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April 17, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 4
October 11, 2017
The Mets came from behind to beat the Braves. Ken Boyer hit a two-run double in the eighth inning for a tie and Ron Swoboda walked with the bases loaded to win it in the 9th. The victory put the Mets over .500 for the first time ever.

April 13, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
October 11, 2017
Tom Seaver made his debut in this game. He fanned Donn Clendenon to end the first inning for his first major league strikeout. Seaver, however, was not the winning pitcher. The decision went to reliever Chuck Estrada for his final major league win and only one as a Met. Also, Jerry Buchek hit a two-run homer in the second and scored the winning run on Chuck Hiller’s double in the eighth.

June 23, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
October 11, 2017
This was the first game I ever attended. I was not quite 10 years old. It was helmet day at Shea. Who knew I was watching a future HOF pitcher (Ryan) ?!

This game is a very special memory for me.

July 4, 1969 Forbes Field
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Ed K
October 11, 2017
Earliest start ever for Mets - 10:30 AM for the holiday!

October 12, 1969 Memorial Stadium
1969 World Series Game 2
Mets 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
October 11, 2017
Jerry Koosman held the Orioles hitless through the first six innings and the Mets won their first World Series game. Donn Clendenon homered and Al Weis got an RBI single to break a tie in the top of the ninth. In the 7th, Ed Charles made an outstanding grab of Dave Johnson’s hard grounder for an inning-ending force play. This was one of many defensive gems turned by the Mets in the Series that got overshadowed by the catches Agee and Swoboda made over the next two games. Charles looked much like his third base counterpart, Brooks Robinson, on the play. He was even wearing the same uniform #5 in front of the Baltimore crowd! Ed’s stellar stop was a sign of things to come at Shea later in the week.

May 11, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Houston Astros 1
Quality Met
October 11, 2017
Watching this game on TV as a young kid who was new to baseball, I saw a grand slam for the first time in my life. Thank you, Dave Marshall for introducing me to the biggest of all home runs.

September 12, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
October 11, 2017
This is a game I watched on TV as a kid. For some reason, it comes back into my mind from time to time. I recall that Gary Gentry hurt his arm and got taken out before a huge rainstorm held things up about an inning or two later. With the score tied in the ninth, reliever Danny Frisella drew a walk and moved to third base on an error. Mike Jorgensen singled to drive home Frisella and the Mets won. It ended with a walk-off run being scored by the winning pitcher himself, which doesn’t happen too often.

April 27, 1972 Jack Murphy Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 3
NYB Buff
October 11, 2017
This was one of those late night games from the west coast that was probably not tuned into by many New Yorkers. It featured Rusty Staub’s first home run as a Met and a homer by Jerry Grote that turned out to be a game-winner. Also, it was Don Zimmer’s debut as a major league manager. Zimmer had just taken over the Padres after the firing of Preston Gomez.

June 17, 1972 Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 8, Mets 2
October 11, 2017
Something I saw in this game had me fooled for a long, long time. In the fifth inning, Joe Morgan sent a line drive to left field that hit John Milner’s foot and caromed far away from him. Morgan circled the bases for what looked like an inside-the-park home run, but that doesn’t seem to be what happened. Websites that cover play-by-play accounts of past games state that the play was an error on Milner all the way and not even a hit was credited to Morgan. For more than forty years, I thought of this moment as the first ITP homer I ever saw. It was apparently scored as a four-base error instead. Funny how some of your experiences as a youth can turn out to be illusions later in life!

July 14, 1972 Jack Murphy Stadium
Mets 3, San Diego Padres 2
NYB Buff
October 11, 2017
A successful major league debut for Dave Schneck. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Mets the lead for good. Tom Seaver pretty much did the rest with a complete game five-hitter to continue his dominance over the Padres. The win was the twelfth in thirteen career decisions for Seaver against the San Diego team.

July 21, 1972 Candlestick Park
Mets 3, San Francisco Giants 1
Quality Met
October 11, 2017
What a return for Willie Mays! He slugged a two-run homer in his first game back at Candlestick Park since being traded by the Giants. The home run was the difference in the game as the Mets won by two. It was the only time Mays ever homered at "The Stick" as a visiting player.

June 16, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, San Diego Padres 2
Raymond Malcuit Jr.
October 11, 2017
The Mets honored the POWs before the game.

July 4, 1973 Jarry Park
Montreal Expos 7, Mets 5
October 11, 2017
I saw this game on TV and it gave me a headache. Tom Seaver was on the mound with a 5-0 Mets lead in the bottom of the eighth, but then struggled badly and got knocked out. The killer came when Ron Woods, an ex-Yankee, hit a three-run homer off a reliever put the Expos ahead. I couldn’t help but think that the Yankees had just done something (traded Woods to Montreal) to beat the Mets.

October 7, 1973 Riverfront Stadium
1973 National League Championship Series Game 2
Mets 5, Cincinnati Reds 0
October 11, 2017
Jon Matlack stifled the Big Red Machine with a two-hit shutout. Matlack struck out nine batters and the NLCS was even at one win each. Rusty Staub slugged a solo homer and the Mets collected five singles in the ninth inning for four more runs. Great game.

Andy Kosco singled for both Cincinnati hits. I remember Kosco also hitting a drive down the left field line that was over the wall, but foul by inches. Kosco, Sparky Anderson and a few coaches argued the call to no avail.

August 6, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Montreal Expos 6
Hobie Cat
October 11, 2017
This was the rainy night that I saw the Mets score seven runs in the sixth inning. I continued to watch on TV until the eighth before going to sleep, thinking the win was in the bag. On the radio the next morning, I heard the expected news of the Mets victory, but also that the Expos had the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the ninth when the rain washed out the rest of the game. Realizing the fate that had gone our way, I was then thanking the baseball gods above!

August 10, 1975 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Mets 1
October 11, 2017
This was the first game I ever attended. I was six, and have been a Mets fan ever since. (And I miss Shea Stadium.)

August 21, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Houston Astros 0
Kevin O'Brien
October 11, 2017
Okay I was there as well that night sitting in the mezzanine box seats behind home plate ($1.50 to get in and $1 to the usher) Here is what actually happened: Leonard flys out to end the game and as was customary when the Mets won that year (which wasnt often) the Mets Owner/President Ms. Lorinda De Roulet was being escorted to the mound to congratulate the winning pitcher (Falcone) when the umpires ruled that time had been called prior to the last pitch. Kranepool had already gone to the clubhouse and I distinctly remember that after order was restored and as Falcone was delivering the pitch Kranepool was on the top step of the dugout trying to get to his position but before time could be called and anyone realized it Leonard had lined a basehit to centerfield. The umpires convened and ruled that the hit did not count because there were only 8 defensive players on the field for the Mets when Leonard hit it. The Astros announced they were protesting the game. Leonard then flied out and the game we thought was over. The league President ruled that night that the protest was upheld and the final out had to be played the next day with Kobel pitching thus costing Falcone the shutout.

October 3, 1981 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 5, Mets 4
October 11, 2017
I went to this game. I recall Reardon, who the Mets had traded for Ellis Valentine earlier in the season, saving the half-division-clinching game for Montreal. What an awful trade, huh? I used my free ticket to go to the 5/29/82 game, the one where the fans tossed their seat cushions onto the field. Pretty good use of a Mets promotion, huh?

May 16, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
October 11, 2017
I was at this crazy game. The Mets scored 9 runs in one inning while the Dodgers played more like little leaguers in the field with many errors.

August 4, 1982 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 4
NYB Buff
October 11, 2017
This was the Chicago half of Joel Youngblood’s experience of getting hits in two different cities in one day. In the third inning, Youngblood delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded that put the Mets ahead to stay. Scoring the first run on the play was Craig Swan, who launched the only homer of his career in the top of the fourth. Joel was then traded to the Expos, with whom he singled in a game at Philadelphia that night.

April 13, 1983 Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 9
October 11, 2017
A footnote in this game is that future Met first base coach and hitting instructor, Bill Robinson walked in a run against Jesse Orosco, before they brought in Neil Allen to face Diaz.

May 6, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Cincinnati Reds 4
Hobie Cat
October 11, 2017
A great comeback for the Mets! Four home runs led to victory in extra innings at Shea Stadium. The game was Darryl Strawberry’s first in the major leagues, but that fact seemed to have gotten lost in the late slugging show that produced an amazing win.

Danny Heep, Dave Kingman, Hubie Brooks and George Foster provided the dramatic slugging. It was Foster’s blast that won it, but I remember Kingman’s and Brooks’ homers in the 9th and 10th innings a little more because they both tied the game as I was ready to head off to bed with the Mets down to their last out. Dave and Hubie kept me awake a little longer that I expected. Thankfully, it was a Friday night!

There’s an interesting fact I discovered about Kingman’s home run. It was the 2,000th in Mets history.

April 14, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
October 11, 2017
I was at this game. I was at NYU at the time and they bought a block of seats in the picnic area in left field. It was too cold to do anything but sit there and shiver and wave those K-cards whenever Gooden struck out someone.

July 20, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 16, Atlanta Braves 4
NYB Buff
October 11, 2017
This game was the first in Mets history in which the team hit all four kinds of home runs. Darryl Strawberry led the way with both a grand slam and a three-run blast, Hojo provided a two-run shot and Danny Heep contributed a solo clout. This cycle of homers was already completed in the fourth inning! Clint Hurdle (who entered later) added another solo homer in the seventh. Also, each member of the Mets’ starting lineup had at least one hit for a game total of eighteen. One of the most productive games the team has ever had.

August 25, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, San Diego Padres 3
October 11, 2017
I was at this game on a cloudy, rainy Sunday at Shea. The weather was no problem as the Mets whipped the Padres. Dwight Gooden pitched superbly and became the youngest 20-game winner ever. Darryl Strawberry hit a home run to center field and Roger McDowell finished up for a save. McDowell also doubled down the left field line to drive in a run.

Gooden’s feat was displayed on the message board right after the game. The fans called for Dwight and he came out of the dugout, already dressed in street clothes, to acknowledge them.

September 3, 1985 Jack Murphy Stadium
Mets 8, San Diego Padres 3
NYB Buff
October 11, 2017
Gary Carter hit three homers in a game right on the 20th anniversary of Jim Hickman becoming the first Met to do so. Carter had solo, two-run and three-run clouts to drive in six of the Mets’ eight runs. Darryl Strawberry also homered and the Padres, as a team, had three round-trippers of their own.

October 25, 1986 Shea Stadium
1986 World Series Game 6
Mets 6, Boston Red Sox 5
October 11, 2017
The strangest fact about this great comeback victory was Rick Aguilera’s emergence as the winning pitcher. In the top of the 10th, Aguilera surrendered a leadoff homer, gave up a double and an RBI single and then hit a batter with a pitch in putting the Mets into a deep hole. He had the worst performance of all pitchers in the game and still got the W next to his name. Try to comprehend that one!

July 3, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Houston Astros 0
Tim Schmitt
October 11, 2017
My first MLB game ever! I was 5, sat upper deck left field, and fondly remember the last out when Shea went nuts for El Sid throwing a complete game and beating the Express!

July 11, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 3
Charlie with Good Taste
October 11, 2017
This was the night the Padres chose to pitch to the wrong ex-teammate. With the winning run on second base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Garry Templeton (traded to the Mets by San Diego that season) was walked intentionally to set up a force play situation. Kevin McReynolds, another former Padre, came to bat and hit an RBI single for a Mets victory. I guess the Padres figured if an old friend was going to beat them, let it be one who left the team five years ago instead of a more recent one.

September 1, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, San Francisco Giants 5
Gate E - David
October 16, 2017
This was Mookie Wilson day ! $1 hot dogs and sodas. Andy Tomberlin has the key pinch hit. Was a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

May 15, 1999 Veterans Stadium
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 7
NYB Buff
October 16, 2017
After falling behind by six runs in the first three innings, the Mets scored five in the top of the fourth to start a comeback that led to a victory. In the sixth, Mike Piazza hit into a triple play on which he lined out to shortstop with the runners moving on the pitch. The Phillies reliever who got Piazza on the TP was Ken Ryan - who never threw another pitch in the major leagues!

June 28, 2015 Citi Field
Mets 7, Cincinnati Reds 2
Sidney Swan
October 9, 2017
This was Steven Matz’s first appearance in a major league game. His inaugural was delayed several hours since the game from the previous day was suspended and had to be completed – in 13 innings! It was well worth the wait for Matz. He got the win and helped his own cause big time with a double, two singles and four RBIs! It was one of the best debuts in baseball history.

August 3, 2015 Marlins Park
Mets 12, Miami Marlins 1
Gold Finger
October 9, 2017
This is the game that gave the Mets sole possession of first place in the N. L. East. Michael Conforto got it started with his first major league home run in the second inning. Yoenis Cespedes added a pair of two-run doubles and Bartolo Colon pitched scoreless ball before a run in the eighth. A great victory to put the Mets on top of the division standings for good.

August 24, 2015 Citizens Bank Park
Mets 16, Philadelphia Phillies 7
Frank Nathan
October 9, 2017
This game was David Wright’s first one after missing four months with an injury. In the second inning, David made a grand return with a home run in his first time at bat. The homer must have been contagious because it was the first of eight in the game for the Mets as they routed the Phils.

September 2, 2015 Citi Field
Mets 9, Philadelphia Phillies 4
Frank Nathan
October 9, 2017
Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park home run in this game. It came on a short fly ball down the line that right fielder Domonic Brown couldn't quite reach. Brown disappeared into a section in front of the seats while the ball went all the way to the corner. By the time it was retrieved, Tejada had circled the bases for a most exciting two-run homer.

September 26, 2015 Great American Ball Park
Mets 10, Cincinnati Reds 2
Gold Finger
October 9, 2017
This was the game that clinched the National League East Division title for the Mets. Lucas Duda got things started off big with a grand slam in the first inning and the team never looked back. Curtis Granderson and David Wright also homered and Michael Cuddyer chipped in with a two-run double. One oddity about the game is the Reds outhit the Mets, thirteen to ten. But only one of the Cincinnati hits produced any runs.

Jay Bruce struck out to end it and the celebration was on. When he became a Met the next year, Bruce joined Joe Torre (1969) and Chico Walker (1986) as players who made the final out of a Mets division clincher and played for them later in their careers.

April 29, 2016 Citi Field
Mets 13, San Francisco Giants 1
Sidney Swan
October 9, 2017
What a great bottom of the third inning! The Mets scored twelve runs to set a new team record and whipped the Giants. Yoenis Cespedes provided half the scoring with a two-run single and a grand slam as the Mets collected eight hits and sent a total of fifteen batters to the plate. I tuned in to the whole thing and didn’t want to see it end.

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