METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 17, 1964 GAME:
August 8, 2004
This was my first ever MLB game. We went on the bus with the Westport (CT) PAL. The Mets were my team, and I was pretty pumped up to be going to this game.
I remember that Charley Smith hit two home runs, and Dennis Ribant was pretty much untouchable. It was great to see some of my heroes (Smith, Joe Christopher, Ron Hunt, and Jim Hickman) at the game. I got to buy a yearbook at the game. I still have it, 40 years later. A trip to New York, driving by the World Fair, going to "Beautiful Shea Stadium" (thanks for the memories, Murph), AND a win. Wow. What more could an eleven year old boy want?
August 5, 2007
Charley Smith hit two home runs to help Dennis Ribant pick up his first major league win, complete game, and shutout on this Monday night at Shea.
Ribant faced just 31 hitters, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and also the final 12 batters he faced. He struck out ten, allowing four singles and did not walk a batter.
Smith's first homer came with two outs and two on in the bottom of the first to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. He also homered leading off the eighth to make the score 5-0. The other Mets run came on consecutive singles by Chris Cannizzaro, Ed Kranepool, and Roy McMillan.
April 13, 2008
This was my first game at Shea. There was a lot of excitement that year because of the World's Fair and the new stadium. It was also my first ride on the 7 train.
I remember the win but not much else (you guys always remember all the details).