Remembering Mets History (1965) Rob Gardner & Chris Short Pitch 15 scoreless Innings
Saturday October 2nd, 1965: Wes Westrum's last place New York Mets (50-110) were playing in the second game of a double header against Gene Mauch's sixth place Phillies (83-76). The Phils had taken the first game 6-0 behind a two hitter from Jim Munning who struck out ten. Bunning went to 19-9 on the season.
Westrum the former New York Giants catcher had taken over as manager for Casey Stengle back in July after Stengle had fallen & broken his hip. The 75-year-old manager was eventually forced to retire due to his health.
A small crowd of 10,371 came out to Shea Stadium for this twi-night double header that began at 5:30 PM. The starting pitchers were Rob Gardner for the Mets & Chris Short for Philadelphia.
In this incredible pitcher's duel both pitchers pitched 15 innings of shutout baseball.
The Mets Rob Gardner allowed just five hits along the way, as he struck out seven & walked two. The 20-year-old Rob Gardner was a September call up & was shelled for seven runs in three innings of work in his debut. He had lost his first two outings & this game was just his fourth start of the season.
Gardner would pitch two seasons for the Mets (1965-1966) going 9-5 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 games, 15 starts. He pitch in the majors for eight seasons going 14-18 with two saves & a 4.35 ERA. Gardner also pitched for the Cubs (1967) Indians (1969) the A.L. New York team (1970 / 1971-1972) the A's (1971 & 1973) & Brewers (1973).
The Phillies Chris Short struck out 18 Mets along the way, as he allowed nine hits & walked three. Short spent 14 seasons with the Phillies winning 17 or more games four times.
He was a twenty-game winner in 1966 & a 19 game winner in 1968. In his 15-year career he was 135-132 with 18 saves & a 3.43 ERA in 501 appearances.
In the 16th inning Darrell Sutherland came on for the Mets & threw two scoreless innings allowing just one hit & walking one. Dennis Ribant followed with a scoreless 18th. The Phils sent Gary Wagner & Jack Baldschun to the mound, both pitchers also held down the Mets through the next three innings.
At around 1;00 AM the umpires decided to call the game a tie, since it meant nothing in the standings everyone was just exhausted.
Years later, Marichal was recounting how his manager Alvin Dark came out to the mound to get him in one inning, but Marichal refused to leave, saying "There's no way I'm coming out before that 42-year-old (Spahn)!"