METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 22, 1969 GAME:
March 16, 2003
The main things that I remember is that it was banner day, and that Swoboda struck out five times! When he came to the plate the last time, the crowd was cheering the Cardinal pitcher on. Swoboda gave the fans what they wanted!
March 23, 2003
I am sorry to contradict, but this was NOT banner day. I should know. I was a banner day winner on August 17, 1969.
April 1, 2003
This doubleheader was my first major league baseball game ever. I was 11 years old, a Cardinals fan making the trip with my Dad on a bus trip from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
While my team lost, it was a watershed event for me... every time I walk up the ramp to see the field at a pro baseball game, I think of that day. That first sight of the inside of Shea Stadium was spectacular. Our seats were in the first row, behind first base. I remember waving my Cardinals pennant... getting Jerry Grote to autograph my yearbook.... my Dad drinking a very tall Shaefer beer... and a really loud shirtless guy with a crewcut and the biggest beer belly I had ever seen.
The Cardinals did very little that day. There was maybe one extra-base hit between both teams in both games. Koosman was great... and I remember the Mets hitting about 5 or 6 singles in a row in one inning, most of them seeming to go to right field in front of us.
And yes, Ron Swoboda striking out 5 times!
August 8, 2004
For Dan Styklunas: your memory is outstanding! Here is the play-by-play of the bottom of the fourth of game one from retrosheet.org:
Grote singled to right; Weis singled to right [Grote to second]; Gentry forced Grote (pitcher to third) [Weis to second]; Harrelson singled to right [Weis scored, Gentry to third, Harrelson to second (on throw)]; TAYLOR REPLACED CARLTON (PITCHING); Agee singled to right [Gentry scored, Harrelson scored]; Jones singled to right [Agee to third]; Clendenon popped to second; Swoboda struck out; 3 R, 5 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Cardinals 1, Mets 5.
So that's five singles to right field in that inning!