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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 1972 SEASON
April 15, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Ed K
March 20, 2007
First time the Mets opened a season against defending World champs. Seaver and Tug shutout the Pirates at Shea.

Doug Brogowski
April 11, 2008

This was the delayed season opener, delayed by the brief players' strike. It was also the first game after the sudden death of Manager Gil Hodges, just a week or two earlier. The team was still in shock.

Joe Figliola
July 10, 2009

Just found out that a partial video of this game exists. Regardless of completion, I would love to see the Mets Classics guys air this one. Wow!

April 21, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
March 28, 2005
The Vietnam war was still going on and I was a freshman at college. Students were still holding protests, but they were mostly half-hearted as the draft lottery was instituted (I was #182) and schools administrators were acquiescing to most student demands. (Kent State was a couple of years earlier.) The annual spring call for a strike from classes and rally in the quad went out. The first part sounded like a capital idea, the second, well, we could do better things, like head to the bar, or in my case, hit the subways for the day Mets game.

I had to go alone (sports weren't the biggest thing in '72), but what a great day. I see a Seaver shutout and get back in time for another great dorm weekend. I remember the game, but not the weekend. (Don't remember many details of those.) The immoral war ended. I graduated. Seaver got traded. Things end. memories endure.

May 1, 1972 Candlestick Park
Mets 7, San Francisco Giants 4
william franz
February 22, 2007
My hero was Tom Terific my dad remained a Willie Mays, Giant fan for life. This one featured Tom striking out Bonds 4 times, a feat that was okay considering Bonds was a strikeout kind of guy, but he also struck out the center fielder, Maddox, 4 times. With his short stroke that was quite a feat. Seaver, knee dirty and hopping to the grass in front of the mound was awesome. On the knees on the black rising into the strike zone and curve tight modest break starting on the black and breaking 2 inches off on the right handers. Willie was no factor; Seaver dominated.

May 2, 1972 Candlestick Park
Mets 4, San Francisco Giants 2
Bob P
February 2, 2004
How often does a pitcher pitch a two-hitter where both of the hits he allows are triples? It happened at Candlestick this day. Gary Gentry gave up leadoff triples in the fourth and ninth innings, both to Bobby Bonds. Gentry gets the complete game victory, 4-2 as Cleon hits a homer.

May 6, 1972 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 6, Mets 2
Pat Smith
October 15, 2010
My first game ever! My best friend's communion and his father brought us to the game. Great seats, not far back from the Mets dugout. A beautiful day. A young kid, I was in awe of being at the ballpark. Two distinctive memories, naturally the Mets lost, a precursor to being a Met fan. The fondest memory: Watching Ed Kranepool's Home Run sail over the bullpen wall, standing on my seat to watch it go and go and go ! I was given money from my father for a souvenir; I got a Mets cap. I kept that hat for forever. I wish I still had it. I regret that I do not have the stub from that day.

Daniel J. Erickson
March 5, 2012

I remember being mesmerized by the Padres uniforms and asking my father why we couldn't get Ed Kranepool's home run ball. I was fixated with that ball until a stadium employee lazily walked over and picked up what could have been a wonderful souvenir for this seven year old boy.

May 7, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, San Diego Padres 6
tony k
May 22, 2004
I am 38, and this was the first ballgame I ever attended. Tommie Agee hit a walk off homer if I remember correctly.

Bob P
June 1, 2004

Tony, you are correct! Agee's two-out homer in the bottom of the tenth after Bud Harrelson reached on an error gave the Mets an 8-6 win in this game.

The Mets were down 6-0 going to the bottom of the eighth but they scored five in that inning and one more in the ninth before Agee won it in extra innings. The Padres made six errors in the game, including four over the last three innings when the Mets scored all eight of their runs.

San Diego OF Johnny Jeter had two homers in the game.

May 11, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Hank M
December 14, 2004
I went to this game with my father and two sisters. We sat in the upper deck behind the Mets' dugout. It was the first game of a day- night doubleheader against the Dodgers. The Mets won, 2-1, as Tom Seaver got his 100th career victory and Ed Kranepool hit a home run. There was also a rumor going around Shea Stadium that the Mets had just acquired Willie Mays, which turned out to be true.

Dad bought souvenirs for all three of us. He got a Mets' Yearbook for me and, for my sisters, a pen and pencil set and a Mr. Met rag doll. The total cost of all of these items was $4.25!

We all went home happy that day with our souvenirs and memories of a Mets win on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Shea.

May 11, 1972 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Mets 4
Mr. Roboto
November 4, 2011
This game was the latter half of a day-night doubleheader that concluded a very eventful day in Mets history. It started with the acquisition of Willie Mays, after which came Tom Seaver's 100th career win. Also, this nightcap was the last Mets loss before a team-record tying 11-game winning streak.

There was one item worthy of note from this game. Jim Beauchamp, who had worn uniform #24 over the first month of the season, donned #5 for the first time. Jim (understandably) had to change his number with Mays about to join the team.

One more event that occurred on this night was the Rangers losing the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. It was truly a day of highs and lows in New York sports.

May 12, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, San Francisco Giants 1
HM
August 18, 2011
This was the first game Willie Mays was in uniform for the Mets. The Mets had completed the trade with the Giants earlier in the week. I was at the game with my dad, who died 2 months later, one of the last games he and I went to. I remember when John Milner came out of the dugout, everyone mistook him for Willie and gave him a standing ovation, until they saw it was number 28, not number 24.

TJ
September 26, 2013

This was my first MLB game in person and is probably the reason I am still a fan. I was just 11 at the time and I can still remember the excitement of the game. I know who Mays was and the significance of the game. I wish he had played.

May 14, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, San Francisco Giants 4
Matt Ward
April 5, 2002
I wasn't at this game, but I sure do remember it! This was the day that Willie Mays returned to New York as a member of the Mets! As a kid I had heard about what a great ballplayer Willie Mays was and even though I heard people talking about Willie's age, I figured a great baseball player was a great baseball player! Who cared how old he was? He's the "Say Hey Kid"! And what a fitting return. Against his former team, Willie hit a HR that gave the Mets a 5-4 win. Of course, Willie's age DID matter and many thought he stayed too long when he hung around for the 1973 campaign.

Jim Snedeker
April 30, 2002

I recorded this game off the TV with my tape recorder. When Willie hit that HR, Ralph exclaimed, "There's a drive to left! Going back, and gone!" You can hear me in the background, yelling for my dad. Then when Willie came up the next time, Lindsey said "If you've been a Met fan since 1962 when they won only 40 games, just the sight of Mays in a uniform that says 'Mets' across the front of it, has got to do something for you."

Fran Healy, current Mets broadcaster, was catching that day for the Giants.

Bob P
May 16, 2003

One more thing about this game: the Giants' starter was former Cleveland fireballer "Sudden" Sam McDowell. Sam, who was kind of the Nolan Ryan of his day (lots of walks and strikeouts), walked the first three batters in the game (Mays, Harrelson, Agee) and then Rusty hit a grand slam. McDowell then struck out Cleon, Fregosi, and Teddy Martinez to end the first inning. Four runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts!

Joe A.
September 16, 2007

I was at this game with my father. I was 15 and I remember Rusty's grand slam. We sat down the left field line and when Willie hit the home run it was during a slight drizzle of rain and the ball was a line drive over the left field fence. Never will forget it!

Pat
March 5, 2008

I was at my grandparents apartment in Manhattan watching the game. I still remember jumping up and down when I saw that line drive clear the left field wall. Willie was finally home again. I was glad to see probably his last dramatic moment in an illustrious career and share it with my grandfather who always called him the greatest player ever.

bill
February 9, 2009

I was at this game with my father and I remember Rusty Staub's grand slam after Sam McDowell walked the bases loaded. Also Tito Fuentes went 4 for 4 that day. I Remember when Willie came up to bat in the 5th inning my saying, "Come on Willie, hit one off the bullpen cart" which if I remember he just missed it. Great game. Never will forget it.

Ralph R
April 9, 2011

This was the first game I had ever been to. I was 5 years old. I don't remember the game details any more than I remember the Mets won. What I do remember is the smells: stale beer in the concrete walls, pretzels, hot dogs and the spectacular site of the wonderful green green grass of Shea Stadium. I remembered it rained and a lot of people left. I thought my Dad was the greatest person in the world, cause somehow we went from being in the upper deck (which I thought was great anyway) to being on the field level behind 3rd base. I didn't know how he did it, but he got us as close to game as possible and everything I imagined seeing a baseball game was, came to life.

Harry
May 8, 2012

When Willie got traded to the Mets we were so happy and excited. Then we realized we would be attending his first game as a Met and against of all teams - the Giants. Wow, we were so excited.

I don't remember details of the game except Willie's home run. It was one of the greatest of my Mets moments - including attending Game 5 in '69. He just blasted a shot into the mezzanine seats in left field. The place went nuts. The Mets won thanks to Willie. It was perfect.

May 18, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Montreal Expos 1
Bob P
February 2, 2004
The Mets win their seventh in a row to improve their record to 21-7, and they have a 5.5 game lead over the second place Phillies.

Willie Mays leads off with a walk off Mike Torrez. Teddy Martinez follows with an extra base hit to right field, and on the play at the plate Mays kicks the ball out of catcher John Boccabella's glove and into the dugout, allowing Martinez to come all the way home. The Mets don't score again in the game but Jim McAndrew and Tug McGraw combine on a seven-hitter for the 2-1 win.

May 21, 1972 Veterans Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Jim Gallagher
February 13, 2003
I'm not positive of this, but I think Jim Beauchamp hit a homer (or maybe 2?) off Steve Carlton as the Mets defeated the Phillies. It was one of only 10 losses Carlton had on the season as he won the Cy Young with a 27-10 record.

Jim Gallagher
December 14, 2003

I stand corrected! In the bottom of the 8th, Beauchamp pinch-hit for Seaver and singled. Mays, batting leadoff that day, hit a 2-run homer off Carlton as the Mets won their 11th in a row.

Tommy Hutton homered off Seaver earlier in the game, as he used to own Seaver in those days...

Mook
April 26, 2010

This was the game...The Zenith. On the morning of May 22, the Mets awoke and found themselves sitting at 25-7. They had completed an 11-game winning streak and the news media were hailing them as invincible. With Rusty, Seaver, Agee etc all of us kid-types were not only getting ready for the inevitable World Championship but debated whether the Mets would also smash the all-time records for wins in a season (at that time 111). Then a funny thing happened: Rusty got in the way of a George Stone fastball and the injuries began accumulating. By August, Duffy Dyer found himself in RF. The Met leader in HR was Staub with 9 until September (he went out June 9) a feat that was not matched until the pathetic 2009 edition of the team.

The suffering lasted until September 1973 and then... well that is another story.

BobT
November 25, 2010

This was one of the first games I ever attended. I remember being excited about seeing "Super Stever Carlton," pitch. He had been traded to the Phillies in the off-season for a very popular pitcher in Philadelphia, Rick Wise (who had no-hit the "Big Red Machine," the previous year, including hitting two home runs in the game).

Carlton was five-and-0 to start the 1972 season and Willie Mays had recently been traded to the Mets from the Giants. Late in the game, Mays hit a long drive off Carlton which sailed into the "dancing waters" fountains beyond the center field fence at Veterans Stadium, which turned out to be the winning run.

Three future Hall-of-Famers all figuring in the decision of the game, Seaver got the win; Willie Mays the GW hit, home run #648 for him and the GW RBI; Carlton took the loss, one of only ten he had in a Cy Young award winning season for him. I was hooked on baseball after that game.

June 2, 1972 Shea Stadium
Atlanta Braves 6, Mets 1
Kevin McLaughlin
March 18, 2002
It was a Friday night and Aaron and Mays were tied for 2nd in homers at that time. There was a lot of anticipation that one (or both) of them would hit one out that night. Not to be. The Mets were horrible. The only saving grace was Milner hitting a homer in the 9th to break the shutout. It was also the first time I saw the Braves candy-ass blue uniforms. Too bad it wasn't the last.

Bob P
September 9, 2004

As Kevin McLaughlin said in March of 2002, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays were both in the starting lineup this night, and they were tied for second place in career home runs behind Babe Ruth with 648.

Neither man added to his total this night. Aaron struck out twice, grounded out, and fouled out. Mays struck out, flied out, popped out, and walked as the Braves won behind Phil Niekro.

Rico Carty hit a two-out, three-run homer in the sixth off Gary Gentry to break a scoreless tie. Felix Millan and Ralph Garr drove in runs in the seventh, and Darrell Evans homered in the eighth off Ron Taylor to give the Braves a 6-0 lead. The only Mets run came on a ninth inning homer by John Milner, who had all three of the hits allowed by Niekro.

June 3, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 2
Bob P
February 4, 2004
The Mets are 31-12 and have the best record in baseball after this win. But during the game with the Mets up 4-1 Rusty Staub is hit in the hand by a George Stone pitch. Rusty's hand is broken, and he will miss three months of the season.

After Staub's injury the Mets go 52-61 the rest of the way and finish the year 13.5 games out of first place.

johnrd
October 28, 2006

I'm pretty sure that this was the first Met game I ever went to. At least it is the first one I can remember. I was 8 years old at the time. I distinctly remember the Mets beating the Braves and Tom Seaver hitting a ground double. I remember him hitting it down one of the foul lines but I can't remember which one. I don't remember Rusty Staub breaking his hand though.

Bob P
August 5, 2007

Johnrd, yes...Seaver grounded a double just inside the first base bag in the fourth inning.

June 9, 1972 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 4, Mets 2
Scott Farkus
November 18, 2003
The world look wonderful from the upper deck that fine June evening. All was well in Metville (never mind the loss), the Mets were in 1st, Willie Mays was in NY, a wonderful summer awaited. Then, reality! Staub starts an incredible sequence of injuries which ends up with Duffy Dyer playing right in August.

But I do remember that wonderful heady feeling only a kid can have at a ballgame in June when your team is in first.

Other lasting memory, for some reason, is catcher Larry Howard's (Is that right, isn't he one of the Stooges?) HR over the 396 sign in left.

June 10, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Houston Astros 3
Rob M
October 5, 2006
It was my 13th birthday and I saw my favorite Met, Duffy Dyer, drill a double down the left field line. It was Helmet Day and there were over 55,000 blue helmets blanketing the stands on a sunny Saturday.

June 18, 1972 Riverfront Stadium
Mets 2, Cincinnati Reds 1
Hank M
May 7, 2007
Tom Seaver was the big star on this day. He pitched a complete game in a 2-1 win over the eventual National League Champions. Tom allowed only five hits, all of them singles.

It was Seaver himself who provided the margin of victory. In the seventh inning, he broke a 1-1 tie by hitting a home run over the left field wall. Pete Rose just looked up helplessly as the ball sailed out. Tom Terrific had won his own ball game!

This game was played on Father's Day. I don't know if this is true, but it might have been Tom's first one since becoming a father for the first time. Whether it was or not, he had a great day in more ways than one.

June 19, 1972 Astrodome
Houston Astros 3, Mets 0
Bob P
August 20, 2004
The Mets lose under the dome to Larry Dierker and the Astros, 3-0.

Dierker, having seen his teammate Jerry Reuss pitch a one-hit shutout the day before against the Phillies, goes out and pitches his own one- hit shutout. Duffy Dyer had the only Mets hit, a leadoff single to center in the third inning.

June 24, 1972 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Mets 0
Stu Baron
February 26, 2002
In one of the worst starts of his Mets career, Tom wasn't so Terrific on this warm Saturday afternoon. Someone named Luis Melendez (I think) slugged a Grand Salami off Seaver, Reggie Clevelend was the winning pitcher, and some guy named Joe Torre, in the midst of his MVP/career season, played 3B for the Cards. As a naive 12-year-old, I actually sat through all 9 innings.

Richard
October 3, 2002

This is the first MLB game I ever saw in person. My dad who was NOT a baseball fan agreed to drive me the 2+ hours it took to get from our home in upstate NY to Shea. Perhaps the most generous thing my dad ever did for me. He hated traffic and didn't care a whit about baseball. I lived and died with Tom Seaver every 5 days. I was sure I was going to see him pitch a gem. He got knocked out of the box in the 5th (?) inning. I continued to live and die with #41 every 5 days, but I didn't see him pitch in person again until Spring Training 1985 - by that time he was at the end of his career with the White Sox.

LenDog
June 15, 2003

I saw this game with my Dad. Did that horrible drive from NJ to Shea - the worst 35 miles you can drive in the US.

Lou Brock hit Seaver's first pitch like a rocker past Tom's head and into centerfield. First pitch. You could tell it was going to be a long day.

It was June, so we didn't bring jackets, and it must have been 50 degrees (felt like it) in the upper deck. My Dad LOVES the Mets but never liked going to Shea. He was miserably cold that day and the game was awful.

Fortunately, I probably saw Seaver 10 ten times between 1969 and 1975 and the results were usually much better.

Dan
September 4, 2003

WHN, the radio station that carried the Mets during this time, sponsored a Father-Son contest that featured tickets for this game, as well as a pre-game lunch in the Diamond Club with some old- timers. My father and I were among the winners, and we enjoyed meeting Casey Stengel, Hank Bauer, Johnny Lewis at lunch before Tom Seaver got rocked early on.

Bob P
July 13, 2004

To follow up on some earlier posts on this game:

Luis Melendez, pinch-hitting for Bernie Carbo, did hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, but it came off Ray Sadecki, who had just relieved Seaver after Tom had loaded the bases with nobody out.

Tom wound up pitching four innings, allowing seven runs and ten hits. Sadecki gave up the other four runs in 1.2 innings of work. Reggie Cleveland pitched the complete game shutout for the Cards.

Ira
October 5, 2006

I definitely was at this game, but for some reason I remember that this was an Old Timer's Day game. Can anyone confirm that?

Bob P
August 5, 2007

Ira,

If you are still reading these boards, I can indeed confirm that it was Old Timer's Day at Shea--and the Mets sure looked like the Old Time Mets!

June 26, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Rick
August 5, 2004
I got my one and only foul ball. My Dad caught it -- I was 11 -- as we were walking from our third base box seats toward the exit. It was thrown by Jerry Koosman and hit by Bob Robertson. Judging by the box score, it was probably the eight inning. We were leaving.

I've since lost the ball.

Thanks for a great web site. My Dad and I were at Shea and reminiscing about the ball he caught some 32 years ago. I didn't remember the exact date, but thanks to this web site I've nailed it, and I have the box score for posterity.

June 27, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Happy Recap
August 25, 2000
This was the second game I ever attended at Shea, and the first time I ever saw the Mets win in person. This day's game would end up being the only bright spot in Jim Fregosi's career with the Mets. He hit a three-run homer to break a 4-4 tie and win the game. I also remember being disappointed that Roberto Clemente didn't play that day. As it turned out, he would die in the coming off-season, so I never got to see him play in person. One final memory from that day: My grandfather's respect for Willie Stargell as an opponent. During the pre-game announcement of Stargell's name, he shouted "That's the guy you oughta boo!"

Bob P
June 23, 2004

Not only did Fregosi hit a three run homer to give the Mets a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but he earlier had driven in two runs with a first inning single, giving him five RBIs on the night (he only had 32 RBIs all season). I'd have to think this was Fregosi's best game as a Met.

July 2, 1972 Jarry Park
Montreal Expos 4, Mets 3
Bob P
February 4, 2004
The Mes scored three in the top of the ninth to tie this game. A pinch single by Willie Mays brought in the tying run.

Rookie RHP Bob Rauch came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and faced six batters: walk, sac bunt, intentional walk, walk, strikeout, walk.

Rauch got into just 19 games in his major league career (all with the 1972 Mets) and this was his only decision. He was traded to Cleveland after the season but never pitched in the majors again.

July 4, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, San Diego Padres 0
Brad Kurtzberg
June 29, 2001
This was the first game of a doubleheader and my first ever Mets game at Shea. I was 5 years old and I believe it was also batting helmet day. I remember that Willie Mays hit a foul ball which the man in front of me caught barehanded. Best of all was that Tom Terrific carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning. He was masterful. I also remember those awful mustard yellow Padres jerseys. The Mets won 2-0. Since this game, I have always wanted to be at the first no- hitter in Mets history. I've never been this close to a no-hitter or a foul ball since!!!!

Gary from Chesapeake
April 5, 2002

I was at this game with my family - my last trip to Shea before starting at the Naval Academy on 7/6/72. It was Leron Lee who spoiled the no-hitter.

metman
May 2, 2010

What is interesting about this game is that Tom Seaver retired all 27 batters yet didn't get a no-no. After Leron Lee got a base hit, Nate Colbert hit into a double play.

Mr. Roboto
May 20, 2010

Metman, your comment is a little misleading. You make it sound as if Seaver had a perfect game going, but he didn't. He had four walks and faced a total of 31 Padre hitters. The walks were all left on base.

Tom had 11 strikeouts in the game and the Mets' two runs came on consecutive bases-loaded walks to Jim Fregosi and Ed Kranepool.

Doug
July 2, 2011

It was a double header and Navy day at Shea and Miss Navy was carried around the field in a battleship replica (on a truck bed) between games. I was 11 and accompanied my uncle (a Navy officer) in that battleship replica to the game but unfortunately was not allowed anywhere near Miss Navy and could not ride around the field in the replica. However, I got to watch both games from the bullpen and I met and got autographs on my baseball from Jon Matlack and Buzz Capra from the Mets and Johnny Jeter and Al Severinsen from the Padres. I still have the baseball. It was hands down the most awesome baseball experience of my life.

July 6, 1972 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 1, Mets 0
Paulie Cee
July 26, 2001
I attended this game, stayed for the entire 14 innings and watched McGraw walk in the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th. Not a happy night.

Bob P
June 19, 2004

The Mets managed just two hits in this fourteen inning game!

Padres RHP Steve Arlin threw ten innings, allowing just one hit, a leadoff single by Dave Marshall in the fourth. Jim Fregosi had the only other Mets hit with two outs in the twelfth off Gary Ross. Jerry Koosman pitched ten scoreless innings for the Mets, striking out twelve.

The Padres scored in the top of the fourteenth when they loaded the bases with nobody out. It looked like the Mets might escape as Tug McGraw got Nate Colbert to hit into a force play at the plate, and Clarence Gaston struck out. But Jerry Morales walked to force in the only run of the game.

The Mets threatened in the bottom of the inning when Bud Harrelson walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a sac bunt. But Dave Marshall grounded to short and was thrown out at first, and as the throw went to first Harrelson tried to score. Nate Colbert threw home to Pat Corrales and the game was over.

On this same night the Pirates won a 17-inning marathon at the Astrodome, so the Mets fell 2.5 games out of first place.

The fourteen inning game was over in three hours and twelve minutes!

Hank M
April 28, 2005

I watched this entire game, right up to its bitter end. Bud Harrelson was thrown out at home to end it, but it happened a little differently than the way its described above.

With Harrelson on third and two outs, John Milner was batting. Gary Ross threw a pitch that got by catcher Pat Corrales. Harrelson raced for the plate, but Corrales recovered quickly. He threw to Ross covering home and Ross tagged Harrelson--late! But the umpire (who might have been tired and just wanted to go home) called Harrelson out. It was a terrible call. Buddy, Milner and Yogi Berra were all arguing intensely, and with good reason.

It was a frustrating end to a long game that should have been tied up at that point.

Bob P
May 19, 2005

Hank M, thanks for pointing out my mistake in describing the play that ended the game! I misread the summary off retrosheet. I'm glad you have the real live memory of the disappointing ending of the game (although I wish Buddy had been safe!)

July 9, 1972 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Mets 0
Kenny
November 4, 2002
I have a video of about 4 innings of this game. Players in the line-up that day included Mays, Fregosi, Beachamp (replaced at 1B by Kranepool), Dyer, Martinez, Garrett, Harrelson, Milner. Starting OF of Staub, Agee, and Jones were all injured. In Dodgers line-up was Buckner, Lacy, Parker, Wills, Lefebre, Sims, Davis, and Frank Robinson! Pretty uneventful game..but there was a great play at the plate, where Seaver attempted a suicide squeeze off Osteen with Dyer on third after Dyer had doubled off the wall in the gap in right. He was called out after the replay clearly showed safe, and Berra and Dyer argued the call. Fregosi looked terrible at plate.

July 11, 1972 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 6, Mets 1
Mook
April 26, 2010
This was the game.. This was when I really knew that the 1972 season was all over, and it wasn't even rock bottom. After looking invincible in May and early June, the Mets were so depleted that the RF tandem in this game was the immortal Ted Martinez and then the great Duffy Dyer. Now I liked Duffy as a player and a catcher, but it was painful watching him lumber around the outfield on this stifling humid July night. I remember he made an error going after a ball essentially tripping over his own feet. I recall that this night was so miserable, I had actually had pain watching the Mets bumble!

July 12, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Francisco Giants 0
Hank M
January 15, 2006
I went to this game with my grandmother. We saw Jon Matlack shut out the Giants, 4-0, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Jon pitched a 4-hitter and got Willie McCovey on a called third strike for the final out in the ninth.

The only run Jon would need was scored in the first inning when Jim Fregosi hit into a double play with the bases loaded after Sam McDowell had walked the first three batters of the game. Also, Bud Harrelson hit a triple that scored both Wayne Garrett and Matlack in the second inning.

Grandma and I enjoyed every minute of this game. It was a great day to be at Shea!

Anthony P
May 31, 2006

This was the first baseball game I ever attended. Me and my dad. I was seven years old. I remember seeing the grass for the first time - so green. Most of my memories of this day have faded. But my love for my dad and the Mets have only grown stronger.

This is a great site. I only remembered the final score of the game and our opponent. Now I feel like I have an anniversary that I can share with my family forever.

July 27, 1972 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Witz
September 26, 2013
Check out this box score: Mets score in the top of the 10th to go up 1-0 and Matlack is allowed to bat later in the inning! Baseball was so much better before Tony Larussa ruined it with his parade of specialists out of the bullpen after the 6th inning!

July 30, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Montreal Expos 1
Peter C.
September 23, 2005
I was 8 years old when I attended this game.It was one of the few times that my biological father came around to spend time with me. He took my mother, one of his nephews and myself. My Mom still talks about it once in a while recalling the great seats (third base field level) as well as a trip to the Diamond Club.

As for the game, I had always remembered the final score and that Jim McAndrew had started for the Mets. Also that the Expo run had come on a steal of home. But for all these years I had always thought that it was Ron Hunt who had made the steal. Not Clyde Mashore.

I have been visiting some of the other games I attended in my childhood. I find it interesting that Mets "closer" Tug McGraw would pitch 2, 3 or sometimes even 4 innings. How times have changed.

July 31, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Montreal Expos 2
David Quinn
September 26, 2013
My dad usually took me to a Met Game every year for my birthday. This year it landed exactly on my 13th birthday. My dad got us Press Box seats from some unknown connection and I was having the time of my life. Unfortunately my Mom was pregnant with my younger sister. We all thought she would give birth later in August but she started experiencing early labor pains that night at home. My Dad called her and felt we needed to leave before the game was over. I would have none of this as the game was tied and I was having a great time. When Duffy Dyer hit the game winning homer in the eighth, I felt justified in staying for the final out. Fortunately my mom held out and gave birth the next day. Boy was happy and damn lucky, no way my dad was staying for extra innings!

August 1, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Mook
November 10, 2003
Banner day twi-night doubleheader,also the first time I sat below the Upper Deck at Shea (loge Sec 3 Row 3). The players looked almost like they did on TV rather than those distant specks darting in all directions I was used to. First game goes 18 innings thanks to a HR by Don Money. The fans in left field left the game to assemble outside the centerfield wall in the 7th inning. Where they waited...and waited...and waited. Lasting memory other than Money's HR was Dave Schneck's triple in the 1st. I told everyone within earshot that Schneck was going to be the Met's CF of the future, and would possibly be in the HOF: predictions I later made about Dan Norman and Gregg Jeffries . What do I know, I'm the only investor to LOSE money in the late 90's market.

Second game was a treat watching true HOFers Steve Carlton and Willie Mays face off. Carlton his 21st of 27 victories in his incredible season.

Chris Doyle
March 27, 2008

It was a twi-night doubleheader and my brother Tom and friend Frank DiCola and I made a banner and had great seats down the left field line with my sister Kathy and my Dad. We went outside after the 7th inning and the Phillies tied it up and it went 18 innings. We finally went back inside to see the last inning. The Mets won and we got to parade on the field. My Dad made us leave after the 2nd inning of the 2nd game and I only got to see Willie Mays get up once. The Mets sent all the people involved in banner night free tickets for a game against the Expos in September.

Rich D
October 15, 2010

I was at this game as well with my sister and our proud banner! They held Banner Night between games of a "scheduled" twilight doubleheader against the Phils (ah, remember those?). The first game lasted 18 innings, the Mets winning 3-2. What was funny was that we were told to huddle under the stands leading to the outfield with our banners sometime around the 7th inning, but we couldn't see the game!! We were way back in line and didn't want to lose our place, so we missed the ending. When we heard a huge roar echo through the stadium, we knew the Mets had won. Very funny night. I was 11 years old.

We had Loge seats overlooking the Phillies bullpen so I watched Carlton warm up for game 2. I was absolutely amazed how loud he popped the catcher's glove!

And yes, I also remember getting those freebies for a Mets- Expos in September.

August 2, 1972 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 5, Mets 3
AP from Queens
May 8, 2003
This is my first game ever! My mother, brother and I sat in $2.75 seats on the 3rd base Mezz. My mother bought the tixx the week prior at Manufacturers Hanover. I'll never forget the anticipation. I'll never forget walking up the ramp and seeing the field for first time. Seaver's HS friend and former Met teammate Dick Selma got the win. I can remember Deron Johnson's HR in the 10th. And Willie Mays played too!

Hank M
January 9, 2007

The ending of this game was a disaster! Having the lead in the ninth inning with Tom Seaver on the mound usually meant victory. Not on this night. Instead, we got Larry Bowa scoring all the way from first on a double by Tommy Hutton (who was a Seaver tormenter) and a pinch-hit 2- run homer by Deron Johnson to left-center field. The Phillies took it right away from us.

The next morning, I saw my friend Glenn, who was the biggest Mets' fan I ever knew. He said to me,"That game they should have won!" I agreed, and ever since then, I've always believed that any game in which the Mets have the lead entering the ninth is one they should win!

One note about Hutton. He was a musician and on Kiner's Korner after the game, Ralph asked him a few questions about his guitar playing. About a year later, Tommy gave a performance on "The Mike Douglas Show."

August 3, 1972 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 4, Mets 1
Craig Salsgiver
October 15, 2010
This was the first baseball game I ever attended. I was 8 years old. Don't remember much, but I was disappointed that Bud Harrelson was not playing. I know Willie Mays had an at bat, but I just don't know if I was still at the game when he came to the plate. Sitting at the top of the stadium behind home plate seemed like miles from the field. I bought a Mets ring. Lost it quickly.

August 4, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
John McGovern
May 13, 2003
This was my first visit to Shea at age 10. A neighbor had given my father two tickets, Field Level Box seats right behind third base; great seats that went for $4 each back then. The Cubs scored a run in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, after Agee and Garrett were put out, Willie Mays cracked the first pitch over the fence in the left field corner. I clearly remember the final score, 6-1 Mets, but not much else after 31 years. I do remember Joe Pepitone's crazy hairstyle though. I'm glad I got to see the great Willie Mays in action... the homer was a truly great memory.

Bob P
May 16, 2003

John,

Thanks for sharing! It's amazing what we can all remember about insignificant games from so long ago!

Thanks to retrosheet.org, here are some more details from the game:

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a sac fly by Billy Williams after Bill North and Glenn Beckert led off the game with back-to- back singles.

Mays' homer tied it in the bottom of the first, and then the Mets took the lead for good in the third on an infield out by Wayne Garrett. Mays followed with a single and another RBI to make it 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, a Duffy Dyer sac fly scored John Milner, and in the fifth Mays struck again, this time another RBI single to drive in Garrett. Tommie Agee finished the scoring with a leadoff homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 6- 1 lead and that's how it ended.

What a performance that night by Jim McAndrew! He pitched a complete game three-hitter for his seventh win of the year. After giving up those back-to-back singles to the first two batters, he allowed just two more baserunners (one hit and one walk) the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Mets tagged Fergie Jenkins with his tenth loss of the season, scoring all six of their runs off him.

The win improved the second place Mets to 54-44 and brought them to within 6.5 games of the first place Pirates. But the Mets would split their final 58 games to go 83-73 and finish in third place, 13.5 behind Pittsburgh, and two and a half games behind the Cubs.

August 6, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Chicago Cubs 2
Kaz
December 13, 2010
First at bat for Lute Barnes. Rbi base hit - soft liner over shortstop's head.

August 7, 1972 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
Bob P
June 19, 2004
The Mets tied this game in the top of the ninth, and then loaded the bases against Bob Gibson, but could not get the winning run in.

Ted Sizemore led off the bottom of the thirteenth with a drive to left, and Cleon Jones tried for a shoestring catch but missed the ball. Sizemore came all the way around for a walk-off inside-the- park home run.

Bob P
September 8, 2006

Ken Boswell played the entire game at second base (12 innings plus one batter in the 13th) and did not have a single putout or assist.

August 9, 1972 Busch Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Kaz
December 20, 2010
Lute Barnes goes 2-3. Raises lifetime average to .750, becomes favorite player on the block. All downhill from there...

August 18, 1972 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 8, Mets 2
SonoftheBronx
October 15, 2010
I remember Menke getting 4 hits, and of course, May's HR pulled to left. More of a line drive than a Strawberry shot.

August 19, 1972 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 5, Mets 0
Mike
December 2, 2001
The first major league I ever saw. The Mets were playing the Big Red Machine. Dave Marshall was playing right field and allowed a ball to go through his legs. Staub was out for the season with a broken hand, Cleon, Harrelson and Boswell were out of the lineup as well. It was Brent Strom's major league debut. The lineup was Kranepool, 1b, Lute Barnes, 2b, Teddy Martinez, ss, Garrett, 3b, Agee, lf, and Grote, C. I can't remember who was in left that day. The Mets lost 5-0. Bench hit a home run and a double. Joe Morgan made a spectacular play at second.

Bob P
July 13, 2004

Mike, if you are still reading these boards, it was John Milner in LF and Dave Marshall in RF for this game. It was actually Brent Strom's second appearance, he had broken in three weeks earlier against the Expos. Johnny Bench homered leading off the second inning and later singled to help build another run.

Jack Billingham pitched a three-hitter (all singles) for the Reds.

August 21, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 2
alleydally
October 5, 2006
I had been to Mets' games before this one but this is the probably the oldest Met game I went to that I actually remember some of the game.

My most lasting memory is Tommie Agee dropping a flyball (I thought he dropped two in the game, but the box score lists him with one error). As a 9-year-old who idolized Agee, I couldn't believe it. He was my sister's favorite player. He was clearly nearing the end of his Mets' tenure and I guess they put him in right field to make room for Willie (I didn't even remember that). Fans booed him! He also struck out twice in the game, according to the box.

I also remember Jim Beauchamp going deep twice, yes twice, in that game, winning it with a homer in the bottom of the ninth. Now that was unbelievable and unforgettable. I remember walking out raving about Jim Beauchamp of all people. That was probably the high point of his career.

Hank M
March 5, 2008

This was a game I remember very well. It was an exciting victory on a night that clearly belonged to the late Jim Beauchamp.

In the 7th inning, the game was tied, 1-1, when Jim homered to put the Mets in front. The Astros retied it, but in the bottom of the 9th, Jim came up with a runner on base. He blasted a 2-run homer that landed in the Houston bullpen in left field. The Mets had won in dramatic fashion thanks to Jim's heroics.

These were Jim's first two home runs of the season - and they were huge. He, naturally, made an appearance on "Kiner's Korner" that night. Not a bad way for the man to celebrate his 33rd birthday!

August 22, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 2
Rich
October 8, 2002
My first game. What an experience! 9 yrs old, in the upper deck, section 1, and the untold vastness of the place! The booming sound of the PA. The greenest green, the bluest blue, and those chipped wooden seats. I think the scorecard was 75cents and the genl admission was 1.35! I got a Tug McGraw pin and wore it the rest of the summer. I figured I was good luck for the Mets, cause they won that night. I wonder if the thrill is the same for kids today?

Sly Jones
September 11, 2003

Interesting trivia note about this game: This was the night of the real-life bank robbery in Flatbush that inspired the movie "Dog Day Afternoon." The two robbers and their hostages passed their time inside the bank listening to the Mets game on the radio. The Mets did better than the robbers did.

Stuart Michaels
October 12, 2013

Was staying with my grandmother in The Bronx and she took me to this game. She really wasn't much of a baseball fan. I was 8 years old and already a big Mets fan. Living in The Bronx she would always say "I was never into baseball especially The Yankees .But after 2 brothers and a husband it took my grandson Stuart to turn me into a Mets fan." I'll never forger that night, Grandma. Let's Go Mets!!!

August 23, 1972 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 7, Mets 4
Keith Mandra
August 14, 2002
This was my very first ML baseball game. I was 11 years old and had started following the Mets the year before. Since that game, I have frequently thought about that game. What I recall was that it was a very warm, sunny , Wednesday afternoon. I went to the game with my dad and one of his friends. Living in NJ, we somehow took the subway to get to Shea. We ended up with pressbox seats down the 1B line, near right field. I was so excited to actually see the field and the players in-person! I remember Jerry Koosman pitching against Larry Dierker and the Astros. The Mets lost the game. For years I thought the final score was 7-1 Astros. But I recently went to a local library and looked for the boxscore from that very day on microfilm, and the score was 7- 4 Astros. Koosman did lose to Dierker. Other than the Mets losing, it was a great day. Life was so simple then....

Mike
August 23, 2012

Wow, 40 years ago today. I went to the game with my brother and my cousin. We always took the bus from NJ in to Shea a few times during the summer. Great pitching matchup but Mets lost. I was 15 years old. What I remember most was my family moved across town that day. We woke up and left for the game from one house and returned to another.

September 2, 1972 Astrodome
Mets 11, Houston Astros 8
Paulie Cee
July 26, 2001
I remember the Astros had built an 8-0 lead in this game, going into the 7th or 8th inning before the Mets exploded and went on to win the game. I believe Ken Boswell had 4 hits, a highlight in a rather dismal season for him. I actually scored this game at home but the actual scorecard disappeared a long time ago. This might be their greatest single comeback game ever.

Matt Ward
April 2, 2002

I remember watching this game with my Dad (he was a Yankee fan, but let me watch the Mets sometimes!) Well, I remember getting bored and sleepy as the Astros mounted an 8-0 win and decided to amble up to bed. Sure enough, the next morning my dad showed me the sports section and I read, much to my surprise and delight, New York 11, Houston 8. As manager Yogi Berra said, "It ain't 0ver 'til it's over!"

Bob P
May 22, 2004

A spectacular comeback by the Mets on a Saturday night under the Astrodome.

Brent Strom started this game but gave up four runs in four innings, and relievers Ray Sadecki and Bob Rauch allowed four more, so it was 8-0 Astros and the Mets were down to their last six outs.

Houston starter Don Wilson was breezing along, having allowed just four hits through seven. But in the eighth, the Mets exploded for seven runs. The key hits were a three run homer by Ken Boswell and a two-RBI single by Wayne Garrett.

Then in the ninth, Agee led off with a walk and Boswell singled him to second (his fourth hit of the game). John Milner reached on an error by Doug Rader and that tied the game. After Ed Kranepool was intentionally walked, Cleon singled to drive in two. Wayne Garrett finished the scoring with an RBI single to drive Cleon home. Jones, Garrett, and Boswell had three RBIs each in the game.

Ed K
December 13, 2010

This is the largest Mets comeback in history to date - surpassing the infamous Y2K game against the Braves when the Mets exploded for ten runs in the 8th to overcome an 8-1 deficit.

September 5, 1972 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 3, Mets 0
Don Kamps
September 11, 2003
My first Mets game. We originally were to go over the summer, but Hurricane Elizabeth rained it out. This was the night before the first day of school, so it was a big deal. It was pretty amazing to be 9 and see Tom Seaver pitching... I remember that Hank Webb made his big-league debut this night. Too bad they lost.

Bob P
September 13, 2003

Webb's debut was not one to write home about...his first batter in the 9th was Ron Santo. He walked. His second batter was Jim Hickman. He homered. That turned a 1-0 game into a 3-0 game.

Another odd thing about this game...Seaver came out after five innings down 1-0. He wasn't pinch- hit for, but Ray Sadecki replaced him to start the 6th. Maybe Tom was not feeling well? Seaver gave up four hits, two walks, and struck out five through five innings so he certainly wasn't struggling.

Bob P
August 5, 2007

NY Times Select has helped answer my question from September 2003: Seaver did pull a muscle in his hip while pitching to Don Kessinger in the top of the fifth. He finished the top of the fifth and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth.

September 8, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bob P
September 8, 2004
First game of a twi-nighter at Shea, and John Milner goes 5-for-5, the only five-hit game of his career.

Milner had a two-run homer, a double, and three singles as the Mets, down 2-1 in the seventh, won the game 8-2. Jon Matlack was the winner despite giving up twelve hits in seven innings.

Milner also homered in the first inning of game two, but the Mets gave up three in the eighth as the Cards tied the game, then the Cards scored five in the thirteenth inning to gain a split of the doubleheader.

September 9, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Greg
May 27, 2003
This was my first major league ball game, I was eight years old at the time. I think Bob Gibson collapsed on the mound. Does anyone know for sure? I have searched for info and have not been able to find anything.

Bob P
May 27, 2003

Greg, I haven't been able to verify that, but if Gibson did collapse he must have stayed in the game because he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. And he retired 7 of the final 8 batters he faced before coming out. Gibson pitched a fine game..the first two Mets runs scored mainly due to two errors by Lou Brock and the third scored on an infield out.

Gary Gentry had a no-hitter for five innings in this game until future Fenway hero Bernie Carbo led off the sixth with a homer for the Cards' only run.

And here's a bit of trivia for you: Mike Hampton was born on this day!

Bob P
August 5, 2007

I just read the story from September 10, 1972 in the New York Times and Bob Gibson did not collapse on the mound in ths game.

Ken Akerman
May 2, 2010

I was a young child at this time and just learning about baseball. I remember asking my father about this game where Gibson was scheduled to pitch against Gentry. Since Gibson was one of the greatest pitchers of that era, and Gentry was considered to be a mediocre pitcher, my father said that the Cardinals should win. The Mets did win, however, so I learned that in baseball, any team can defeat any other team on any given day.

September 16, 1972 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 18, Mets 5
Glenn Foster
October 16, 2001
What I most remember about this game is that I was sworn into the United States Navy before the game. Our boot camp company was know as "The Chicago Cubs Company. We marched onto the playing field from the right field corner door, down the first base line and made a 90 degree turn toward Waveland Avenue and another 90 degree turn at second base and continued onward to third base. Stretched aound the baselines were approximately 80 soon to be sailiors with long, soon to be much shorter hair. An admirial stood at the pitchers mound and had us repeat after him the oath of loyalty to our goverment, country and service.

After the swearing-in ceremony we marched off the field while shaking hands with Cub players such as Banks, Santo, Williams. We were given coupons for free hotdogs and Cokes and watched as the Cubs kicked some serious butt by pounding Tom Seaver and the Mets 18 to 5. Even the Cubs pitcher hit a grand slam!

I saw many newspaper, military and freelance photographers taking pictures of this event but have never seen copies of these pictures. The game was televised on at least one station and possibly more then one station.

John Gearhart
October 13, 2003

I was 10. My 2 brothers and I were on the field before the game and were photograghed with with our favorite Cubs. We actually chose. Fergie Jenkins, Rick Monday and Jose Cardenal. Our father made us wear suits. It was a hot sunny day. We sat front row behind the Mets dugout with the sun beating down on us. I remember Tom Seaver and Willie Mays being so close as they changed fields. Burt Hooton hit a grand slam. I could not believe that a pitcher could do that. I distinctly remember the ball being hit so deep that it hit the scoreboard in centerfield but in my research of this game I found that the scoreboard had never been hit by a home run ball. I do, however, remember how so many walks in the game made it very boring for a little kid to watch despite the high score.

Bob P
June 19, 2004

This had to be one of the worst starts of Tom Seaver's career. He lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing eight runs, six hits (two homers, including a Burt Hooton grand slam), plus five walks.

In fact, Met pitchers walked fifteen batters in this game to go along with seventeen Cubs hits. Catcher Elrod Hendricks walked five times (twice intentionally), and Jim Hickman and Rick Monday walked three times each. The Cubs batting average for this game was .425, and their on base percentage was .582!

The Cubs were up 13-1 after four innings. All 18 of their runs were earned.

September 19, 1972 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 1
Dave Shaw
January 17, 2002
I'm pretty sure this is the game I brought my Super-8 movie camera to. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting in my Uncle Kenny's box seats about 8 rows behind the first-base coach's box. I've got speedster Al Oliver rounding the bases on a triple and Clemente jogging out to right-field on film. Pretty cool.

Bob P
February 16, 2005

Dave Shaw, if you are still reading these boards, I looked up Al Oliver's career stats against the Mets, and the only triple he hit at Shea Stadium while Roberto Clemente was still alive was on Sunday afternoon April 16, 1972, the second game of the 1972 season. The triple came with two outs and nobody on in the eighth inning off Jon Matlack.

The September 19 game was a Tuesday night at Shea.

September 20, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ken Akerman
April 16, 2003
Tom Seaver bounced back from a disasterous outing in his previous start against the Cubs (eight runs, all earned, and five walks in 2.1 innings in an 18-5 Cubs rout) to pitch a great game here. This was the first of four consecutive winning outings by Tom to close out the 1972 season.

September 23, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Ralph Sassano
February 12, 2003
This was the first game I ever went to. I seem to remember that it had rained like hell the night before, but it turned out to be a clear crisp early autumn day. I wore one of those old baseball jackets that had logos of select teams on them--remember those? My mom took a picture of my older brother and I outside the old house in Yorktown Heights before we left, gloves in tow. The picture is dated on the back and it said the score of the game.

Anyway, I was only 7 years old and I went with my brother and my father, who has recently passed on. I remember a few things about the game. The Phillies had those toxic blue uniforms and I kind of thought they were cool. Another thing that stands out clearly is that the crowd was really getting on Bob Boone, the Phillies catcher. I can recall when he got up to the plate everyone in my section going BA-BOOOOOONE!! BA- BOOOOONE!!

I think it was because there were a couple of Met beanings in this game. I'm certain that Rusty Staub hit the deck (maybe twice). I don't know if there were words with he and Boone, but I think that's why everyone got on Boone.

I also remember that Dave Schneck hit a triple. Why I remember that I have no idea, but I am certain that it happened. One thing also, I think that Willie Mays pinch hit in that game. I'm not sure.

If he did, I don't know why I remember the beanings, the Schneck triple, and Ba-Boooooone! so clearly instead of that.

Bob P
May 22, 2004

Further to Ralph's comments on this game from Feb. 2003:

The boxscore shows that Duffy Dyer was the only player hit by a pitch in the game. Phils starter Jim Nash hit Duffy in the fourth inning. It certainly is possible that Rusty got brushed back once or twice in the game, but he didn't get hit.

Willie Mays did not get into this game. He was not in the starting lineup and the Mets made no substitutions.

Dave Schneck's triple came in the bottom of the eighth after Cleon Jones had led off with a double. Schneck then scored on a sac fly. In fact, four of the five Mets runs in this game crossed the plate on sac flies!

Jon Matlack pitched a five-hitter to improve to 14-9, and all three Phillies' runs were unearned.

September 24, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003
I recall seeing this game at Shea Stadium with my family, when I was eight years old. The game matched up Tom Seaver vs. Steve Carlton, the two best National League pitchers of the 1970's. This was the season where Carlton had one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher, when he went 27-10 pitching for a last-place team. However, Seaver bested Carlton on this day. I recall that the Phillies got their only run on a home run, but I do not remember who hit it.

Bob P
April 6, 2003

Ken, thanks to the spectauclar website retrosheet.com, the answer to your question is: Future Mets coach Bill Robinson hit the homer off Seaver.

Agee led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Carlton, and the game went along 1-0 until Robinson came up with one out in the 7th and hit his 6th homer of the season. The Mets regained the lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th when Lute Barnes (there's a name for those of us old enough to remember!) grounded out. Tug came in to pitch get the last two outs for the save.

Carlton allowed 1 earned run and 7 hits, no walks, and struck out 9 in 8 innings. Seaver allowed five hits and two walks, and struck out six for his 19th win of the year.

The game was played in a brisk one hour and fifty three minutes. Those were the days.

Ken Akerman
April 16, 2003

Thanks Bob, for the information. The box scores for 1972 weren't up here the last time I checked this site.

Somehow I recall the Phillies home run because my father took some home movies at the game, and I recall seeing that he recorded the Phillies player hitting the ball over the wall and rounding the bases. I don't think he recorded the Agee home run, probably because the game was starting and we had just gotten into our seats.

It was Fan Appreciation Day because it was the Mets' last home game of the season, and I recall that the Mets gave away ceramic mugs to fans. I remember seeing lots of broken mugs on the concrete floors and ramps at Shea because some people had dropped them. Didn't they have (unbreakable) plastic mugs and cups back then, which would have been better to give away to fans?

According to the box score, the Mets must have scored their second run on a sacrifice fly by Lute Barnes, not a groundout.

September 30, 1972 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 0
Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003
In this game, Roberto Clemente of the Pirates got his 3,000th hit. Unfortunately, this was the last hit of Clemente's career, because he was killed in a plane crash while en route to bring supplies to Nicaragua earthquake victims on Dec. 31, 1972.

Bill
May 30, 2013

As a 13-year-old Mets fan I was upset when Roberto Clemente got his 3000th hit (double) vs Jon Matlack. A few months later when Clemente was killed I realized what a great player he really was and it seems I remember a really good throw against the Orioles in the 1971 WS.

October 2, 1972 Jarry Park
Montreal Expos 7, Mets 0
Mark Price
June 4, 2002
As a 9-year old Montrealer, I attended this game with my father and still remember how cold and windy it was. What can I say, I was awed just to see a MLB game, let alone a no-hitter. The Mets weren't a bad team and one of the few bright lights on the Expos was Bill Stoneman. This was only the second game I ever attended in person. The Mets were probably the one team I saw most against my beloved Expos.

I am a long way from Montreal and Jarry Park as I write this. Jarry Park was small, windy and not very major league. However, the Expos made a big mistake moving to the Olympic Stadium, which contributed greatly to their demise. Just about every seat in Jarry Park was close to the field and it was a wonderful place to watch a game. It is missed.

October 4, 1972 Jarry Park
Mets 3, Montreal Expos 1
Paul S
April 23, 2003
I remember this as being the 1st game I ever watched. I was 6 years old and when the game was over I tried to find out when the next game was only to learn it was the last game of the season.

The only specific memory I have of the game is Jon Matlack striking out the side in one of the innings.

Bob P
April 23, 2003

Paul, I went on retrosheet.org to try to help you figure out the details of Matlack's strikeouts, but unfortunately it told me that Jon did not strike out the side in any of the innings.

Matlack finished the game with 9 strikeouts. He did strike out two in the second, and two in the fifth, but never three in one inning.

Other facts about this game that may jar your memory:

The Expos took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when former Yankee Ron Woods grounded into a DP with first and third and none out.

The Mets scored all their runs in the 6th. Jim Fregosi was safe at second on an error by Tim Foli. Tommie Agee grounded out, moving Fregosi to third, and Fregosi scored on a wild pitch by Expos starter Balor Moore. Cleon followed with a walk, and then Jim Beauchamp hit a two run homer to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

The Expos threatened in the bottom of the ninth. With one out Woods and Coco Laboy singled, but Tug McGraw struck out pinch hitter Ken Singleton and got John Boccabella to pop out. Wow, I mentioned two classic original Expos in one paragraph!

It's easy to see why you have no other memories of this game--not a whole lot happened!

The Mets finished the season that started with the death of Gil Hodges and a strike/lockout as a third place team with an 83-73 record, 13.5 games behind the Pirates. It was the third straight year since their 1969 championship that they finished with 83 wins.

Diamond Dave
September 26, 2013

This was Tommie Agee's last game as a Met. I did not know at the time he would be traded for a bum like Rich Chiles. The Mets won the pennant in 1973 and I always had wished Agee was on that team, maybe they would have beat the A's in the WS instead of an aging Willie Mays falling down in center field in Game 4.

Karmine1969
September 26, 2013

Who would've thought...

No regular player amassed 100 hits for the season but the Mets still finished 10 games over .500

NYB Buff
October 12, 2013

Karmine, one reason why no Mets player reached 100 hits is that the first week of the '72 season was cancelled by a players strike. The Mets record for the season was 83-73, which is only 156 games. Another reason is that the team had a lot of key players (Agee, Staub, Milner) injured during the season. With the solid pitching the Mets had, I like to think they would have won the pennant that year had they stayed healthy. But we'll never know that!

Interesting note from this game: Jim Beauchamp hit his fifth home run of the year, which was a career high for him. Beauchamp was forced to switch from uniform #24 to #5 when Willie Mays arrived a month into the season. His new number equaled that of the homers he would hit wearing it. It was also Jim's last home run of his career.






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