METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 13, 1966 GAME:rick w
February 12, 2008
I remember my Dad taking me to this doubleheader. I was deeply under the spell of the Mets in those days. I think this was one of the few trips down from Hartford that wasn't a bus trip. There was a light drizzle throughout the first game. Bob Shaw had just been acquired from the Giants & spun a beauty. Al Jackson pitched for the Cards. Al was traded in the Ken Boyer deal the previous winter. It seemed very odd to see Jackson (the battling little lefthander from Waco Texas) as Bob Murphy used to call him pitch against the Mets.
You could see the Mets were starting to change. Their older players like Boyer still had gas in their tank and you could see the talent in Cleon Jones, Dennis Ribant, Ed Kranepool and Ron Hunt. Defensively they had improved as well and on this weeknight they gave the Cardinals all they could handle; rallying late to take the lead and then holding it. Very un-Metlike!
I remember young Billy Murphy playing well that night and was always surprised that he didn't turn out better.
I also can remember getting a charge out of Dick Stuart. He was at the end of the line but still had that "swagger."
Now it's your turn! Tell us what you remember of this game: