METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 29, 1962 GAME:
May 3, 2002
Great site. I was at this game 40 years ago. I saw something I have never seen since. Met pitcher Al Jackson picked off a runner at second base. The second base umpire didn't make the call even though he was only a few feet away. He must have fell asleep! The first base umpire made the correct call.
May 8, 2002
My dad took me to the doubleheader when I was 11 years old. We lived on Sedgwick Avenue so dad parked the car along Kingsbride Road and we took the D train to the Polo Grounds. We sat in the upper deck grandstand behind home plate and I remember Al Jackson pitching that 8-0 shutout. We moved to the first base side for game two and while the Mets took an early lead I remember them being bombed and we left during the middle of the nightcap. Dad was a softee so I ate plenty of ice cream and popcorn, a lot more than I would have if mom had been with us!
We got back on the train and I remember dad taking me to a toy store near the Kingsbridge Armory before going home. It was already dark and I think he bought me a picture puzzle.
My dad is now 87 years old and I'll turn 51 in June but it's little memories like these that make me smile and cry at the same time.
February 1, 2004
In the first game of this doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Al Jackson pitches a shutout and Frank Thomas is hit by a pitch twice in the fourth inning as the Mets score seven times.
Phils starter Art Mahaffey hit Frank the first time up in the inning. The second pitcher to hit him was Frank Sullivan, probably best known for giving up a twelfth inning game-winning HR to Stan Musial in the 1955 All-Star Game.
April 20, 2004
I was in fifth grade, less than a month away from my 11th birthday, when my Dad took me to my first Mets game at the Polo Grounds. It was a double header against Philadelphia. We saw the entire opener, which the Mets won 8-0 over the Phillies behind the pitching of little Al Jackson, and left midway through the nightcap. We sat out in right field, near the foul pole, and I remember one of the fans leading the rest of us in what was a brand new chant for me, "Let's Go Mets."
About three weeks ago, my 24 year old son, Josh, and I went down to Port St. Lucie to see a couple of spring training games. Gary Carter was there, along with Tim Teufel, Lenny Dykstra, Howard Johnson and Mookie Wilson, but the biggest thrill for me was seeing Al Jackson, nearly 42 years after that game at the Polo Grounds, still wearing a Mets uniform.
November 23, 2005
This was actually the first game of the first Met doubleheader in history. Jackson pitched the first Met shutout in history and it was his first win as a Met.
January 15, 2006
Also, as mentioned above, Frank Thomas got hit by a pitch twice in an inning which was only the second time in MLB history that had happened.