Showing posts from July, 2022

Gil Hodges Finally Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2022)

Sunday July 24th, 2022- Cooperstown New York: It was a long time coming & way overdue. Finally, today MLB inducted Gil Hodges in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Gil's daughter Irene gave a tear shedding speech for long time Mets fans & his leadership as Manager of the Amazing 1969 New York Mets from loveable losers to World Champions of baseball. Many of those players are gone or could not attend, but in "Amazing" support, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda & Art Shamsky were on hand for the induction. Also in attendance was Tom Seaver's daughter Sara & Tommie Agee's widow, Maxine showing their love & respect for the former Mets manager Gil Hodges. Also, the Mets longtime legendary, media man Jay Horowitz was there shedding a tear as well. Gil Hodges 1924-1972

Wayne Kirby: Mets First Base Coach (2022) & Former Mets Player (1998)

Wayne Leonard Kirby was born January 22nd, 1964 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The five foot eleven left hand hitting out fielder was signed out of an Apprentice School in 1983 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round. Kirby spent  eight years in the Dodgers minor leagues before getting put on waivers & signed with the Cleveland Indians.  MLB Career: He debuted at age 27 playing 21 games with the Indians in 1991. He spent six years in Cleveland, playing as their regular right fielder in 1993. That year he batted .269 with 123 hits, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 6 HRs, 60 RBIs & 17 stolen bases in 131 games.  Kirby was a fine defensive outfielder, making a league leading 19 assists. He also turned in five double plays & posted a .979 fielding %. The next year he hit  .293 in 78 games with 5 HRs & 23 RBIs in 78games played. For the  1995 AL Champion Indians, Kirby  hit just .207 getting in to 101 games as a back up out fielder. He stole ten bases hit ten doubles

50th Anniversary of the 1969 Mets: Seaver Recovers After Two Straight Losses

Saturday July 26th , 1969 : The Mets (55-40) five games back of the Chicago Cubs at this point, hosted Dave Bristol's Cincinnati Reds (49-44) in a Saturday matinee at Shea Stadium. 45,074 (25,259 PAID) fans came out to see Tom Seaver take on Cincinnati's Tony Cloninger.   Today's Reds team only had two players of their classic Big Red Machine line up of the 70's. In 1970 the Red would get to the World Series & lose to the Baltimore Orioles. The Reds would play on four World Series in the 1970's & win two of them. Seaver had just come off of two straight losses, a very rare thing for him in 1969, it only happened twice. A sore arm had him beat up in Montreal in his last start & a 1-0 heart breaking loss to Bill Hands in Chicago before that one. The 1969 Cy Young Winner losing three straight games in 1969, wasn't going to happen. Today, this Seaver still wasn't his best but he was good enough for a complete game victory. Over nine innings, he sc

Remembering Mets History (2008) Billy Joel Plays the Final Concert at Shea Stadium

centerfieldmaz attended this concert in 2008 & wrote a concert review on this site that was very new at the time. With some updates to photo's & to how some of the events took place, here is pretty much the same review as it was posted July 19th 2008. Friday July 18th, 2008: This was an epic three-and-a-half-hour marathon concert of Biblical proportions. The last Concert ever to be held at Shea Stadium was definitely one for the ages. One of the best of the so many concerts I have attended. Tonight, Ghosts from the past came to Shea Stadium to Shea Goodbye! Let's begin with the crowd & the mood. Being a Shea Stadium veteran, I know my way around to Shea without hitting much traffic and parked on Northern Blvd. right off 126th St. It's amazing how no one knows these are legal spaces.(The lots were charging $30).  The crowd was of all ages from teens to people in their sixties. It was a sell out of about 65,00 0, dancing, singing, and shaking the rafters at She

Remembering Mets History (1984) Dwight Gooden Strikes Out The Side At the All Star Game

Tuesday July 10th, 1984: The 55th MLB All Star Game was held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It was the first time since 1961 & the Hey Day of Willie Mays that the Mid-Summer Classic was held here.  The game was broadcast on ABC with Al Michaels, Howard Cosell & Earl Weaver doing the broadcasting.  Huey Lewis & the News sang the National Anthem, Former New York Giants Hall of Famer, Carl Hubbell tossed out the ceremonial first pitch in front of 57,756 at "the Stick". The Mets sent four All Stars to the game, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Jesse Orosco & Darryl Strawberry. Hernandez would play in five All Star Games (three as a Met). For Jesse Orosco it was his second straight All Star game & his last.  Gooden made four All Star appearances. He would start the 1986 & 1988 All Star Games for the National League. Darryl Strawberry got the start  in right field. The last time a Met had gotten a start in the All Star Game was in 1976, when Dave