METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 19, 1976 GAME:Mike Melioris
May 1, 2003
This was the best game I ever saw in my life. On Easter vacation from 8th grade this was the Monday night game of the wee., This game went on into three in the morning! Unbelievable plays from both teams kept this game going and going until Del Unser hit a home run in the seventeenth inning. Boy, what a game! It was fun! In fact they started calling it Tuesday morning baseball. The screen they show the score at the end of the inning (on Television) actually was changed in the fourteenth inning to say "Tuesday Morning Baseball" from the normal Monday Night Baseball. I can say one thing even if it wasn't Easter Vacation I would have watched this game and been, you know, "sick" in the morning.
Several times during the telecast they showed Dave Kingman's monster 700 foot shot four days earlier in Chicago that he hit across the street. This game they gave Dave nothing to hit as he went one for seven. Del Unser was hit by a pitch his next at bat by Lynn McGlothen the next day as was NY Met starter Jon Matlack (later that day as it was a Tuesday night game and this game went into Tuesday morning) that resulted in a bench clearing brawl. It was believed to be retaliation for hitting that home run in the seventeenth inning that won the game.
This is my vote for the best played game of all times, great plays and strategy from both teams, not to mention a game that could have dragged out another couple of hours it seemed. Del Unser hero of the day!
June 11, 2007
I think Del Unser lead off the 17th with that home run. I remember that as he was rounding the bases, the St. Louis fans were booing him fiercely.
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