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April 10, 1968 Candlestick Park
San Francisco Giants 5, Mets 4
orange and blue
April 8, 2005
This was the opener of the 1968 season. The season was supposed to open on Tuesday the 9th but Martin Luther King had been assassinated. The reason I remember this game is because it was Gil Hodges' first game as manager. Seaver started against Marichal who the Mets never could get a loud foul off, and they knocked him out but the late Danny Frisella blew it in relief. Reminds me of current times!

Bob P
May 24, 2006

The Mets had never won on Opening Day coming into 1968, but this time it looked like they would break the streak.

They jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Juan Marichal, something that seemed impossible given Marichal's dominance over the Mets through the years.

Tommie Agee singled with two outs in the first and stole second, and Ron Swoboada drove him in with a single. Next time up in the third, Swoboda hit a three-run homer and the Mets had a four run lead with Tom Seaver on the mound.

The Giants got an unearned run back in the bottom of the third on a single and two Met errors. Willie McCovey homered leading off the seventh but Tom was still in control, having allowed just three hits through eight innings.

The Mets still led 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Willie Mays led off with a single and after McCovey popped out, a passed ball and a Jim Ray Hart single made it 4-3. Gil Hodges went to Danny Frisella but Danny couldn't get an out. Nate Oliver singled to put the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on base, and then Jesus Alou doubled to left bringing in the tying and the winning runs.

I remember being in eighth grade, listening to the game while hanging out with my friends and thinking that the Mets would NEVER win a game on Opening Day!

April 11, 1968 Dodger Stadium
Mets 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Ed K
January 29, 2018
First MLB victory for Koosman - a four hit shutout!

April 14, 1968 Astrodome
Mets 4, Houston Astros 0
Ed K
March 27, 2008
First major league win for Nolan Ryan and the first time that the Mets ever won a regular season game on Easter Sunday.

Mike T
October 6, 2010

For the purists out there the Upper Deck Baseball Heroes card supposedly depicting a shot of Ryan being congratulated by Seaver, Koosman and Grote on Victory #1 is not from that game on this date. I have a larger photo that clearly shows Garrett in the shot also closing in on Ryan for congrats. I believe that shot is from the first ever Mets 'Save' in 1969.

April 15, 1968 Astrodome
Houston Astros 1, Mets 0
Ken Akerman
April 23, 2003
This was the longest 1-0 game in major league baseball history.

Feat Fan
May 2, 2004

I stayed awake through the 12th inning listening to this game on a Sony transistor radio and an earpiece in my ear. It was way past my curfew.

Both teams combined to hit .139 ( 22-158 )

Stinger Jim Ray fanned 11 in his 7 innings of work and I remember names like John Buzhardt, Calvin Koonce, Don Wilson, Les Rohr, Wade Blasingame, Dick Selma getting in. Wow, a few of these hurlers are no longer alive yet I remember this game vividly. As Gregg Allman penned, Getting Old Before My Time!

rich edwards
May 22, 2004

I remember this game for two things: Tommie Agee was either 0 for 10 or 1 for 10, and it was the start of a terrible slump and season for him. The second was that the run was scored on a bad infield hop due to the infield being in such poor, chopped up condition. It became the reason why they started dragging the infield every 5 innings no matter how long the game goes.

Shickhaus Franks
October 15, 2010

Some interesting facts on this "classic": Seaver had 10 IP, gave up 2 hits and struck out ONLY 3; Future Met Rusty Staub went 2 for 9; the game took 6 hours and 6 minutes to play and the attendance was 14,219 which included the late John Wayne who reportedly left after the 15th inning give or take an inning or two.

April 19, 2012

Another amazing fact about this game is that each team only used one catcher.

April 17, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, San Francisco Giants 0
P.J. Herbst
March 19, 2003
The home opener, and I worked this game as a vendor. Seemed like a great job at the time. The most memorable thing about this one was that the rookie Koosman loaded the bases with none out in the first inning and then proceeded to strike out the side! I seem to remember the three victims as McCovey, Bonds and Hart.

September 4, 2003

The 3 Giants who struck out with the bags full were Mays, McCovey and Jack Hiatt, not Jim Ray Hart. Cleon Jones hit a 3 run homer off of Mike Mcormcik as Koosman won. I was at that game, the only Opening day at Shea I ever went to and the only Mets game I went to in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher.

Ed Koch
July 5, 2005

Rookie Koosman became the first Met to ever pitch back-to-back shutouts. The previous week he had shut out the Dodgers 4-0 on the west coast. This win against the Giants was sorely needed after the Mets had lost their previous game 1-0 in 24 innings in the Astrodome.

Russ E
November 15, 2005

I also was at this game and remember Koosman loading them up in the first inning and then getting out of it. If you check the box score, the 4, 5, 6 Giant batters were Mays, Hart, and Hiatt (McCovey batted 3rd). Mays struck out, Hart popped up directly over home plate (as Ralph Kiner would say, "he hit a home run in a silo!") and Hiatt struck out. After that, they couldn't touch Koosman that day.

February 2, 2007

I love comparing memories to the box score. Cleon Jones could have had a hard time hitting a 3 run homer since he had only 1 RBI, Joel.

Now I'll put up my memory, and subject it to testing against hard facts. I'd say this game was a weekday game, played during daylight, because I remember listening to it on a school trip someplace (I was in the 8th grade) and all the excitement as Koosman got the three Giants out in that first inning jam. The whole bus was rocking--I have no idea where we travelled to that day, or what we saw, but I'll take this memory with me to the grave, and anyone passing our bus at that moment must have thought someone had won the World Series from all the noise erupting. One of my warmest Mets' memories (now someone point out how this game was a night game, and played on a Saturday!)

July 5, 2011

I was in the 4th grade, off from school on Easter break. My dad took me to the game. We sat in the upper deck of a packed Shea, on a warm spring afternoon. First inning was very exciting with Koosman getting out of the bases loaded jam.

After the game my dad took me to Mays Dept. Store and bought me a first baseman's glove.

That day is my favorite father/son memory. Great day for a 9 year old.

Let's Go Mets!

Doctor Elefant
November 28, 2014

My neighborhood was still packed with Giants fans by 1968. They'd only go out to Shea when the Giants were in town, expecting to see the deserters beat up on the lowly Mets. Then their kids would give me and the other Mets fans a bad time over it. Well, that had usually been the case, but not on this day.

When Jerry Koosman shut out the Giants in that home opener, he became my all-time favorite Met and still is to this day.

As for the Giants fans, well they finally got on board with the Mets after Koosman's 5-hit victory in the final game of the World Series the following year.

Ed K
April 6, 2016

First time that the Mets ever won a home opener.

April 18, 1968 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 5, Mets 3
Ed K
January 17, 2008
Don Cardwell hit one of his three Met homers in this game to give the Mets the lead, but he later blew the lead and lost the game.

April 19, 1968 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Mets 2
September 10, 2002
Nolan Ryan's first start at Shea.

First batter for Dodgers, Wes Parker, an excellent contact hitter walked back to the dugout shaking his head in apparent disbelief after striking out on Ryan's "heat" to start the game.

Unfortunately, catcher Tom Haller homered late in the game to offset a homer by Swoboda and the Dodgers won.

Game ended with Grote being called out at first base on a lousy call with the tying run on base that even in 1968 had the fans chanting "ump sucks" and "ump beats his wife."

Ed K
December 2, 2003

This is also the game that Nolan Ryan became the first Met ever to strike out the side on nine pitches.

Bob P
July 13, 2004

Nolan Ryan struck out the side on nine pitches in the third inning.

April 21, 1968 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Mets 6
Richie LaMothe
October 15, 2010
This was the first baseball game I ever went to. I learned to love baseball that day... and how to schmoosh a packet of mustard that sprayed all over some guy's pants next to us. If anyone else was at this game - or if it too was your first ballgame, get in touch with me. I would love to talk.

BTW - We stayed for the whole second game, too! Not only were there doubleheaders in those days but you could actually enjoy them and still get to work/school on time.

April 23, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Houston Astros 1
Bob P
May 31, 2006
In the Year of the Pitcher, Rookie Jerry Koosman pitches his third complete game victory in three starts, striking out eleven Astros while allowing just five baserunners.

Koosman experiences something new in this game: he allows a run! Jerry's first two starts of 1968 were complete game shutouts. The first run he allowed in 1968 came on an RBI double by Bob Aspromonte in the top of the fourth, after 21.2 scpreless inings to start the season. After the double, Kooz retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.

All three Mets runs in this game were unearned. Their first run came in the bottom of the third thanks to an error, wild pitch, infield out, and an RBI single by Ron Swoboda. They added two more in the sixth...the first on two errors by Houston starter Denny Lemaster, and their final run came on an RBI single by Greg Goosen.

May 4, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 3
Bob P
June 13, 2005
Nice outing for Dick Selma as the Mets whipped the Cubs, 7-2.

Cleon Jones doubled off Ken Holtzman to drive in Tommie Agee in the bottom of the first. The Cubs came back to take a 2-1 lead in the second on a Ron Santo walk and a Randy Hundley home run. The Mets tied it in the third when Ken Holtzman lost his control and walked two batters and hit another. Jack Lamabe came in from the bullpen and walked Ed Charles with the bases loaded.

In the fifth an error, a walk ,and two singles gave the Mets a 4-2 lead, and a two-run homer by Ed Charles made it 6-2 in the seventh. Ken Boswell's pinch hit sac fly made it 7-2 in the eighth.

Selma had allowed just two hits through eight but gave up two more plus a Boswell error in the ninth, so Cal Koonce had to come in to get the final two outs. Cal came in with two men on and one out and got Randy Hundley to ground into a DP.

James O'Hare
August 14, 2011

My dad took me to the game as part of my gift for Confirmation. We had great seats right behind 1st base in the field level. I had been to a few games before (courtesy of Bordens Milk coupons) but I never sat that close to the field. You could hear the players call "I got it" or "Mine" on pop-ups. It was a bright, sunny day at the Big Shea, and Dick Selma pitched quite a game and what a thrill to see "The Glider", Ed Charles hit one out! I've been fortunate enough to have gone to Shea hundreds of times since then, but that day was one of my fondest memories of going to a ball game with my dad!

May 6, 1968 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 1
Michael Frisella
January 25, 2004
I wasn't there, but I wanted to share a memory of my Mother, which I discovered in an old book. My dad and her went to the game. Seaver pitched great, but lost the game. Afterwards, my family went to try and find a relative on the team, Danny Frisella. According to the first Met they asked, Danny hadn't made the trip. This Met turned out to be Tom Seaver. My mom realized he was the starting pitcher and asked for his autograph. Tom signed, but having lost was down on himself. My mom wrote in her scrapbook under his signature,"he told me 'what do you want mine for, I'm nobody?'"

Of course, even then he was someone, and my mom knew this, so she saved his autograph.

May 16, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Cincinnati Reds 1
John L.
November 29, 2007
A Met fan was born this day....literally, just a few miles away in Jamaica as my hero Tom Seaver was pitching a complete game in Flushing, I was making my debut.

May 17, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Tom Quinn
June 3, 2008
My first Mets game. A Friday night outing with the Cub Scouts. Nice night weather-wise. My father made us leave somewhere around the 13th inning. It's almost as if he could smell a Met defeat coming. So I was spared seeing the end of this drawn out loss. The '68 Mets couldn't hit. The truly amazing thing about the '69 Mets is that the personnel wasn't radically different from '68, the '69 team didn't hit much better than the '68 team, and yet the stars were in alignment, the moon was in the 7th house, Messers Armstrong and Aldrin strolled on the moon and somehow the 1969 Mets won the World Series. To quote the famous baseball philospher, "and you could look it up."

May 19, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
June 15, 2005
The Braves swept this doubleheader. In game one, J.C. Martin gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third with a bases loaded single that scored Cleon Jones and Art Shamsky.

With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth and Nolan Ryan working on a four hitter, Nolan's control troubles bit him again. He walked Sonny Jackson leading off the eighth. Then after retiring Henry Aaron he walked Tito Francona. Felipe Alou, who had homered earlier for the Braves' first run, singled to tie the score. Then after Ron Taylor came in from the bullpen, Felix Millan singled to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead.

Ron Reed closed strong to get the win and improve to 5-0. He allowed just two baserunners (both on walks) after the third inning.

May 20, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Steve B
April 5, 2003
Great night. My dad took me with two pals for my 11th birthday. Both runs were bases empty homers by the Glider - Ed Charles (on sliders probably). Kooz was brilliant.

May 21, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
August 5, 2005
This is the only Live MLB game I ever saw. I was 11 at the time and it seemed to take forever. Somehow I knew then that I would never really be a fan of the game.

October 19, 2011

Our 4th grade class attended this game as a class trip. It was a thrill to see such stars as Stargell and Clemente, and of course Seaver and all the Mets. I still remember the sleeveless uniforms - I think this was the first live game I ever saw. The game did take forever, and I couldn't wait until I got home to tell my dad, a big Mets fan, all about it. I thought I would embellish the story and told everyone that it went 21 innings. How would they know - they weren't there, were they? My dad was gracious enough to not give me too hard a time when he read the paper the next day and saw that it was only 17 innings. Great memories.

May 24, 1968 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 4, Mets 2
Steve Venable
September 11, 2003
I'm trying to determine the date of my first Braves game attended in person in 1968 (Atlanta Stadium) at the age of 9. I'm positive that it was against the Mets and I'm reasonably certain that Joe Torre hit a HR for the Braves. The final score of 4-2 Braves also sounds familiar. 5-24-68 was a Friday, which would work because I was in school at the time and probably wouldn't have attended a game with school the next day. There was also a 4-2 Braves win on 7-25-68, but this game was on a Thursday, and although I was out of school for the summer, my parents would have had to work the next day, so this date is less likely. I tried to find a box score of these games on-line, with no luck.

May 26, 1968 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 2, Mets 1
Feat Fan
March 28, 2004
The game was called by rain after six innings. According to the scoresheet, the umpires wore turtlenecks that day and NY GM John Murphy asks: "When are they going to wear beads?"

May 31, 1968 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 0
Tommy Sullivan
March 22, 2002
My second Met game. I was 10 years old. Dad sprung for the field boxes this time. Larry Jaster baffles the Mets for 7 2/3 innings of perfect baseball until either Don Bosch or Greg Goosen broke it up with a hit. I also remember Roger Maris in right field for the Cards.

October 4, 2002

This game was on a Friday night. My dad and I went with one of his co-workers who was a friend of Cardinal's second baseman, Julian Javier. Before the game, we talked to him and he tossed me a ball (a much bigger deal then, than now). After the game we met him again outside the stadium and I got reliever's Wayne Granger's autograph.

Bob P
June 26, 2005

Further to an earlier posting on this game, it was Greg Goosen who broke up Larry Jaster's perfect game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Goosen's hit was a clean single to left.

Don Bosch had the only other Mets hit this night, and it came with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth.

The Cards scored both of their runs of Tom Seaver in the top of the third. Lou Brock led off with a triple and scored on a Curt Flood single. With two outs, Seaver threw a wild pitch and then intentionally walked Tim McCarver. But Mike Shannon singled and the Cards had a 2-0 lead.

Seaver lost the game to fall to 2-5 despite a 1.91 ERA in what would later be known as the "Year of the Pitcher." But Tom won his next five decisions and did not lose again until July 5 on his way to a 16-12 record.

June 1, 1968 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 5
Eric Tartaglione
October 15, 2008
My first game ever. I was seven and taken by my grandparents. I woke them up at 6 am to remind them of the date. Funny how you focus on the little things at that age. I remember how green and large the outfield was, like we all do. I also remember how conveniently the Cardinals were in red and the Mets were in blue. Never have the Redbirds seemed so red since. I was dressed in my Mets uniform and had the adults around me saying they should let me play, I was already suited up. Couldn't do any worse than the Mets that year!

June 2, 1968 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
May 2, 2002
I went to this game with my brother, Tony. I was 18 years old. It was a Sunday doubleheader with the Cardinals. There was a rain delay in both games.

Something interesting occured in the seventh inning stretch of both games. In each game, someone jumped out of the field boxes by the first base dugout and sprinted to the left field wall. They scaled the wall and left the park. (There was no picnic area then). Neither guy in either game was caught.

Bob P
September 15, 2004

The Cards swept this Sunday doubleheader at Shea and when it was over they led the Giants by half a game in the NL standings. The Cards stayed in first place for the rest of the season, winning the pennant by nine games over the second place Giants.

June 5, 1968 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
October 16, 2003
I did not attend this game or even have memories of it since I wasn't born until two years later. I do however have a scored original program from this game. Some stats of note. Billy Williams went 3 for 4 with 3 doubles. Ernie Banks had a solo homer in the 6th. Cubs only other run came with Williams scoring on a Ron Santo single. Nye pitched for the Cubs. The Mets scored three times in the 5th with hits by Jones, Swoboda, and Tom Seaver, and a walk to Grote. In the 7th Grote doubled and scored on a single by Charles. Seaver's line, 2 runs, 10 hits, 3 walks, and 3 k's. Just thought someone may be looking for this info someday.

June 6, 1968 Wrigley Field
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 3
December 20, 2010
This was the first major-league game I attended, at age 11. I and the rest of my school's Safety Patrol sat in the lower grandstand on the third-base side. (Grade school principals can hardly afford to do this today!) My primary memories were that Ron Santo homered (we just lost him recently at age 70)-- and that there was a pregame moment of silence for Robert F. Kennedy, who had died that morning of his gunshot wound sustained the night before in Los Angeles.

June 14, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, San Francisco Giants 3
Bob P
July 16, 2006
First game of a four-game series against the Giants, and a full house at Shea. Jerry Koosman pitches a complete game and is now 10-2. The Mets improve to 28-29, but they would never reach .500 this season.

Jerry Buchek hit a three-run homer in the third to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. That homer came four batters after the first home run of Don Bosch's career.

The Mets had seven hits off Mike McCormick in the first 2.1 innings and coasted to the win.

June 15, 1968 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 9, Mets 5
May 4, 2001
First major league game I ever went to, and it was Marichal vs. Seaver. What a matchup! I'll never forget it.

June 18, 1968 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 3, Mets 2
Stu Baron
February 28, 2002
I don't recall many details, but this was my first game ever (as an almost 8-year-old). True to pre-1969 form, the Mets lost that day behind Nolan Ryan.

Feat Fan
October 7, 2004

Lemaster with a cg win, fires a 6 hitter, fans 10. Ryan goes the distance, fanning 12, walking 7.

Game includes a home run by the Toy Cannon. Some fun names appear in the boxscore, Dick Simpson, Hector Torres, Phil Linz, Don Bosch!

We were there loading up on soda, dogs and cracker jacks. To be thirteen and out of school in just a few days again!

Stu Baron
September 7, 2007

Checking back in almost 5 1/2 years after my previous posting...

Perusing the boxscore, I'm struck by several fun facts...the Glider playing 1B...Agee playing RF...Rusty Staub batting cleanup & playing 1B for the Stros; he had a game-tying single in the 5th...5 of the Mets 8 position starters -- Bosch, Linz, Buchek, Agee, and Weis -- with interstate batting averages...no wonder Jerry Grote, hitting .310, batted cleanup!...Lemaster & Ryan each going the distance, and Ryan with his typical line of 7 walks & 12 K's...35 years later, I still shudder and get a queasy feeling in my stomach about that stupid *&$%#@ trade with the Angels for Fregosi!

June 22, 1968 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Mets 1
June 11, 2003
Dick Selma starts. Cardwell 4 shutout innings. Agee HR to go along with .156 avg. I think Purdin went for LA.

michael murphy
March 5, 2005

It was Don Drysdale who pitched for the Dodgers. I remember being there with my Dad.

June 23, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
April 1, 2006
Took the #7 train, only to find no tickets remaining. Shut out. Back onto the train, and back home. What a disappointment. Only time this ever happened to me.

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 3, 1968 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 1
September 10, 2002
Future Met hero, Donn Clendenon drilled a shot off Nolan Ryan that left the park at warp speed and for a moment appeared that it would go through the center field scoreboard rather than bounce off of it.

July 4, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Jim Eckert
February 23, 2011
I attended this game with my best high school buddy, who was a Pirate fan. We were scalped at the gate by some googly-eyed old guy who kept staring past us and never once looking us in the eye, but who kept pestering us to buy from him "the best seats in the house, the best seats in the house!" He wanted an outrageous $5.50 per seat when the normal general admission price back then was around 3-something, I think. We caved in, but the seats wound up being about 6 rows apart. Maybe it was a good thing though. Rabid Pirate fans and rabid Met fans may not be the best seatmates at Pirates/Mets games.

It's quite possible Don Bosch had his career game that day. He was 4 2 2 2 with his 3rd and last Met homer in a 4-3 Met's win, so he had to be the Man that game. He had 9 RBI in 94 career Met games, so that was 22.222222etc. % of them right there. After that game he went just 2 for 17 the rest of his Met career and never drove in another run. This game was the second of a twin bill where Don was a more typical 3 0 0 0 for the first game.

I was almost glad the twin bill was just a split. In those days for a Met fan - whew - more than good enough! The Mets had never had a good team to this point, and my friend could not bear Met wins over his Pirates. For him a Pirate sweep was the required expectation, a split was a misfortune that with time and therapy could be gotten over, a Met sweep!? It would have been a long glum tense July-4th-traffic drive back to Pennsylvania.

Anthony Ventarola
October 21, 2015

Well I wasn't there, but happy to say I entered the world at 5:15 PM, during game 2. Maybe I can figure out who was batting when I was making my debut

July 6, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 11, Philadelphia Phillies 6
Ed K
September 7, 2007
Phil Linz only got 54 hits for the Mets in the 1968 season and almost ten percent of them were on this day as he became one of the first Mets to get five hits in a game.

July 7, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 3
August 27, 2005
I was at this game with my dad and uncles. It was my first baseball game and I was 9 years old. I was in awe.

July 7, 1968 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Ed K
January 6, 2007
Seaver's only save as a Met!

July 13, 1968 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 1
Dan C.
March 29, 2012
I believe there was a rain delay during this game! Help! I went to the games with Cub Scouts Pack 100.

George m
April 28, 2014

It was my first baseball game I went to. I was 8 years old. Went with my little league. Sat in the upper deck in left field. The one thing I remember best is that there was a foul pop up to the catcher and remember being amazed how high it was , that it was as high as I was in the upper deck and that It went straight up. I remember it was a sunny day. Even though the Mets lost, I became a Met fan.

July 14, 1968 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
September 10, 2002
Johnny Briggs, a Jersey boy, destroyed the Mets all day (double dip loss) on Mets "Bat Day." Richie ("before" Dick) Allen didn't have a bad day either. At least I did get a Yogi Berra bat that day.

July 23, 2011

I was 8 years old and this was my first Mets game. I went with my father, my brother, my brother's friend and his father. Got a Jerry Grote bat, making him my first favorite Met. This game caused me to become a life-long Mets fan. I still have the bat!

July 26, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Cincinnati Reds 0
January 4, 2008
I was at this game. My older brother and his wife took me to see the Mets and the Reds because my sister-in-law was a Ron Swoboda fan. During the middle innings Jerry Buchek made a nice backhand catch on a hard hit line drive. A few innings later Buchek was replaced by Al Weis. My brother who wasn't much of a baseball fan asked me why they made this move and I said it was made for defensive purposes. Some wise ass know-it-all sitting in front of us must have overheard my remark, turned to his friend and said "the guy makes a great defensive play and they take him out." He said this with the dreary smug arrogance of the typical no nothing "expert" fan. It still amazes me forty years later how little fans know about how this game is played and won.

July 28, 1968 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 5, Mets 3
Bob P
January 27, 2004
The Mets get three runs but only one hit in this game.

Cleon Jones doubles in the first off Jim Maloney to drive in a run. In the sixth inning, Maloney walks the bases full with nobody out. Clay Carroll comes in to relive Maloney and gives up two infield outs, scoring two runs.

August 4, 1968 Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Mets 0
Ed K
March 22, 2006
Swoboda's single in the 7th inning broke up this no-hit bid by future Yankee Kekich in his rookie year. He was 2-10 for the Dodgers (who finished in 8th place just ahead of the Mets) in his rookie year and this was one of his two victories. It was also the only shutout of his major league career.

August 7, 1968 Astrodome
Houston Astros 4, Mets 3
DJ Johnny M.
August 23, 2006
This was the famous Mets/Astros "brawl" game. I remember being stunned by the whole thing because I was only 10 and I had never wittnessed an all-out brawl before. This was in the era before "instant replays" so I was lucky to be sitting in the living room catching it all as it happened. Doug Rader triples to right-center and comes up sliding hard, elbow up, into Kevin Collins playing 3rd base. Collins is knocked out cold on the field, both benches empty, fists start flying. I clearly remember big Don Cardwell (pitcher!) with his arm around an Astro player's neck, socking him hard in the ribs. I remember Denis Menke in some kind of headlock with a Met player. I remember Joe Pignatano jawing with Astro manager Harry Walker and "Piggy" looking like he was gonna haul off and sock Walker. I remember my dad and my grand-dad on the edge of the couch screaming for blood as it all transpired.

The NY Daily News had pictures of the brawl as did the Star Ledger and my local paper, the Daily Journal. The Ledger had a picture of Cardwell with his arm around the Astro's neck. I think the News had a picture of both benches emptying and players about to run on the field.

I remember The Ledger quoting Gil Hodges as saying that if "Walker hadn't opened his big mouth" the brawl would never have occured (or something to that effect). I remember I cut the brawl pictures from the Journal and kept them around for several years for some reason.

August 14, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
April 19, 2012
My first baseball game as a kid. Nine years old. Remember Stahl's home run to RF. (He then played for the Padres the next year.) Koosman was great! Game really moved along. A lot of journeymen for the Dodgers. Note: Mudcat Grant ph -really?

August 16, 1968 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 3, Mets 1
glenn grinter
December 6, 2006
On the Bob Costas Coast-to-Coast radio show back in '92, Tom recalled how this game was his biggest regret. With an 0-2 count to Jimmy Wynn, 2 outs, nobody on in the top of the 9th, one out away from a 1-0 complete game shutout, Tom threw a slider over the plate that was hit for a home run into the parking lot. Tom recalled that he can still see the ball leaving the park in his mind to this day.

January 30, 2008

This game was one of those classic bitter losses the Mets seemed to specialize in in the 60's. A surprise HR by J.C. Martin broke up a scoreless duel then Jimmy Wynn hit that 2-out HR to tie the game. Somewhere in this game there was a rain delay and the game dragged on late into the night.

In the bottom of the 11th the Mets loaded the bases with one out. Phil Linz came up and went down looking and the crowd groaned and continued groaning when Don Bosch came up to PH. Bosch showed incredible gymnastic skill in avoiding being hit by a pitch to the total dismay of the crowd. Bosch then feebly swung at the next pitch to end the threat. I think Hodges was extremely upset with Bosch not taking one for the team because he was sent down a day later. The Astros won the next inning and I remember getting home about 2.00am and having to go to work at Jones Beach at 7.00am only to be sent home at 10.00am because it was a slow day.

May 13, 2008

I loved the previous posts. I remember Seaver discussing this game on Kiner's Korner the next time he was on the show. He said he lost two nights sleep over that pitch to Jimmy Wynn. At the time I remember thinking that Seaver really did care about games like this. It wasn't enough that he pitched well and didn't win because he didn't get any runs to work with but he saw this game as one he should have won and he and he alone was responsible for the outcome. It was after this interview that I began to understand why this guy was as great as he was.

August 17, 1968 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 1, Mets 0
Ken S.
July 23, 2002
A warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon, with a great pitchers' duel between Jim McAndrew and Don Wilson. Rusty Staub was one of Houston's stars at that time.

Only run came on a home run by Jim Wynn in the sixth into the Astros' bullpen -- I still think Cleon should have caught it!

Mets offense was nonexistent this day, culminating in a silly attempt by Larry Stahl to score from second base on an infield single by Ed Charles in the eighth. Needless to say he was out by a mile.

Losing hurt in those days, but was endearing, too. Still nothing in the world as great as those days at Shea for a little boy who loved the Mets.

August 18, 1968 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 5, Mets 2
Feat Fan
April 28, 2004
Dick Selma was one of my favorite pitchers during the late 60's. He took the hill squaring off with Jim Stinger Ray in this the nightcap of a twinbill. Ray fanned 10 in a cg win besting the righty from Fresno who fanned 7 in a 7 inning stint. I should mention that JC Martin went yard!

August 19, 1968 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 1, Mets 0
Feat Fan
February 23, 2004
If memory serves me well this was a Friday night game that I attended with a bunch of kids from Broad Channel Day Camp, a camp outing! Think it was Bobby Bolin vs Koosman. The game went into extra innings and we had to leave because the bus charter did not include overtime.

Reluctantly, we left after the 8th. If I am correct, Jim Davenport hit a home run to win it. I think that in 1967, Davenport also ended a 17 inning affair with a longball.

July 25, 2005

In 1968, Koosman tied a rookie record with 7 shutouts. All these years, I always thought back to this game and how he rightly should hold the record of 8 all by himself. The '68 Mets, unfortunately, were not exactly an "offensive juggernaut". But that's OK Koos, we'll always know you as the guy who won the big one for the Miracle Mets!

May 19, 2008

I remember watching this game forty years ago. Frank Linzy pitched five shutout innings. He threw the heaviest sinker I've ever seen. He wore glasses and I called him Santa Claus for some reason or other. The Mets just kept hitting one weak grounder after another during his stint on the mound. A very efficient business-like relief appearance by Mr. Linzy.

John Kennedy
April 26, 2010

My Dad and I took the train into Grand Central from New Haven for this game, meeting my cousin and his brother-in-law at Shea. When the game headed toward extra innings we made the decision to stay the night with family in Brooklyn and watch the end. Who knew it would last 17 innings? I remember Willie Mays walking but no hits. And I remember the Mets putting up no offense at all. Shea was crowded, though. Looking back on stats, amazing how long the starters lasted in those days. The seemingly endless game, the laughs, and the time with Dad and family, still burns in my memory.

August 21, 1968 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 13, Mets 3
January 25, 2004
First Met game I ever went to. Sat way up in left field upper deck with my Dad and kid brother on a warm August afternoon. The ball park was jammed for that weekday afternoon game. Mays and McCovey always filled the park in those days. I remember the traffic jam coming into the park being backed up all the way to Linden Blvd, and the never-ending stream of scalpers on the side of Whitestone Expressway. Marichal pitched, and I can still see his high kick way way down there on the pitcher's mound. Mays hit HR 580 that day. McCovey and Jim Ray Hart, I believe, added HRs for SF. I recall Larry Stahl hitting a line drive HR into the left field bullpen. Maybe I'm getting old, but somehow, the sky seemed bluer then, the grass greener, the uniforms whiter. Shea was Oz.

Bob P
June 15, 2005

Further to Mook's post of Janaury 2004, the Giants got homers on this day from Jim Ray Hart (leading off the second), Willie Mays (in a six-run fifth inning) and Jack Hiatt (in the eighth; he had replaced McCovey with the score 11-2 in the seventh inning. Larry Stahl did homer in the third to tie the score at 1-1, and a J. C. Martin single gave the Mets a 2-1 lead after three.

The Giants scored ten runs and had thirteen hits in the fifth and sixth innings alone!

Juan Marichal pitched a complete game for his 23rd win despite allowing twelve hits, but four of them were in the fourth inning and three more came in the ninth.

mark donohue
August 18, 2011

Doesn't anyone remember that there was a bomb scare during this game? Both teams ran out of the dugouts on to the field. It scared the heck out of my grandmother who was charged with taking me, an 8-year-old Met nut to the game. Thanks, Grandma. I remember there were still lots of Giant fans in NY at that time and Willie Mays got big cheers anytime he came up.

Joe R.
September 25, 2015

This is the first game I remember attending. My older brother was a huge Giants fan and my father took us to the game. We were in Standing Room and there was not one complaint.

My most vivid recollections was the absolutely beautiful weather, Marichal's high kick and the great Willie Mays throwing out Bud Harrelson at home.

August 26, 1968 Busch Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Feat Fan
August 27, 2005
We used to vacation at a place called the Perry House in New Hampshire every August, it was a Catskills like experience a la the film "A Walk On The Moon" (sans the sexy Diane Lane).

There was an old Philco radio (tube job) on the porch which barely was able to receive the radio broadcast. As the night wore on, the reception improved. I sat there diligently determined to hear every pitch as called by Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy. This was the first win ever for hard luck pitcher Jim McAndrew (from Lost Nation Iowa) who lost a bunch of 1-0 games that summer. I can still feel that Canadian breeze on an August night in New England!

August 30, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 2
John Bohl
August 10, 2004
Shea was packed, and Seaver was perfect for seven innings before Cepeda got a hit. Art Shamsky smacked a grand slam home run to put the icing on the cake. I attended the game with my girlfriend, to whom I had just become engaged...while that didn't last, my devotion to the Mets remains.

August 31, 1968 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 0
Feat Fan
September 9, 2004
It is a tough month for Mets P Jim McAndrew, as he takes his NL-tying 5th shutout loss. Steve Carlton wins for the Cards 2–0. McAndrew gave up just six runs in the four losses, losing 2–0 to Bob Gibson on July 21, and to the Dodgers and Mike Kekich, 2–0 on August 4. On August 10th and 17th, he narrowed the margin to 1–0 losses, to the Giants and Houston respectively. The four losses are McAndrew's first ML decisions.

We were vacationing in New Hampshire, hoping to catch a bit of the game on a crackling, static filled Philco radio. As the night progressed the reception improved ever so slightly.

One of my friends began to make fun of McAndrew's inability to catch a win. It seems that earlier in the week The Yankees used Rocky Colavito in relief and he managed a win, something that Jim Mac could not, so I was reminded!

September 2, 1968 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Matt Bligh
April 14, 2002
My first major league ballgame. I was nine years old and remember after the bottom of the first inning, my five year old brother asked how much longer it would be. As it was a doubleheader, he was told at least 4 hours! However, this was the beginning of a lifetime as a Mets fan for me, and the 1969 season was my first full season as a fan. Which means it can never get better than that!

September 2, 1968 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 2
Ed K
June 28, 2006
Fifth tie in Mets history.

Ed K
June 24, 2006

Fifth and last Mets tie game of the 1960's and the only one to occur while Gil Hodges managed. The next Mets tie game would not occur until 1979.

September 8, 1968 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 0
J. Eckert
March 29, 2002
So long ago, so I have only these lasting impressions - getting beaned in the stands as Gary Kolb skidded a batting practice liner across the top of my skull (a fan got the ball, gave it to me with the comment "here you go, you deserve this one", being so close to the field I could actually hear Ed Kranepool say s#%t as a practice throw got past him at 1B (this was pre-Ball Four when we didn't know major leaguers said that stuff), and the Pirates daring to go against Tom Seaver with a pitcher with the face of a 12-year old. Oh, and incidentally Doc Ellis bested Seaver 3-0.

September 10, 1968 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 1
Feat Fan
August 5, 2004
Billy Williams hits three home runs in a game for the first time in his career , as they beat the Mets behind Bill Hands. Added to two home runs on September 8th, Williams has a ML-record-tying five over two straight games.

At the all-star break in '68, the sweet swinging Williams had hit just 8 home runs.

His torrid 2nd half tear (22) helped him reach 30 in this, the year of the pitcher.

September 11, 1968 Wrigley Field
Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Bob P
January 31, 2004
Jim McAndrew beats Fergie Jenkins, 1-0 at Wrigley.

If you're wondering why 1968 was referred to as the "year of the pitcher," this games marks the fifth time this season that Jenkins loses a game 1-0. Despite that bad luck, he wins 20 games in 1968.

And in the month of August alone, McAndrew lost two games by 1-0 scores and another three by 2-0 scores.

September 18, 1968 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 2
Pete M - Idaho
April 8, 2001
I was there with my grammar school baseball team. Bill Hands was the Cub pitcher and he signed an autograph outside the stadium for us. Koosman hit a HR in this game I think.

Ed K
July 19, 2006

Koosman hit the first (of two) homers in his Met career in this game. It was the first homer by a Met rookie pitcher ever.

September 29, 1968 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 10, Mets 3
Glenn Don
August 31, 2002
I was at this game. Richie Allen hit three home runs all to different fields in an awsome display of power! I got a hat because it was fan appreciation day!

Howard S.
September 4, 2002

I was 6 years old, a Phillies fan and Richie Allen was my favorite player. Richie Allen hit 3 consecutive home runs including a grand slam with 2 out in the 9th inning. He drove in 7 runs in the Phillies 10-3 win. It was the only game I ever saw him play in person, and it was the only game in his career where he hit 3 home runs.

Dean H.
June 28, 2006

I was sitting behind 3rd base about 25 rows up when I saw Richie Allen hit 3 consecutive home runs, including a grand slam off of Ron Taylor, who had just entered the game. The ball went about halfway up the light pole in left center field. It was the longest home run I've ever seen at Shea in the 41 years I've been going there! The crowd was absolutely stunned! We were actually applauding Allen's effort as he was rounding 3rd base.

Raymond Malcuit Jr.
September 2, 2016

This was the last game of the 1968 season, The Mets lost a lot of one run games in 1968.

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