METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 24, 1973 GAME:
February 10, 2004
The first game of a west coast road trip finds the Mets and Dodgers playing 19 innings at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers are up 3-1 after three innings, then they don't score for the next 16 innings. The two teams combine for 41 hits, and 37 of them are singles. Willie Davis has six singles for the Dodgers, and Rusty Staub has five hits--four singles and a double--for the Mets.
Tug McGraw pitched five innings of shutout relief for the Mets and he was followed by George Stone who pitched six more. Dodgers LHP Doug Rau gave up four hits and a walk in the top of the 19th and Jim McAndrew pitched the bottom of the 19th for his only save of the 1973 season.
April 13, 2004
The longest game in Dodger Stadium history took place on May 24, 1973 when the Mets outlasted the Dodgers by a 7-3 score in 19 innings. The Mets four run 19th was keyed by RBI doubles off the bats of Rusty Staub (who had five hits on the game) and Ed Kranepool. Willie Davis had six hits, all singles, for the Dodgers.
I was living in Brooklyn at the time, still at home. I remember struggling to stay awake while listening to the radio play by play.
June 11, 2007
As a follow-up to my post on this game in February of 2004, the Dodgers actually set a major league record by "banging out" 19 singles without an extra base hit.
The Dodgers went on to break their own record 15 years later when they had 22 singles without an extra base hit in a 1988 game against the Reds.