METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 4, 1966 GAME:
November 19, 2002
My first-ever Mets game, and it was a beaut! My dad bought tickets for the two of us and we sat in the mezzanine section along the first base line.
It was a Thursday afternoon game, Mets vs. the San Francisco Giants. Willie McCovey launched a majestic home run beyond the Mets bullpen in right field (it may have just landed).
However, the real fireworks were saved for the bottom of the ninth inning, when Ron Swoboda hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer over the left centerfield fence to win it in dramatic fashion for the Mets.
I still have the pennant that my dad bought me from that game and it's up above the doorway to my study at home.
March 14, 2003
At 15, I thought this was the greatest game ever played! The Mets trailed 6-0 after 6 innings to the great Juan Marichal, whom up to that point had never been beaten by the good guys (I think it would be another 2 years before they finally put an "L" next to his name.
But John Stephenson and (I think) Al Luplow each hit 2-run homers in the 7th & 8th to make it a game. An exciting rally in the 9th against the Giants bullpen, ending with Swoboda's blast off of Bill Henry.
I saw the game winner from the standing room area in the right field corner. That 15-year old knew that he had to hustle to catch the subway back to Brooklyn!
February 13, 2004
Not only do I remember the pinch hit home runs by Rocky Swoboda and *49, John Stephenson but even more important was the horrible Beatle haircut and Nehru jacket my mother made me suffer through on this hot August day!
Yes, I said Nehru jackets!
February 12, 2008
My first game and what a beauty!! I was 10 and I still remember Swoboda's homer sailing over the left field fence to win the game. It was a great day...Thanks Dad.
October 15, 2008
Herman Franks brought in the crafty left-hander Bill Henry to face Chuck Hiller. Wes Westrum called Hiller back and put up Ron Swoboda who hit a 3-run game-winning homer.
March 2, 2009
I was 9 years old and this is the day I became a Mets fan. I sat with my dad and brother on the 3rd base mezzanine and just remember the home run and crowd excitement as we left the stadium.
May 30, 2013
Ron Swoboda's walkoff home run is featured in the opening sequence of "Mets Yearbook 1966" on SNY.
January 10, 2014
I was 12 years old and my dad took me to this game. With Marichal pitching it looked like another Met loss on that hot midweek afternoon. The roar of the crowd as Swoboda connected still gives me chills up my spine. Up there with all the games I have attended as pure excitement.
April 13, 2017
My father took me to one game a year starting in 1963 when I was 9. This year it was my father, myself and my best friend who was a huge Giants fan. I was quite disappointed when my favorite player Ron Swoboda was not in the starting lineup. Things got even worse as my friend kept reminding me how great Marichal was as he retired the 1st 17 batters of the game. Down 6-1 in the middle of the 8th with Marichal on the mound there was no reason to have even a glimmer of hope. I have always believed that what happened from the point on was a gift to me from God. It still ranks as one the greatest days of my life and for me the greatest baseball game of all time.