METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 6, 1972 GAME:
July 26, 2001
I attended this game, stayed for the entire 14 innings and watched McGraw walk in the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th. Not a happy night.
June 19, 2004
The Mets managed just two hits in this fourteen inning game!
Padres RHP Steve Arlin threw ten innings, allowing just one hit, a leadoff single by Dave Marshall in the fourth. Jim Fregosi had the only other Mets hit with two outs in the twelfth off Gary Ross. Jerry Koosman pitched ten scoreless innings for the Mets, striking out twelve.
The Padres scored in the top of the fourteenth when they loaded the bases with nobody out. It looked like the Mets might escape as Tug McGraw got Nate Colbert to hit into a force play at the plate, and Clarence Gaston struck out. But Jerry Morales walked to force in the only run of the game.
The Mets threatened in the bottom of the inning when Bud Harrelson walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a sac bunt. But Dave Marshall grounded to short and was thrown out at first, and as the throw went to first Harrelson tried to score. Nate Colbert threw home to Pat Corrales and the game was over.
On this same night the Pirates won a 17-inning marathon at the Astrodome, so the Mets fell 2.5 games out of first place.
The fourteen inning game was over in three hours and twelve minutes!
April 28, 2005
I watched this entire game, right up to its bitter end. Bud Harrelson was thrown out at home to end it, but it happened a little differently than the way its described above.
With Harrelson on third and two outs, John Milner was batting. Gary Ross threw a pitch that got by catcher Pat Corrales. Harrelson raced for the plate, but Corrales recovered quickly. He threw to Ross covering home and Ross tagged Harrelson--late! But the umpire (who might have been tired and just wanted to go home) called Harrelson out. It was a terrible call. Buddy, Milner and Yogi Berra were all arguing intensely, and with good reason.
It was a frustrating end to a long game that should have been tied up at that point.
May 19, 2005
Hank M, thanks for pointing out my mistake in describing the play that ended the game! I misread the summary off retrosheet. I'm glad you have the real live memory of the disappointing ending of the game (although I wish Buddy had been safe!)