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

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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. Starting Lineups New York Mets         Houston Astros 1 Mookie Wilson CF 1 Bill Doran 2B 2 Kevin Mitchell LF 2 Billy Hatcher CF 3 Keith Hernandez 1B 3 Phil Garner 3B 4 Gary Carter C 4 Glenn Davis 1B 5 Darryl Strawberry RF 5 Kevin Bass RF 6 Ray Knight 3B 6 Jose Cruz LF 7 Tim Teufel 2B 7 Alan Ashby C

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

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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 St adium 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 Houston Astros         New York Mets 1 Bill Doran 2B 1 Lenny Dykstra CF 2 Billy Hatcher CF 2 Wally Backman 2B 3 Denny Walling 3B 3 Keith Hernandez 1B 4 Glenn Davis 1B 4 Gary Carter C 5 Kevin Bass RF 5 Darryl Strawberry RF 6 Jose Cruz LF 6 Mookie Wilson LF 7 Alan Ashby C 7 Ray Knight 3B 8 Craig Reynolds SS 8 Rafael Santana SS 9 Nolan Ryan P 9 Dwight Gooden P A crow

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

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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 Houston Astros         New York Mets 1 Bill Doran 2B 1 Mookie Wilson CF 2 Billy Hatcher CF 2 Kevin Mitchell LF 3 Denny Walling 3B 3 Keith Hernandez 1B 4 Glenn Davis 1B 4 Gary Carter C 5 Kevin Bass RF 5 Darryl Strawberry RF 6 Jose Cruz LF 6 Ray Knight 3B 7 Alan Ashby C 7 Tim Teufel 2B 8 Craig Reynolds SS 8 Rafael Santana SS 9 Bob Knepper P 9 Ron Darling P Ron Darling was shaky in the 1st inning, giving up three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batsman and t

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

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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 New York Mets         Houston Astros 1 Lenny Dykstra CF 1 Billy Hatcher CF 2 Wally Backman 2B 2 Bill Doran 2B 3 Keith Hernandez 1B 3 Phil Garner 3B 4 Gary Carter C 4 Glenn Davis 1B 5 Darryl Strawberry RF 5 Kevin Bass RF 6 Mookie Wilson LF 6 Jose Cruz LF 7 Ray Knight 3B 7 Alan Ashby C 8 Rafael Santana SS 8 Dickie Thon SS 9 Bob Ojeda P 9 Nolan Ryan P 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 in

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

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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

Remembering Rheingold Beer & Its Mets Sponsorship

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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.

Former Mets Broadcater & His Amazing Career: Tim McCarver

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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