METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 14, 1964 GAME:wayne bodle
February 27, 2004
My recollection (40 years ago) is that this was the first game of a Sunday double-header, and that a prodigious home run to centerfield in maybe the 5th inning by Richie (later Dick) Allen, then a rookie, broke the game open. The shot hit the light standard in old Connie Mack Stadium to the left of the scoreboard above the top of the 32 foot fence, and bounced back well toward the infield. Outfielders, baserunners, and umpires were running in circles trying to figure out what had happened, and the crowd buzzed.
I was 16, from exurban Philadelphia, neither a Phillies nor a Mets fan, but got both teams' radio and TV broadcasts. Game was sold out, stood behind the last row of seats behind third base. The Phillies were unexpectedly in contention in June, and the Mets were a novelty who drew from New York. Don't specifically know if this was that game, but I think it was. Allen was the scariest hitter of that (60s) generation.
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