enough he had three free tickets, Paulie, Artie the Hat & myself flew out to Shea Stadium in my burgundy Monte Carlo for Game #5. I had attended the Game #4 loss to Mike Scott, so I was looking forward to a win. We arrived late due to the weather as most of the crowd did. But it turned out to be one of the best pitchers duels & exciting endings I have ever been to at a live game.

 Starting Lineups

A crowd of 54,986 finally arrived at Shea with the series tied at two games each, this was a big game. Two of the games best pitchers went head to head as Hal Lanier sent Hall of Famer; Nolan Ryan to the mound (12-8 / 197 Ks / 3.34 ERA) against the Mets Dwight Gooden (17-6 / 200 Ks / 2.84 ERA).

Today both pitchers were once again outstanding. Nolan Ryan went nine innings surrendering only a 5th inning HR to Daryl Strawberry. Straws HR went down the right field line & barely edged the foul pole in fair territory. 

It was the first hit had given up on the afternoon & one of only two hits Ryan gave up on the day. The other a Keith Hernandez single in the 7th. Ryan struck out 12 Mets along the way & walked only one. He exited in a 1-1 tie.

For New York, Dwight Gooden went ten strong innings, he only allowed one run,which came in the 5th inning. Alan Ashby led off with a double & advanced on a Craig Reynolds single. Ashby came home on Bill Dorans grounder to second base. Gooden did allow nine hits, walked just two & struck out four batters. He exited in the 10th in a 1-1 tie as well.

The game was finally up to the bullpens. For the Mets, Jesse Orosco was perfect for two innings, striking out two batters. 

For Houston; Charlie Kerfeld a rather chubby fellow, with dark sun glasses & a cheekful of tobacco, came on to pitch. He go through two innings retiring the Mets in order. The crowd began to grow restless on the edge of their seats more & more in this thriller.

In the bottom of the 13th, the pesky Wally Backman reached base on an infield hit. He was suppose to be picked off of 1st base as he got caught off guard, but Charlie Kerfeld threw the ball away. Backman scampered to second as the crowd chanted "Lets Go Mets". 

Keith Hernandez was then intentionally walked to get to a slumping, Gary Carter. Carter was in a miserable slump, going 1-21 in the Series up to that point. Carter stepped in & took a Kerfeld pitch straight up the middle for a base hit. 

Center fielder Billy Hatcher was playing shallow, he threw the ball on the money to home plate, but there was no way to get the fast Wally Backman.  

Backman scored the winning run, as Shea Stadium went wild. Gary Carer was mobbed by his team mates & threw a fist in the air in triumph. It was one of his biggest moments in his Hall of Fame career.

The win sent the Mets back to Houston with a three game to two lead. One more game to win the pennant & get to the World Series. It was quite a game with quite an exciting ending, certainly a Mets classic!

Oct 29, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1986): NLCS Game #3: Dykstra Nails HR For Walk off Win

October 11th 1986 NLCS Game#3- Shea Stadium, New York: 

It was a cool overcast fall afternoon in New York City. 55,052 carzed Mets fans filled Shea Stadium, as the NLCS returned to Queens for the first time in 13 years. There was plenty of excitement surrounding this one even before it began.

The Series was tied at one game each, after a split in Houston. Mets manager; Davey Johnson sent Ron Darling (15-6 / 2.81 ERA 184 Ks) to the mound to face Houston’s Bob Knepper (17-12 / 3.14 ERA / 145 Ks).

Starting Lineups

Ron Darling was shaky in the 1st inning, giving up three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batsman and two RBI singles. Bill Hatcher got the first hit & stole second base. He scored on Wallings base hit. With Glen Davis up, Darling threw a wild pitch & then hit Davis. He struck out Kevin Bass but gave up a single to Jose Cruz.

It got worse for him in the 2nd inning, as Bill Doran hit a two run HR making it 4-0 Astros. 

Houston's Bob Knepper rolled along, fustrating the Mets hitters. He allowed no runs on just two hits into the 6th inning. The Mets fans were quiet just waiting for some thing to happen.

To lead off the home 6th, Kevin Mitchell & Keith Hernandez both singled. Next up, Gary Carter reached on a Bill Doran error as Mitchell scored the Mets first run, 4-1 Astros.

The crowd began to get excited & a classic Mets moment followed. Daryl Strawberry delivered with a dramatic high flying three run HR into the right field lodge section that tied the game at four. The shot fired up the Mets team, as Keith Hernandez gave a hard friendly shove to both Ray Knight as well as Strawberry at home plate as Straw touched the plate. The Shea crowd went into a wild frenzy.

In the top of the 7th, Rick Aguilera came in relief and gave up a walk to Bill Doran. Then Billy Hatcher bunted to third base & a Ray Knight error put runners on the corners. Denny Walling then grounded out but scored Doran putting Houston ahead 5-4.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Lenny Dykstra pinch hit for Rick Aguilera & struck out. He would later play an important role in the game.

In the 8th inning, Astros reliever; Charlie Kerfeld retired the Mets in order, setting up a save opportunity for Dave Smith.

In the bottom of the 9th, Wally Backman led off with a bunt base hit down the first baseline. As he slid into first base, the crowd went wild & got loud. 

Astro Manager; Hal Lanier argued Backman slid out of baseline to avoid tag. Home plate Umpire Frank Pulli dismissed Lanier calling Backman safe.

Next, Dave Smith threw a pitch passed catcher; Alan Ashby and Backman advanced to second base. Pinch hitter Danny Heep stepped in but flew out to center for the first out.

Now Lenny Dykstra came to bat as Mets legendary broadcaster said "the man they call Nails" stepped in.  Murphy continued with an excited calssiccall-  "It's a high fly ball hit to right field, its fairly deep its way back, its by the wall .... its a HR a HR, the Mets win the ball game. Dykstra hits a HR"

Yes, Dykstra blasted Smith's pitch down into the right field bullpen, ending the game in dramatic walk off fashion. Shea Stadium went wild, as did the Mets team mates who went to home plate to greet Dykstra.

Quotes: "Lenny Dykstra being mobbed by his team mates"- Bob Murphy.

Nails had hit, what became one of the most famous HR’s in Mets history, putting New York up two games to one in the NLCS.

Oct 28, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1986): NLCS Game #2- Bobby O Evens Up Series

Thursday October 9th, 1986: NLCS Game #2- Houston Astrodome, Houston Texas.

After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game #1, where Mike Scott out dueled Dwight Gooden, the Mets seeked revenge to even out the Series. The hostile Astrodome crowd of 44,391 were loud & excited at their chances to go up 2-0 over the hated Mets.

  Starting Lineups

Davey Johnson's Mets, sent their winningest pitcher in 1986 to the mound; Bobby Ojeda (18-5 / 2.57 ERA / .783 Winning %, best in the league) to even it up. Hal Lanier sent future Hall of Famer; Nolan Ryan (12-8 / 194 Ks / 3.34 ERA) to mound.

After three scoreless innings, the Mets struck in the 4th, Len Dykstra & Keith Hernandez both singled with one out. Gary Carter doubled bringing in the Mets first run of the series. Darryl Strawberry hit a sac fly scoring Hernandez making it 2-0 New York & quieting the loud Astrodome.

In the 5th, Rafael Santana & Dykstra both reached base with base hits. With two outs, Wally Backman singled to centerfield making it 3-0. Keith Hernandez then delivered a bases clearing triple on a line drive in the centerfield gap, making it 5-0 Mets.

It was all they needed for the win, tying up the series heading back home to New York.

Bobby Ojeda pitched a one run complete game, he allowed ten hits, walked two & struck out five Astros. Nolan Ryan took the loss allowing all five runs on seven hits, no walks & five Ks. Larry Anderson, Aurelio Lopez & Charlie Kerfeld all pitched for Houston as well.

Bobby Ojeda tags Out Kevin Bass at Home

Oct 27, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (1974) NL Champion Mets Take A Goodwill Tour Of Japan

Jerry Koosman enjoys the fruits of Japan
In the off season of 1974 the Mets took a three week good will tour of Japan. They had originally been asked to do the trip while still being the defending NL Champs. New York was a known team team in Japan & stars like Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra,  Jerry Koosman & Tug McGraw were well known in Japan as well.

But not all the Mets were into the trip, Bud Harrelson, Cleon Jones, Jerry Grote &Tug McGraw did not participate in the journey. Some feel that McGraw being traded in the off season may have had something to do with his not going. Tom Seaver did not want to go eithr, his wife; Nancy was pregnant at the time with their second child. But all agreed Seaver was the big draw & had to make the trip. He went with Nancy, pitched in five games then came home early as Nancy got sick.

Mets- Ed Kranepool, John Milner & Joe Torre
On the trip the Mets showed off their new acquisition, infielder Joe Torre. The Mets went 9-7 on the trip & had a fun time along the way. They played a variety of the Japan teams, selling a good amount of tickets along the way.

On November 2nd, during a pre-game of a Mets vs Japan game, there was a very special event. CBS had arranged for MLB's all time HR King; Hank Aaron to go up against all time Japanese HR king; Sadahara Oh of the Legendary Yomiuri Giants in a HR derby show down.

Sadahara Oh, Henry Aaron & Yogi Berra in Japan 1974

Aaron who had just set the all time HR record early in the 1974 season, took the contest lightly & in goo nature collecting the $50,000 awarded to him. Mr. Oh took it a bit more serious in his home land receiving $20,000 for his efforts.

Aaron chose the Mets coach, Joe Pignatano to toss him his pitches, quite an honor for the Mets coach. Hank also chose to use an Ed Kranepool light Adirondack bat in the competition. 

As Aaron was trailing Oh early on, the Mets wives began chanting "Lets go Henry" something he'd thought he'd never hear from the New Yorkers. Aaron won the contest 10-9.

Remembering Rheingold Beer & Its Mets Sponsorship

Rheingold Beer:  

Anyone who remembers the Mets back in the early seventies has to remember one of its main sponsors; Rheingold Beer.

Rheingold was a long time Mets sponsor, who boldly displayed it image high above the Mets huge Shea Stadium score board. Their ad was located on the left side of the Mets logo which of course was in the center, through the 1973 season.

Rheingold Beer goes back to 1883 when it was first introduced in New York City. It became the main beer in New York in the 1950's, claiming to sell 35% of the beer in all of New York State.

It became the official beer of the New York Mets from 1962-1973, during the Mets first days in the Polo Grounds, their huge ad took over almost all of the scoreboard.

The Official Scorer would light up the H in the Rheingold sign when a hit was credited to a player & the E would light up to signify an error. Manage Casey Stengel would appear in many ads with Miss Rheingold all season in those days.

1962 Mets Yearbook

Miss Rheingold girls were winners of a Miss Rheingold pageant held each year, where the public actually got to vote for their favorite girl, from 1940-1965.

Mid Sixties Rheingold Girls

jinx falkenburg
The first Miss Rheingold was Jinx Falkenburg, one of the first super models dating back to the 1930's. Jinx was also a tennis star, actress & model.

She & her husband Tex McCray were pioneers in the talk show industry as well as being politically involved in the Eisenhower elections of 1952 & the building of North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island where they resided.

The Rheingold ads would feature the likes of the Rheingold Girls, Linda Darnell, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, Jackie Robinson, John Wayne & even the Marx Brothers.

Who could forget the Rheingold truck delivering its beer when Sonny Corleone is beating up his brother in law Carlo, after he had beaten up his sister Connie? The classic scene takes place under the Johnny pump in the first Godfather movie.

Sonny Corleone beats up Carlo in the Godfather

1973 was the last year that Rheingold sponsored the Mets, for it was in 1973 that they closed their large Bushwick, Brooklyn brewery. Rheingold could no longer compete with the national Breweries of Anheiser Busch, Schlitz or Miller.

Although they did remain in business through 1976 when they closed their last location in South Orange, New Jersey.

Starting in 1974 Schafer became the official beer of the Mets "the one beer to have when you're having more than one" in the Schafer circle of sports!

Rheingold was revived again in the late nineties & continues to sell on a small scale.

Former Mets Broadcater & His Amazing Career: Tim McCarver

James Timothy McCarver was born on October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee. The six foot left handed hitting catcher was signed out of the Christian Brothers High School in Memphis in 1959.

That year he flew through the minor leagues all the way up to AAA Rochester batting .359 overall. At 17 years old he was briefly called up to the Cardinals, debuting on September 10th, 1959 in a game against the Milwaukee Braves. He appeared in nine games that season.

In the next two years he shuttled between St. Louis and the minor leagues, developing his skills. By 1963 he was up for good at age 21 becoming the Red Birds main catcher taking over the position from Jimmy Schaffer. McCarver established himself as one of the top defensive catchers of the 1960s and early 1970s, throwing out over 40% of would be base stealers five times & leading all backstops in fielding percentage twice.

He became the personal catcher for Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, helping develop him into one of the games most dominant pitchers. He was Gibson's battery mate for his 1968 Cy Young Award season, where he posted a 1.12 ERA. He also caught Gibson in four twenty win seasons & two World Series, including his dominant 1967 performance where he won three games.

McCarver also would be personal catcher to another Hall of Famer; Steve Carlton. In 1965 he got into an argument with the stubborn rookie pitcher over pitch selections. The two would form a friendship & have a great working relationship as well. He would catch Carlton in his early years with the Cardinals, then move on with him to the Philadelphia Phillies. McCarver was Carlton's personal catcher over Bob Boone, handling the plate in two of Carlton's Cy Young seasons (1972 & 1977).

As he was developing his skills he led the league in passed balls twice & errors committed once. But by the late sixties he was on top of his game. Besides his outstanding defense and abilities to call a good game, he was a good hitting catcher especially for his time. In his first two full seasons (1963 & 1964) he batted .288 with over 50 RBIs both seasons. He hit double figures in HRs from 1965-1967, with seventeen plus doubles six times in his career.

In the 1964 Cardinals championship season, he hit .288 with a .343 on base %, 9 HRs 19 doubles 52 RBIs & 15 intentional walks (5th most in the league). That season McCarver handeled not only Gibson (19 wins) but future Met Ray Sadecki who won twenty & Curt Simmons who won 18 games.

Post Season: In the 1964 World Series McCarver opened up the Series with two hits in Game #1. He had a big Game #5 putting the Cards ahead in the Series, as he broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning, with a three run HR off New York's Pete Mikkelsen.

In the Cards Game #7 win he drove in the first run of the game with a sac groundout off Mel Stottlemyre.

In that Game#7 Gibson pitched a complete game win for his second win of the series, clinching the title. McCarver was the World Series' leading hitter with a .478 average, getting 11 hits with one HR, one double, one triple, five RBIs & five walks.

In 1966 he became the first catcher in the modern era, to lead the N.L. in triples with 13. That year he even stole nine bases with 12 HRs 68 RBIs & 19 doubles. In the Cardinals dominant NL years he hit .275 or better each season, batting a career high .295 with 54 walks in 1967.

That year he made his second straight All Star team, & was leading in league in hitting (.355) at the All Star break. That season he posted a .369 on base percentage with 14 HRs 26 doubles & 69 RBIs playing in 138 games. He finished second in the N.L. MVP voting, losing out to team mate Orlando Cepeda.

During the season he contributed with many key hits, especially in tight games. In the last week of July he drove in eight runs & from August 19th to September 1st he drove in ten runs. On August 30th he hit a two run HR at Shea Stadium off Danny Frisella scoring the only two runs of the game.

Post Season: In the late sixties the Cardinals were riding high with a strong team playing in their new Bush Stadium. They would win two World Series in four years, & playing in three Series in a five year span. In the 1967 World Series, the Cards beat the “Impossible Dream” Boston Red Sox in seven games.

Tim only hit .127 in this Series driving in two runs overall. But it was in this series Bob Gibson won three games, extending his streak to five straight World Series wins. In Game #1 he struck out ten Red Sox matching that total in Game #7 as well.

In 1968 St. Louis returned to win another NL pennant, by nine games over the San Francisco Giants. McCraver hit .253 with 5 HRs 15 doubles & 48 RBIs in 128 games played. He threw out 37% of would be base stealers that season.

Post Season: In the World Series the Cards faced off against the Detroit Tigers. In this series, Detroit pitcher Mickey Lolich won three World Series games.

In Game #1 two of the game's best went at it, Gibson vs. Denny McLain at Busch Stadium. Gibson was incredible pitching a five hit shut out striking out a World Series record 17 batters.

In Game #3 at Tiger Stadium, McCarver hit a three run HR off Earl Wilson in the 7-3 St. Louis win. Gibson returned for his seventh straight World Series win in Game #4, as McCarver had three hits in the 10-1 victory. In Game #7 it was Lolich & the Tigers coming out on top.

McCarver had another good Series, hitting .333 (9- 27) with a HR, two triples, four RBIs and three walks. McCarver’s played in three Fall Classics, batting .311 playing in 21 games.

In 1970 McCarver was traded along with Curt Flood, Joe Hoerner, & Byron Browne, to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dick Allen, Cookie Rojas& Jerry Johnson.

This was the famous trade where Curt Flood refused to report to his new team deal, challenging the reserve clause. Instead a young Willie Montanez went to the Phillies in his place.

McCarver missed a lot of action in 1970 batting .287 in just 44 games as injuries got the best of him. The next season he batted .278 but committed 11 errors with 18 passed ball behind the plate, leading the league in those categories.

On June 23rd 1971, he was behind the plate catching Rick Wise no hitter at Riverfront Stadium, against the reigning NL Champion Cincinatti Reds. In 1972 McCarver began the year in Philadelphia, catching Steve Carltons 27 win season 310 strike out Cy Young season. But he was traded to the Montreal Expos for John Bateman on June 14th.

On October 2nd 1972, at Jary Park in Montreal in the final series of the regular season, McCarver he caught no hitter number two.
That day Bill Stoneman threw a no hitter against the New York Mets, striking out just two & walking seven.

The next year McCarver was back to St. Louis (1973-1974) then to the the Boston Red Sox (1974-1975) behind Carlton Fisk. In mid-1975, Steve Carlton now one of the league's best pitchers was pitching in Philadelphia.

He requested the Phillies get McCarver back to be his full time personal catcher. Carlton preferred McCarver over Phillies regular back stop Bob Boone. The Phillies granted his request & it was there he would spend the rest of his career through 1980. McCarver used to joke that when he and Carlton pass away, they'll be buried 60 feet six inches apart from each other.

On Americas 200th birthday, July 4, 1976, McCarver hit what is known as a "Grand Slam Single". That day after hitting a game-winning home run with the bases loaded, he passed teammate Garry Maddox on the base path. He supposedly said to the umpire, "I didn't pass him; he lapped me due to sheer speed".

Post Season: In the mid to late 1970’s McCarver got to play in three consecutive NLCS with the Phillies from 1976-1978. All three times they were eliminated, once by the Big Red Machine & twice by the L.A. Dodgers.

McCarver went 3 for 14 with three walks in seven games catching Carlton, in those years. McCarver briefly returned to play in September 1980 becoming one of the few players in history to play in four different decades.

He finished his 21 season playing career with a .271 batting average, 1501 hits 97 HRs 242 doubles 57 triples 548 walks & 645 RBIs with a .337 on base %. He is 41st all time in games behind the plate with 1387. He has 8206 put outs (24th all time) a .990 fielding percentage (96th all time) 132 passed balls (84th all time) while throwing out 34% of base runners.

Broadcasting Career: In 1980, he began his broadcasting career at WPHL Philadelphia, where he was paired with Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas calling games for the Phillies.

He moved on to the New York Mets booth in 1983 and would remain there for 15 years. McCarver worked with the Mets mainly alongside Ralph Kiner through those years through 1998.

He also worked with Rusty Staub, Steve Zabriske, Howie Rose, Matt Laughlin, Bud Harrelson & Fran Healy on television with channel 9 as well as the cable outlets. In his time he worked on Sports Channel, Fox Sports Net & the MSG network. McCarver went on to call the Mets 1986 NLCS games for the ABC network alongside veteran broadcaster Keith Jackson.

This included the 16-inning Game #6 clincher in Houston, where Tim got to interview the NL champion Mets. He also worked the 1988 NLCS disappointing Met loss to Los Angeles Dodgers for the network.

As a broadcaster, McCarver became a star. His knowledge of the game is outstanding. He has won three Emmy Awards for Sports Event Analyst. McCarver has revolutionized the color analyst job, with his tremendous baseball intelligence & ability to break down a situation affecting all aspects of the play.

He tells the viewer things that we had never heard before from a broadcaster. He explains the importance of the positioning of fielders, as well as the upcoming circumstances that may occur with future hitters coming up in the line up. He foresees pitching matchups, base running possibilities and certain points that may result in the out game of the game like no one had done before. He is never afraid to tell it like he sees it & can be critical at times as well. When rule questions come up during a broadcast, McCarver will explain the rule in detail. He goes by the book with hunches & like to play percentages.

Some people have criticized his style all throughout his career, saying he over analyzes . McCarver will outspokenly second guess a managerial move if he doesn’t agree with it. No matter what anyone says, he knows the game better than anybody, as well as any situation which occurs.

He is author to two books, Tim McCarver's Diamond Gems. & his Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro. That book is an incredible breakdown of the game explaining baseball situations on every level.

On a broadcasting network level he began with ABC, where he was originally teamed with Don Drysdale on Monday Night Baseball games in 1984. Next he worked with Al Michaels and Jim Palmer from 1985-1989 and again from 1994-1995. He worked at CBS teamed with Jack Buck in 1990-1991 and then Sean McDonough from 1992-1993.

Since 1995 he has been working on the FOX Network, paired with Joe Buck for Saturday afternoon games of the week and the post season. McCarver has been on hand for some of baseball's most memorable and exciting moments since 1984.

In 2003, McCarver set a record by broadcasting his 13th World Series on national television passing the legendary Curt Gowdy. He has covered every post season in the last 28 years. The first World Series that McCarver worked on was in 1985 for ABC, replacing the legendary Howard Cosell. Tim served as a field reporter during the 1984 NLCS between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs & never missed commentating on the League Championship Series since.

While covering the Mets, McCarver criticized Darryl Strawberry for staying in the same place in the outfield regardless of the hitter at bat. He often said Strawberry would make more outs if he made some adjustments. Then-Mets manager, Davey Johnson responded, saying that Darryl sees the ball come off the bat best in that spot . Anywhere else, he cannot read the ball well, and any advantage will be lost because he will misplays it.

During the 1992 NLCS, he criticized Deion Sanders for playing both football and baseball on the same day. Sanders dumped a bucket of water on McCarver three times while he was covering the clubhouse celebration for CBS.

McCarvers's showed who the real mature man was, holding back any verbal abuse. Being the true professional, all he did was say sarcastically to Sanders “You’re a real man Deion”.

On October 17, 1989 before Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco, McCarver was talking about the Giants slim chances to win when the earthquake hit California. Some game footage of the Oakland Athletics was being shown, when, the ground began to shake. The broadcast picture became full of static, and a distracted McCarver, did a verbal double-take. Al Michaels broke in and said, "I'll tell you what; we're having an earthqu-" just as power went out.

In 2008 he publicly called Manny Ramirez despicable for his lazy play in Boston & then turning it up when he arrived in Los Angeles with the Dodgers.

In 2010, he compared how the AL New York teams ownership treated former manager Joe Torre to Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia treated its generals, a position he was later forced to apologize for .

McCarver is one of three sportscasters (the others being Fran Healy and Tom Seaver) to have covered both New York teams on a regular basis. He also covered the A.L. New York team (1999-2001) & then did one season with the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

The Tim McCarver television Show, had been syndicated for over a decade. He has also hosted the HBO series Race for the Pennant & the 1992 Winter Olympics with Paula Zahn for CBS.

In 2009 he released a CD of Jazz standards where he sang the lead vocals. McCarver has recently lived in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Honors: In 2012 he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford Frick Award. The minor league stadium in Memphis was christened Tim McCarver Stadium in 1978. .

Originally 2013 was suppose to be Tim McCarver's last year behind the mic at as he decided to retire. He did leave the Fox broadcast booth but chose to work some of the St. Louis Cardinals games on Midwest Sports network. He continued that work through the 2019 season.