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Remebering Mets History: (1973) Jerry Koosman Wins April NL Pitcher of the Month

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The 1973 New York Mets won the NL Pennant & came within one game of the Worlds Championship. But things started out slow, with lots of injures & didn't really get going until late summer.  But Mets lefty, Jerry Koosman was the exception, he started out that season winning NL Pitcher of the Month for April 1973 & was just Amazing. Koosman made his 1973 debut pitching in the third game of the 1973 season.  On April 11th, 1973  Koosman took the mound in St. Louis, facing the Cardinals, Reggie Cleveland. The Mets helped out Koosman right away in the 1st inning. Bud Harrelson, Felix Millan & John Milner all singled.  Cleveland then threw a wild pitch to Rusty Staub, scoring Harrelson from third. Staub poked a base hit, putting the Mets up 2-0. In the 3rd, John Milner hit his first HR of the season to make it 3-0 Mets. In the 3rd, St. Louis scored when Jose Cruz tripled & Mets third baseman Jim Fregosi booted a ground ball. In the 5th, the Mets Felix Millan tr

Remembering Mets History: (1980) Pete Falcone Ties MLB Record Striking Out the First Six Batters of a Game

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Thursday May 1st, 1980: A small crowd of just 5,928 came out to Shea Stadium, to see Joe Torre's Mets (6-11) already in 5th place, take on the eventual 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies (7-9) led by manager Dallas Green. Tonight an old Mets nemesis, "Lefty" Steve Carlton took on Brooklyn's own Pete Falcone. Starting Lineups Philadelphia Phillies         New York Mets 1 Lonnie Smith RF 1 Frank Taveras SS 2 Pete Rose 1B 2 Elliott Maddox 3B 3 Garry Maddox CF 3 Lee Mazzilli 1B 4 Mike Schmidt 3B 4 Jerry Morales CF 5 Greg Luzinski LF 5 John Stearns C 6 Bob Boone C 6 Joel Youngblood RF 7 Larry Bowa SS 7 Dan Norman LF 8 Luis Aguayo 2B 8 Doug Flynn 2B 9 Steve Carlton P 9 Pete Falcone P The game would start out with Mets pitcher, Pete Falcone striking out the first six batters he faced. This set a Mets franchise record that stood for 34 years until 2014, when Jacob DeGrom struck out 8 Marlins to start a game, tying the MLB record. For P

Former Mets Catcher & Helmet Inventor: Charlie O'Brien (1990-1993)

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Charles Hugh O’ Brien was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 1, 1960. The six foot two Charlie O attended Wichita State University, hitting 25 HRs with 116 RBIs while leading his team to the 1982 College World Series. That year he was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the fifth round as a catcher. Initially he hit .291 with 14 HRs at AA Albany in the Eastern League in 1983 but dropped off significantly the next two seasons. In 1985 the solid defensive catcher, got a September call up batting .273 in 16 games. In 1986 he got traded to the Milwaukee Brewers along with two minor leaguers for pitcher Moose Hass. He played three seasons in Milwaukee and never hit like he did in college ever again, putting up a best .234 with 6 HRs 35 RBIs in 1989. In Milwaukee he was primarily B.J. Surhoff’s backup catcher, putting up strong defensive numbers. He threw out 43% of runners attempting to steal in 1989 & tossed out at least 36% every season in Milwaukee. In August of 1990 he was traded

Remembering Mets History (2022): Five Mets Pitchers Combine for Second Franchise No Hitter

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Friday April 29th, 2022: On this brisk April night, the Mets wore black uniforms, as Buck Showalter's first place Mets (14-6) took on the Philadelphia Phillies (10-10). Tylor Megill took the mound against Aaron Nola in front of 32,416 at Citi Field. These lucky fans were about to witness Mets history. Megill who has been outstanding so far in 2022, had an easy 1-2-3 first.  In the 2nd, he struck out Nick Castellanos to start out the inning. he issued his first walk but got the other two outs.  In the 3rd, he added another struck out, there were two-line drives hit, but both were caught to end the inning with no harm. Brandon Nimmo made an outstanding diving catch which ended up saving the no hitter. In the 4th, Megill got fly outs from Rhys Hoskins & Bryce Harper. He ended the inning with Castellanos' grounding out. In the 5th, Megill struck out JT Realmuto then walked Kyle Schwarber, then got Alec Bohm looking. He then walked Didi Gregorius but struck out Odubel Herrera

Remembering Mets History (2002) Al Leiter Becomes First Pitcher To Defeat All 30 MLB Teams

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  Tuesday April 30th, 2002: On this evening in the desert the Mets went up against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ball Park. A good crowd of 36,743 came to see Bob Brenly's World Champions host Bobby Valentines, New York Mets. Rick Helling went up against Al Leiter, who was going for a feat never done before in MLB.  Going into this game, Leiter had victories against 29 MLB teams that have been in existence since 1901. With tonight's win, he becomes the first pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams. The Mets pounced on Helling in the 1st inning, Roberto Alomar & Mo Vaughn both singled, then Mike Piazza blasted a three run HR making it 3-0. In the 2nd, Alomar tripled with one out & scored on a Roger Cedeno fielders choice. Piazza then came to bat & blasted his second HR in as many innings. This gave him seven HRs & 16 RBIs on the young season. In the 3rd, a two run Joe McEwing HR finally knocked out Helling who allowed eight earned runs on eight hits & three H

Remembering Mets History (1962): Al Jackson Tosses First Mets Shutout & Frank Thomas Gets Hit By Pitches Twice In Same Inning

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Sunday April 29th, 1962: At this early point in the Mets inaugural season,  Casey Stengel's Mets had only won two games in their first 14 tries. It would be a long year trying to earn wins for the 1962 Mets.   Ob this day, Casey would earn his third Mets victory & see first shut out in team history.  The Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies on this Sunday afternoon double header at the Polo Grounds. A good crowd of just under 20,000 came to the old ballpark to see 26-year-old Al Jackson pitch for the Mets, against the Phils, Art Mahaffey. Starting Lineups Phillies 1 Tony Taylor 2B 2 Ted Savage LF 3 Don Demeter 3B 4 Roy Sievers 1B 5 Jacke Davis RF 6 Tony Gonzalez CF 7 Sammy White C 8 Ruben Amaro SS 9 Art M