METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 18, 1971 GAME:
September 19, 2001
In June of 1971, my dad took me to Shea for a weeknight game against the Phils. It was the first game I ever attended, and I wore a full Mets uniform to the game (I was nine). I remember that Gentry started against a pitcher named Ken Reynolds, that the Mets won, 2-0, that my favorite player, Tommie Agee, did not play (I was very disappointed), but that my second-favorite player, Donn Clendenon, DID play, and he smacked a slicing foul ball toward us in the field boxes halfway between first base and the right field wall. The ball looked as big as a softball as it headed for us. I have no idea how the Mets scored, but I do remember that it was pleasant weather, and we took the subway home. A fine way to start my Shea pilgramages!
May 22, 2004
Donn Clendenon singled, then Ken Singleton homered in the second inning for the only two runs of the game. In fact, those were the only two hits starter Ken Reynolds allowed in seven innings of work.
Gary Gentry did even better, pitching one of his best games as a Met that night. He retired the first ten batters of the game before Tim McCarver singled and Willie Montanez walked.
Gentry then retired 17 of the last 20 batters to finish the game with a two-hit shutout. He walked three and struck out seven.
January 15, 2006
This was also the very first Met game I ever attended. I was 10 years old. Ironically, my dad was a big Yankee fan and didn't like the Mets! But he took me anyway, along with another dad and his kid. We all drove out from NJ to Shea.
We sat very close, just about behind home plate. I remember Gentry looking kinda small and skinny on the mound, while Ken Singleton looked about 7 feet tall! I recall Gentry throwing very hard, hearing the catcher's glove snap. And the moment Singleton connected, everyone seemed to know the ball was gone as it disappeared into the beautiful June evening.
I instantly fell in love with Shea: the lights, the open sky in the outfield, the huge scoreboard with the old round Mets logo on top in that big square box. I felt so at home there - and I still do!