METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 14, 1964 GAME:
February 10, 2011
I attended a doubleheader at the Phillies Connie Mack Stadium 6/14/64. With all that must have gone on, I strangely have only one memory of the whole twin bill - Amado Samuel punching a single into RF in game 2. I can still picture his jammed looping uppercut swing and the precise arc of the ball as it softly dropped in. Looking the game up on this site, I don't even remember at all the Jim Hickman homer that soon followed to give the Mets a rally in the 7th, though they lost 4-2.
Weird, how memory can be so selective and particular. I think it was because I didn't think # 8 hitter Amado would hit at all, and because I thought Amado was a neat name.
He is after all the best player named Amado who ever played in the Majors. Just like Andruw Jones is the best Andruw ever. And he seems to be the most well liked player ever for the Mets surnamed Samuel.
Actually I have one other memory, and only this one -Al Jackson warming up for his start, near the dugout those days. I though - man - is he little!
This is the season the Phillies blew the pennant in the most infamous collapse in MLB history (that 6 1/2 game lead with 12 to go - 10 losses in a row thing). It was hardly the fault of the Mets, who gave the Phillies both games of this doubleheader, and 15 of the 18 games for the season, including a perfect game by Jim Bunning a week after this game.