METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 19, 1971 GAME:
April 27, 2002
I believe I attended this game as a child. It was helmet day. The Mets won in the bottom of the 15th on a Clendenon home run. Have a got the facts right?
March 28, 2004
In the top of the 14th at Shea Stadium, Larry Bowa was on 2b and Oscar Gamble on 1b for the Phillies. On a double steal attempt, Bowa reaches 3b and Gamble is caught in a rundown. Bowa continues on to score and draws a throw while Gamble reaches 2b. NL president Chub Feeney ruled that Bowa should be credited with 2 stolen bases on the play and Gamble 1.
April 28, 2004
I also attended this game as a child. It was helmet day. The thing I remember more than even Clendenon's home run was an earlier shot by Ken Singleton that could have been the longest home one ever hit had it not hit the high, white Mets sign in centerfield. (It's been a long time since I've been to Shea). Unless my childhood memory deceived me, I was in the right field bleachers and the ball was like a rocket. It took off from the bat and hit the sign in about two seconds still going straight up.
April 30, 2004
Laurence, I can't vouch for your memory of Singleton's shot hitting the scoreboard, but he did hit a homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. That tied the score 5-5 after the Phils had taken the lead in the top of the 14th on the double (triple?) steal described above by Feat Fan in March of 2004.
The Mets won it on a Clendenon homer off RHP Bill Wilson in the bottom of the 15th with two outs and nobody on.
Tom Seaver started the game for the Mets but this was one of those rare 1971 starts where he just didn't have it. Tom, who led the league in ERA that year with a 1.76 mark, gave up four runs and twelve hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out just three batters.
Former World Champion Met Bobby Pfiel played in this game for the Phillies. He had a pinch single in the top of the 13th but was caught stealing.
September 1, 2004
It was helmet day and my first Mets game. I went with my Cub Scout pack and we set in the upper deck near the left field foul pole. We left sometime in extra innings and filed onto a school bus to take us back to East Hampton. The bus driver put the game on the radio. Every one of us sat rapt to the voice of Bob Murphy. The Phillies scored to go ahead, but the Mets tied it. Then Clendenon launched one and Murphy was shouting "The Mets win. The Mets win the ball game!" and we were all cheering like crazy in the bus and waiving our batting helmets. I am writing this the night after coming back from seeing the Mets lose to the Giants in San Francisco. It was my first Mets game of the year and the 33rd consecutive year I have seen the Mets live at least once, starting with Helmet Day, 1971. My wife can't understand why I care about the Mets, or why I am pissed they lost tonight. She also doesn't understand why I got teary eyed when Murphy called his last game last year (thank God for the Internet, as I am in California), or when he died. But she wasn't on the bus on Helmet Day, when Murphy called Clendenon's high fly ball to right field.....
September 8, 2004
I remember this as the first major league game I ever attended. I was a seven year old living in Wantagh and I went with my father.
I remember three things from this game: it was Helmet Day, I wore my first Mets' uniform with number 2 (Bob Aspromonte's number, I still don't know why I chose it) and the Mets beat the Phillies in 15 innings. We stayed for the entire game that ended with Donn Clendennon's home run.
I also recall Ken Singleton hitting a home run, but could not remember the inning in which he hit it. Thank you, Bob P.
June 11, 2007
Helmet day!! Seaver didn't have it that day, but the Mets stayed in it. My mother made us leave in the 11th inning (I seem to remember a Clendenon double wasted?), and we got home in time to see Clendenon's game winning HR in the 15th. I remember being pretty sore at my parents for making us leave!
March 13, 2008
This was the first of many Mets games my father took me to. God rest his soul; what a wonderful man. He served almost 40 years on the N.Y.P.D. It was Helmet Day and the Mets won. We were there for all 15 innings in the Mezzanine section. What a great day!
January 4, 2010
It was my first game also. I was six years old, but I did remember Singleton having a big day.