METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 7, 1963 GAME:
June 15, 2005
Duke Snider rips a 3-run homer off Diomedes Olivo in the 9th inning for a walk off victory. I can still hear Lindsey Nelson's call; the game was televised.
July 18, 2005
Most people likely have seen the clip of Snider's game-winning home run from the "25th Anniversary" video. Not only was I thrilled to see it, but I also was encouraged that it SURVIVED! (BTW, the video also features video game clips of Carlton Willey's grand slam and Gil Hodges' 2000th hit.)
November 15, 2005
The Cardinals' starting pitcher in this game was future Met Ron Taylor. Ron allowed just two hits and a walk through eight innings and was nursing a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinal runs had scored on first inning back-to- back doubles by Curt Flood and Dick Groat, and a fourth inning homer by Ken Boyer.
After retirning Jim Hickman (batting for Jimmy Piersall) to lead off the ninth, Taylor gave up a pinch-single to Frank Thomas. Rod Kanehl came in to run for Thomas. Ron Hunt drew a walk, and Cardinal manager Johnny Keane went to the mound, waving in LHP Diomedes Olivo to face Duke Snider. With the Duke up, catcher Gene Oliver allowed a passed ball, moving the tying runs into scoring position. Duke then hit a three-run homer to win the game, 3-2.
Olivo would get into just two more games in his major league career.
May 8, 2012
This was the first baseball game I ever went to. After Snider's walk off home run, the place went crazy. I wondered if this happened every game. My father said, son, meet the Mets. That was enough for me...a true fan forever.