Remembering Mets History: (1971) Seaver Closes Out the Year with His Third Career One Hitter Followed By his 20th Win
Sunday September 26th, 1971: Gil Hodges third place Mets (82-77) were closing out the regular season, with just four more games to play. Obviously, they were not making the post season but were still going to give the fans some last thrills. That season the Mets had displayed some exciting young players for the first time, pitchers Jon Matlack & Buzz Capra. Hitters John Milner, Ken Singleton, Mike Jorgensen, Tim Foli & Leroy Stanton. And it was to be a busy off season at a time with no free agency as the Mets traded to get some much-needed offense. This week the Met's pitching star, "The Franchise" Tom Seaver (18-10) would make his last two starts of the year in the Mets final four games. Seaver would get the start in today's matinee at Shea & five days later on Thursday night. Tonight, it was Seaver taking on Steve Blass (15-7) of Danny Murtaugh's first place & eventual World Champion, Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 30,519 at Shea Stadium.