METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 21, 1962 GAME:Ed K
May 28, 2007
This is one of two games in 1962 that Marvelous Marv won with a pinch homer in the ninth inning. The other game was against the Cards in early July but I believe this is the one with the side story that helped make Marv legendary.
Marv was on the bench because lefty Harvey Haddix (a future Met coach) was the Pirate starter. During the game, 3B Coach Solly Hemus got himself thrown out of the game in an argument. In order to shame the ump, Casey finished the inning coaching 3B himself.
The next inning, Casey shifted Cookie Lavegetto who was coaching 1B over to 3B and yelled for someone to get out there and coach at first base. Richie Ashburn shoved Marv out there to coach and the fans went wild. In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets are down 4-2, and a reliever is in the game with two Mets on base. Casey pulls Marv off the coaching line to pinch hit and he hits the walk-off three run dinger. It was sweet!
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