METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 8, 1967 GAME:
TOM from Tinton Falls|
July 2, 2003
This is the first MLB game I ever attended and, as much as anything, is the reason I am a lifelong dyed-in-the-wool Mets fan. I was 7 years old. I don't remember much from when I was 7, but I remember this game! My dad was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, so with them gone to the West Coast I inherited no favorite team from Dad.
Playing for the Braves that day were Hank Aaron, Clete Boyer, Rico Carty, Felipe Alou, Joe Torre, Cecil Upshaw and Bob Uecker! Those guys didn't matter to me at age 7. My team had Ed Kranepool, who had a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth to drive in the Mets' first run and scored the tying run in the same inning. We had Bob Johnson, who scored that first run and hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning. We had Bud Harrelson, the little skinny shortstop, who immediately became the favorite player of a little skinny 7-year-old.
I have the complete play-by-play account and box score from the game (from Retrosheet). For the record, the Mets won 3-2 after being held scoreless for 8 innings by Denny Lemaster. Upshaw blew the save for the Braves and Jay Ritchie took the loss. Aaron was 0-5, Torre was 0-5, Alou was 0-4, Boyer was 0-4 ... in fact the Braves got just 5 hits (Denis Menke 2, Woody Woodward 2, and Rico Carty 1). Bob Hendley started and Ron Taylor got the win for the Mets.