METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 15, 1977 GAME:
February 14, 2002
This was a "spur of the moment" game for me. I was coming back from college in West Virginia at 2:00 and the Met game was just beginning. At that moment I saw the exit for the Whitestone Bridge and I decided to go to the game. I got there in the second and saw a great pitcher's duel between Seaver and Andy Messersmidt (sp?). Unfortunately the mood around Shea in 1977 had gotten ugly and the fans were all over Seaver, the Mets, and Mets management. I got so disgusted I left in the 7th inning. The game went extra innings and I heard the game all the way home to New Haven and saw the end of the game on TV. The other memory I have of that game is watching Del Unser play a great centerfield.
May 27, 2003
It's not my intention to be the "fact police," but a couple of corrections to an earlier post on this game:
It was a great pitcher's duel, but Tom Seaver and Burt Hooton were the starters in the game. They combined for 17 innings pitched, 2 runs, 16 hits, and 13 strikeouts. Andy Messersmith was with the Braves in 1977.
Also, the Mets starting outfield that day was Bruce Boisclair, Lee Mazzilli, and Dave Kingman. Mike Vail entered the game in the 11th inning. Del Unser was with the Expos in 1977.
The Mets lost the game on a two-out infield single by John Hale off Bob Apodaca in the top of the 12th. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets had runners at second and third with nobody out but Jerry Grote (he played third base in this game), and pinch-hitters Ron Hodges and Felix Millan could not deliver.
January 6, 2006
Good catch Bob.Unser was traded the summer before along with Wayne Garrett to the Expos for Jim Dwyer and Pepe Mangual, a centerfielder with enough speed to get to any ball, and then drop it. Unser would go on to be one of the best pinch hitters or the late 70's and early 80's with several clutch hits for the 1980 champion Phillies.