METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 14, 1966 GAME:
October 8, 2002
As I wrote about the April 16th game, the first game I ever saw at Shea, I was 7 years old and knew nothing about baseball other than that the Mets were MY team and therefore the best team in baseball. The 1966 Giants had Willie Mays's last superstar year. He hit 37 hrs, McCovey hit 36, Jim Ray Hart hit 33, Marichal won 25 games, Gaylord Perry won 21, and the Mets beat the Giants anyway, 11-4.
At that game, however, my father gave me a history lesson: The Giants, he told me, used to play in New York. The Dodgers, he told me, used to play in Brooklyn. They only recently had moved to California, and the Mets were a brand new team, and were the worst team in the Majors.
I was so disillusioned that, starting with the June 4th loss to the Dodgers, the Mets lost the next 7 games we went to!
June 3, 2005
Jack Fisher picked up his first win of the season in this game at Shea. The Mets had 17 hits in the game, and all of them were singles.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, RBI singles by Johnny Lewis and Cleon Jones gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in their half of the first. The Giants tied it in the second on a double by Don Landrum, an infield out, and a wild pitch.
The Mets took the lead for good in the third on an Ed Kranepool single that scored Ron Hunt. They added two more in the fifth and then batted around in the sixth with the key play being a bases loaded error by Jim Ray Hart (my scorecard says Hal Lanier) that allowed two runs to score. Ron Hunt drove in the final run in the seventh.
The Giants were down 11-2 in the eighth and put together three consecutive one-out singles for a run, then Dick Selma came in and gave up a run on a fielder's choice groundout, and retired pinch- hitter Willie McCovey on a fly ball to the warning track in left with runners at the corners and two outs. Selma pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close it out.