METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 29, 1964 GAME:
February 2, 2002
Not the first game I attended (that was June 8, 1963)--but this was the first game I ever attended with my dad!
This date was my 9th birthday, and Mom and Dad took me and my sisters to the World's Fair, where we stayed from about 12 in the afternoon until about 6:00. My dad surprised me with tix late in the afternoon, sent my moms and my sisters home--and me and him hung out for a Friday night game.
Though the Mets were my team, I was just as excited seeing, for the first time, those Giants! McCovey. Cepeda. The Alou brothers (and all three of them made it into the game!!!).
And of course, the man I thought was purely magical...Mr. Willie Howard Mays!!!!
Jack Fisher started for the Mets; and I'm not sure who started for the Giants...it may have been Jack Sanford. In any case, I remember that the game was tight until the Mets pulled it out in the late innings. My father confessed later to my moms and other relatives that he was relieved that it didn't go to extra innings--LOL!!! (I guess he was REALLY glad that we didn't wait until two days later to go to the game!!!). I gotta research the boxes; but I think Joe Christopher hit one out (I may have it mixed up with another game I attended).
August 27, 2005
I recently visited Shea, and lots of memories came back from my first visit (also the Giants' first visit) in 1964. Dad, a Giants fan in the 1950s and a longtime Willie Mays fan, brother Marty (age 8), and I (age 7) were part of a crowd that was a record for some years. We were way up in the upper deck in right field.
We arrived in time for batting practice, and Dad was quick to note that Willie Mays was the guy having the most fun on the field, playing shortstop (like a Gold Glover, of course) while his teammates hit. Dad also correctly predicted Willie's stolen base. "Watch him. He's going to steal. There he goes!" And number 24 was indeed gone and safe at second.
The real highlight came later for we young Mets fans, when Jim Hickman hit a two-run, game-winning homer in the 7th, into one of the upper decks in left field, just fair. Based on my recent visit, I'm pretty sure that Hickman didn't put the ball into the third deck. It probably only seemed that way to young eyes in the far-away right field upper deck. I've always remembered Hickman's shot as a walk-off home run. Now, I wonder if we left early. (More fatherly wisdom, perhaps?) No matter. My brother was able to proudly proclaim: "Our first visit to Shea Stadium and the Mets win!" Indeed, our first visit and lasting memories, too.
Fred of Nyack
June 17, 2008
This was the first game I attended at Shea Stadium.
This was the first ballpark with escalators! We road them to the Mezz.. The box above the scoreboard actually worked that night with "headshots" of the players appearing as they came to bat. This did not happen often. You would need to see an early picture of the Shea scoreboard to see what I mean if you are not old enough to recall.
In those days all the games against the Dodgers and Giants were sold out, this was no exception- jammed packed, loud reactions to every Met pitchers' strikes.
Jack Stanford had a no-hitter going into the 7th and the Giants lead ( I know now was only 2 runs ) seemed insurmountable. Hot Rod Kanehl walked - a rally in itself, Frank Thomas tripled and Jim Hickman homered to centerfield. Willie Mays came very close to catching the ball.
All of this I clearly remembered and it is quite gratifying to see it confirmed by the box score. I did not, however, know that those were the only hits the Mets got that night.
My first trip to Shea, I can only hope that my last trip will be even marginally close in memories and remembrances.