METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 31, 1967 GAME:
August 5, 2007
Lots of "stuff" happened in this Thursday afternoon game between the last-place Mets and the third-place Cubs.
It started as a pitcher's duel between a couple of USC guys, Tom Seaver and Rich Nye. In the bottom of the fifth Don Kessinger hit a grounder to first but it bounced off Bob Johnson and all the way into the dugout. Kessinger moved to third on a Glenn Beckert bunt and scored on an infield out by Billy Williams. The Mets tied it in the sixth on an RBI single by Tommy Davis.
In the bottom of the ninth, Randy Hundley doubled down the right field line, and after Ted Savage bunted him to third, Wes Westrum decided to intentionally walk Adolfo Phillips and pinch- hitter Lee Thomas. At this point Westrum also replaced Tommy Davis in left field with Tommy Reynolds, and on the next pitch Kessinger hit one foul down the left field line where Reynolds made a running catch and threw Hundley out at the plate to send the game to extra innings.
The Mets never threatened to score again and in the eleventh Ernie Banks led off with a single. Hundley, trying to bunt, was hit in the shoulder by Ron Taylor. Leo Durocher sent Fergie Jenkins in to run for Banks, and had Ted Savage try to bunt the runners over. But when the count got to 1-2, Durocher called Savage back to the dugout and sent up veteran left-hand batter Al Spangler. Taylor's first pitch to Spangler was a ball, then Spangler looped one just over third and just inside the foul line, allowing Jenkins to score the winning run.
September 25, 2015
This was the start of the only 7-game series in Mets history. In April, the Mets and Cubs only got two games played in the Mets first trip to Wrigley. In July, a whole series got rained out, leaving them to play 7 games in 4 days on their final trip to Chicago for 1967. They lost this single game on Thursday, split doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, and lost the doubleheader on Sunday.