METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 10, 1970 GAME:
May 13, 2006
It's Mother's Day at Shea and the 36,000-plus in attendance are treated to a pitching matchup between two future Hall of Famers, Juan Marichal and Nolan Ryan.
Of course, the final score is 11-7!
The Giants bang out 14 hits, and Ryan leaves with one out in the fourth, allowing seven runs and seven hits plus two walks.
The Mets also knock Marichal around for six runs and seven hits in the first three innings, including homers by Shamsky, Garrett, and Clendenon. But Marichal settles down and allows just one run and three hits the rest of the way for a complete game victory---his first win of the season---despite allowing seven runs, ten hits, and the three homers.
Willie McCovey had a two-run homer in the third off Ryan, then had a fourth inning grand slam off Tug McGraw.
February 6, 2013
I can still picture Clendenon's soaring homer. But what made the game memorable for us was that it was Mother's Day: as I remember, the Mets gave women, at the gate, batting helmets with plastic flowers on the top. I don't know how we got my step-mother there, but her resentment about it lasted until Labor Day. Until finding this excellent site, I remembered her scowl and all the homers but not the starting pitchers, or that the McCovey grand slam was off McGraw.