Remembering Mets History (1973) Mets Sweep Cards For Six Strait Win & Remain atop the NL East
On this cold cloudy September afternoon, 24,251 Mets fans came to Shea Stadium on fan Appreciation Day, to see the first place Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets fans received a ceramic Mets white coffee mug upon their entrance today's big game.
The Mets were now in first place but clinging to a half game lead over the Pirates & a one game lead over today's opponent, Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals. Yogi Berra sent Jon Matlack (13-15) to the mound to face Reggie Cleveland (13-9).
their four hits of the game. In the 8th Matlack struck out two more batters & in the 9th got Joe Toree to fly out to end the game with Tommie Agee on first base.
Sunday September 23rd, 1973: Pennant fever was running rampart on this Sunday afternoon, as with sunny skies & temperatures in the 70's, a good 54,701 paid, came out to Shea to cheer on their first place Mets, as they got closer to clinching a division title.
An estimated ten thousand of those fans bought same day tickets, arriving early & waiting on the long ticket lines.
It was reported in the press at that time, that after the game sold out, some fans used ladders to scale the walls, while others were perched in trees to get a glimpse of the game. Even politicians couldn't use their power to get into the game. These final exciting weeks is what made 1973 a memorable season.Trivia: On this day across the city, the NFL football New York Giants played the Philadelphia Eagles in what was the final game ever played at the old AL New Yorks team Stadium. Ironically, a young centerfieldmaz was at that game with his father. Of all places to be for a little Met fan on that day!
The Giants who were heavily favored managed just a 23-23 tie when Pete Gogolak kicked a field goal with no time remaining on the clock.
In mid-August he was traded to the Cardinals for Dave Campbell, no doubt to boost their offense for the pennant race. This was Agee's third trip back to Shea that season as a visiting player & today would be the last game he played there as well.