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May 8, 1962 Wrigley Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Ed K
February 15, 2010
Every other NL stadium the Mets visited in 1962, they opened their first game ever there with a loss. But they won their first game ever at Wrigley on this day.

May 16, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002
Gil Hodges tied the game in the eighth on an inside-the-park homer! He was exhausted at home plate.

Ed K
December 13, 2010

Hodges inside-the-park homer was the first ever by a Met hitter.

June 8, 1962 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002
This game broke a 17 game losing streak. I had a sprained ankle and listened to the game on the radio. The Met's announcers treated the ninth inning like the seventh game of the World Series.

Ed K
July 2, 2011

This was the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley and the Mets finally ended their infamous losing streak which had reached 17 games. I recall hearing the end of the game on radio after I got home from school - most weekday games on the road were not televised back then. Charlie Neal hit a SF in the top of the 9th to bring in an unearned run to put the Mets ahead, and Craig Anderson saved it for Jay Hook in the bottom of the 9th - although saves were not an official stat yet.

Of course, the Mets promptly went out and lost the nightcap!

June 17, 1962 Polo Grounds
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 7
Ed K
April 28, 2006
The game in which Marv Throneberry in the first inning messed up a would-be triple by not touching 2B. When Casey went out to argue the ump's call, the most common version of the story is that the Mets' 1B coach told him not to bother because Marv had missed touching 1B too.

Bill Wasik
April 20, 2009

This first game of a Father's Day doubleheader helped launch two fabulous careers. As mentioned above, the first belongs to Marvelous Marv Throneberry. Although Marv was at the tail end of a mediocre career as a player, his "triple" on this date placed him squarely on a path that would lead to immortality with Whitey and the Mick in the Lite Beer Drinkers' Hall of Fame.

This game also had the distinction of helping the Cardinals become the 1960's National League Team of the Decade, when a second great career emerged on this date. This occured in the first inning, as Cubs rookie center fielder Lou Brock stepped in against Al Jackson - lefty versus lefty. At the time, Lou had only two things going for him in making the jump from Class C ball: more speed than Maury Wills and - unfortunately for Cubs fans - more straight away power than Frank Howard. In this game, as he faced Jackson with two out and a runner on third, the 5'9", 175 lb. Brock missed the first pitch on a bunt attempt, then took ball one outside. Waiting to unload on pitch #3, Lou may have thought back to a Sunday three months earlier in Mesa, when he faced another lefty breaking ball specialist in a Cactus League game, and drove Warren Spahn's screwball 500 feet through thin desert air.

Of course, that was spring training, and Spahnie wasn't overexerting himself as he prepared for his 18th season with the Braves. But on this hot and muggy June 17th in New York, Jackson, like Brock, was only a rookie, trying to close-out a first inning in which the Cubs already had scored two runs. Brock, however, did connect with his next pitch, driving the ball high above Richie Ashburn in center, just to the right of the clubhouse, where it hit the top of the 30 foot high Batter's Eye background, 475 feet from home plate. As it bounced another 20 feet into the stands, Lou became the only lefty hitter who would ever reach the Polo Grounds bleachers (other than Babe Ruth in 1920-22, when home plate was 20 feet closer).

That home run, Brock's seventh in just his first two months in the majors, brought Lou instant recognition as a power hitter, and very well could have sealed his fate as the Corey Patterson of the 60's, because it led him to swing more often for distance. He began to strike out regularly and, two years later, had managed to hit only 13 more home runs for the Cubs, while compiling a .260 lifetime batting average. Along with these numbers, Lou's play in right or center field was always an adventure, as he would sometimes break the wrong way on line drives, or let pop ups bounce off the heel of his glove.

Fortunately for Lou, his incredible shot to the Polo Grounds bleachers did not spell the end of his effectiveness as a hitter, nor did it remain the high point of his career. Teams in the NL other than the Cubs were not managed by an inept College of Coaches, and leaders such as Gene Mauch, Danny Murtaugh, and Johnny Keane quickly recognized what Brock's speed could do at the top of a lineup. All of them pushed their front offices to trade for him. The Cards, of course, won out, and Brock became an instant star in St. Louis, playing left field to limit his defensive shortcomings, hitting line drives or hard grounders through the infield, and literally stealing his way into Cooperstown.

September 22, 1962 Polo Grounds
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 2
Ed K
May 22, 2008
This is the game in which Casey put Richie Ashburn at 2B late in the game for the first time. Ashburn had only played outfield his entire major league career. A few days later, in the final game of the season (and Ashburn's career), Casey gave him a start at 2B.

I remember thinking at the time that Casey had run out of infielders but the boxscore does not seem to indicate it. There were only three pinch hitters and one other replacement during the game. Maybe Richie just asked to do it. The Mets were losing 9-2. Does anyone else recall the details?

September 23, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Bob P
June 2, 2005
Final home game of the 1962 season. The Cubs scored a run in the top of the first off Bob Miller but Frank Thomas tied it in the fifth with a home run and then Thomas won it for New York with a two out single in the bottom of the ninth.

September 28, 1962 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 3, Mets 2
Bob P
January 31, 2004
The paid attendance for this game at Wrigley was 595.

September 29, 1962 Wrigley Field
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Ed K
September 3, 2002
The better of the two Bob Millers on the team was the Met's fourth starter in the rotation and didn't win a game until this one which was his final start of the season in the Mets next to last game that year.

Bob P
February 4, 2004

As Ed K says above, Bob Miller was the winner in this game for his only win and first complete game of the season in 21 starts. The win breaks a personal 12-game losing streak for Miller and he finishes the year 1-12.

The Cubs' only run came on a homer by Ernie Banks. Dick Ellsworth was the losing pitcher, his 20th loss of the year. Ellsworth bounced back to win 22 games in 1963.

September 30, 1962 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 1
K. Butler
May 16, 2003
This was an unfortunate day for the Mets. In this, the worst season in modern-day baseball history, the Mets actually had a chance to win the season series against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs did not have a great team by any stretch of the imagination that year, as witnessed by the fact that the Mets beat them 9 times, but there is no doubt that the Mets wasted a golden opportunity there. Well, that's my take on that game, which was won by the Cubs. Of course, if anyone has anything else to say, they are more than welcome, since I wasn't born until 1984. Oh well, Cubs All The Way!

Bob P
January 31, 2004

The final game of the first season...and how about this for typical: Joe Pignatano (who would later become a Mets coach under Gil Hodges) hit into a triple play in the 8th inning. It was the last major league at bat of Pignatano's career.

In an unrelated incident in Tampa, Florida, Dave Magadan was born on this day.

Ed K
August 27, 2005

Piggy's triple play was the first-ever hit into by a Met. It happened in his last MLB at bat in the 8th inning. He hit a Texas League fly to shallow right that Cubbie secondbaseman Ken Hubbs made a great catch of and threw to Ernie Banks at 1B who threw to Andree Rogers (the SS) covering 2B. Ashburn and Drake were the baserunners caught off 1B and 2B. Hubbs, of course, was Rookie Of the Year and a Gold Glover in 1962 but died tragically in a small plane crash in Utah at the age of 23 just before Spring Training started in 1964.

Ed K
May 22, 2008

One other item of note: It was the final game of Richie Ashburn's Hall-Of-Fame career and Casey started him at 2B. Ashburn had been solely an outfielder for fifteen years until Casey had let him play an inning or two at 2B late in a game earlier in the month. Ashburn retired and became a Phillies announcer for decades until dying of a heart attack while in NYC for a Mets- Phillies series.

April 24, 1963 Wrigley Field
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Ed K
February 24, 2006
This was the first shutout by a Met righthander ever - in 1962, lefty Al Jackson had all four Met shutouts. This was the first of four shutouts in 1963 by Willey. Grover Powell had the only other one by a Met all season.

Ed K
March 1, 2006

This was also the first shutout by a Met pitcher that wasn't part of a doubleheader. All four of Al Jackson's shutouts in 1962 had been during the first games of doubleheaders - and the Mets lost the second game each time.

May 30, 1963 Polo Grounds
Chicago Cubs 12, Mets 0
Bob P
June 3, 2005
In the first game of a Memorial Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, the Cubs trounced the Mets 12-0, scoring ten runs in the top of the fourth.

Al Jackson and Larry Bearnarth allowed six hits and seven walks in the inning. Cubs 1B Stee Boros and C Dick Bertell each walked twice in the fourth inning.

Tim Harkness had three of the Mets' six hits.

May 30, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Joe R
April 9, 2003
Another great pitching effort by Hook. Falling behind in the 1st on a Ken Hubbs triple and a Ron Santo sac fly, Hook gave up only an 8th inning single by CF Landrum (I believe it was Ken) the rest of the way. The Duke was the Mets only offense this game accounting for both runs with a 4th inning homer and 2 out game winning rbi single in the 6th scoring Piersall who worked out a 1 out walk.

June 26, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 6
Elio Caiazzo
January 19, 2001
I attended this game, and I was 10 years old. The Cubs scored 2 runs in the top of the inning to take a 6-4 lead, and Jim Hickman hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th (I thought it was the 10th)to win it. If you can confirm this, or e-mail me a boxscore of this game, I will greatly appreciate it. My local radio sport-talk station, brought this game up and they believe that the score was tied when Hickman hit the grand slam. Obviously, if the final score was 8-6, the score was not tied and I was right. It would give great pleasure if you can send me this boxscore so I can present it to WFAN (N.Y) and prove I was right. Thank you, you have not idea how long I was looking for this game on the Internet. Your site is great!

fletcher rabbit
March 1, 2005

Elio is wrong on one key fact. The grand slam was hit by Tim Harkness. Hickman's memorable grand slam that season came several weeks later when it ended Roger Craig's losing streak. Those 2 games still rank among my top 10 Mets games ever!

May 19, 2005

I was at this game as part of a Cub Scout outing. I was 8 years old at the time. It was the second and last game I ever saw in the Polo Grounds. We left in the 11th inning, and later I heard that Harkness hit a grand slam to win it. Over the years, I have read many books about the Mets first few years, books that have described some individual games, good and bad (mostly bad, of course). But I have never seen this one mentioned. I kept thinking, if the Mets really won a game in 1963 on an extra-inning grand slam, wouldn't one of these books have mentioned such a dramatic event? So I began to believe that it really didn't happen. I figured that it was just another loss to the Cubs. This confirms that there really was such a game. If anyone can dig up a box score, I would be thrilled. Thanks a lot.

Bob P
June 3, 2005

Thanks to retrosheet adding more boxscores recently we can finally re-create the events of this memorable game!

It was a Wednesday afternoon at the Polo Grounds, the final game of a six-game homestand which saw the Mets win three of the first five. Al Jackson was the Mets starter but he got in trouble right away, giving up runs in each of the first two innings. As the game went to the bottom of the sixth, Chicago's Bob Buhl had a 4-0 lead and he was working on a two-hit shutout. But the Mets pulled together a two-out rally thanks to a single by Ron Hunt, and RBI double by Duke Snider, and a two-run homer by Frank Thomas. In the eighth, Thomas singled in pinch-hitter Choo Choo Coleman to tie the game at 4-4.

As the game went to the 14th inning, the Met bullpen--Larry Bearnath, Tracy Stallard, Carlton Willey and Galen Cisco--had pitched five innings of hitless relief. The Cubs had not had a hit since the fifth inning. But Cisco walked Don Landrum with one out in the 14th and with two outs the Cubs got their first hit in nine innings: an inside-the-park homer by Billy Williams.

The Mets came up in the bottom of the inning and got a leadoff single by Jim Hickman. Ron Hunt followed with a single but Hickman was thrown out on the bases by RF Lou Brock. After a walk to Jimmy Piersall, Frank Thomas flied out for the seond out. Then LHP Jim Brewer came into the game to face lefty batter Sammy Taylor, who worked out a walk. Another lefty batter was next: Tim Harkenss. Tim had been 3-for-6 in the game so far (a popular misconception is that Tim was pinch- hitting here). Tim hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Mets one of their most memorable wins of the early days.

November 6, 2005

After the game, the crowd exited on to the field at the Polo Grounds. It seemed as if the entire stadium congregated at the clubhouse steps in centerfield. We were all screaming for Tim Harkness to come out and take a bow. It might have been the first 'curtain call' for a Met. He made an appearance at the doorway of the clubhouse and everyone went crazy.The 64 Met yearbook has a picture of Harkness from behind waving to the crowd.

June 11, 2007

I went to this game a part of an end of year school class trip. Being 13 years old at the time, me and a few friends thought that it would be fun to leave the main group of students (~60 or so) and find a better place to watch the game than the seats we had out deep left field. We departed the main group in about the 6th or 7th inning, and sneaked our way into some seats near third base. As the game went into extra innings, we never considered that the rest of the school would not stay until the end of the game (At that age, we were oblivious to the schedules of the bus driver, teachers, etc.). After the grand slam, we returned to where our classmates had been, only to find the area completely empty - except, that is, for one very angry school principal! Well, even though we all got into trouble (or as much trouble as you could get into at the end of the school year), we were all so excited by how Tim ended the game, that I'm sure we all would have made the same choice over again, given the opportunity. Of course, since the buses had left hours earlier with the rest of the kids, we had to ride back to Yonkers in the principal's car and listen to his tirade. It became clear as the ride progressed that much of this was an obligatory act, and in fact the principal, who was a "closet" Mets fan, had actually enjoyed having an excuse to see the whole game.

Having seen hundreds of games at Shea, Yankee Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Candlestick Park, ATT Park, and a few other places, that afternoon in 1963 at the Polo Grounds is still my most memorable and favorite baseball recollection.

January 17, 2008

There was a magazine article regarding Met fans that showed pictures of Tim Harkness waving to the fans from the top of the clubhouse steps after this game. Anyone know which magazine and the date of the magazine?

steve mc
February 29, 2008

My first Mets game and the start of my greatest summer ever, about to start high school, but not yet working, so literally being in the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium every week to Labor Day!

First, regarding the above query about a pix of Harkness on the steps. I don't know about the magazine, but there was a wire service photo that appeared in the NJ Star-Ledger the next day, and yes, this was one of the most memorable games I've ever seen.

Look at the Cubs line-up: Who knew? Future HOFers Banks, Brock and Williams.

The Frank Thomas HR was a blast over the LF roof, and the Harkness game-winner was a cannon shot into the deepest part of RF, where the stands curved out, no PG chippie.

Frank Dubiel
March 27, 2008

I was at this game too when I was 13. The game was tied and went to the 14th inning. The Cubs scored twice in the top half and the Mets were down to their last out in the home half when they loaded the bases and Hickmans count ran to 3 and 2. I remember standing in Center field outside the clubhouses before exiting the field through the center field doors. We stood and chanted "Hickman, Hickman" who came out and gave us a wave. Great guy who was always willing to sign autographs for kids. Baseball the way it should be. I have an original scorecard from that game.

After the game my friends and I followed Ron Santo all around the outside of the park trying to get his autograph. He wouldn't sign unless we knew who he was, and we didn't. After going through the whole Cubs lineup we finally got it and he signed autographs for us. Unfortunately, we weren't as lucky with Billy Williams who was "too busy", talking with his "girlfriend".

tim harkness
March 27, 2008

I was the lucky guy that hit that latest inning grand slam in National League history, 14th inning to help beat the Cubs 8 to 6. It was a very hot day and having faced Jim Brewer many times in the minor leagues I knew what to expect and got a hold of one his low fastballs and drove it deep to right center four hundred and forty feet away. The fans wouldn't leave until I came out from the clubhouse in the Polo Grounds. Thanks to everyone who remembers the moment. Regards, Tim Harkness.

October 11, 2008

Based on these comments, there sure were a lot of 13 year olds at that game. I was one of them. What I remember was the pandemonium after the game, in the corridors leading out of the Polo Grounds and down into the subway. Everyone was just chanting "Let's Go Mets" and the sound was bouncing off the walls. It was so much fun. One thing I miss about New York baseball (either team) is going to and coming back from the game on the subway, where the excitement of the fans is really magnified. I live in Dallas now and when you go to the game you are isolated in your car with the windows closed and the air conditioning blowing. You just don't get the same feeling as being part of the crowd. Of course it is 100 degrees out. Tim Harkness - thanks for the memory!

The Big H
October 13, 2008

I will remember this game for Mr Harkness and his grand slam. I didn't watch or listen to much of this game, as I was a kid playing outside. My father who wasn't much of a baseball fan drove up and called me urgently to the car to listen to the game. The game was crazy and exciting enough even for my father to listen. I ran through some sprinklers to get to the car and heard maybe one pitch called and then Harkness got it! An amazing Met win and Grand Slam to boot.

Greg Powell
October 20, 2008

I was at this game with my father when I was eleven. We would drive down from Connecticut once or twice a year to see a game. I was a Cubs fan. I remember eating popcorn and then using the popcorn holder as a mini megaphone. I was positive the Cubs pitcher struck out Tim Harkness on a two-two count with a fastball on the outside corner. The ump said ball three and the pitcher went nuts. Next pitch--boom--game over. I was devastated. I remember the home run as a 280-foot shot down the right field line. Obviously I am wrong on that. I also remember how you could walk across the field to get to the parking lot in center field. It was a long drive back to Connecticut.

Josh H
February 16, 2009

This was one of my favorite memories, although for the past 46 years I thought it was Lou Brock, not Billy Williams, that had set the stage in the top of the 14th. Playing stickball or baseball we always imagined; last at bat, two outs, trailing by 3 with a full count. It was nearly perfect. I was out in right, standing in a position that would allow a dash to the IND. I was high the entire 2 hour train and bus trip home. I attended 'game 6' with my wife and kids but I always rate this 1963 Cub game as number 1 in my Met memory bank. Probably because it is only a memory.

Bill Wasik
March 3, 2009

This memorable game was a turning point for both franchises. Almost by itself, it reignited the great New York-Chicago rivalry that had once been so important to National League baseball and, even today, decades after this game was played in front of a few thousand fans on a mid-season afternoon in the decrepit Polo Grounds, its fallout helps define both clubs. The Harkness Slam of '63 not only foreshadowed the undeniable Luck of the Mets that helped carry New York teams to titles in 1969, 1973, and 2000, (not to mention Game 6 in the '86 Series.) It also locked-in the defeatism that has surrounded the Cubs for more than 60 years. Yes, to any Cubs fans who may read this, I say - forget the Goat, Bartman, the over-the-top salesmanship of Jack Brickhouse, the constant moaning of Ron Santo, or even the cussedness of P.K. Wrigley himself. If you really want to pinpoint the source of your troubles since '63, look no further than - Tim Harkness!

May 15, 2009

This game has always meant a lot to me because I saw it with my late father. I was sitting to the right of home plate and saw Frank Thomas hit the ball right down the left field line. My impression was that he hit it out of the park towards the apartment buildings behind the left field stands. I also remember that the Billy Williams inside the park home run was sliced down that ridiculously short left field line and caromed off the wall away from the left fielder, giving him time to circle the bases. I'll always remember the sights, sounds, and smell (yes, smell- a peculiar combination of cigar and pipe smoke mixed with spilled beer) that you just don't get at the park today. I remember everyone rising to their feet as the 3-2 pitch was thrown. Oddly, I don't remember the flight of the ball (someone may have blocked my vision). I always think that this was the game that condemned me to a lifetime of Met baseball addiction.

Eric Rolfe Greenberg
April 17, 2010

I listened to this game from a curious vantage point: in the family car parked next to an empty Yankee Stadium. We'd packed the car that morning to head to our summer home, but my younger brother Roy -- 14 that year (not 13, as were so many other witnesses writing above) -- went to the game at the Polo Grounds, and plans were made for him to take the subway the one stop to Yankee Stadium after the game and join our northward passage. We were there by the eighth, and my father -- not a big ball fan -- was unenchanted as the game progressed into extra innings. We waited and listened, listened and waited.

Bob P, above, points out that the Met bullpen pitched hitless relief; in fact, they did so for eight and two-thirds innings -- 27 outs, including the last out of the fifth -- until Williams hit a fly that somehow eluded Frank Thomas in left, landing on the track before bouncing against the wall. (How Thomas allowed a fly ball to hit the track behind him in the Polo Grounds' notoriously short left field corner still rankles.) And my father groaned when the Mets loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fourteenth, envisioning the game re-tied and going on and on. But as Roy said when he joined us, Harkness hit it into the darkness, and we had a victory that still lifts the spirits -- almost half a century later.

Elio Caiazzo
June 16, 2010

This has now come full circle. I was the one who started this thread on Jan. 19 2001. It was so much fun reading everyone's comments, including the man who created the memory - Tim Harkness. I want to thank Fletcher Rabbit for correcting me that it was Tim Harkness and not Jim Hickman who performed the heroics, but again, I was only 10.

This game was always special to me but now it's even more special with all the comments you provided.

Thanks, to all of you.

June 16, 2010

I remember listening to that game on my portable transistor radio. School was over for the day, and I was in the playground in front of my building in the projects. I was eight years old and just about to finish fourth grade.

When Harkness came up with two outs and the bases loaded, I recall thinking how great it would be if he hit a grand slam. But that was too much to hope for; the Mets were such a bad team in those early days.

When it really did happen, you can imagine how great it felt.

Harkness had a brief (1961-1964) career and hit only 14 HRs. I imagine that one was the most memorable. He's 72 now; I'm 55.

Marc Gold
November 24, 2010

It was one of the great moments in Met history, if not THE greatest.

I believe the game was not televised. Week-day games at home were the only home games that were not. Williams' inside-the-parker in the top of the 14th was described by Lindsey, Ralph, or Bob as a ball that Thomas should have played it safely on. I pictured Frank racing in and trying for a shoestring and missing it; the ball going behind him.

It was devastating. And then the wonderful Harkness hit the home run!

Unforgettable and truly memorable!

Tom Bitetto
March 28, 2011

I remember sitting on the first base line. The count was full. Everyone in the Polo Grounds stood and started yelling. Harkness swung and you could hear the ball whistle on a line towards the right field wall. It cleared. It sounded like 50,000 people were there.

Steven Schachner
July 6, 2012

I was at the game with a Hebrew Scholl and I was 11 years old and it was my first baseball game. What a memory. Tim Harkness became my hero.

Fred Bloom
February 13, 2013

I was at the game with my brother. The day was extremely hot - well over 90 - but our seats were in the shade. I remember the top of the 14th and the attempt by Frank Thomas to catch the sinking liner that turned into an inside-the-park home run. The home run as I recall came with 2 outs and a 3-2 count. It has to be one of the most memorable games that I have ever seen.

William Jordan
September 2, 2014

I listened to most of this game on the radio at home. I was a few days shy of my 14th birthday. When Harkness worked the count to 3 and 2 I wasn't even thinking about a home run..I was just praying that he could walk and bring us that much closer to a tie. When the announcer (I think it was Bob Murphy but it could have been Lindsey or Ralph) called the homer I went crazy with joy. I still remember that moment as a new senior citizen 51 years later.

Eric Stuve
September 30, 2015

I was 8. My uncle took me. This was my first game I ever attended. When Harkness hit the grand slam the crowd went crazy and I was hooked for life.

Bruce Golden
September 30, 2015

Yes yes I was there with a few of my diehard friends on a blistering 96 degree day. Only a few hundred fans stayed for the end of a game that lasted over 4 hours for a team that lost 111 games that season. When Harkness hit that impossible shot it impacted my life in a very powerful and profound way. Anything was possible when things looked hopeless . Euphoria propelled us out to the clubhouse steps in center field as we chanted for Harkness who finally appeared shy and a humble hero. It felt big. The following week that moment appeared in Life Magazine and in the adoring crowd is my crazy happy grinning face.

September 30, 2015

Was 11 and at the game with my cousin. Keeping scorecard I noticed that Met pitchers had thrown 9 innings of no hit ball from end of 5th thru beginning of the 14th. Then the Cubs rally on inside the park homer. Down 2 we are still hopeful and excited when first 2 Mets get hits and then Hickman is caught off of second base. We were furious with him. But true die yards we kept hoping. When we loaded the bases with 2 outs and the count went full we were going crazy and then Harkness blasts the walk off grand slam. The stadium was rocking. We were slapping hands and hugging strangers. We stood in center field cheering for Harkness until he came out and took what is the first "curtain call" I remember. My son met Harkness at Shea during the last season there and told him that I had told him about this game from 1963 being one of my favorite Met memories. Harkness was humble but excited to discuss it with him. Still brings a smile thinking of this game.

July 4, 1963 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 1
Al Stott
July 4, 2016
This was my first Cubs game 53 years ago today, doubleheader. Cubs won both. Yesterday, Mets completed 4 game sweep of Cubs in NY.

August 9, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 3
November 27, 2001
Jim Hickman hit a grand slam to end Craig's 18-game losing streak. Afterwards, a reporter asked Hickman if Craig thanked him, and Hickman replied, "I think he kissed me."

Bob P
January 29, 2004

As mentioned by Joe in November 2001, Roger Craig finally got a win in this game, thanks to Jim Hickman's ninth inning grand slam off Lindy McDaniel.

The Mets were shut out nine times in 1963 with Craig on the mound.

Ray Trifari
December 30, 2006

Craig switched to uniform #13 to change his luck.

bruce h
October 13, 2008

Billy Williams went back on the high fly which Hickman hit. Just as he pounded his glove the ball went into the first deck of the left field overhang in the Polo Grounds.

Vic Golat
September 21, 2009

I was 13 and went to the game with my uncle. We sat on the first base side in foul territory looking across the outfield. After Hickman hit the homer it was as if they won the 7th game of the World Series; Met fans were going crazy and one guy behind us had a hand cranked siren that he turned for what seemed like a half hour. I still remember the homer as if it happened yesterday.

August 18, 2011

I remember watching this game on tv (WOR) and seeing Roger Craig run out of the dugout to greet Jim Hickman as he crossed the plate, and the Mets and me and my brother jumping up and down like they'd just won the World Series. Also I remember Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy saying that at this moment, the NY Mets were in 7th place, and I thought we had reached the stratosphere.

rich z nj
September 9, 2011

I was a young boy, loved baseball and was becoming a Mets fan. I recall listening to this night game on my AM radio (think it was WJRZ 970) and the announcer calling the play: "tie score, bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out, 3-2 count on Jim Hickman, here's the pitch and he hits it deep to left field...going....gone...home run...grand slam...Mets win!" (Maybe not the exact call, but this was the situation.) The electricity and adrenaline this baseball moment generated for me sort of initiated my absolute love of playing and now watching the game. There is no clock to run out of time, play hard every pitch of every inning of every game no matter the score, and that is the true greatness of the game of baseball.

August 10, 1963 Polo Grounds
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 0
Bob P
June 13, 2005
A scoreless tie through eight innings turned into a Cubs victory.

Galen Cisco had allowed just two hits through eight innings: a third inning double by Cubs pitcher Larry Jackson, and a seventh inning single by Ron Santo.

But in the ninth Lou Brock led off with a single to right and Ellis Burton followed with a homer to right. Hits by Ron Santo and Ken Hubbs around a Merritt Ranew walk added two more runs.

In the bottom of the ninth with two outs and nobody on, Al Moran and Choo Choo Coleman walked, but pinch hitter Tim Harkness grounded out to end the game.

Roger G
January 30, 2012

My first Mets game. Age 9. It was Camera Day. Later I realized that a high number of the pictures had Jim Hickman (last night walk-off grand slam) with Roger Craig still at his side. Craig still wearing #13 from his (loss) record-stopping win the night before. The game itself was a typical early Mets loss. Close but not quite.

August 24, 1963 Wrigley Field
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 0
David Mo
July 7, 2005
Carl Willey, the Mets' "Maine Man" in 1963, pitched another gem, a six-hit shutout. This was victory number 41 for the '63 Mets, thereby ensuring a better record than the '62 legends. Willey even drove in the Mets' second run (Jim Hickman's leadoff HR scored the first). I don't know if it's a record, but Casey Stengel used three consecutive pinch-runners during the Mets 3-run ninth. The rally began with -- surprise! -- Ron Hunt getting hit by a pitch. Cal Koonce pitched well in defeat and six years later was rewarded by the Amazin's with a World Series ring.

April 23, 1964 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 1
Ed K
February 29, 2008
Ron Hunt hit the first home run by a Met at Shea Stadium in this game.

May 26, 1964 Wrigley Field
Mets 19, Chicago Cubs 1
Ed K
September 3, 2002
A great day in the early Met years. My recollection is that Charlie Smith was the hitting star capping the day with a three run homer for a six run ninth inning to finish off the Cubbies.The wind must have really been blowing out at Wrigley that day.

The apparently true story is that in those days before the Internet, ESPN or even all-news radio, a Met fan called the sports desk at a newspaper to find out how the Mets had done. When told that the Mets had scored 19 runs that day, he responded: "Yes, but did they win?"

November 25, 2007

Fat Jack Fisher pitching. We all loved that guy; he was the best Mets pitcher between Roger Craig and Tom Seaver.

Yes, Ed K is right.

"The Mets scored 19 in Chicago today."

"Did they win?"

Ah, those were the days!

Stu Dolgon
June 24, 2013

I always remembered the fact that Jack Fisher made the first and third outs in the ninth inning. Your box score proves my memory was accurate some 49 years later. I was ten years old at the time and came home from school during the fourth inning. It was one of those "radio only" games from Wrigley.

May 27, 1964 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 1
Bob P
May 16, 2003
According to retrosheet.org, both Frank Thomas and Ron Santo were called out in this game for getting hit by their own batted balls while in fair territory!

June 9, 1964 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 2
Ed Rimer
May 24, 2006
I attended this twilight/night double header with a friend. We were siting in right field, having a few beers, and heard Bob Murphy on the radio say that the knowledgable Mets fans were cheering Billy Cowan (then with the Cubs) who had struck out 6 times so far that evening. Neither of us were aware of this. For us it was a respite from our hard year of undergraduate school. My friend turned out to go on to law school and become one of the finest legal minds since Cheever J. Loophole (Marx Brothers - At the Circus).

August 22, 1964 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 3, Mets 2
Jay Filan
September 25, 2015
My first baseball game with my dad. I was 7 years old. We left in the 7th inning I guess to beat the traffic

August 23, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
J. Eckert
March 29, 2002
After a nice late win, the Met players, between doubleheader games, came out of the dugout unrolling a long banner that read "To Met fans, we love you, too!"

August 23, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4
J. Eckert
March 29, 2002
Bobby Klaus had a Met homer that hit the left field foul pole. They won this game in the 9th, and I believe won the first game of this doubleheader also in the 9th. What a thrill to see a Mets doubleheader sweep, something during these years as rare an event as, say, a Bobby Klaus home run (of any kind).

Bob P
January 27, 2004

The Mets sweep a Sunday doubleheader at Shea with this win after winning game one 2-1 in ten innings. Willard Hunter is the winning pitcher in both games. Hunter won just four games in his major league career and two of the wins came on this day!

J. Eckert
January 21, 2011

Correction on first comment, Klaus' HR wasn't a 9th inning game winner. Ed Kranepool and Charlie Smith had the walk-off game winning singles of respective games in this doubleheader sweep.

Another memory of this doubleheader was the Met team coming out of the dugout, probably between games, to unfurl a long banner with a message on the order of "To Met Fans - We love you too!", in response to all the banner carrying fans of those days.

May 31, 1965 Wrigley Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 3
Ed K
June 10, 2006
I am surprised the Mets did not have more 2nd games of doubleheaders at Wrigley cut short before lights were installed there.

July 5, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
Bob P
August 23, 2006
The Mets swept this holiday weekend doubleheader at Shea, winning game one by the score of 3-2. Warren Spahn made his second-to-last appearance for the Mets and pitched four innings. Larry Bearnarth pitched five innings of one-hit relief for his third and final win of the 1965 season.

The Mets scored three runs in the first. Billy Cowan and Roy McMillan both singled, then with one out Ron Swoboda hit his fourteenth home run of the season. Jim Hickman followed with a single. But the most memorable thing about this game was that after Hickman's single, Cubs' pitchers Dick Ellsworth and Lindy McDaniel retired the last 26 batters they faced!

Another amazing coincidence---this was the last time the Mets had all their hits in the first inning of a game they won until 41 years to the day later, when they pulled off the same feat against Pittsburgh.

July 5, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 0
Bob P
May 24, 2006
This was Tom Parsons' shining moment in his major league career: his final major league win (he only had two), his second complete game, and his only shutout.

The Mets swept this doubleheader at Shea and in game two Parsons allowed six hits as the tenth place Mets gained ground on the ninth place Cubs. Ron Swoboada hit a two-run homer in the second and Jim Hickman drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth for the only other Mets run.

Unfortunately, after this sweep the Mets went on a ten game losing streak.

Parsons finished the year 1-10 for New York but was a part of their long term success in that he was traded to Houston after the 1965 season in exchange for Jerry Grote.

July 29, 1965 Wrigley Field
Mets 14, Chicago Cubs 0
Ed K
April 6, 2008
Set a record for most-lopsided shutout win in Mets history. Later tied on 4-19-98.

July 29, 1965 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 1
Ed K
December 29, 2015
Musgraves had his only MLB start in this game. He hurt his elbow, went on the DL, and never made it back to the big leagues. He is one of six Mets born on Christmas Day.

August 7, 1965 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 1
Joseph Dubin
January 11, 2005
The Mets scored in the first but after that combined on a series of fielding errors and walks to lose to the Cubs, Chicago scoring seven runs even though they had only three base hits. I still remember the headline in a local sports page the next day: "Cubs Three Hit Attack Sinks Mets 7-1".

Bob P
June 16, 2005

This was the sixth straight loss for the Mets on their way to eleven in a row. As Joseph Dubin said in an earlier post, the Cubs scored seven runs with just three hits!

The weirdness started in the first inning as Cubs starter Bill Faul was hit with a shot off the bat of Mets leadoff batter Johnny Lewis. Cal Koonce came in to relieve Faul and held the Mets to one run in 3.2 innings (an RBI single by Ron Hunt) before veteran LHP Billy Hoeft pitched five shutout innings for the win.

The Cubs scored four in the top of the fifth with just two hits. Glenn Backert led off with a single, and after a fielder's choice and error by Galen Cisco, the Cubs had runners at second and third with no one out. Pinch hitter Doug Clemens reached on an error by Ed Kranepool then an infield out gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. After a walk, Billy Williams doubled in tow more runs and it was 4-1 Cubs.

In the seventh, Gordie Richardson walked a batter then hit a batter, and Billy Williams followed with a three run homer, giving him two of the Cubs' three hits and five RBI for the afternoon.

August 8, 1965 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 14, Mets 10
Bob P
January 23, 2004
After losing game one of this doublehader at Shea, 7-6, the Mets take a lead into the ninth inning of game two. But the Cubs score six runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the game, 14-10, and sweep the four game series. Cubs catcher Chris Krug strikes out twice in that ninth inning.

It's the eighth straight loss for the Mets on their way to eleven straight (their longest streak of the year), and drops their record to 34- 78.

Feat Fan
June 14, 2004

Recently released by the Mets, Warren Spahn wins his 361st victory and first as a Giant. San Francisco beats the Cards 64 ... In New York, the Cubs score six runs in the 9th inning to whip the Mets, 1410. Chris Krug is not much help in the 9th, as the Cubbie strikes out twice. It's the first time since 1922 a Cub has K'ed twice in one inning.

I think that this was a banner day doubleheader. If I am correct, the famous " Don't Get Sore, The Mets And I Are Only Four" banner was paraded around the diamond between games and made the '66 yearbook!

September 18, 1965 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 3
Bob P
January 23, 2004
Chicago's Larry Jackson wins the game for his eleventh straight win against the Mets!

Over his 14-year career Jackson finished a total of eleven games over .500.

April 26, 1966 Wrigley Field
Mets 14, Chicago Cubs 11
January 3, 2004
This was the first time I went to Wrigley Field. It was a cold day and a real back-and-forth slugfest, until the great Dennis Ribant came in and shut down the Cubs (from what I remember, I think he retired about 6 or 8 hitters in a row, starting in around the 6th inning). By the end of the long game there was me waving my Mets pennant, and about 300 unhappy Cub fans... Unfortunately, on the way home some bully grabbed my Mets pennant and threw it down on the el tracks where it met its demise.

If anyone remembers any other details of the game (Ribant is all that's stayed with me), I'd love to hear it.

Bob P
July 4, 2005

Further to Leonard's post from January 2004, here are some more details from this wild one at Wrigley.

First of all, Ribant came in with one out in the eighth and the tying run at the plate, and retired the last five Cubs batters for his first save of the season.

Jack Hamilton and Ernie Broglio started but both were not effective. The Mets fell behind early, but took a 4-2 lead in the third inning on back- to-back homers by Ken Boyer (a three run shot) and Ed Kranepool.

The Cubs came back with an unearned run to make it 4-3 but the Mets scored four more in the sixth. Johnny Lewis, Roy McMillan, and Ken Boyer each drove in a run and Mc Millan stole home as part of a double steal for the fourth run of the inning.

Back came the Cubs again, with four in the seventh to cut the Mets lead to 8-7. Randy Hundley drove in two with a single and Adolfo Phillips knocked in two more with a double.

In the top of the eighth, the Mets scored six times with just four hits plus two walks and an error. Ed Kranepool and Cleon Jones both drove in two runs in the inning, and the Mets had a 14-7 lead.

Darrel Sutherland was on the mound for the Mets in the bottom of the eighth, but gave up a walk and two singles around an out to make it 14-8. Dave Eilers came in but faced three batters and gave up three hits. That made it 14-11 and the Cubs had the tying run at bat. That's when Ribant came in and struck out Adolfo Phillips and got Glenn Beckert to ground out to first base. In the ninth, Ribant struck out Billy Williams, got Ron Santo on a pop to second, and retired John Herrnstein on a groundout, and the Mets won the darn game!

May 6, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Tom Smail
February 13, 2013
I attended this game with my Dad. It was also Willie Mays' birthday. In this game, I got to see an old-fashioned pitchers duel between Rob Gardner and Ken Holtzman. The Mets would win and I would get to see my first, in person, "Walk-off" home run as Cleon Jones won the game with a shot to left center field.

Coincidentally, 17 years later, to the day, I would attend another Mets game. This one was against Cincinnati and it was the debut of Darryl Strawberry. I would also witness another walk-off home run as George Foster homered in extra innings for another Mets win.

July 29, 1966 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 4
February 13, 2013
I went to this game as an 8-year-old, with my mother, my 10-year-old brother, and an adult male family friend. We sat in the "blue seats" (Mezzanine level, under the original color scheme). I had been to one game the year before, also at Shea, and understood absolutely nothing. On this, the night of my second baseball game ever, I remotely understood some of what was going on. Only very remotely, though. I don't remember doing this, but at one point early in the game I turned to our family friend and shouted out loud, "WHERE'S HOME PLATE?" Apparently that got a lot of attention! My brother and our family friend teased me about that for years afterward!

July 31, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Feat Fan
April 20, 2004
A few things stay in my mind, whatever is left!

Bob Shaw tosses a gem, cg 5 hitter and the Mets pull off a double steal, Jones and Luplow I THINK!

Was a big Adolpho Phillips fan back in those days and remember he screwed up all over the place!

April 20, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
April 20, 2007
Tom Seaver got the first of his 311 career wins, on the way to his stellar Hall of Fame career.

April 25, 1967 Wrigley Field
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Bob P
April 28, 2006
In his fourth major league appearance and his third start, Tom Seaver pitches a ten inning complete game victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

A sixth inning RBI single by Jerry Grote gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Seaver allowed just four singles through eight innings. But leading off the ninth, Don Kessinger drew a walk. After Seaver retired the next two batters, an error by Buddy Harrelson brought the tying run home.

Despite having thrown 104 pitches, Seaver came to bat to lead off the tenth inning. He singled to right off Cubs reliever Bill Hands. With runners at the corners and two outs, Al Luplow singled off LHP Bob Hendley to drive in Seaver with the go-ahead run. Tom set the Cubs down in order on just seven pitches in the bottom of the tenth for the second of his 311 career wins and the first of his 231 complete games.

June 9, 1967 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 5
Casey D
April 9, 2012
A critical moment occurred in the 8th inning when Adolpho Phillips hit a deep drive to right center and as the Mets right fielder Tommie Reynolds attempted to scale the ivy wall at Wrigley, 2 nine-year old kids sitting in the first row leaned over the wall (pre the wall baskets)to snag a souvenir and appeared to deflect the ball. The game tying run scored (with 2 outs) and Phillips was awarded a triple even thought the Mets argued for a ground rule double which would have left the tying run at third.. The Cubs went on to win it in the 9th. Replays of the "incident" appeared on the WGN news that night as well as an incriminating photo in the next days Chicago Sun Times.

June 11, 1967 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 18, Mets 10
Bob P
June 11, 2003
The Cubs and Mets combined for 11 home runs in this game, seven by the Cubs. At that time the eleven homers tied a major league record. I'm not sure if that record still stands.

Feat Fan
March 22, 2004

This game was a donnybrook with Adolpho Phillips crashing three home runs!

Originally scheduled as a single game, this became the back end of a Sunday doubleheader after Saturday's wash out.

In that game, Tommy Davis homered to left field off the Cubs Bill Hands to lead off the second inning of a game in Chicago. The Saturday afternoon game was rained out after four innings.

Great when the wind blows at Wrigley!

Bob Immerman
September 25, 2015

This is what I loved about baseball as a seven year old Mets fan. Sunday doubleheaders! Game two of this one was a classic even though the Mets lost. I don't know if Adolpho Phillips ever had a better day as a pro, but to my mind that day I thought he was going to go to the Hall of Fame. Probably the first game I ever watched on TV from Wrigley Field. I was hooked!

June 16, 1967 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 3
Tom Sullivan
March 22, 2002
My first live Mets game ever. I was 9 years old and on a Knights of Columbus bus trip with my dad. Had mezzanine reserve seats that the old man sprung $2.75 a piece for. Of course, the Mets lost. And Shea was a dump then, too. I remember the cheesy Met picture board atop the large scoreboard in right field. As far as the game went, Hawk Taylor filled in for Grote that day.

June 17, 1967 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 1
Jim in Texas
March 12, 2003
My first major league game and, as I recall, it was pretty much over after the second batter: the Cub who made it 2-0 with a first-inning home run. I recall getting the autograph of coach Salty Parker who became the manager at the end of the year. I also have a vague recollection of many Met infielders hurling themselves at grounders that went through for hits. Despite the humiliating defeat, I was hooked for life.

Jim in Texas
March 12, 2003

My first major league game and, as I recall, it was pretty much over after the second batter: the Cub who made it 2-0 with a first-inning home run. I recall getting the autograph of coach Salty Parker who became the manager at the end of the year. I also have a vague recollection of many Met infielders hurling themselves at grounders that went through for hits. Despite the humiliating defeat, I was hooked for life.

John from Pompton Lakes NJ
September 25, 2015

My first major league game attended also, not long before I turned 10 years old. I was with a large group of Little Leaguers from Pompton Lakes, NJ. I can't remember if we had one busload or several.

I was, and still am, a Yankees fan, and hated the Mets. So this game was very enjoyable watching the Mets get slaughtered.

I'm thankful that the score was 9-1, and that I always remembered that, because it made it very easy to find the date and box score of the game so many decades later. Not sure if I'd have remembered the score if it had been 3-2 or something, and there wouldn't be just one possible game with that score.

It's funny that I don't remember any specific plays from the game, or exactly where I sat (somewhere in the upper deck on the first base line, I'm pretty sure) yet from a Yankees game I went to later the same season, I remember section number, row, and many specific plays which are still in my head available for "instant replay". I guess I remember stuff I care about, more than stuff I like watching but don't care about.

I cared somewhat about seeing Ernie Banks in this game, but if not for the box score here, I wouldn't be able to tell you what he did. Quite unlike my memories of Mickey Mantle and Horace Clarke a short time later!

August 31, 1967 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 1
Bob P
August 5, 2007
Lots of "stuff" happened in this Thursday afternoon game between the last-place Mets and the third-place Cubs.

It started as a pitcher's duel between a couple of USC guys, Tom Seaver and Rich Nye. In the bottom of the fifth Don Kessinger hit a grounder to first but it bounced off Bob Johnson and all the way into the dugout. Kessinger moved to third on a Glenn Beckert bunt and scored on an infield out by Billy Williams. The Mets tied it in the sixth on an RBI single by Tommy Davis.

In the bottom of the ninth, Randy Hundley doubled down the right field line, and after Ted Savage bunted him to third, Wes Westrum decided to intentionally walk Adolfo Phillips and pinch- hitter Lee Thomas. At this point Westrum also replaced Tommy Davis in left field with Tommy Reynolds, and on the next pitch Kessinger hit one foul down the left field line where Reynolds made a running catch and threw Hundley out at the plate to send the game to extra innings.

The Mets never threatened to score again and in the eleventh Ernie Banks led off with a single. Hundley, trying to bunt, was hit in the shoulder by Ron Taylor. Leo Durocher sent Fergie Jenkins in to run for Banks, and had Ted Savage try to bunt the runners over. But when the count got to 1-2, Durocher called Savage back to the dugout and sent up veteran left-hand batter Al Spangler. Taylor's first pitch to Spangler was a ball, then Spangler looped one just over third and just inside the foul line, allowing Jenkins to score the winning run.

Ed K
September 25, 2015

This was the start of the only 7-game series in Mets history. In April, the Mets and Cubs only got two games played in the Mets first trip to Wrigley. In July, a whole series got rained out, leaving them to play 7 games in 4 days on their final trip to Chicago for 1967. They lost this single game on Thursday, split doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, and lost the doubleheader on Sunday.

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!

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.

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.

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.

May 4, 1969 Wrigley Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
"Ahzroc" -John Richardson
May 24, 2006
I talked my mom into taking all my friends from the neighborhood to this Doubleheader- Wrigley was PACKED! we sat Upper Deck 3rd base Grandstands- Seaver was really "Tom Terrific" that day- He went the distance 7 SO -2bb- 9 hits , but only 2 runs - but also- got a walk , a hit and and scored a run. This was only game one...

May 4, 1969 Wrigley Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
"Ahzroc" - John Richardson
May 24, 2006
Game 2 - Cubs Lost 1st game 3-2 to Seaver:

Next up? TUG MCGRAW- Same exact result. 3-2 Mets McGraw goes the distance 9 hits 8 SO 2 BB 2 runs- ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME AS SEAVER IN THE 1st GAME ! ! !

Hey! We heard ya twice the 1st time.

July 8, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
July 12, 2000
Amazing Three runs in the last inning when we were down two runs.Just think 17 years later it happened again.I wish I could get a tape of this game if anybody knows where to get it put the info on this site Thank you!!

Mr. T
February 18, 2002

Wow, what a game! Once again I'm in the cheap seats, but enjoyed every moment. What I recall most vividly was the almost surreal 9th inning. Nothing but clutch hit afer clutch hit. With each hit the crowd getting more and more electric. I could be wrong, but I recall the game winning hit to be a double, one hop off the wall, by that great Monroe alumni Ed Kranepool(#7). As the wining run scored that warm late afternoon in July,I became a believer. Lets Go Mets!

Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002

Dear Mr. T:

Kranepool won the game with a bloop single to left field.

May 31, 2002

It was my 15th birthday, and I was riveted to the TV. This was around the time you knew this was a special team. What a comeback in this game!

July 2, 2002

I was sitting in upper reserved - behind third. Kranepool homered, then blooped a game-winning single. Pandemonium. I have never seen the subway as crowded as it was after that game - afternoon rush hour.

August 13, 2002

I went to the game with my father and brother. I still have the scorecard. Jenkins vs. Koosman. Kranepool bloop hit over shortstop to win the game. I was 11 years old and I remember thinking when the crowd went wild, "Could the stadium handle the noise?" I thought the stadium would collapse underneath me. It was unbelievable. I will remember it all my life.

Dennis Black
August 15, 2002

I was at this great game that has been forgotten by many because the next day Seaver threw his almost perfect game. Don Stankus, Lumpy McDonald and I were in Section 1 in the last row and I had to convince them to stick around until the last at bat. They thanked me later (or at least they should have). Crabby Leo Durocher blamed his centerfielder Don Young for not catching a couple of Met hits in the ninth.

John Hachtel
February 28, 2003

This game is one of the great baseball memories of my life. I was fourteen and attended the game with a friend from school. As I recall, the Kranepool hit came on a 1- 2 count. It looked to me as though he was fooled by the Jenkins pitch, and Ed did a great job getting the bat on the ball. Tom (above) is dead on about the noise and the shaking stadium. I yelled myself hoarse. My friend and I walked back to Main Street, Flushing over the bridge after the game and we kept saying we had seen something very special. Years later, living far away from the city, I still remember that day with great happiness.

walter c
September 1, 2004

I still remember feeling the electricity in the air when I got off the 7 train. My friend Joel and I turned in coupons from Dellwood milk cartons and got in the upper deck free. I remember people dancing and yelling long after the game was over. Pity that the game was overshadowed the very next night, I consider that this game showed they belonged and were expansion jokes no more.

Shickhaus Franks
December 22, 2008

There is a tragic but legendary story surrounding this game where a Queens man killed his wife because he was watching the Mets and she wanted to watch "Dark Shadows" (a popular soap opera at the time).

Rich B
August 11, 2009

This was a great game. The fact that we could come back in the 9th inning against the first place team showed that we were real. My brother and I took two buses and walked from Main Street to get to Shea in those days. The feeling on the trip home that day was incredible.

August 18, 2011

This was the first game I ever went to. I was 9 years old. I went with my grandfather and uncle the Mets were down 3-1 going to the 9th getting only one hit, a home run by Ed Kranepool.

It was first time I saw baseball in color!

Bob O'Connell
March 5, 2012

My father collected newspapers from notable events. I have the NY Daily News from when the Mets won the World Series, Jets won the Super Bowl, etc. For years I kept coming up on the Daily News from July 9, 1969. About 5 years ago it hit me. That was the game my father took me and my cousin to. I still have the program. Sadly, my father died in 1978 but his sense of history allows me to go back and relive it again. I was 6 in 1969 and I remember the Mets winning in a wild way. Crowd was crazy!

July 9, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0
Steve Nadel
December 23, 2000
What else can you say about this game? Following the great comeback of the day before Tom Seaver was as dominating as he ever was or ever would be.

It sent a message to the Cubs that the Mets weren't going away. Ever though they slipped in August before making their Pantheon run in September, they still had to establish to the Cubs, the world and to themselves that they had the mettle to make a run for the division, pennant and World Series.

Shea was packed and the Mets scored early. After that it was all Tom Seaver. He mowed down Cub after Cub.

Randy Hundley unsuccessful bunt, followed by Jimmy Qualls clean single to left center are burned into my memory.

With all their great pitching the Mets have never had a no-hitter thrown on their behalf, this is still their best-pitched game. This performance was as good or better than most no-hitters. (see Joe Cowley's 8-walk no-hitter in 1986).

September 25, 2002

In the days before cable we were lucky this day when a local Albany station picked up the WOR feed. Little did my friends and I know that we would see the best pitched game of our lives. We were just thrilled to be able to watch a Mets game on TV. We were heartbroken when Qualls got that one out hit in the 9th. So close but still an amazing game.

May 19, 2003

I was 9 years old and watching this game from the guest house at my grandmother's summer place. It was the first season when baseball really mattered to me and I was a rabid Mets fan. I remember that every pitch Seaver threw after the sixth inning sent the crowd into a frenzy. For me, it was the best baseball game I had ever seen and I think it still is. Seaver deserved a perfect game but it shows that life isn't fair.

Feat Fan
February 12, 2004

My oldest friend David and I were doing our usual roaming the streets of Brooklyn on a hot muggy night. His parents rented the basement apartment to a newly wed couple, we snuck into the backyard to listen to their joyous sounds of sex, lots of it, and I guess we stumbled or giggled but at any rate, we were about to get caught so we took off and landed at my house. We turn on the game as it goes into the ninth and immediately feel the tension without hearing any commentary. Qualls steps in as we are really getting pumped and the little bastard bloops his seeing eye single and we head back out across the street to check in on newlywed Bob!

Barry F.
April 20, 2004

I didn't see it cos I was only a baby. But 25 years to the day, I married my wife. I told her I would never forget our anniversary because of this game, one of the most incredible clutch pitching performances in the history of baseball. I never have.

Ron N.
July 1, 2004

I was at this game with my dad. I was 11. We were going to get in using the Dairy-Lea coupons from the milk cartons. When we got there, the game was sold out. But, my dad had tickets to the Mayor's Trophy game that was rained out on Monday July 7. He was able to exchange them for like the last 2 seats to be found. I remember Cleon Jones HR in the 7th caused the stadium to literally shake and was the loudest sound I had ever heard. The place was rocking.

July 5, 2004

My family was at a beach rental in Long Beach Island, NJ during this week.

I was 8 years old and my bedtime coincided with approx. the 7th inning, so I was in bed but listening to the sounds of the game on the TV in the next room.

I can still remember the groan my Dad let out when Qualls got the basehit.

Here we are, 35 years later, still waiting for the 1st Mets no-hitter. I was at the Dwight Gooden 1-hitter on 9/8/84 and was in attendance when former NY Met Nolan Ryan threw his 7th.

Gooden got no-no and Cone a perfecto with the Yankees. Arrrgggh. As if being a Met fan wasn't challenging enough.

March 8, 2006

Despite the fact that Jimmy Qualls ruined what would have been the Mets only no-hitter in history, this was still the best pitched game in Mets history. Long live Tom Seaver.

June 28, 2006

I was 13 at the time and had been a Mets fan since the days of Choo-Choo Coleman. The tension was unbearable as my whole family watched the game. When Qualls got the hit, it was like air out of a balloon. It was unquestionably the greatest pitching performance I have ever seen and that's saying a lot. Seaver really deserved the no-hitter but it was not to be. I am still a Mets fan.

November 25, 2007

Jimmy Qualls. Jimmy Qualls. He hit a dying quail to short left center. I will never forget that name, I will never forget that sight. I was 19 years old, the summer after my freshman year, working a summer job in downtown NY. We were all excited, with the Mets on a streak, maybe, just maybe, catching the Cubs and getting into the Series. We were hot with emotion.

I told my mother I was going to the game that night, a sultry summer night, and I'd be home after midnight. I got a general admission ticket behind home plate, the best seats in what was always a terrible place to watch a game (the Polo Grounds; now that was a place!). But I loved it upstairs in Shea.

Ninth inning, Qualls hits this little ball, half pop up, half line drive. I still remember the look of disgust on Seaver's face.

"My imperfect game." That's what Seaver always called it. The imperfect game.

March 5, 2008

I was at the game with Dad and others. We had gotten in free after collecting the appropriate number of Bordens milk coupons. We were sitting high up in the right field grandstands. It was a great game due to the race with the Cubs and the great game that Seaver pitched. We'll never forget the name Jimmy Qualls though.

We also made it to an earlier game in that Cub series where the Mets came back in the 9th to beat Ferguson Jenkins.

buster kitten
October 15, 2008

Of course the story of this game was the near perfecto that Tom pitched, but I was amazed that submariner Ted Abernathy pitched more than six innings in relief. Leo was so desperate for a win he went with Abernathy in a long relief role the likes of which he hadn't done since he was with Washington in the 1950's. Cleon Jones homered off of Abernathy and I remember him on Kiner's Korner after the game saying "I think he's lost a little something off that sinker." I loved that comment for Abernathy had seemed invincible over the last two or three seasons.

August 25, 2008

Shea was electric!!! Even though I was nine years old, I can still remember the small black and white television on WOR Channel 9. Seaver was so so sharp. My heart sank when Qualls lined that clean single to left-center. After the comeback in yesterday's game, the Cubs looked as they were in last, not first. What made it even sweeter was my neighbor next door was MR YANKEE and he had to eat this!

December 19, 2008

I remember this game so well, and the awful feeling when the ball dropped in. Seaver was - still in, in my mind - the greatest.

Announcer Lindsey Nelson: "...and look at Tom Seaver. He's happy, and yet he's sad..."

Alex J
November 18, 2009

Watched it at home in NJ with my parents. Probably the best game of my Mets memory. I remember the crowd when Qualls broke it up. From huge noise to sudden silence... followed by the most amazing ovation ever.

March 21, 2010

Almost a Tom Terrific perfecto. Leslie, Rudi, Leslie's dad and I made the trip to Shea from Huntington Station and saw almost history. I remember Tommie Agee and Cleon Jones running all out to snare the drive off the bat of Jimmy Qualls, but alas to no avail. A long standing ovation for Seaver after the hit.

January 10, 2014

I recall attending that game as a 15-year-old and having a standing room ticket as Shea was packed to the rafters. My dad was also there attending (me with him) and alongside the 3-homer game by Reggie in the 77 World Series which I attended, this was a great happening to have witnessed in person.

October 30, 2015

I was there with my grandfather, my father and my kid brother, three generations. It was my first live game ever and we were sitting on the rail in the Mezzanine next to two Cubs fans. I was ten years old at the time and was keeping score. I didn't even notice that Seaver was pitching a perfect game until late in the game when the Cubs fan leaned over to me and mentioned it. I am not sure I even knew what a perfect game was. I bragged on this event for many years after. It is kind of a badge of courage for Mets fans to say they were at this one.

March 19, 2016

As a 15 year old, I remember getting into the game in the bleachers by cutting out 15 coupons from Borden milk cartons. My next-door neighbor's father, who was a Cub fan drove us there.、The crowd noise was unbelievable. I remember Randy Hundley laying down a bunt about 20 feet right in front of home plate, and how exhausted Tom Seaver was after he chased the ball and threw to first base to get the out. Truly an incredible game.

July 10, 1969 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 2
May 31, 2002
This was the only game of this 3-game series that I wound up going to. The Mets played a terrible game. After the game Durocher gave his famous quote, "Those were the real Mets," which really got me POd.

January 14, 2003

I attended this game with my day camp (so you KNOW our seats sucked), but despite the Met momentum stopping that day, Cleon made a catch (I believe off Ron Santo) with Agee standing right next to him that robbed a homer. The photo has become a rather famous one, but not quite like those Agee would provide a few months later.

July 14, 1969 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
Joe Anthony
October 16, 2003
This was a frustrating loss for the Mets. Bill Hands was dominating for the Cubs. My most vivid memory of the game is Ken Boswell's at-bat leading off the top of the eighth inning. He hit a hard grounder that bounced off Ron Santo's glove and a few feet into foul territory. Boswell should have stayed at first base but tried to get to second on the play. He was easily thrown out by Santo. That was the Mets' last scoring opportunity.

Feat Fan
March 25, 2005

At Wrigley, the Cubs top the Mets 10 to give Bill Hands (117) the win over Tom Seaver (14 4). Billy Williams singles home the winner, boosting the Cubs lead to five 1/2 games. After the last out, Ron Santo jumps up and clicks his heels, igniting a roar from the crowd. The Mets think it's bush.

How is it that this premier third sacker is NOT in the HOF? Along with Gil Hodges, a blatant ommission.

September 8, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
March 5, 2002
This was the "Black Cat Game." I was there. It rained before the game and Gil Hodges wanted the game to start. He walked to home plate with the lineup card and it miraculously stopped raining.

The black cat crossed in front of Leo Durocher and the Cubs on deck circle. That's also the game where Randy Hundley can be seen jumping up and down 5 feet off home plate to protest a call.

Koosman beat Bill Hands. Agee, after being decked to lead off game, hit a big HR next time up. Mets moved into first within the next few days of this game and stayed there . Exiting the game after this win everyone sang "Good-bye Leo" to the tune of "Goodnight Ladies." The song echoed throughout the cement ramps and exits of the stadium.

In 2000 it was, "Who Let The Dogs Out?" But that year it was "Who Let the Black Cat Out?"

March 17, 2003

This was a monumental in your face game in what was rapidly becoming a bitter rivalry. Hands did indeed deck Agee but Tommie did not wait until the next at bat. He instead hammered the Parsippany New Jersey native's next pitch over the centerfield fence. This set the tone immediately and Koosman God love him nailed that notorious heel-clicker Ron Santo in the ribs as retalliation. Randy Hundley apparently not subscribing to the theory that white men can't jump vaulted at least four feet off of the ground on what he misconstrued as a botched call by the plate umpire. The black cat had nothing to do with this one as Chicago's luck had run out long befoe that memorable game.

Olof P.
February 2, 2004

If you look at the video tape of the game. Randy Hundley was right. The umpire made a bad call. But as "BIGSTRO" stated, Chicago's luck had run out. They were well into the infamous 8-game losing streak. (They lost 10 of 11 during that span.)

September 9, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 1
Bob Abuehy
August 13, 2003
Bill is wrong. This was the Black Cat, Goodbye Leo Game. Sorry, Bill, but the Mets got out to a big lead pretty early in the game, which emboldened Mets fans to serenade Leo for the last few innings. That never would have happened in a 1-run game as you describe. Get your facts straight instead of letting your teary memories of 69 get the best of you. It was also the last game of the Cubs series and the last time the Cubs ended a game in first place.

It was awesome (I was there with my dad and three brothers). For the last 3 or 4 innings, everyone was waving handkerchiefs and throwing confetti. My brother ripped up a medical book that a neighboring med student had stowed under his chair and my dad had to make good to the guy to the tune of $30.

Bob Abuehy
August 13, 2003

Friday the 13th fits squarely into the realm of sports superstitions, curses, and all things unlucky. On Sept. 9, 1969, the Cubs faced the Mets at Shea Stadium. Six days earlier, Chicago had been five games up on New York in the National League pennant race. But by the 9th, the lead was down to 1 1/2 games. As the day's leadoff batter, Don Kessinger, stepped into the box against Mets ace Tom Seaver, a black cat scooted out from under the stands, and took good long glares at Kessinger and Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, awaiting his turn on the on-deck circle.

Then the cat ambled over to the visitors' dugout, headed for Leo Durocher, raised its tail, and hissed at the manager.

"I knew right away we were in trouble," said Santo. "I wanted to run and hide."

Seaver pitched the Mets to a 7-1 win that day, giving the Mets a two-game series sweep and reducing the Cubs' lead to a half-game. Chicago ended the season in second place, eight games behind New York.

July 5, 2005

As a 9 year old at this game my memories of the game itself are not clear. I do remember my dad getting my attention to point out the black cat in front of the Cubs dugout. I remember shredding up The Daily News to make confetti, which was flying all over the stadium! The chorus's of "Good-Bye Leo" started while the game was still in progress, and continued as we were exiting down the ramps. I vaguely remember chants of "We're number 1", although we weren't in first place yet. For a 9 year old kid it was a summer to remember, first men walking on the moon and the Mets winning the World Series!

May 5, 2009

I was ten, going to the game with my uncle and grandfather to meet my dad at the game. To this day I have no idea where we parked. I remember them running out of programs, the goodbye Leo serenade, and the black cat. Our seats were in the left field corner, so when Seaver hit his double we weren't sure that it wasn't a home run.

A great game, a great year.

May 22, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 4
Bob P
June 23, 2004
In their first 1970 appearance at Shea following the wild and bitter 1969 pennant race, the Cubs jumped all over Jerry Koosman early and held on to beat the Mets, 6-4.

Kooz was on the ropes from the start as Don Kessinger led off with an infield hit and after an infield out Billy Williams reached on an Al Weis error. Ron Santo hit a sac fly to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead, and then Jim Hickman folowed with his sixth homer of the year to make it 3-0.

A Glenn Beckert single made it 4-0 in the second and the Mets got one back in the bottom of the second with the help of two Cubs errors. The Mets got two more back in the third off Ken Holtzman but they had those runs in plus the bases loaded and one out, but Jerry Grote and Al Weis couldn't get the tying run in.

The Cubs got two more in the fifth and then Donn Clendenon homered to make it 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth. But Jim Colborn came in to relieve Holtzman and held the Mets to just one hit over the last 4.1 innings, at one point retiring eleven in a row.

Bill L
May 13, 2008

This was my first major league game; I was 8 years old. I remember sitting by third base in the loge level. I remember Hickman hitting a HR to put the Mets down 3-0. I remember my dad getting up to buy me and my cousin Barry Mets batting helmets (which I believe were either $.50 or $.75) and while dad was getting the helmets, the guy right in front of us caught a foul ball. Like the cliches go - I will never forget how green the grass was at Shea that night and how vivid and colorful everything was the moment we walked through the portals. I also remember the torrential downpour and that the puddles in the parking lot almost came up to my knees.

May 23, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 14, Mets 8
Bob P
February 16, 2005
The Cubs again gained a measure of revenge from last year's fadeout by taking the second game of this four-game series at Shea after winning the night before to start the series.

In this game, the Cubs jumped all over Gary Gentry after the Mets scored a run in the bottom of the first. The Cubs scored three in the second and three more in the third. When Gentry loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, Gil Hodges called to the bullpen for Don Cardwell, but Cardwell walked Jim Hickman to force in a run, then allowed a bases-clearing double to Johnny Callison. An RBI single by Ferguson Jenkins made it 11-1 Cubs.

The Mets scored at least one run in every inning from the fourth on, but still fell short by six runs.

Of the eighteen batters in the starting lineup, only one did not reach base at least once: Gary Gentry, who was 0-for-1.

The heart of the Cub lineup--Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jim Hickman--combined for five hits, six walks, and ten runs scored.

May 24, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
The big H
October 5, 2006
A note about this game is that it was part of a doubleheader where Ryan and Seaver were the starters. I am making this note in the part of the split that the Mets won. This was a one admission double header that featured the only two players to come through the Mets system to go to the Hall of Fame.(Hopefully one day this will no longer be true) The only Met memory I had about the game that Ryan won and Seaver lost. I also remember Cub Manager Leo Durocher arguing a call with the Umpire and seeing his eyes popping out of his head. I was sitting up in the top deck at Shea, but his eyes were so popped out of the sockets I could clearly see the whites of his eyes all the way up there.

June 22, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 5
September 16, 2007
The day this game was played, my parents bought me a graduation gift - a radio/cassette player. I popped in a tape and recorded the game from the third inning on. The Mets were behind 3-0 but came roaring back, winning on homers by Agee and Clendenon.

I recently found that old cassette, still in fine condition, and digitized it. I've been listening to it today on my computer. It's a wonderful record of the Mets of that era and of Kiner, Murphy and Nelson. What a wonderful team of broadcasters they were. Hearing Murphy's bubbly voice and Nelson's smooth professionalism is always a treat. I'm so glad I made and kept this recording!

June 24, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 5
Doug Wulf
August 25, 2002
This was the first time I ever saw the Mets play. A doubleheader in Chicago, with the Mets taking both games. I believe this was also the day Ken Singleton made his Major League debut. I've wondered in recent years if this was the only time when two present or future 300 game winners ever started and won both games of a doubleheader for the same team. I still have the scorecard from the first game, won by Seaver.

June 24, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Bob P
June 22, 2004
This was the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley and was the first major league game for Ken Singleton. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a game started by RHP Archie Reynolds.

Nolan Ryan pitched seven innings and allowed just one hit, a Don Kessinger single leading off the bottom of the first. Kessinger stole second and came around to score on two infield outs. But that was all the offense the Cubs could manage. After Kessinger's single Ryan retired six in a row, walked two consecutive batters, then retired the next fifteen Cubs. He came out after seven innings in which he struck out only two (Cubs first baseman Willie Smith K'd twice).

Ryan also had two hits that helped keep Met rallies alive.

August 3, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 1
Jimmy Met
June 19, 2004
Think this was my first game. All I remember was Joe Pepitone making a crazy shoestring catch.

August 4, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0
July 25, 2001
This was the first game that my father took me to see (I had been to a couple other games with my older brother). We sat in the Loge section just past third base, and I remember being amazed at how loud the sound was when Ryan's fastball hit the catcher's glove. There were also numerous foul balls off Ryan that went way up into the upper deck behind home plate (not all that common at Shea). Unfortunately my mother threw out all of my programs years later so I don't have all of the stats (I know he struck out between 12 and 16, but can't remember the exact number) If anyone has, or knows where I can find a copy of the boxscore, please email me.

Stephen Cadwallader
October 29, 2001

Hello! On Saturday night I heard Billy Crystal state the date of the first major league baseball game that he ever saw. This made me curious about what the date was for my first major league baseball game. Thanks to your website I have been able to determine that it was this game. August 4, 1970. I would have been 8 years old at that time. My father took myself and my cousin to this game. It was on a Tuesday afternoon, and Nolan Ryan threw a three-hit shutout. I remember that our car overheated in one of the tunnels after the game and we just barely made it out the other end before it stopped running. My father bought me a Mets cap that day, which is unfortunately long gone. I saved that ticket stub for many years, but now it is gone also and I don't have any momentos from that day.

Steve Cadwallader Cadwalladers@Citadel.edu

September 28, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 3
May 31, 2007
If I remember correctly, didn't Stanton hit a triple and then nearly get knocked unconscious by the relay throw? Gaspar then pinch-ran. I was 7 years old, don't ask me how I remember this!

September 15, 1971 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 3, Mets 2
Bob P
February 10, 2004
Second game of a doubleheader at Shea, and Burt Hooton gets his first major league win. Hooton, who had been pitching for the University of Texas four months earlier, had a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning when Mike Jorgensen singled, and then Ken Singleton hit a two-run homer to tie the game, 2-2.

But Billy Williams hit a pinch-homer off Danny Frisella in the top of the ninth to give Hooton his first of 151 victories. Burt struck out 15 Mets in the game.

June 19, 2004

This night sucked. Swept in a doubleheader and toyed with by a rookie in game 2.

I had seen the Mets sweep two or three doubleheaders before this night and two losses followed by that excrutiating Shea to New Jersey drive was a bummer.

The only vivid memory I have is of Singleton's HR clearing the wall.

Now that I'm older, I guess I appreciate the trivia of being at Burt Hooton's first win, but it was not fun at the time.

September 16, 1971 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
Bob P
October 13, 2003
Tom Seaver takes a tough loss as Cubs pitcher Juan Pizarro homers off Tom for the only run of the game.

Pizarro was a pretty good hitting pitcher. He finished his career with 8 homers, 66 RBIs, and a .202 batting average, playing in an era where the league batting average was just .257.

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.

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


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
December 13, 2010
First at bat for Lute Barnes. Rbi base hit - soft liner over shortstop's head.

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 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.

April 17, 1973 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
Paul M
April 17, 2013
I remember this game as it was one of the first of many 1-0 Mets losses. I was 8 and went with my brother and grandfather, "Daddy Frank," which is what we called him. Monday hit a homer over the center field fence and the Mets did not threaten all game. What I remember most, though, is going into school the next day with an absence note explaining I had missed school to go to a game with my grandfather. My 3rd grade teacher (who was, quite frankly, evil) said something along the lines of a ballgame is no reason to miss school. Note to all you teachers out there: there is no better reason for a boy or girl missing a day of school than to go to a ballgame with their grandfather! I am almost 50 now and still cherish the memory.

April 18, 1973 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
Paul R.
August 23, 2011
My buddy and I were in 8th grade when we went to this game. Funny thing, my memory was that it must have been a Saturday afternoon but I see now it was mid week so it must have been during Spring recess.

One of our moms drove us to the Manhasset train station and the other one picked us up on the way home.

Box seats in those days cost a whopping $4 each and it just so happened they had two available on the field level behind the Mets dugout, first row behind the walking path. These were probably the best seats I ever had in the 40 years I went to Shea.

I was so excited to see the Mets ROY on the mound, Jon Matlack, having already seen Tom Seaver at the stadium many times. He was going against a guy I never heard of before, Ray Burris.

Matlack was terrific, save a wild pitch in the first inning with a runner on third. That was all he gave up. Unfortunately, Burris was better. He gave up nothing in the 1-0 loss.

Everyone talks about how exciting pitcher's duels are, and they are, but when your team does nothing for 9 innings, it doesn't matter how great your seats are. We went home very disappointed.

April 19, 1973 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 0
Ed K
January 10, 2009
George "the Stork" Theodore got his first MLB hit in this game - a double off Burt Hooten.

June 26, 1973 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 1
Tom V
August 21, 2002
I went to this game and because of my father's connections with a charity organization, I got to sit on the bench in the dugout with the team before the game. I was 15 at the time and remember being intimidated and excited. I looked to my left and sitting next to us was Yogi Berra (who ignored me and my brother, he seemed pretty serious). I don't remember anything about the game, but I most remember Rusty Staub talking to us and to another guest who was a former player. Rusty was very friendly and made a comment about the other guest having had written a book and Rusty commenting that he had written a cookbook while in Montreal. I got an autographed team ball, which I still have, with the signatures of Yogi, Seaver, Koosman, Willie Mays, etc.

September 15, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Paul N
January 30, 2013
This was the first game that I ever went to. I was ten years old and I believe it was a Banner Day Doubleheader. We drove down from Newburgh, NY in our 1972 Chevy Townsman station wagon. It was my Dad and my brother Steve that went and we sat in the Loge section above third base. I remember walking into the stadium from the concourse and being amazed how green the grass was. The first time we saw Jerry Grote and Wayne Garrett we went crazy because up til then they had just been on TV for us. We had a great time and saw Ferguson Jenkins in the first game which the Mets won and we stayed for about 3 innings of the second game and my brother and I have been Mets fans ever since and have been at even more memorable games in the 80's and 00's, but nothing like your first.

September 30, 1973 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
David Graf
October 28, 2006
I remember a rainy day and Dave Rosselo scoring the only run.

October 1, 1973 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 4
John P.
July 31, 2002
I remember bringing a transistor radio to my High School with me and listening to the score whenever I could sneak in the ear phone in class. The weather in Chicago was brutal and it seemed that the game would end in a snowstorm. Seaver pitched a clutch game and the umps did a good job of getting it in and then called off the second game of a scheduled doubleheader. The Pirates were playing a make up with the lowly Padres and needed a Met double header loss coupled with a win. The Pirates, when they got wind of the Met's victory, blew a lead and lost as well. It was an incredible August and September when the Mets, left for dead, came off the mat and made it to the 7th game of the Series.

August 1, 1974 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 4
Kenny M
June 12, 2003
An early Mets game I was at as a 10 year old. Game 1 of a twin bill. The only detail I remember was that unknown Cub catcher Rick Stelmaszek was injured with a foul tip and he was down on ground for a very long time and needed to leave the game. As a young boy, this was a scary scene, as there was silence at Shea and then applause as he left the field (perhaps on a stretcher?). Does anyone remember this? I also got autographs of two Cub legends that day...Oscar Zamora and Jim Todd.

Jeff S
June 16, 2010

I remember this game that for the second year in a row, we had front row field level seats by the tarp. Got a nice picture of Tug McGraw as he walking from the bullpen before the game. My father had a Grote foul ball bounce out of his hands, the closest we had to a foul ball. I remember the Cub catcher going down in the game as well, it was scary, in the age before the Yeager flap. A shame they lost both games.

September 14, 1974 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 12, Mets 0
February 21, 2004
This was my first game attended as an 7 year old child. The Mets were blown out 12-0, but I still had a great time. In the 30 years since, I have attended hundreds of games, including many incredible memories.

December 20, 2010

I was at this game, and I remember that the scoreboard posted a message that Bill Madlock was taken out of the game because he was injured when he slid into home. I don't know if it was common to post information like that on the scoreboard in those days, but that's the only time I ever saw something like that.

April 19, 1975 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 2
John Freund
January 25, 2002
My first Mets game. I was 8 years old. I went with my Dad and two brothers and had great seats since my Uncle used to work for Schaefer.

I remember it being very cold. I used to yell to the Cubs outfielders "Drop it" when the Mets flew out but learned by the 5th inning that they don't drop a lot of fly balls in the Majors.

July 26, 1975 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 8
Bob P
February 1, 2004
The Mets won this one 9-8 in ten innings, despite Bill Madlock going 6-for-6 for the Cubs.

Madlock tripled in the first inning, singled in the sixth, eighth and tenth, and had RBI singles in the third and fourth.

A pinch-single by Joe Torre gave the Mets the lead in the top of the tenth. Felix Millan had four singles and four RBIs in the win.

September 18, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 5
Ed K
November 4, 2007
Dave Kingman broke the longstanding Met homer record by Frank Thomas by hitting his 35th homer of the season in this game.

July 13, 2008

Rusty Staub's two-run homer in this game made him the first Mets' player to drive in 100 runs in a season.

September 24, 1975 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 1, Mets 0
Ken Akerman
October 23, 2004
I remember listening to this game on radio during a weekday afternoon after returning home from school. It was during the last week of the regular season on a Wednesday afternoon, before Wrigley Field had lights.

In this game, Tom Seaver pitched 8? hitless innings before giving up a base hit to rookie Joe Wallis with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Seaver had retired the first 18 batters of the game before walking Don Kessinger to start the bottom of the seventh inning, breaking up a perfect game. He continued pitching no-hit ball into the ninth, and struck out the first two batters of the ninth inning before Wallis got the Cubs' first hit.

Wallis was a September call-up who, according to his profile on Retrosheet.org, had played his first major league earlier in the month on Sept. 2, 1975. Wallis thus joins a list of relatively indistguished players who broke up no-hitters by great pitchers, although Wallis, who played in 329 games over five seasons in the majors, did have a much longer and more productive career than Jim Qualls, who broke up Seaver's perfect game attempt against the Cubs in 1969.

Neither team had scored during the first nine innings of this game, so the game went into extra innings. Seaver pitched into the tenth and gave up two hits in the inning, but he got out of the jam when Manny Trillo, who had singled, was thrown out at home trying to score on George Mitterwald's double. John Milner pinch-hit for Seaver in the top of the eleventh inning, and the Cubs won in the bottom of that inning when reliever Skip Lockwood walked Bill Madlock with the bases loaded.

This was the last time that a Mets' pitcher had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning, according to ESPN. No Mets pitcher has ever pitched a no-hitter, although many former Mets pitchers, including Seaver himself, pitched no-hitters for other teams.

April 15, 1976 Wrigley Field
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 8
Ed Leddy
October 14, 2004
Kingman's second HR of the game landed on the porch of a house on Sheffield Street. I was recently in Chicago, and I paced off the distance from the porch to the back of the bleachers - approximately 220 feet. Add the width of the bleachers (25 feet) and the 365 feet from home plate to the LF wall, and we're looking at a 610-foot blast.

Most books report an estimated distance of 550 feet, which is, conveniently enough, 15 feet shorter than the 565-foot HR by Mantle recognized as the longest by Guiness Book of Records. Now you know the truth!

June 3, 1976 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 1
March 4, 2011
The Mets left 12 men on base in this game, many of them by Kingman, who went 0-for-5 and whiffed twice, including the final out of the game with the tying and winning runs on 2nd and 3rd. He reportedly had a major tantrum following this game including smashing his hair dryer and throwing stuff out of his locker.

The next night in LA, Kong hit 3 dingers.

June 25, 1976 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 4
Ed K
August 12, 2004
This was the game that Mike Phillips became the third Met ever to hit for the cycle!

June 26, 1976 Wrigley Field
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 2
Ken Schlapp
January 10, 2004
This was a very special day at the beginning of my Met fanatasism. I was so enthralled with the Mets at the age of 7 that my whole family forgot about me watching this game in my aunt's basement, that they left for my cousin's wedding without me and I didn't even realize it. The only thing I can remember from the wedding is that John Milner hit a grand slam and that the Mets won 10-2. I've suffered from Met Fan Disease ever since and hold a special place for The Hammer in my memories.

Bob P
January 13, 2004

This was a Saturday afternoon game at Wrigley, the middle game of a 3-game series that the Mets swept.

After falling behind, 1-0 on a Rick Monday leadoff home run in the first, the Mets scored 6 in the top of the third inning. Felix Millan singled to tie the game and then Milner hit his grand slam to make it 5-1. Kingman followed with a home run (his 25th) and it was 6-1. Kranepool drove in two more with a bases loaded single in the fifth, and the other Mets runs scored on a triple by Del Unser and a homer by Mike Phillips, one of only 11 homers in his career.

Jerry Koosman allowed just two more hits after Monday's homer and Bob Apodaca came in to get the last seven outs.

July 2, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Brian Otten
September 7, 2001
Who remembers Medallion Day?!!

My best Mets memory as a child, July 2, 1976 - Koosman beat the Cubs and an eight-year old boy goes home with a Mets "Bicentennial" Medallion on his birthday.

Has anybody actually still got a medallion from "Medallion Day"? I imagine bats from "Bat Day" as being a dime a dozen, but who has kept any of those silver Met-logo emblazoned beauties? I wonder where mine is now?

October 30, 2015

My father took us to that game. I still have the medallion. Keep it in a small cloth bag.

July 3, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
December 6, 2006
This game was memorable to me because it was the only time I got to see Tom Seaver pitch as a Met at Shea. I became a fan in 1975 and Seaver to this day has always been my favorite Met. Also this day was Met Medallion Day (the next day the Mets had a huge Bicentenial Banner Day Doubleheader against the Cubs that I was at some neighbor's BBQ and I got into a fight with my brother playing running the bases) I remember the Mets winning on a single by Harrelson in the 10th (but perhaps I am wrong since the box score does not list an rbi for Harrelson but lists only two of the Mets 3 runs as rbi's) Our whole family would go to the game and sit in the mezzanine (don't recall where). My brother who sadly grew up to be a Yankee fan tells people, "My father abused me as a child" He took me to Shea.

July 20, 2008

I was at this game; it was the first time I saw a game from the field seats. It was an awesome experience. I still have the Mets medallion I got from this game.

October 20, 2008

Actually, Jimmy, Bud Harrelson did win this game for the Mets, but not with a single. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Bud led off with a TRIPLE to right. It was a long fly ball that went over the outfielder's head, landing in front of the Mets' bullpen. The ball must have gone at least 350 feet in the air - a rare display of power from Buddy. He later scored the winning run, I believe on a bad pickoff throw to first.

July 24, 2013

This was the first Mets game I ever went to and the only one my father took me to before he died.

I remember Tom Seaver pitching and the Mets Medallion that I still have.

September 8, 1976 Wrigley Field
Mets 11, Chicago Cubs 5
April 25, 2005
I remember this game for the boxscore only. I was 10 years old on vacation with my family in Wildwood, NJ and already a huge Mets fan but I couldn't watch the Mets on TV down there because they only showed Phillie games. My only knowledge of how the Mets did was to check the boxscores the next day. (This was well before the days of Sports Center and endless highlights.)

Well when I checked the boxscore for this particular game not only did I see a Mets win over the Cubs but I saw that this guy Mazzilli (who I'd never heard of) had pinch hit and his boxscore read 1 1 1 3 which meant he'd hit a 3-run homer. I thought to myself, "Wow this guy hit a 3-run homer in his first at bat in the bigs!" but I soon came to realize that it wasn't his first AB but his second, still not too shabby.

September 24, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Stephen Scanlon
August 7, 2007
I wrote my memories of Billy Baldwin on this game. It was my first night game, and it was quite a thrill to see the game won by a pinch hit walk off home run by Billy Baldwin. It was his only one as a Met, and it was memorable.

April 17, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 0
Julio Rivera
September 11, 2000
I was ten-years old and it was my first game. My mother passed away the Christmas before. I supposed my father thought it was about time for me to be a serious fan. Or maybe losing his best friend, he needed to start a new one. My father and I really don't communicate much, we never really recovered from my mother's death. But, when one of us blinks and decides its been too long since we last spoke, in good or bad times, "How bout those METS!" is as good as it gets...

Neil deMause
September 30, 2003

Of all the games I went to as a kid on our family's Sunday ticket plan, this one sticks out. And the one play that sticks out is not Seaver's mastery over the hapless Jose Cardenal-era Cubs, but the single hit: a soft liner by Steve Ontiveros that Ed Kranepool tried to make a shoestring catch of, but ended up one-hopping. I'd never seen a no-hitter at the time (this would later be rectified thanks to Jim Abbott and Doc Gooden), and it burned me that Tom and I both missed our one chance because of our rightfielder's aged knees.

Flash forward six years. I am in high school, when a classmate comes running up to me with the news: "Guess who's here? Ed Kranepool!" He had dropped by to give an anti-drug talk or somesuch, and was now hanging out in the physics lab, just chatting with students.

I rushed up to him, this hero of my youth who'd been a Met since before I was born, and immediately blurted out: "Hi! I would've seen Tom Seaver pitch a no-hitter if not for you!" And related the tale of Ontiveros' lone single, and his failure to dive for the ball.

Without missing a beat, he replied: "Oh, yeah. I remember that play. Even Swoboda couldn't have made that play."

You gotta love Ed Kranepool.

Bob P
October 3, 2003

Neil, at least you didn't have to bite your nails through the whole game! The single by Ontiveros came with one out in the in the fifth inning.

With the Mets up 3-0 after six and a half innings, here's how the bottom of the seventh started:

Roy Staiger reached on an error by Ontiveros. Bud Harrelson reached on an error by Larry Biittner. Tom Seaver struck out. Lee Mazzilli reached on another error by Biittner, scoring Staiger. Felix Millan reached on an error by Ivan DeJesus to load the bases.

Bruce Boisclair then singled to drive in two and give the Mets a 6-0 lead. But how about those gloves on the Cubs? The Mets had the equivalent of seven outs in that inning!

John S.
March 24, 2006

I was at this game also. 13 years old, with my Dad. Even though Kranepool couldn't come up with the hit by Ontiveros, I remember he did make a leaping catch at the fence to rob a homer from one of the Cubs. (Don't remember which one). Also remember Kingman hitting a home run that was tremendously high in the air, took forever to come down and just cleared the fence in left- center.

August 7, 2007

I remember watching this on TV. I can't remember the Cubs getting good wood on the ball the entire game! I remember the lone hit that Kranepool let drop in. I wouldn't even categorize it as a line drive! It was more like a looping fly ball that just fell in the grass in right field and died. Without a doubt, Tom Seaver deserved a no-hitter for that game!

Jim Kelly
September 6, 2008

Remember being at this game with a buddy (we were about 14 years old) and cringing before the start when a older guy - a grandpa with his family - started saying over and over before the game that "Seaver's pitching a no-hitter today. Today is the day. He's pitching a no-hitter today."

September 6, 2008

I was going to type what John S. already did.

I was also at this game with my dad (photo album day, wasn't it?), but, as a 10 year old kid, I rationalized it by saying without Kranepool's catch, the Cubs would have had a HR, so somehow the two plays canceled each other out.

I guess I'm outnumbered on this page, but I always remembered that Kranepool did dive, but still short-hopped Ontiveres's ball.

I feel like this one-hitter is never talked about in Mets lore, but as one-hitters go, this was as close as the Mets have come--maybe 3-4 inches?? The other one that comes to mind is Gooden versus the Cubs in '84 where Knight should have been given an error on Moreland nubber and then the Mets actually DO have their first no-no.

May 27, 2011

I remember this game very well; it was Mets Photo Album day,and my two favorite Mets of all time were playing. Being a Met fan, we all loved Tom Seaver. Tom pitched a masterful game, keeping the Cub hitters off balance all game. I remember Ed Kranepool leaping up over the right field fence and robbing a Cub player of a home run. Kranepool also slightly misjudged the low liner in right, causing Tom to lose his no-hitter. I also remember Dave Kingman hitting a towering home run over the left centerfield wall off of Bill Bonham. Kingman's homer was a moon shot that took forever to fall to earth. The standing ovation the Shea stadium fans gave Seaver after the last out was beautiful.

June 25, 1977 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 4
Big Dubya
March 26, 2009
I was at this game at Wrigley Field, and remember it pretty well as a young Cubs fan. The big play in the bottom of the ninth was a collision in left-center field between Mazzilli and Henderson that allowed two runs to score to tie the game. It wasn't a hard collision - they just got tangled up with each other, both trying to make the catch.

July 12, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
austin c.
October 19, 2011
My late father took me and two buddies (one who was a Cubs fan) to this game as a birthday present since it was my 18th birthday! I had my first legal drink at Shea Stadium in the Diamond Club. (In those days the legal age in NY was 18.) We sat in the old RCA box seats that were several rows back from third base. I remember Karl the Sign Man sitting a few rows in front of us. I went up to him before the game and had him autograph my game program! It was almost better than getting a player's autograph! I do recall the Mets winning the game, but I always thought the score was 2-1. This website corrected that error! This is a cool website! I'll be sure to save as a favorite!

July 13, 1977 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 2
John McGovern
June 7, 2003
The only real memory I have is that this was the night of the 1977 Blackout. After the stadium lights went out, the emergency lights at the exit ramps lit up. Looking out beyond the stadium you could see that the rest of the area was also in darkness.

My father, brother and I waited for a little while to see if the power would be restored. When we were reasonably sure that power wouldn't come back right away, we decided to leave. Since we had taken the #7 train to the stadium that night, we had to find an alternate route home. I remember walking along Roosevelt Avenue to Main Street and then down to Northern Blvd. to catch the Q66 bus back to our neighborhood. The next day I had heard that some of the Mets drove their vehicles onto the field and used the headlights to illuminate the field somewhat so they could entertain the remaining fans with some mock play.

As I research now I see that the lights went out in the sixth inning and the game was resumed on September 16th.

September 3, 2003

My father, brother and I were seated in loge section 5 when the lights went out with (I believe) Lenny Randle at the plate. In the shadows of emergency lights, we remember Jane Jarvis playing Christmas music on the organ, some players miming a game in the shadows of light provided by cars brought onto the warning track in center field, and M. Donald Grant making an announcement urging calm (just one month after trading "the franchise," Tom Seaver). We waited about an hour and joined a the thousands peacefully easing their way out. I had not heard they finished the game later that September til recently.

October 18, 2004

Andrew was watching this on TV when the lights, TV, and air conditioning went out. Like a robot, he got up to try and adjust the reception on the TV, not realizing the big blackout had started.

I was in Times Square. Good place to see a blackout hit!

Mark Heaney
April 21, 2005

It was the blackout of 77. I was at Shea with my Dad and Brother. Jerry Koosman was striking out the world! He must have had 15 by the 6th inning. Lenny Randle was waiting for a pitch when the lights went out. He later said "I thought the good lord had called me." The announcer said power would be restored momentarily, yet you could see the whole city was out. As we waited, the emergency lights were bright enough for us to watch the Mets dance in the dark to the Christmas music that Jane Jarvis was playing on the organ! You could smell the reefer as people lit up in the dark. It was a peaceful, party atmosphere. What an amazing memory!

Charles Walker
April 5, 2006

I was at the game with two of my friends, Candido and Bernard. I know it's going to sound weird, but I remember just a couple of innings earlier Candido said something to the effect of (and I swear this to my dying day) "I wonder what would happen if all of these lights went out." And, the rest is history. Weird, huh?

Ed Anderson
April 2, 2007

I remember it being one of my first games ever going to. I remember when the lights went out everything was calm. They had the cars on the warning track in center and some of the players where on the field horsing around. I can remember also Koosman was on fire.

I hate to say it out of all the memories I have of that game one that stands out is the idiot father of a friend I was with scaring the life out of my friend and I. As soon as the PA announcer said the blackout was city wide he grabbed us and just said a bunch off stuff about how crazy the city was going to be and we have to get out of there as soon as possible and back to Long Island. Why scare kids, I think.

Another memory I have of that game is how when the game was resumed it was part of a doubleheader. They played the last 3 innings I think and then a whole second game. Jerry Koosman pitched in the resumed game 2 innings and the STARTED the second game. Let's see someone do that today.

The best memory of that game I have is in the resumed game doubleheader the second game was delayed by rain. I was able to sneak down near the Mets dugout and Lenny Randle jumped up into the stands and sat there and signed autographs and chewed the fat for about 15 minutes with several fans including myself. As an 11 year old at the time that is something I'll remember forever and tell my grandkids about.

Anthony Comunale
December 22, 2006

I remember this game like yesterday. I was in 10th grade and went to the game with a gang of my friends. We got Dairylea tickets for $1.00 a piece to sit in the rafters. The game wasn't sold out but we were sitting all the way up just to bust the peanut guy's chops. I saw the lights go out on the bridges first then the rest just went black except for the exit lights. The stadium erupted after figuring out after 10 minutes that the lights weren't coming on. The Mets came back on the field with cars and played a mock game of baseball to keep the fans calm and we were. But the best memory I have is when we left you can hear people rolling the kegs of beer down the ramps but that was it. It was a calm place for the most part.

August 7, 2007

Wow. This was, I think, the second game I ever went to. What a bizarre night for a 10-year-old kid from New Jersey who had hardly ever even been to New York City.

What fun it was though, with my dad, grandfather, and 7-year-old brother. Never even occurred to me that it could have been dangerous situation!!!

September 18, 1977 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 3
October 23, 2008
This doubleheader was a make up game from Friday night, Sept 16th. It poured. I think there was a black out in New York that night.

April 10, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 0
Great in '78
April 17, 2013
On this sunny brisk Monday afternoon,my day was darkened by the announcement that Craig Swan was pitching. I couldn't believe this fat loser was still a Met and not Seaver. But what the WOR-TV audience was pleasantly surprised by, and Bob Murphy couldn't bear repeating, was Craig's Swan Dive (my term) in poundage. What I witnessed was a new pitcher ready to come into his own. With this brilliant performance, he proceeded to become the second Met to lead the NL in ERA, although like most Met pitchers a victim of gross nonsupport. Despite a career that ended prematurely due to arm injuries, Swannie became one of my all-time faves - and it began on a day where I loathed him as late as 2 PM.

April 11, 1978 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 2
September 28, 2012
Koosman got ejected for trying to bean Rick Reuschel. As Doug Flynn said Reuschel hit Henderson and Koosman tried to hit Reuschel--in the head. Flynn said he never saw a pitch go between a head and a helmet---Reuschel ducked. When Koosman was ejected he said to Flynn, "Maybe I should quit. I never miss."

Larry Loves Late70's
April 17, 2013

This was not televised,so I remember Reuschel's beaning of Steve Henderson visually as I listening to the radio. It was a historic Mets moment, because Hendu was never Hendu again. He was hit in his front elbow, and the consequences were perceptible. The player who was the key to the Seaver deal, who started 1978 where he left off from his very good rookie campaign became an opposite field hitter with limited power. Already an inadequate left-fielder, now he's a one- dimensional hitter. The Mets should've offered him to any AL team as an excellent part-time DH, for which they might've received value. Possibly to the Yanks for Ken Clay?

April 12, 1978 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 2
Larry Laughing at the Late 70's
April 20, 2013
This game marked the end of Ken Henderson's epic 7-game Mets career, so memorable that I have no memory of this game, only read about it recently. I never noticed his departure due to the ignorable impression he left on me for those precious few days. I only recall a veteran named Keith or Ken (Could it have been Harrelson?) playing RF only because the Mets couldn't find anyone else. It wasn't Harrelson because I would've made the instant name association to Buddy. But the connection to Steve Henderson is not lost on me: the immediate game before, Steve suffered a career altering beaning courtesy of Rick Reuschel. Ken Hen sustains a fateful foot injury running into the RF wall, which can also tie him to the other gem we got for Seaver,Pat Zachry. Your 1978 NY Mets: the Clown Paupers of MLB - starring the Hendont's!

July 6, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 6
October 15, 2002
My memory of this game is that I got up to get some ice cream and a foul ball landed in my seat......nuff said.......

July 7, 1978 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 7
June 30, 2002
This was a tough game. Mets Starter Tom Hausman gives up 6 runs and the Mets are down 6-0 going into the 7th or 8th inning. In the bottom of that inning, the Mets rally for 7 runs to take a 7-6 lead, only to see Paul Siebert come in the 7th inning and give the lead right back to the Cubs.

July 8, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 0
Tim Lowell
April 14, 2005
My second ever Mets game, and my second Mets shutout. Old-Timers Day. My sister swooned when Lee Mazzilli went deep to lead off the bottom of the 1st. That was all the scoring we would need.

July 9, 1978 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 1
August 11, 2009
I was at this game. Eartha Kitt sang the national anthem and did such a bad job that half of the crowd was booing, and the other half was laughing.

April 5, 1979 Wrigley Field
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 6
Bob P
November 27, 2003
Opening Day, 1979: young Jesse Orosco makes his major league debut, coming in to pitch to one batter and getting the last out of the game. The batter he faced was....Bill Buckner.

May 9, 2008

I was very excited about the Hebner trade. I had remembered his play with the Pirates and I had high hopes for this season. Yes, I liked Richie Hebner but then again I like green ham. Opening day against the Cubs, Hebner is four for four and he came up with a runner on third and less than two out. I was hoping for a hit or a sacrifice fly so he could have a perfect day at the plate. He popped up to the infield. I felt a strange foreboding at that moment.

May 24, 1979 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 7
Ed K
September 15, 2004
This was probably the worst game at Shea I ever attended. The franchise had hit bottom, but home from college, I caught up with a couple of high school classmates and we went to the game. The crowd was so small that they closed off the upper deck and with $1.30 general admission tickets we got were directed to the mezzanine level. The Mets fell behind quickly and the fans that were there were quite vocal about their discontent about the state of the team. The Mets did not even draw a million fans that year. Thank goodness the Mets were sold after the season and things got better in the 1980's.

Ed K
April 20, 2012

I wrote about this game in the prior post. I was thinking about this game recently and decided to look up the attendance which I figured was maybe 8,000. It was even worse than that. Only 4,320 people for a doubleheader. I did not stay for the second game which they actually won. It really was an awful time for the team.

June 30, 1979 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 8
Bob P
February 2, 2004
The Mets tied this game 3-3 in the top of the eighth on a homer by Lee Mazzilli, then scored six runs in the eleventh inning as Joel Youngblood and Mazz hit two-run homers and Steve Henderson tripled to drive in two more.

But after the Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the eleventh they loaded the bases and ex-Met Mike Vail hit a pinch grand slam to make it 9-8.

Ed Glynn came on to get the last two outs and save a wild one.

July 1, 1979 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 4
original mets
June 3, 2005
This game stands out in my mind because I had just got married the night before, got in around 6 AM with my new bride, went to sleep for about 6 hours, woke up went to get us something to eat and put on the Mets - Cubs DH and remember Kingman hitting a long HR.

July 28, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 4
September 4, 2003
I went to this game with my friend Barry on a Saturday afternoon. Must have been less then 10,000 fans there. Anyway got great box seats and saw a great game. Only time I ever saw a batter hit 3 HR's in a game. Dave Kngman went 4-4 with 3 HR's yet the Cubs still lost. Mazzilli and Stearns homered for the Mets. When Kingman hit his 3rd HR of the game I remember Lee Mazzilli and Steve Henderson in the outfield shrugging their shoulders as if to say "what can you do about it?"

July 29, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0
Mets Win
July 9, 2001
This was supposed to be a double header but it rained, afterwards we went to cousin Joe's in queens and saw Paul.

Oh yeah, Richie Hebner hit a homer run

October 15, 2002

During the summer of 79 I saw Kobel pitch 5 times. This was one of the good ones. We drove in a car that day that had no floor in the back seats so water was spitting up from the Whitestone Expressway onto the back seat.

Putbeds 1986
February 24, 2006

I still have the ticket stub from this DH which was only one game due to the rainout of game 2. My mother had a friend who had season tickets to the Mets and I got to go with my older brother. I sat in the Field Level, Box 46C, Seat 1; Right near the Cubs bench and when Dave Kingman came out of the dugout to get to the on-deck circle, he looked like Hulk Hogan if he was wearing a powder blue Cubs uniform with pinstripes which was their road wear back then. As a 12-year old, I went "OH MY GOD". Looking at the boxscore, I see that Bill Buckner had an UNEVENTFUL 0 for 3. That seat in 1979 cost $400 for the entire season, just wondering what that same seat costs in 2006?

Jeff K
December 28, 2010

My wife was the biggest Dave Kingman fan,and I liked him, too, so we got tickets to the Sunday doubleheader against the Cubs. Well, Friday we didn't go to the game, and Kingman hit 2 home runs. Saturday we didn't go to the game, and he hit 3 home runs! So here we are, in miserable weather, for a doubleheader. Well, Kingman went 0-3; the game was called after 7 innings and a long rain delay. Obviously the second game was rained out. We got tickets for the make-up twi-nighter, where my wife's bad-luck-Kingman timing continued.

September 18, 1979 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 2, Mets 0
Jeff K
February 18, 2011
So my wife is this huge Dave Kingman fan with the worst luck/timing. We went to a Sunday doubleheader against the Cubs in July; Kingman hit 5 home runs on Friday and Saturday, then did nothing Sunday in the rain and cold, and one game was rained out. This is the makeup twi-nighter. The first game starts at 5pm, so my wife leaves straight from her job and gets there in the bottom of the third inning, right after Kingman knocked in 2 Cubs. He does nothing the rest of the game, neither do the Mets; they lose 2-0. Second game is 1-1 after 9 innings, with Kingman 0-4. It's late, so we leave to go home. On the radio on the way home, of course we hear that Kingman singles in a run in the 11th, and the Cubs win 2-1. At this point we're waiting for Kingman to call us and tell us to stay home when he plays!

Ed K
August 31, 2011

This was the beginning of the Mets worst homestand ever as they went 0-9 hosting the Cubs, Expos, and Cards.

September 25, 1979 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 11, Mets 3
Ed K
April 5, 2007
The New York Times got it wrong reporting this game. In their early editions, they headlined this loss of the first-game of a doubleheader as the Mets losing their 100th game of the season. In fact, the Mets needed to lose the entire doubleheader to get to their hundredth loss. Of course, they ended up winning the second game of the doubleheader and their final five games in 1979 after that to finish the year with "only" 99 losses.

September 25, 1979 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Ed K
October 7, 2008
The Mets won this game causing the New York Times to commit an embarrassing blooper. The Mets started the doubleheader with 98 losses and lost the first game and were losing this game which was the nightcap. The Times must have had a headline ready: "Mets Lose 100th Game." The Mets ended up rallying and winning this game but the Times erroneously ran the headline in some of their editions. The win began a six-game winning streak to end the season and the Mets never did suffer their 100th loss. They finished the season 63-99.

September 26, 1979 Wrigley Field
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 3
flushing flash
March 9, 2005
From Retrosheet I've figured out that this was the game that featured perhaps the funniest plays I've ever seen in baseball.

With a man on, Bruce Boisclair hit a sinking line drive to short right field. Larry Biittner of the Cubs attempted a shoestring catch but missed. As Biittner ran in his cap had flown off and when the ball got by him it rolled under the cap. When Biittner turned around the ball was nowhere to be seen. He started whirling in circles like a dog chasing his tail while the Wrigley crowd screamed at him to look under the cap. When he finally retrieved the ball the run had scored and Bruce was on his way to third, and Biittner fired the ball in and nailed Bruce at third base (I thought Boisclair got a triple, but apparently my 12-year old brain only remebered what it wanted to about the play).

April 10, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 2
October 6, 2015
I was in high school at the time and had tickets for this game. I was going to get out of school that day because I was planning to be "sick." However, the transit strike ruined my plans. I didn't have a driver's license, and my friend had his license but didn't have a car, so we had no way of getting to the game. I still have the unused tickets.

April 11, 1980 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 5
June 5, 2003
Transit strike. Eight of us car pooling from LI. Decide to play hookey, get drunk, go harass KINGMAN. Seats in LF. One of us boyz lived in same building as DK in Forest Hills in '76. DK was nasty to him always. Buddy screams at KONG before game, "You suck!" Kong homers, trots out to LF, looks over. More rant, "Bite me you jerk!" Another long poke. Still staggered and undaunted, buddy boy suggests that KONG do something that is biologically impossible. KINGMAN walks over between innings and flips him the bird and sez "You little f^#k, one more word from you and I'll show up on Dartmouth St and rip your d*#k off."

Funny stuff.

April 19, 1980 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 12, Mets 9
Jimmy D.
April 30, 2003
I took every game so seriously when I was a kid. Mets were up by 8 runs in this one, and Neil Allen blew most of lead. I went psycho and ripped up all my Mets pennants and pictures that were hanging on the wall in my bedroom. My parents banned the Mets from our TV until I could promise not to take the losses so hard.

Ed K
September 24, 2004

The Mets blew a 9-1 lead in this game which is a team record for the largest lead blown in a loss.

June 25, 1980 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 1
Shickhaus franks
February 13, 2013
It's funny how I don't remember what I had for lunch 3 days ago but I can remember listening to part of this doubleheader from the friendly confines on WMCA-AM 570 as I spent a fantastic sunny Wednesday afternoon in my cousin's backyard pool. I also got yelled at for dunking my cousin Meredith underwater due to the fact that she's had a history of earaches and she didn't have any ear plugs on.

July 2, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
August 1, 2000
John Pacella started this game. My dad and I spent much of the game counting the number of times Pacella's hat flew off his head in mid-delivery due to the torque in his motion.

September 12, 1980 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 10, Mets 5
Doug Brogowski
October 19, 2009
This game ended an awful stretch for the Mets, where they went 3-25. Horrible. The once- promising 1980 situation of June through mid-August came tumbling down hard.

September 14, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 7
Bob P
January 31, 2004
Lee Mazzilli homers in the seventh inning for the Mets. It is the first home run by a Met in 175 innings, or almost three weeks.

Of course, the next Mets homer comes two innings later when Steve Henderson hits one with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth for the 10- 7 win.

Dave Kingman had two homers for the Cubs.

April 12, 1981 Wrigley Field
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Jimmy D.
April 30, 2003
A cold, rainy day in Chicago. Tim Leary started, blew out his arm early in the game and was never the same again. Given that Leary turned out to be a decent pitcher later in his career with the Dodgers, he probably would have been one the great Met pitchers if they took better care of him in the cold weather that day.

flushing flash
May 2, 2003

Took better care of him? How? Should they have taken him out after ONE inning? Plenty of pitchers pitch in the cold (e.g. Tom Glavine this year) and don't blow their arms out. It was a freak thing that happened; don't blame the Mets or anyone on the coaching staff.

Feat Fan
March 28, 2004

Sat in a midtown bar watching as young fireballer Tim Leary threw 2 great innings before throwing his arm out in the 38* Wrigley cold.... My Brooklyn piazon Pete Falcone hurled 5 or 6 great innings in a 2-1 win... Leary made it back years later but never was the dominant flame thrower

Ed K
January 20, 2005

Leary had made the team at age 22 after a great Spring Training and the press was playing him up as the great phenom. This was his first MLB game. Supposedly, he felt something in his last Spring Training game. Whether it was his fault or Joe Torre's is hard to say but the injury was devastating at the time.

Shickhaus Franks
January 30, 2013

Remember watching this game on my cousin's color tv (my family had a b/w until '82) and Tim Leary leaves after 2 innings due to a bad elbow on a day in Wrigley more suited for Sam Huff and Mike Ditka than Pete Falcone and Bill Buckner. Yes, Bill played and went 1-4, so did Leon Durham (0- 4) and Steve Henderson who went to the North Siders in the off-season, he went 1-3. Besides the game, Palm Sunday April 12, 1981 saw the passing of boxing legend Joe Louis and the first Space Shuttle launching.

August 11, 1981 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Ed K
December 20, 2010
Rookie Ray Searage not only gets his first major league win, he also gets a hit to go 1 for 1 in the entire 1981 season and bat 1.000!

Searage maintained this perfect lifetime batting average for years because he was mostly in the American League with the DH until finally making a couple outs while pitching for the Dodgers in 1990, his final year.

September 24, 1981 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 10, Mets 9
Bob P
September 3, 2003
Young LHP Jesse Orosco gave up the game winning home run to veteran Bobby Bonds in the bottom of the 8th at Wrigley. It was the last HR of Bonds' career.

September 30, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
April 27, 2008
Recently watched this game.....probably only about 3,000 in the stands. Mazzilli wins it in the 9th and I figured out this was his last hit with the Mets before being reaquired in 1986.

October 1, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 2
March 21, 2002
This was one of the strangest Mets games I have ever been to. The Mets were out of the race, in fact I believe they were officially eliminated on this night. I remember getting general admission tickets and ended up sitting in the loge boxes behind home plate on top of the screen. There were only a couple of thousand diehards in the stands.

The highlights of the game were provided by Rusty Staub, who hit a pair of solo homers. With the game tied at 2, it started pouring and the game was eventually called off. At least Rusty's stats counted.

April 9, 1982 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 0
September 8, 2006
This was the famous game where Tom Veryzer wore a jersey that spelled his name "B-E-R-Y-Z-E-R" on the back. I remember watching the game on WOR and being astounded by this. By the way, the Mets wore their Blue alternate jerseys this day.

August 3, 1982 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 0
Ed K
August 18, 2005
One memorable note from this game: Larry Bowa hit into a triple play in the 8th inning against the Mets. He hit a pop fly to Bob Bailor at SS who flipped to Wally Backman to double Jay Johnstone off of 2B and Backman flipped to Dave Kingman to catch Gary Woods off 1B. Mets lost anyway 5-0.

Mets also pulled off another triple play against the Cubs at Shea later in the year on September 29th.

Rik Prussing
September 26, 2013

In late innings, Dave Kingman foul-tipped one into the lower seating area behind home, just to the First Base side of the protective net. The ball loudly smacked a woman - who was carrying two beers down the aisle - right square in the chops. First, she spun around, beer splashing all over. Then she went down, like a sack of potatoes. With Kingman looking on, the Andy Frains swarmed her. After about 2 minutes with a hushed crowd watching in anticipation on this very hot afternoon, the lady thankfully revived and got to her feet, to much applause and the relief of all.

August 4, 1982 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 4
Timothy Welch
January 21, 2003
I sat in the bleachers at Wrigley for this game, which was not noteworthy other than being the first of two games in two different cities played that day by Joel Youngblood. He was traded during the game to Montreal and played later the same evening for the Expos in Philadelphia. He got hits in both games!

Amazing he was able to get out of O'Hare that quickly.

Ken Akerman
April 16, 2003

I recall listening to this game on radio, hearing that Joel Youngblood was removed during the middle of the afternoon game at Wrigley Field because he was traded to the Montral Expos. Later that night, I was watching sports highlights on TV when I saw a reply of Youngblood's first hit with the Expos in their night game against the Phillies at Veterans Stadium.

Eric Tartaglione
August 6, 2013

The Joel Youngblood, two-team two-hit day is what everybody remembers about that day. For me, one other thing as well... My daughter was born that day!! Around my house that trumps Youngblood!

August 12, 1982 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 13, Mets 6
Frankie B
December 31, 2002
I am the only one in the world that remembers this game. Terry Leach could not throw a strike for the life of him. The worst game probably of his career. His 10 inning 1-hitter later in the year redeemed him.

Bob P
May 27, 2003

I can't say I do remember the game, but thanks to retrosheet, I see that the Mets scored 4 in the 6th to take a 5-3 lead then the wheels fell off.

Here is the top of the seventh:

Scott pitching. Sandberg singled, Bowa popped to short, Buckner walked, Orosco replaced Scott. Durham singled to drive in a run, runners moved up on error by Foster. Morales intentionally walked. Leach replaced Orosco. Davis walked to force in a run. Steve Henderson (yes, that Steve Henderson)singled to drive in two more, Kennedy flied out to right. Wills walked, Sandberg singled to drive in two more, Bowa walked. Falcone replaced Leach, Buckner singled to drive in two and then was caught stealing or the Cubs might still be batting now.

So Leach faced 6 batters: walk, single, out, walk, single, walk.

After the game the Mets had a one game lead over the Cubs in the battle for fifth place.

August 15, 1982 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 5
Shickhaus Franks
November 5, 2006
I was at this doubleheader and it was Banner Day! It was the first time that I was ever on the field at Shea as me and my cousin Nancy Ann paraded around the field with our banner: THE METS ARE GROWING A PENNANT ON THE FARM! (Btw, we didn't win anything). I can't remember what I had for lunch last Friday but I can remember the day we made that banner, how do I remember this? It was the day that both Oscar winner Henry Fonda and boxing champ Salvador Sanchez both died. (Thursday August 12th)

Looking at the boxscore is always quite tantalizing, Bump Wills played 2B for the Cubs and he's the reason that Lenny Randle became a Met because Randle threw a few haymakers at Rangers manager Frank Luchessi because Randle had lost his job to Maury's son in 1977. Also of note, 2 players for the Cubs who let ground balls go through their legs in post-season play were in the lineup that day: Bill Buckner (NATCH) and Leon Durham.

June 7, 1983 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 1
R Solomon
April 26, 2002
I was attending college in Chicago and went to this game to see Seaver pitch for the Mets after his tenure in Cincinnati. Tom Terrific threw well for 5 innings, giving up just one run in the first before tiring and being relieved by Neil Allen. The Mets were able to tie it in the 7th, but as was often the case for the Mets at Wrigley, the Cubs came back in the bottom of the 7th to take the lead and beat the Amazin's. The following day, the Chicago Tribune noted that Tom pitched well, but that "The Seaver of old is also an old Seaver". Still, it was great to see Tom Terrific back in a Mets uniform.

June 15, 1983 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 4
Don L
October 15, 2004
This was the night I knew the Mets were going to become something special in the very near future. And it had nothing to do with the game itself.

Before the game the message board flashed the news that the Mets had traded Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to St. Louis for Keith Hernandez.

This was the type of elite position player other teams seemed to have, but never the Mets.

Professor G
July 11, 2005

One of my top-10 favorite games ever at Shea. And of course it wasn't because of what happened on the field. This was the night a franchise was transformed.

It happened before the game. My dad and I were there, at a three-quarter empty Shea, when a regular we knew, sitting near us told us about a wild rumor he heard - that the Mets were about to land Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals. No way, we both thought. Why would the Cardinals do that?

My dad gave me some change and told me to run out to the pay phone and call Sportsphone (900) 976- 1313 (Remember the jingle on the TV commercials? And current SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy doing those updates?) Anyway, I made the call, found out the news and by the time I was running up the ramp to our loge box seats, I could hear the cheering. Then I saw the message on Diamond Vision: "The Mets have just acquired star 1B Keith Hernandez from the Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey." And then hearing Bob Murphy on the radio that night after the game: "The Mets lost a game tonight, but have gained a superstar."

August 6, 1983 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 1
March 8, 2002
I remember this game at Chicago-- Walt Terrell, that's right, Walt Terrell hitting 2 homers against the Cubs. I think he hit one the other way.

Professor G
July 7, 2005

Right you are, Brian. I was there, too, with my dad. It was the NBC game of the week and Terrell launched two homers to left-center field. But more than that, the Mets swept this three-game series and it was also Jesse Orosco's coming out party as one of the game's best closers. In this series and for the rest of the year, he pitched like a man possessed - a little foreshadowing of 1986.

October 7, 2008

I remember watching this game on TV. The story, of course, was Terrell's 2 homers. The thing that surprises me, in looking st the boxscore, is that Hernandez and Strawberry played in the game. I realize that they both came to the Mets in '83, but this game seemed to be before their era, in my mind.

August 13, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Hank M
February 14, 2005
I went to this game with a friend of mine. We saw Tom Seaver and Jesse Orosco shut down the Cubs. Darryl Strawberry drove in two runs with an 8th inning triple.

The thing that I remember most from this game, though, is seeing something that I had never seen in a ball game, either before or since. In the bottom of the first inning, Keith Hernandez was on third base with two outs. From my seat in the left field corner, I saw the home plate umpire yelling something to Bobby Valentine, who was the third base coach at the time. About a minute later, the umpire again said something to Bobby. the next thing I saw was the Cubs' players running off the field. The inning was suddenly over!

What happened was that Bobby had violated a rule stating that the third base coach cannot leave the coach's box while the pitcher is on the rubber. If he does, a runner at third can be called out. When Keith was called out, Bobby was livid. He argued loudly and got ejected. The crowd was confused, not knowing what really happened -- until an explanation of this rule was put on the DiamondVision a few innings later. I always knew this rule existed, but I have never seen it enforced except in this game.

Does anybody else remember this bizarre occurence?

flushing flash
February 15, 2005

I would have been in summer camp when it occurred, and probbaly wouldn't have been listening (and definitely not watching) the game.

According to retrosheet, Hernandez was ruled out on coach's interference, because the umpires ruled that Bobby V was moving around trying to force Cubs pitcher Rich Bordi to balk.

August 14, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 2
Andy from Rego Park
December 2, 2000
A game mostly memorable for Ed Lynch's fistfight with Keith Moreland as the Mets and Cubs were duking it out for the NL East flag that summer.

ed Loud
October 21, 2015

My last Day as a Met Bat Boy. Left the next day for boot camp for the Navy. Threw out the first pitch, ending the best 4 years of my life. Lots of great memories. Let's Go Mets.

September 17, 1983 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 6
September 6, 2008
I remember going to this game and sitting down in the Field Level seats (moved down during the game) and being impressed with how well Ron Darling was keeping the ball down and disappointed his effort and performance didn't earn him a win.

Better things, as it turned out, lay ahead.

September 18, 1983 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 5
James Blind
December 28, 2003
My first game in person...team picture day....8 years old...got Strawberry's autograph...had fieldbox seats on the 1B side. One of my favorite childhood memories despite the Mets loss, and seeing many great games in person at Shea since... You never forget your first game.

September 24, 1983 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6
August 14, 2011
Seaver's last win as a Met and Torrez almost blew a 7-1 lead in the 9th inning.

September 25, 1983 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 11, Mets 7
R Solomon
April 26, 2002
A cold, raw, wet day at Wrigley. I still managed to get two friends to come with me to see this game. We treated ourselves to upper deck reserve seats to stay out of the rain. Cubs strike for 6 runs in the second. Rusty Staub came in to pinch hit in the 3rd inning. We left in the 7th inning. Who would guess these two teams would fight for the Eastern Division title the next season?

Shickhaus Franks
March 14, 2011

To R. Solomon: you and your friends were among the "crowd" of 6,200 plus that attended the Mets-Cubs tilt at Wrigley. Before 1984, the Cubbies would draw flies if they were out of the pennant race by September (before Harry Carey's 7th inning stretch, WGN America, the lights being installed in 1988 and the yuppie Cub fans riding the coattails of the '84 season). Btw, the attendance figures are courtesy of retrosheet.org which is a great source to look up old baseball boxscores etc...

May 1, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 1
dave freeman
February 15, 2002
i was at this game. Dwight had his hook working...must have nailed 4 cubbies looking with a 2 strike curve. you could see the knees lock and the bat stop...then the ump would ring them up...

Rusty Staub had an rbi single to center in the 7 run sixth. there was a play at the plate...and Rusty to everyone's amazement broke for second... and made it! he left for a pinch runner to a standing o.

this was the first time i'd seen Gooden live and Shea was buzzing...the early signs of things to come.

June 11, 2007

I was a young trainee and the head of my department offered me tickets to see the Mets -- an orphan team that wasn't expected to do anything in 1984, and with a rookie pitching. Gooden was still sore about the way the Cubs mocked him two weeks earlier and he mowed them down this night. It was a very exciting night to be a Mets fan in my 20s, with no curfew!

Hank M
October 12, 2007

On this night, there was a sign that Dwight Gooden had an immediate impact. This game was nearly left untelevised in the New York area. The fact that Dwight was pitching kept it on local TV.

The SportsChannel cable station was supposed to air the game. It couldn't because the Islanders had a hockey playoff game at home that it had to cover. Meanwhile, WOR-TV (which would have aired the Mets instead) had a New Jersey Nets basketball playoff game to show. The Mets' game, with Gooden starting, had no TV station to cover it!

A one-night agreement between SportsChannel and the Madison Square Garden cable station saved the game's televising. It was shown on MSG with SportsChannel's coverage. If Dr. K hadn't been on the mound, this compromise with the two stations probably would not have occurred and the game would not have been on metro-area TV.

May 2, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Hank M
August 7, 2007
This was an exciting win. The game was tied when Danny Heep, pinch-hitting for the pitcher, led off the ninth inning. Danny hit a high, shallow fly ball down the left field line. Henry Cotto made a diving attempt for the ball, but it got by him...and rolled all the way to the corner! With Cotto lying on the ground and the ball way behind him, I thought Heep was going to have a game-winning, inside-the-park home run. He wound up stopping at third base.

The leadoff triple turned out to be good enough. After two intentional walks to load the bases, Keith Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to score Danny with the winning run. The Mets had a walk- off victory over the team that would become their chief rival that season.

When I look back at this game, I think of it as a great win during the Mets' return to contender status. Still, I can't help but think of how much more thrilling it would have been had Danny Heep been able to circle the bases on that ball he hit.

July 27, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
clubhouse report
April 22, 2002
The Mets stood 4 and 1/2 games in front of the cubs in the n.l. east after this win but would lose 13 of their next 16 games, including 7 losses to Chicago, a stretch which probably decided the division title. Another odd Mets giveaway night too, USA cap night, after all it was an Olympic year.

anthony reccoppa
June 17, 2002

I listened to this game on WHN, and it was probably the first "big" game the franchise played in 11 years. Doc was brilliant for a rookie in a high-pressure start. I remember Mookie throwing out a Cubbie trying to score, and Murph had one of his best calls of his life. After he yelled the runner was out, he said nothing for about 5 seconds while Shea went nuts. Then he said "this place just exploded".

A.J. Antezana
May 9, 2005

I was 18 and during batting practice my dad and I almost got beaned with a Leon Durham foul ball while we had a lapful of food.

Great game pitched by Doc and the entire crowd left the game yelling, We're # 1-"hoot".

Unfortunately, things went awry the next day with the Sisk fiasco and our lead vanished when we went to Chicago. That night there was definitely a fever in the air and it felt good for the first time in a long time as a Met fan with good things to come at the time.

July 13, 2005

After this game, I, along with many other Mets fans, thought the Mets were playoff bound. We're a silly breed, us Met fans!

John L.
November 25, 2007

The biggest Mets game since the mid 70's. I believe it was a nationally televised game (NBC?). I remember the excitement of a jam packed Shea and Gooden being sensational.

Gets by Buckner
February 18, 2011

I was at this game with a group from my summer job and my college roommate. We sat in the left field nosebleed upper deck. It was the first time in maybe 11 years I left a Mets game being proud to be one of their fans. People were leaving the stadium yelling "We are number 1!!" However the Mets fell apart even after getting Ray Knight a month later. Regardless, it was great to be a fan on that night!!

July 28, 1984 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 11, Mets 4
Don L
November 10, 2003
A critical Saturday afternoon game vs the Cubs. The Mets claw back to tie the game 3-3 vs Rick Sutcliffe thanks to Cub Centerfielder Bob Dernier misplaying a fly ball. Doug Sisk enters the game and promptly can't throw strikes (as was so often his problem). The Cubs score 8 runs and break the game open.

The next day the Cubs sweep a doubleheader, taking command of the NL East race which they would eventually win.

After so many down years, 1984 was one of my favorite Met seasons because of the rebirth of real excitement at Shea with Gooden, Strawberry and Hernandez leading the way.

Professor G
June 10, 2005

The inning that cost the Mets the division, that horrible 8th with the dark lord, Doug Sisk pitching. Sisk was NEVER the same after that inning and neither were the Mets. In about a week, we went from a few games up to a few games out after the Cubs mauled us the next day in a doubleheader at Shea and then in Wrigley.

Hank M
October 28, 2007

I was at this game, watching from the field level seats just past third base. I recall that someone a few rows in front of me was covered in a bedsheet that donned the words "Spirit of '69."

The ghost of the miracle year was not apparent on this day, though. Things didn't go very well for the Mets. Davey Johnson got ejected in the first inning and then the Cubs built a lead. The Mets came back to tie it up, but then came the Cubs' 8-run eighth. During that inning, I got so disgusted that I just got up and walked right out of the stadium.

I went back home and watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games. The Mets, when this day started, had a 4 1/2 game lead over the Cubs. When the Games' Closing Ceremonies took place on August 12, they were 4 1/2 games BEHIND Chicago! I often refer to this 16-day period as the "Olympic Fallout."

Stu Baron
November 25, 2010

This was the only time I ever sat in the top row of the upper reserved seats at Shea - so high you could almost read the airline labels on the planes as they flew over! It also was the first game in which I remember Sisk being really bad. It earned him a sadly clever nickname coined (I think) by somebody sitting near me - Doug Risk!

August 6, 1984 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 3
Fan 5/64 - 8/94
March 15, 2005
It was my wife's "rookie" year (see comments under 5/25/84). By this time of year, we were starting to believe that maybe they could actually win the division. Certainly, there were parallels to '69. So, we decided to spend our vacation seeing some road games and followed the team to Pittsburgh and Chicago.

By the time we got to Wrigley, we were real close. The ghost of Al Weis cropped up everywhere. Cub fans, too, were stoked and the place was partially rocking. I say partially because half the people there were true Cubs fans, wearing Mets-Busters T-shirts and other anti-Mets apparel. The other half were yuppies playing hookey from work and were more interested in getting the beer vendors' attention that what was going on in the field.

In any event, Gooden started and got his clock cleaned. The Mets got swept in 4 and it more or less showed that the team was not ready for prime time yet. By the time we got to the fourth game, we had had enough of Wrigley and have never had the chance to go back.

August 7, 1984 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 6
May 31, 2002
A friend and I called in sick to stay home and watch this doubleheader, and the Cubs whacked the Mets around in both games. Tough day.

original mets
June 13, 2005

I was living in Detroit the year this game was played. Being only 3 hours from Chicago I was going to this DH, but decided againast it. If I remember correctly there was a fight in the second game involving the Cubs' Keith Moreland. Being a die hard Mets fan, I am glad I decided not to go, having gotten swept in the DH.

August 8, 1984 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 6
Educated Fan
November 3, 2006
Walt Terrell was pitching pretty well, until he hit Bob Dernier and got ejected from the game. The Mets led 5-3 at the time. Wes Gardner came into the game, and promptly blew the game. The Cubs got 4 runs, and swept the series.

September 7, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 0
andy from rego park
December 2, 2000
Unless I'm mistaken... this was the Dwight Gooden no hitter that wasn't. He spun a one-hit shut out where the only Cub to get a hit was Keith Moreland who hit a slow roller to third base that Ray Knight bobbled, then threw late. Moreland had no speed (didn't even run well for a catcher, Tim). If Knight fields this ball cleanly, he gets Moreland, and Doc has his first no-hitter. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Steve Laraia
August 4, 2001

I was at this game, and I feel this should have been the Mets first and probably only no hitter, if I can remember correctly (Keith)Moreland hit a slow groundball to Knight at 3rd who bobbled it. I feel that Knight should have been charged with an error, and the Mets would have there first ever no hitter. Can we lobby somebody to overturn the official scorers scoring. Otherwise at this rate the Mets will never get a no hitter. Its amazing there in there 40th season and have never had a no-no!

It Gets by Buckner
July 8, 2002

I agree that this was the closest a Mets hurler has come to a no-hitter. I was at the game and if my memory is correct, Knight did not even make the throw. Everyone in the stands groaned because we all thought he could have got the runner even though he had trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Could have been scored E-5, but doubt this can be changed so many years after the fact (I think 100 out of 100 official scorers today would call a play like that a hit).

Bobby J
November 25, 2002

First game I ever went to, and the reason I became a Mets fan, a pitching fan, and especially a Doc fan. I did remember the Moreland hit being in the infield, but for some reason I thought it was the pitcher that hit it. Maybe it was the cheap nature of it that made me think that.

Anyway, forget about those games with the HR hitting contests. Give me Doc in the 80's mowing down the opposition.

Joe Lanzisera
June 30, 2003

This was a Friday night after the first week back to school. I remember that everybody was talking about the Mets and Doc. The Mets were actually in contention, just a few games back, which for those of us in High School had never happened before!!!

On the whole it was a great game. Lots of offense, dominant pitching from Doc. Just for the record, Moreland's "swinging bunt" was a fluke, but it was a hit - Knight was playing deep.

July 13, 2004

I was at this game.

It may be the best Mets game I ever saw. It obviously wasn't competitive, but after watching that 1977 - 1983 club with great frustration, having a studly team that hit HRs and dominated was a dream.

I agree with the poster above about Moreland's single. It was an error, particularly b/c Moreland was a lardass catcher. If some speed demon hit it, maybe it's a different scoring decision, but Knight had time.

Looked like an easy play to us in the upper deck with beers in our hands, anyway. Was probably a bit tougher on the field.

Mark Heaney
May 22, 2005

This is one of those "all-time greatest" memory games. I went with my Dad (who I lost in 95), and yes it was the no-hitter that should have been. It eas E-5 all the way. It would have been interesting if it had happened later in the game to see if it would have been scored a hit or errror. When the play happened, a no-no was not in anyone's mind. I remember Backman was all over the field, and my section was singing to the tune of "Batman", "da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Back-Man!"

As a side note, does anyone remember that someone fell off the escalator of the upperdeck and died? I think that happened this night.

original mets
June 3, 2005

I saw this game on NBC, since I was living out of NY at the time. I remember Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola discussing the only hit that wasn't a hit.

Mark Corrao
December 3, 2005

I remember this game vividly. The only Cub hit was a little dribbler down the 3rd Base line by Kieth Moreland, a slow runner, that Ray Knight, who was playing back, fielded while on the run, came up clean with it in his glove, but never got a good grip on the ball and failed to make a throw. He did state during a post game interview that he didn't know it was going to be the only hit of the game for the Cubs, and if he knew it was, he would have at least attempted to make a throw. Knight also said that Gooden would have plenty of opportunities and will throw plenty of no hitters. Too bad not for the Mets.

david roth
October 14, 2006

I was at this game sitting in the top of section 16. I remember this play as vividely as any I have ever seen before. Keith Moreland, probably the slowest member of the Cubs that night, hit a dribbler down the third base line. Ray Knight at first bobbled the ball then could not get it out of his glove. Knight never attemted to make a throw. Red Foley wherever you are, called it a hit. Now that I am 43, I say poppycock. I know for a fact that was an error if I had ever seen one. That ladies and gentleman was the only no-hitter the Mets have ever had.

Will - Howell, NJ
March 13, 2008

Yes, this was the no-hitter that wasn't. I too was at this game at that game and I think this was quite possibly the best game Gooden ever pitched. From my POV, it was E-5. I was very surprised he was not given a error.

The irony is he did pitch a no-hitter for the Yankees. Problem is, is also walked 6 or 7 batters that game. Some no-hitter.

Ed K
April 20, 2008

Doc's first shutout at Shea. He had two on the West Coast before this game.

Daniel Lebovic
October 23, 2008

I saw this game when I was 6. First Mets game I ever went to.

Does someone - ANYONE- have a clip of the Moreland hit?

email me at drltoo@aol.com Would be willing to pay for the clip or the game (if you happen to have it on tape or DVD)

Thanks! dan

June 9, 2012

I was at this game. Definitely more of a no-no than Santana's...now that he threw one I felt compelled to post this here because Dr K was a homegrown Met, not a trade and sign. Does anyone else remember 84 and 85 Met homestands? Seemed like a sellout every 5th night and the stadium would shake whenever Gooden had 2 strikes on a hitter. Never saw him waste a pitch either. Strike one. Strike two. Strike three. Take a seat. Don't think we'll ever see that again. Such a shame what happened to him. Was also at the first game of the home/away day/night Yankee doubleheader in July 2000, his first game as an opposing pitcher if memory serves (Piazza got beaned by Clemens in the nightcap in the Bronx). Was surprised he didn't get more of an ovation when he took the hill. The game, and its fans...sure have changed.

Mark G
October 21, 2015

Like many on this list, I too was fortunate enough to be at this game. With the Cubs in first and in town and the Mets in a pennant race for the first time in my memory, atmosphere at Shea was electric, like I'd never experienced before. Of course the Moreland "hit" stands out -- at the time, the way Gooden was throwing, I was sure that would be the only hit on the night, especially since every Met game I attended I always thought "tonight will be the night" for a no-hitter. But no way that could have been scored an error. Knight had trouble getting it out of his glove, and I joked after that he should have had the decency to make a bad throw to first to try to draw an error, but was clearly a hit, even if a very cheap one.

September 9, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 1
John Cropp
February 28, 2011
My first game.

I remember sitting in the mezzanine on the first base side and booing Mookie Wilson because I didn't realize that everyone else was "Mooo"ing.

September 15, 1984 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 4
Richard G. Biever
October 25, 2001
A cold, sunny, windy day at Wrigley. I came up from Indiana University in Bloomington alone for the sold out game. It was scarf day, and fans needed it.

It got even colder when the Mets lost for the second day in a row to the Cubs -- which pretty much sealed what was a great comeback season.

June 18, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Michael SanPietro
October 6, 2006
The game was a sell out or close to it and I bought tickets game day that were in the last row in the mezzanine and had a limtited view of the action..Ed Lynch went the distance that day.

June 19, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Barry F.
April 22, 2004
A pleasant Wednesday night. 53,334, back when attendance meant something to a Mets fan. Biggest Wednesday night crowd in seven years they said. I sat right near the left field pole in the mez with my father and I don't think I've ever yelled as much or as loud at a baseball game as I did that night. Gooden was almost untouchable and given that the Cubs were banged up at the time, a win seemed like a foregone conclusion. But it was a struggle. 1-0 Mets in the ninth, Cubs got two on and Thad Bosley fouled off pitch after pitch. When Gooden struck him out swinging, Shea erupted. Win No. 3 in a very memorable four-game sweep over the hated Cubs.

June 20, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 3
Don L
November 10, 2003
I was at this game with my dad, and remember thinking the Mets were really getting payback on the Cubs for 1984, when the Cubs beat the Mets 8 out of 9 at Wrigley. This game completed a weekend sweep, as we beat up on ex-Yankee lefty stiff Ray Fontenot.

We took care of the Cubs, but oh those damned Cardinals!

June 27, 1985 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 2
Richard George "Seaver" Biever
July 23, 2003
I was working as a photographer at a newspaper in Franklin, Ind., and got a press pass for the game. What a great feeling to stand on the grass at Wrigley on a warm sunny summer day!

Shot lots of wonderful photos of Mets players (still think I need to get the best of Rusty Staub and Gary Carter autographed).

Sat in the photographer's box along the first base line -- which in Chicago is next to the visitor's dugout. Unfortunately, the Mets were stifled by Rick Sutcliffe as they so often were in 1984 and 85.

August 3, 1985 Wrigley Field
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Joe Lanzisera
June 30, 2003
Just another random game that I happen to remember well. Mets led 3-2 into the bottom of the 8th behind Darling. The Cubs came back and took the lead 4-3.

The Mets came into the 9th against Lee Smith who was as close to unhittable as there was at that time. The Pennant race was heating up and the Mets needed the game. As I remember it was a Saturday Afternoon Game of the Week on NBC.

Hernandez got the key hit in the 9th a run-scoring double down the right-field line to score Backman and tie the game. Then in the 10th after coming in on the double-switch, HoJo blasted one out to rightfield. Mets win!

August 4, 1985 Wrigley Field
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 1
Shickhaus Franks
August 9, 2010
Let me be the first to comment on this game and on this day. I was over my cousin's house watching Gooden and the Mets beat those rotten Cubbies on Ch. 9 but (don't get mad Mets fans) we were switching back and forth to Ch. 11 watching White Sox-Yankees to see if George Thomas Seaver would earn his 300th win. (A milestone like his no-hitter in 1978 for the Reds should've happened in a Mets uniform if it wasn't for Frank Cashen's brain freeze in January of 1984.) When the Mets game ended, we watched The Franchise get his 300th win.

August 5, 1985 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 2
Ben Olson
July 5, 2004
I'll start off admitting that my team is the Cubs, but this was the first baseball game I had ever been to at age 12, so it holds a very special place in my heart. My Grandpa Don took me to Wrigley Field, bought some peanuts and drinks, and kept score all game. He even recorded my "potty breaks", which loading up on soda were probably every two innings.

Easy to remember this game, because Daryl Strawberry homered three times, and if memory serves, they were his first three at bats. The stadium, regardless of Mets or Cubs affiliation, was rooting him on for number four that next at bat. I cannot recall if a hit or the intentional walk came in that fourth at bat. Anyway, Mets won, and all the fans got a treat that day, thanks to "Straw".

Bob P
August 13, 2004

Ben, you are right...Strawberry hit three homers in this game, but the intentional walk came after his second homer and then he hit the third one in his fourth plate appearance.

Straw hit a three-run homer with two outs in the first, then hit a solo homer with two outs in the third. Both of those came off starter Derek Botelho. In the fifth he came up with a runner at second and two outs with the Mets up 4-0 and Botelho walked him intentionally...but that didn't help the Cubs as Danny Heep folowed with a double driving in two runs.

In his next at bat, this time against LHP Ron Meridith, he again hit a solo homer. This one came with two outs in the seventh inning. Darryl's final at bat was in the ninth inning, again with two outs, and he singled off RHP Warren Brusstar.

Darryl finished the game 4-for-4 with four runs scored, five RBIs, three homers, and an intentional walk. Straw and Danny Heep combined to go 7-for-9 and drove in all seven Mets runs.

August 10, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 3
December 3, 2002
I think this was the first game I ever saw in person. I've narrowed it down, and it seems the most logical.

The only memories I have are that it was a day game, that Gooden pitched, and that it was against the Cubs. I realize now that it was probably during the summer, had to be on a weekend, and was more than likely in 1985.

Thanks for the help finding this game!

August 18, 2005

This is the first big league game I attended. All I could recall was that Dwight Gooden pitched and George Foster hit a home run. I think it's truly ironic that the day I decide to look it up happens to be the 20th anniversary of the game itself!

Thanks for preserving Mets history.

March 1, 2006

I'll never forget this game, it was my first Mets game! I sat in the Upper Deck in Left Field. It was an afternoon game, a hot August day. Foster's home run was a bomb over the centerfield wall if my memory serves me right. Gooden was awesome!

June 22, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Corey H. Green
February 27, 2002
I was nine and a die hard Met fan. This was my first game...my old man took me...we had box seats third base side. I remember Dykstra and Foster hitting one out and Darling actually getting a decision and winning on top of it. It was a magical season to be that age and a fan of that team.

June 29, 1986 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 4
son of the bronx
June 27, 2003
No lights at Wrigley. Sunshine and Beer. My only time there.

Standing room. Wandered around. Shot a roll of color and a roll of black and white.

The place was packed with Cub fans. Everyone there knew the Mets were the best team in baseball and that Gooden was the best pitcher in baseball.

The late innings are a bit of a fog but I've got some great photos including one of Gooden releasing a fastball, one of Hernandez on deck and one of Strawberry crossing the plate following a Strawblast. Man, were his home runs the most beautiful things to behold!

July 28, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 2
Hot Foot
September 16, 2002
This was the first baseball game I ever went to, but I was already a huge fan of the Mets. I remember Mitchell and Strawberry hit home runs and after that they were my favorite Mets, along with Gary Carter. This was a magical time to be 9 years old and a huge Mets fan.

Hank M
December 22, 2005

I attended this game with a group of students from school. We took a bus from New Jersey, encountering a rainstorm on Route 80 along the way. The rain, thankfully, stopped by the time we arrived at Shea.

We all sat in the loge level down the left field line. We saw a good game. In typical '86 fashion, the Mets won. Home runs by Mitchell and Strawberry helped Bob Ojeda get a well-earned win.

The most memorable moment, however, occurred during on of Lenny Dykstra's at-bats. There was a girl in the field level seats wearing a wedding gown. She was holding a sign above her head that had "MARRY ME LENNY" written on it. She seemed to get more cheers that night than did the players!

August 6, 1986 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6
Robert Mitchell
July 13, 2000
I lived in the Midwest in 1986 and was at this game. I remember Mookie Wilson won it late with a broken-bat single to right field that drove in the winning run. Doc Gooden was sailing along and appeared to have the game wrapped, but he gave up a late homer to Cubs right fielder Keith Moreland. I was sitting in the left field stands as the ball went onto Waveland Avenue and hit some buses.

Bob P
July 13, 2004

The start of this doubleheader was delayed almost an hour by rain. Doc and the Mets fell behind early, 3-1, but then they scored three in the fifth to take the lead. They added another run and Doc was breezing along after the rough start.

But in the ninth inning with one out, Thad Bosley singled and then Jody Davis (not Keith Moreland as stated in an earlier post) homered to tie the game.

Mookie Wilson drove in two with a single in the twelfth to give the Mets the lead again, but Roger McDowell almost gave it back. With one out in the bottom of the twelfth he gave up a double and an RBI single but then retired Ryne Sandberg and Manny Trillo for the win.

The Mets had 15 hits in the game, including four by Len Dykstra.

August 6, 1986 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6
Robert Mitchell
July 13, 2000
I lived in the Midwest in 1986 and was at this game. It was the second game of a double dip. I remember Gary Carter homered and the game was called because of darkness. It was in the days before Wrigley Field had lights.

September 17, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
flushing flash
July 12, 2000
The Murph's call:

"ground ball to second base...Backman to Hernandez..it's over!...Keith Hernandez took the throw...and ohhh, my goodness, the fans are storming the field!!"

Henri Devigne
June 21, 2001

WE CLINCH!!!.....I was in the Loge behind home plate....Gooden vs. Eckersley.....I had tickets for this game a month and a half in advance...Before they played the Cubs all they had to do was win one game in Philly to clinch, but they got swept leaving the clincher for this night.......Yes I was one of the crazies on the field, but everyone on the field was far from crazy....Perfect strangers were hugging each other inside and outside of Shea....It was the most fun I've ever had at a game...

bob mercier
November 24, 2001

It was pretty incredible how the grounds grew got the field back in shape for the game the next afternoon after the fans stormed the field when the Mets won the NL East. The effort that the Mets showed in this game was pretty good too. It seemed like the Cubs were mounting a little threat in the 9th and trying their hardest to delay the Mets celebration. But the Mets were able to retire the Cubs and the Mets won the division for the first time since 1973. I was not one of those fans that stormed the field because I was not at this game and even if I was at this game I wouldn't have bothered to go on the field. I am not being mean of course to you folks that did do going on the field, but I am just saying that was a little bit of a wild scene to watch on tv.

June 8, 2003

I remember being disappointed that Keith Hernandez wasn't starting, but Dave Magadan was great in his first major league start. I even got him to autograph my homework before the game (I was only allowed to go if I promised to finish my homework during pre-game.)

Top of the ninth, fans were hanging off of the outfield wall, waiting for the final out. I was one of those who went on the field from my seats down the right field line. And, yeah, I still have a small piece of turf from the celebration.

Without a doubt, my most memorable game.

January 10, 2005

I was 22 and not much of a baseball fan, but had the opportunity to go to this game which seemed to sound like a great one to attend. I remember incredible excitement and being awestruck at the fans rushing the field and tearing up chunks of turf. I also remember being driven home to LI and watching people tossing pieces of turf out along the LIE. An unusual day but one to remember. I still have my ticket stub from that day. Mets vs Cubs, loge seat, Wed. Sept 17, 1986 7:35PM.

John L.
July 28, 2006

I was at this game. I remember the anticipation of the clinching; I had been a Mets fan since '73 and was too young to put that championship into its perspective. I too was one of the "crazies" storming the field. It was such a surreal atmosphere and as one of the previous posters mentioned complete strangers were hugging each other. In particular I recall hugging some attractive young women (which for a guy that had just turned 18 was worth the price of admission alone). The scene must have looked like a mini V-J day. People were popping champagne in the parking lot and on the platform of the subway station.

Bob K.
October 8, 2006

The previous weekend, I had driven down to Philadelphia with some equally crazy friends to watch the Mets clinch there. Of course, they lost on Friday night and again on Saturday. My friends decided to stay for the Sunday game, but I had zero confidence in Sid Fernandez against the Phillies. So I drove home and watched the Mets lose on Sunday, too. That painful lost weekend made it all the sweeter to be in the stands and watch the Mets clinch against the Cubs. My most vivid memories of the game were the line drives that young Dave Magadan hit, filling in for Keith Hernandez. That was an auspicious debut for Magadan and a great night for Mets fans.

October 27, 2007

I was 22 and not much of a baseball fan, but had the opportunity to go to this game, which seemed to sound like a great one to attend. I remember incredible excitement and being awestruck at the fans rushing the field and tearing up chunks of turf. I also remember being driven home to LI and watching people tossing pieces of turf out along the LIE. An unusual day but one to remember. I still have my ticket stub. Mets vs Cubs, from that day: loge seat Wed. Sept 17,1986 7:35PM.

August 11, 2009

As I said I was at this game sitting in field level by first base. It was a night to celebrate. As the game moved into the 8th inning I saw throngs of fans making their way to the front row. I started to realize that many fans were going to rush the field. So I decided to follow suit and make my way to the front. I was right next to the photographers box. When Wally Backman threw the grounder to Hernandez me and everyone else stormed the field and it was a great experience. I almost got toppled and was getting bumped but having a great time. High fived everyone that passed me and chanting we're # 1 and we want Houston. Everyone was enjoying it all running all around and eventually all fans exited through the center field fence. (Same spot where Seaver and Piazza went through to close Shea 22 years later) Celebration continued on the 7 train all the way to Manhattan with all the cheering chants.

Shickhaus Franks
May 10, 2013

The only good thing about this time period in my life was the 1986 Mets. Was working a lousy job at a roadside restaurant (including weekends) and besides that I had to put up with 2 bosses from heck: one guy was a short, gruff-gruff jerk who probably had relatives in the Third Reich and the other was this "fugly" big boned "woman" who was a Yankees fan (In the words of Austin Powers: SHE'S A MAN, BABY). Anyway, I had one co-worker who was a supporter of the orange and blue and he quoted the Eagles (the rock group, not the NFL team) by saying "Mirrors on the ceiling, the champagne is on ice, the Mets will win tonight." I went, home watched the game on Ch. 9 (no cable then), the Mets won and the next morning, me and the co-worker celebrated with a little soda pop and high fives!

September 18, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 0
July 5, 2005
The hangover game. Two memories:

a) Cubs' Rafael Palmiero getting injured playing LF, trying to catch fly ball; the ball hit his bare hand and split webbing between fingers. Ouch!

b) Kevin Mitchell lying across dugout bench trying to recover from pennant clinching party the night before. Weren't we all?

June 10, 1987 Wrigley Field
Mets 13, Chicago Cubs 2
Doug Brogowski
October 26, 2008
I was visiting a friend in Chicago this week in 1987 and got tickets for this game. What a great game to be a visiting Mets fan in another stadium. They clobbered the Cubs! We had great seats behind 3rd. And Wrigley Field is awesome. I remember we were right below Harry Caray singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".

March 9, 2016

Keith Hernandez, coming into this day in a bit of a slump....decided to shave off his trademark mustache before this game (which was a big story in the pre-game interview with him). The results were a 2-homer day for Keith. And he wouldn't grow back his mustache until about a week or 2 later.

June 23, 1987 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 1
flushing flash
July 4, 2004
Ron Darling pitched pretty well, but was victimized by a 2-run double off the bat of Paul Noce, followed by a 2-run homer off the bat of Mike Brumley.

Considering that Noce had a lifetime batting average of .228 with 14 RBI, and that Brumley hit .203 with only three home runs, it can safely be said that never before or since have the Mets been done in by two players who did so little in their careers.

August 8, 1987 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 3
Educated Fan
October 8, 2006
This was a very pivotal time in the 1987 season. It looked like the Mets were finally playing like champions, with a 7-game winning streak and a potent lineup that was now hot.

This game would change all of that. Early in the game, Darryl Strawberry was hit in the head by a pitch. After that, there were so many blown scoring opportunities and a sense that they were back to their habits of failing in clutch situations. Darryl Strawberry would miss several games because of this. As was often the case, he went down, and so did the Mets. They went 4-9 in their next 13 games.

This was really disappointing. I thought the Mets were finally playing like the team they were the year before. It didn't matter that they had so many injuries. If only they could have hit in the clutch, they could have won it all again.

August 9, 1987 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 3
Bob P
May 22, 2004
Doc got rocked by the Cubs, breaking his personal 10-game winning streak against the Cubbies. After this loss, Gooden won his next twelve decisions against Chicago. The Cubs didn't beat him again until June 29, 1992. In 34 career starts against the Cubs, Doc was 24-4 with ten complete games and three shutouts.

This game was tied, 2-2, going to the seventh, but four singles, a walk, and an error gave the Cubs a four-run inning.

The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the ninth and had Kevin McReynolds at the plate as the tying run, but Lee Smith came in and nailed down his 28th save of the season. St. Louis also lost, so the Mets stayed 4.5 games behind the first place Cardinals.

August 16, 1987 Wrigley Field
Mets 23, Chicago Cubs 10
Kevin Walsh
October 25, 2002
In this game the Mets set a team record for most runs scored, and they did a lot of the damage against Greg Maddux, who would not become a superstar until the following year.

Bob P
September 25, 2003

A pretty good day for the Mets bats as they closed to within four and a half games of the Cardinals.

The Mets scored 3 in the first with only one hit. They also had 4 walks and a sac fly off Greg Maddux, who finished the season with a 6-14 record and has not had a losing season since. The Mets added 1 more in the third and 3 more in the fourth on a 3-run HR by Strawberry that got Maddux out of the game. The Cubs scored 5 in the bottom of the fourth thanks mainly to a Jody Davis grand slam, but the Mets came back with 3 in the fifth and 7 more in the sixth, all 10 of those runs off rookie LHP Drew Hall. Dykstra and HoJo homered later in the game.

September 14, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 5
June 16, 2009
Had tickets for this game but did not make it. Was my 1st day of school and had a lot of work to do. Also it was the opening Monday Night Football game of the 1987 NFL season. The game was seen as Super Bowl XXI-1/2 between the last 2 Super Bowl Champs-Giants vs Bears, called "battle of the midway".

Mets win 6-5 and got back on track after a dreadful weekend to keep pace until the last week.

September 15, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Chicago Cubs 4
Bob P
May 22, 2004
Keith Hernandez had three hits including the 2,000th of his career as the Mets roughed up 21- year-old Greg Maddux. Maddux gave up six runs, nine hits, and four walks in 5.2 innings and his record fell to 6-12.

Also on this day, the Mets acquired John Candelaria for the stretch drive in exchange for two minor leaguers, one of whom (RHP Jeff Richardson) faced two batters in the major leagues. The other, Shane Young, never made it to The Show. Candy filled the starter's slot held by Ron Darling, who had been injured in the disastrous loss to the Cardinals four nights earlier.

June 2, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
flushing flash
October 9, 2002
What a ballgame! A pitching duel for the ages, Schiraldi nine scoreless (who would have believed it?), Cone ten with one run allowed. I sat in the field level for this one, several rows behind diehard Cubbie fan Bill Murray. He signed my scorebook "Bill Murray - Cubs Power" and when I asked him what movie he was working on, he said it was a Christmas movie called "Scrooged". And Mr. Bill stayed for the duration, past midnight, straight through HoJo's game winning home run to centerfield. Afterwards, we waited for him to leave his seat and walk down the aisle so we could razz him as he passed by.

June 4, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Jeff In Florida
January 2, 2005
This was a very exciting game in which Kevin McReynolds hit the game winning home run. I was excited that Jeff Innis got his first major league win this day!

May 3, 2005

I remember being at this game on Beach Towel day, which came in handy when there was a fairly lengthy rain delay early on. It was a 3:20 start on a nationally televised Saturday afternoon game. The Mets led 3-0 and Darling had a 1-hitter going into the 8th. But he fell apart, and the Cubs eventually took a 4-3 lead off of Myers in the 9th. But the Mets tied it on a Goose Gossage wild pitch in the last of the 9th.

My mother got fed up and, despite my protests, took me home after the 10th inning. Which is when the game started to get really interesting. Carter ended up playing 3B, the Cubs took a lead in the top of the 11th, only to see the Mets tie it, and then McReynolds hit the winning HR in the 13th.

I remember being on the subway and hearing a number of fans listening on the radio and cheering when the ball went out. Wish my mother would have stuck it out. She was never much for those long, cold afternoons at Shea.

Ed K
April 12, 2012

One of two games in which Gary Carter played at 3B for the Mets and they won both in extra innings. The other game was the infamous 1986 game against the Reds when the Mets had to have Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell play the outfield. Carter also played at 3B once for the Expos.

August 11, 2015

We were in the left field bleachers. Those towels came in handy, it was cold out there!

June 5, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 11, Chicago Cubs 3
Jeff In Florida
May 26, 2004
This is a game I will always remember. I had box seats and had the pleasure to dream for just a little while. Gooden hit a home run and then brought a no hitter into the 8th when he gave up a hit. I remember being sad that he didn't get the no hitter, but even more so that the game turned into another bland post 1985 Dwight Gooden start. 5 hits, 3 runs, and only 4 K's.

June 25, 1988 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 2
Chris C
April 27, 2002
An NBC Saturday game of the week. Bob Ojeda plunked Andre Dawson and Dawson tried to charge the mound but has held back by Gary Carter who had him in a bear hug. I remember this was such a big deal to me because I was young and hadn't really seen many altercations like this even though it wasn't even a brawl. A guess its that WWF mentality that was installed in me from watching wrestling those days. Mets ended up losing.

August 9, 1988 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 4
Richard Biever
October 25, 2001
This was the first complete, official "night game" at Wrigley Field.

I came up the afternoon before from Indianapolis to see a friend in Chicago and the Mets, who were coming to town the next night. I tried to get tickets for the Cubs first night game that day, Aug. 8. That game, obviously, was sold out. I got two "standing room only" tickets for the Aug. 9 game with the Mets, and box seats for the Aug. 10 afternoon game.

As luck would have it, it absolutely poured the night of Aug. 8, raining out the Cubs game.

The next night, my friend and I, sitting on the ramp rails between the upper and lower decks along the third base side, watched this game become the first official "night game" at Wrigley.

Shickhaus Franks
November 3, 2006

August 1988 was a crazy time in the world! Millions of Catholics screaming bloody mad over "The Last Temptation of Christ" and the country of Canada crying tons of tears when Wayne Gretzky got traded to the LA Kings. But when the Cubs finally got lights after so many years, that took the cake. Actually, the Phillies vs Cubs were supposed to be the 1st but due to the rainout, the Mets got the honor. At the time, my cable company in Northern New Jersey had the FOX Philadelphia station and they got to broadcast the game before the rains came and so forth. NBC had the priviledge of showing Mets-Cubs on this night. Btw, Wrigley Field was supposed to get lights for the 1942 season but then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and Mr. Wrigley donated the lights to the war effort and they waited 45+ years until MLB (and Network TV) put the Cubs in a headlock and they reluctantly got lights for night baseball.

August 11, 1988 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 6
September 11, 2005
Suprised no one else has said anything about this game. I believe this is when Carter hit his 300th homer after a 2 month drought, and Mets scored 5 in top of 9th. McReynolds hits grand slam off of Gossage.

December 22, 2005

I mentioned this game in my comments under the Kevin Mac section.

Kevin hit a grand slam off of Gossage, who had made disparaging comments re Kevin's desire, hunger, etc. Quiet Kevin hit a bomb off him to win the game.

This was a day game at Wrigley. I heard it driving home on I-78 in New Jersey...roasting hot, bumper-to-bumper. KMac hit the granny and I started blowing the horn on my Chevy S-10. People were staring.

November 3, 2008

I was at this day game I think a couple of days before the first night game at Wrigley ever. Living in Chicago that particular summer of '88 .Great fun, quite a few NY Mets fans in Chicago at the game. McReynolds with a Grannie I think in the 8th or 9th off Gossage to win it essentially and Gary Carter with his 300th earlier in the game over the left field wire fence -- Nice Shot!! Gooden started this one. The beer sure was flowing that afternoon.

Michael Wulf
November 15, 2011

Cubs fan here, but I love baseball. I caught Gary Carter's 300th home run that night. I have been to hundreds of Cubs games and this is the only homer that I caught or even came close to catching.

I was standing against the left field bleacher fence with my brother when the ball came towards me. The ball went over everybody's heads and hit the top of the fence. It then bounced on the ground and I jumped on it. I must've had 10 guys pile on me. I was drenched in beer and I broke my new sunglasses. I finally emerged from the pile and stood on top of the last bleacher seat waving the ball in the air. I kind of taunted the crowd for a little while because I had about 30,000 people chanting "throw it back".

I have never before or since experienced so much attention. Being a die hard Cubs fan, I never thought twice about keeping the ball. I whipped it as hard as I could and made it on to the infield.

I must've shook hundreds of hands that night. I did not pay for a drink the rest of the night after the game.

I met Gary when he came back to Wrigley and he signed a ball and a newspaper clipping.

Since that day I have followed Gary's career and I am so saddened about his brain cancer. I always thought I would be able to meet him again and talk about that night. If any of you Mets fans have any memorabilia from that home run or events leading up to it, please contact me at mike@wulf.com. The Mets have become my second favorite team since that day.

September 15, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 1
May 22, 2004
I loved this game. I conceived my first child during this game.

April 22, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
May 1, 2005
I attended this game with my mother, as I did many times as a child. This game was horrendous. Yes, the Mets won, and they beat Greg Maddux, who fell to 0-3 with the loss. But the overwhelming memory of this game was the fact that it was 40 degrees out, windy, and simply a miserable day. This was compounded by the fact that Sid Fernandez was working at a snail's pace all afternoon. It didn't matter that the bases were empty. He took no less than a minute between pitches.

To this day, my mother will groan and talk about this game whenever she hears the name Sid Fernandez.

Joe Figliola
April 12, 2012

I, too, was at this game. And I agree with Mets2Moon... it was FRIGID. After about four innings, my parents had to leave Shea Stadium because of the windy, chilly conditions. I, on the other hand, froze my you-know-what off and stayed. It's a wonder that my parents didn't drive off and leave me to catch the train home! (They wound up listening to the game on the radio in a toasty warm car.)

The highlight of the contest was Hernandez's home run. In the bitter cold and the wind against the hitter, he blasted an opposite-field shot over the wall in left. Keith must have had TNT in those guns of his to hit a ball that hard and long under those circumstances.

Yes, it was cold out. But that win began a hot year for me, as I witnessed 11 wins at Shea Stadium in 13 appearances.

June 6, 1989 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 4
Ed K
September 23, 2005
Vern Law lined into a 3-6-3 triple play in the 5th inning, Dave Magadan and Kevin Elster fielding for the Mets who lost anyway.

Educated Fan
September 16, 2007

I thought they would win this game, and bounce back from the 15-3 blowout the night before. The Mets had been very good at doing that.

Looking at the Retrosheet site, I see that the Mets had a 15-game winning streak up to this time in games following a loss of 6 runs or more. This dated back to September 1986, and it unfortunately ended here.

June 14, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Ed K
January 10, 2009
Nails had his last hit as a Met in this game - a homer that provided one of the two runs in the shortened win for the Mets.

July 30, 1989 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 4
Bob P
April 28, 2004
Mark Grace hit a walk-off 2-run homer off Randy Myers with two outs in the ninth as the Cubs swept a weekend series at Wrigley.

Bob Ojeda and the Mets fell behind early, 3-0, but got back in the game when they scored two runs in the fifth on an infield out and a sac fly.

After falling behind, 4-2, the Mets tied it in the seventh with a two-out rally. Gary Carter singled, Kevin Elster doubled, and pinch-hitter Keith Hernandez singled them both home to make it 4-4. Aside from that flurry, the Mets managed just two other hits the whole game.

August 5, 2009

Mark Grace did hit a walk off 2 run homer off Randy Myers to complete the weekend sweep. I remember before this series no one was sure how good the Cubs were and how long they would hang around in NL East contention. I knew after this series that the Cubs were for real and they never fell out of 1st place the rest of the way.

September 18, 1989 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 10, Mets 6
April 15, 2003
When I look back at the career and life of Darryl Strawberry, the first thing that comes to my mind is dissapointment. The Mets are in my blood. I recall so many games and players it scares people. I fondly look back at the days of Straw, Carter, Keith, Doc, etc. However that fondness doesn't come without its fizzling feel of underachievement. I feel Straw epitomized the Mets underacheivement in the 1980's. On this day in 1989 during a season where the Mets dynasty and Darryl's life and potentially tremendous career were both unravelling, Darryl is called back from the clubhouse (he had gotten undressed after the Mets had falled behind 10-4, assuming a loss) after a Mets rally puts them within 4 runs with the bases loaded with two out. What I felt was the true beginning of the end of the greatest Mets era ever, Straw strikes out on 3 pitches, putting the Mets out of the race. When Straw went public not long ago and broke down in tears over his troubled life I too could not help but shed tears also. In a way I feel NY was awfully hard on him, too hard in fact. I also feel that he denied his raw talent which may never been seen in a Mets uniform again, by his inability to exorcise his personal demons. I'll always remember Straw for the great player he was, not the great person we wish he could have been.

June 11, 1990 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 5
November 18, 2009
I did not get to see this game as it was a busy day for me and the family. This day was my high school graduation. My family and all my friends did a dinner and a party at the house to celebrate the graduation. I saw the highlights of the game later that night.

I do remember quite a few people at the party were Mets fans and we were talking about how the team was playing better under Bud Harrelson and showing more life and emotion than they were in the beginning of the season under Davey Johnson.

June 12, 1990 Wrigley Field
Mets 19, Chicago Cubs 8
Michael Wilson
February 10, 2001
This was the game where Dave Magadan had a bid day and took over the starting 1B job from Mike Marshall. Greg Maddux started for the Cubs and the next edition of Sports Illustrated had a Gatorade ad with Maddux sitting in the Cubs dugout drinking Gatorade and the caption read "If only the Mets went down so easy." I still have the ad.

Ed K
September 15, 2004

One of the many Met games over the years that were slugfests in Wrigley including some the Mets won and some they lost. This one is not remembered as much as the 19-1 game in 1964 or the 23-10 game in 1987 but it certainly had its moments. The Mets scored in seven of the nine innings, something I believe they have only done one or two other times (e.g. the 23-10 game).

October 1, 2006

I remember working as an intern at CNBC in Fort Lee New Jersey when this game was played. They had a set of televisions above the studio where I was a stage manager/camera operator, and I can recall that every time I looked up to track the Mets' progress it seemed Dave Magadan was on base. And I looked up so often it really got the director ticked off so he pulled me from the floor. I do not work in TV today.

June 25, 1992 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 2
October 24, 2000
I was at this game - it was the last day of my sophomore year in high school. Greg Maddux no-hit the Mets for 6 2/3 innings, the Cubs scored seven runs in the first inning and there was a bench-clearing brawl (I don't remember why). Probably one of the wildest games I've ever seen, but since we sat in Row T of the upper deck and I spent most of the day trying to talk to a chick that I liked, I missed more of it than I should've!

May 27, 2002

Wasn't this the game where the Cubs scored seven times in the first and Bonilla called the press box to complain that the E for error had been left up on the scoreboard for too long?

June 14, 2002

I was there, too. Greg Maddux started the game and threw at Coleman. Too bad he missed. That is how the near brawl started.

June 7, 1993 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 2
September 16, 2007
I remember going to this game with my brother and my cousin. My uncle had tickets in the first row behind the camera guys on the first base side. This was probably one of the last dominant games Doc Gooden pitched for the Mets. Since I was a kid then, all I remember was standing up for the last strike of the game and Gooden struck him out looking to end the game.

On a side note we saw Bill Murray at the game and he signed my Mets cap.

September 2, 1993 Wrigley Field
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 3
Ed K
August 28, 2007
Todd Hundley's first major-league grand-slam brightened up this game in a largely dreadful season for the Mets.

September 12, 1993 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 0
August 18, 2002
The Mets may have been terrible back then, but they played like champions today. This was my first major league baseball game back when I was eight years old, but I was hooked soon after. I remember most of it, and I remember Jeromy Burnitz (the rookie) catching the fly ball that ended it. Day one of my rabid following of the Metropolitans.

August 9, 2010

This was the first Mets home win on a Sunday ALL season, and it came in basically the last 2-3 weeks of the season. Sounds about right for the 93 Mets.

April 4, 1994 Wrigley Field
Mets 12, Chicago Cubs 8
September 24, 2001
Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, the immortal, hit 3 HRs off Doc in this game. He would then hit 5 the rest of the season. Now, it seems he is on the verge of breaking the Japanese league's single season HR record. Go figure.

Bob P
October 13, 2003

Second baseman Jeff Kent and shortstop Jose Vizcaino both homered in this game, marking the first time since 1948 that a double-play combination both hit homers on Opening Day.

April 5, 1994 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 2
Quality Met
August 9, 2010
In this game, Jonathan Hurst and John Cangelosi made their Mets' debuts. Both entered in the eighth inning. Hurst pitched two shutout innings to seal the win and Cangelosi went 0-for-1.

The appearances of Hurst and Cangelosi created a unique situation. They became the 500th and 501st major leaguers to play for the Mets. Noticed by Mets Inside Pitch, the magazine decided to declare which of these two players was officially the 500th Met. Hurst was given the 500 spot since, being the pitcher, he touched the ball before Cangelosi did. John had to settle for No. 501.

Not exactly the most important of issues, but Inside Pitch decided to solve it anyway.

April 11, 1994 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 5
Joe From Jersey
December 21, 2005
I was at this game. Cyndi Lauper sang the national anthem and some of the '69 Mets threw out the first pitch. Willie Banks from Jersey City pitched for the Cubs; He was a phenom at St. Anthony's High School as a pitcher and he was also a good hoops player off the bench for Bob Hurley's legendary teams. I remember Jeromy Burnitz messing up in the outfield and the fans got on him. I was sitting in the Loge in rightfield that day. Randy Myers came in the 9th to stop a Mets rally and I think he struck out Burnitz. Btw, the game wasn't sold out; there were 10,000 empty seats, a reminder of the horrible '93 season.

July 17, 1995 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 2
Jared K
June 11, 2007
Jason Isringhausen's MLB debut. He pitched a gem that night, and it looked like at least one facet of Generation K (for whiff, which is what the Mets did in choosing Izzy, Pulsipher, and Wilson) would pan out.

Unfortunately, this game was largely overshadowed by the awful TWA 800 crash off the shores of JFK that same night.

Shickhaus Franks
July 17, 2007

Correction, Jared K. The TWA Flight 800 crash happened exactly one year later and on July 17, 1996, the Mets played an afternoon tilt vs the Phillies (I was there because me and my friend bought field level seats off a scalper) and several hours after the game is when the tragedy took place.

March 19, 2016

Along with Izzy's debut, I remember it was extremely weird to see HoJo in a Cubs uniform during this game. Just didn't look right on him.

May 3, 1996 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 2
March 11, 2003
This was a crushing loss. Wilson one of the supposed "phenom" pitchers had like a 1 hitter going into the 9th at Wrigley. Sammy Sosa hit a three run homer in the bottom of the 9th to win it for the Cubs. The Mets never recovered that season.

Frankie B
May 10, 2009

This is Dallas Green as his finest. Wilson pitches the game of his life striking out 14. Instead of taking him out to face Sosa and bringing in the junk baller (Franco), Green keeps him in. Wilson was never the same after this game and this is when I lost all credibility for Dallas Green.

May 11, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6
March 10, 2004
This was the infamous Pete Harnisch/Scott Servais/Kevin Foster brawl, where Foster threw a pitch over Hundley's head in the 1st, Harnisch hit Foster with a pitch in the 2nd, then Terry Adams threw a pitch behind Harnisch in the 5th. Harnisch then began jawing with Cubs Catcher Scott Servais, then closed-fisted him in the face, setting off a brawl that spilled into the Cubs dugout. I believe Harnisch, Adams, Servais and Hundley all got tossed.

Then, of course, after the Mets led 6-2, Henry came in and blew the lead.

Rico Brogna, in his last great moment (and there weren't that many) as a Met, hit the game winner, his 2nd of the game, in the 9th.

Bob P
August 6, 2004

As mentioned by Mets2Moon, there were NINE ejections in this game, including Servais and Harnisch, who was also fined and suspended for eight games for throwing the punch. Mets bullpen coach Steve Swisher was also thrown out and suspended for two games, and John Franco was thrown out too, and today was John Franco Day at Shea!

Rico Brogna had a triple and a single to go along with his two homers.

May 28, 2010

To my knowledge.....this game is where a Mets player came the closets to hitting 3 homers in a game at Shea (it never happened).

Brogna hit 2 homers and then hit a triple that hit the VERY top of the wall.

August 12, 1996 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 11, Mets 1
July 29, 2002
Took my 11 year-old nephew to his first ballgame this night. Tried to get him into baseball, into the Mets. Then we sat through this rain-soaked monstrosity. My nephew's now a skateboard punk- rocker who could care less about baseball.

January 1, 2003

The game was long and boring.The only exciting thing I saw was Andy Tomberlin hitting a home run in left field.

May 11, 2003

This was a simply amazin' game. Andy Tomberlin going opposite field...oh baby!!! That shot was worth the price of admission! Izzy getting the Mets first hit in the latter innings. Izzy gave us everything he could that night, but the Cubbies were just too tough as Ryan Sandberg put on display his home run power.

April 14, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 0
June 10, 2003
Hey there. I remember I attended this game with my dad. I was in ninth grade and on spring break. My great grandma (who was also a big Met's fan) had just died and we had just finished the whole funeral thing. Anyway, it was a cold night. It was Al Leiter's third start as a Met. I remember "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was playing as he was warming up in the first inning. That is a cool song. I downloaded it. That song always reminds me of him as does any song by Bruce Springsteen. He pitched an awesome seven innings this game and the Mets went on to win 7- 0. It was Al Leiter's first win as a Met at Shea. I did not expect him to pitch as well as he has (especially in 1998) when they first got him.

April 16, 1998 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 4
Jim F
October 6, 2001
My son's first Met game. Carlos Baerga fouled one off and we got it. Henry Rodriguez hit a 3 run homer off of Wendell to seal the game.

July 24, 1998 Wrigley Field
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 3
Richard Anderson
January 26, 2002
Well, both Game 1 and 2 were probably close to the most memorable regular season games I've attended--I was sitting 6 rows back between 3rd base and shallow left, my first trip to Wrigley with my travel contingent (brother, brother's brother-in-law (Doc), and Stu (heretofore refered to as Spammy)...A noon doubleheader, beautiful sunshine, AND A MET SWEEP-- Good natured ribbing of Todd Hundley as he mascaraded as a major league leftfielder...significant beer consumption, great conversation in the stands with "Darned nice Mid-westerners"..a kid grabbed a foul ball next to us in his first baseball game..Doc needed one as he got some sunburn-- Poisonous Sunburn, and thus was moving kind of slow due to it..but the best part was post game festivities...A trip across the street to the famed "Pink House"...The 4 of us bought out Juan the icecream cart vendor for $50, and was our ticket to a keg party upstairs...Grooving to the sound of "Smack my bitch up" by Prodigy, watching my bro holding court with recent college grads on a lounge chair with perfect view of homeplate...watching the groundscrew manicure the magic of Wrigley as the sun set...the walk over to Slugger's for more cocktails ..A Perfect Baseball Day...Unfortunately the hangover lasted 2 days with both Met losses Sat./Sun....good matchup on the Sunday though...Kerry Wood vs. Rick Reed! Wrigley is the best ballpark, BAR NONE!

July 24, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
July 13, 2008
I went to this game, we had nice mezzanine seats in the right field corner. My uncle said going into the game, it would be a great day if Sosa got a home run and the Mets win; he even called the 2-1 score. I couldn't believe, what a great game.

July 30, 1999 Wrigley Field
Mets 10, Chicago Cubs 9
January 24, 2002
This was a a classic. Being a relocated Mets fan here in Chicago with my parents in town visiting, we had to take the opportunity to see the Amazin's. My dad was reliving his childhood as his first visit to Wrigley reminded him of Ebbets Field growing up a Brooklyn Dodger fan. It was about 100 degrees that day and we were stuck in the upperdeck in Left Field. Sosa hit a shot that nearly nailed the CF scoredboard and I swore it was the furthest HR I've ever seen. Until the next inning when Piazza hit a power alley blast that cleared Waveland and landed on the steps of that famous apartment building sporting the Budweiser advertisement on the roof. How they did not measure that shot at 500+ feet I'll never understand. Nailbiter at the end as Benitez kick saved a shot up the middle and recorded the final out with the tying and winning runs on base.

July 31, 1999 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 17, Mets 10
Bob P
October 3, 2003
I guess the wind was blowing out. An oddity: both starting pitchers in this game (Octavio Dotel and Jon Lieber) gave up nine runs.

August 1, 1999 Wrigley Field
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4
January 24, 2002
Great story. I was in the bleachers with my girlfriend rooting for the Mets and really getting a verbal beating from the ignorant Cubs fans. There is a tradition at Wrigley where some clown in the bleachers yells out to Sammy Sosa, "Hey Sammy, how many outs are there?" Sammy would turn around and answer by pounding on his chest and putting his hands to his lips denoting the number of outs. Cool thing to see once, but annoying when it happens every inning as in this case. Late in this extra inning affair the Cubs had the winning run on with 2 outs and Sammy at the plate. With the crowd on their feet going crazy and chanting "Sammy, Sammy, Sammy", he whiffs to end the rally. As the bleacher bums surrounding me all begin to sit down in disgust, brilliant me happily ascends from my seat and shouts out "Hey Sammy, how many outs are there?!!!" Nearly got my ass kicked. Lieter notched over 10 K's in a no decision and Mahomes got the win, ironically driving in the winning run in the 13th with a shot to left. This and the Friday game earlier were a treat to witness. Oh yeah, my girlfirend and I broke up soon afterwards largely due to my so called "attitude" displayed at this game.

March 29, 2000 Tokyo Dome
Chicago Cubs 5, Mets 3
Pete J.
July 11, 2000
It was Mike Hampton's first start for the Mets, in Tokyo against the Cubs. We figured he'd just blow the Cubs away, but he ended up walking 9 guys. The game wasn't as close as the score makes it seem. It was a bad start for the Mets new ace, but he got better as the season went on.

September 27, 2004

After last season, the Mets promised to be great this year and I was so excited for the first game of the season that I woke up at 5 in the morning to watch it and Mike Hampton was pitching and I was excited to see him because he had gotten 22 wins with the Astros the year before. However, the game was disappointing as Hampton sucked and the Mets lost to the Cubs in Tokyo and we later found out that Hampton was too good to be true because he couldn't pitch in cold weather.

May 1, 2005

I coudn't sleep the night of this game; asked a couple of friends over for bagels and baseball. It was unreal watching that game but it was enjoyable watching Bobby V take Don Baylor to manager's instructional school. After all, he did invent baseball. (Just ask him!)

March 30, 2000 Tokyo Dome
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 1
July 10, 2000
This was the Mets second of two games in Tokyo to open the 2000 season. Benny Agbayani, who was slated to go to Norfolk, was the hero, hitting a game-winning pinch grand slam!

July 4, 2004

To me, if the Mets didn't take one of the games in Tokyo, their season was over and the game was close but Benny Agbayani pinch hit and hit a game- winning grand slam!

Shickhaus Franks
January 1, 2008

I remember waking up at 5:00 am to watch this game and instead of hot dogs and soft drinks, I had Cheerios and Orange Juice. By the way, SNY showed a replay of this game on Sunday December 30, 2007 at 6:00 am, a nice respite from the constant football and Christmas/New Year's stuff and for the record: Armando Benitez struck out new Bronx Evil manager Joe Gerardi to end the game.

September 2, 2008

I yelled so loud after that grand slam I woke up my whole block. It was worth waking up early for.

Steve L
February 2, 2010

I remember when Benny Agbayani hit his game-winning grand slam and was presented with a samurai helmet after the game. At the time, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

April 23, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 15, Chicago Cubs 8
April 22, 2004
Except for the time I payed $2 for a North Babylon football game and watched Jason Gwaltney rush for 7 touchdowns, this was the most money's worth I had ever gotten for a game. $125 a ticket to sit behind home plate and I got to see the Mets score 15 runs including 7 in the 4th inning, 3 Mets home runs, and Sammy Sosa go deep, which is part of what I paid to see, so I couldn't have asked for much for for the dollar.

June 23, 2004

I was at this game in my regular seats on the third base side right behind home plate and I watched the Mets kill the Cubs, and I was there with my brother and this would become a thing that would happen because this was my first Cubs game and his Cubs game too and he had to go to the bathroom and, while he was in the bathroom, Sammy Sosa hit a home run and my brother missed it and this would happen two more times.

July 4, 2001 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Chicago Cubs 1
Shickhaus Franks
February 22, 2007
I remember watching on tv and it was an afternoon game on a overcast day (but NO rain) and during the game the announcers had a nice chat with actor & Cubs fan Gary Sinese who happened to be in a play in Manhattan at the time. Sometimes when a non-baseball person shows up on a baseball telecast it can be ruined (i.e. when Joe The Jerk Buck talked on the phone to noted baseball "fan" Simon Cowell during the 2003 World Series) but Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump hit it out of the park on this occasion.

April 11, 2002 Wrigley Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 2
January 12, 2003
This was the first truly nice day of the year in Chicago -- great game to be in the bleachers at Wrigley, sun shining, temperature must have been about 70 degrees.

Piazza homer into the left field bleachers sealed the deal in the 8th inning. My Piazza shirt didn't go over too well with the locals at the time, though...

March 31, 2003 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 15, Mets 2
Ira Klapper
September 11, 2003
Ah 2003...the year to erase those horrible 2002 memories. I flew home from school in Indiana for a chance to see new "ace" Tom Glavine and the new look Mets. We sat in the Upper Deck and got there really early and were ready for a new Mets beginning. Tom HORRIFIC threw strike one and the entire section erupted as though to erase the horrors of 2001-2002. After that Tom the Brave walked the leadoff hitter and gave up 4 runs, including an error by new Met Cliff Floyd (to officially earn his Mets "stripes"). Horrible opening day. Cedeno lost a fly ball for a three run triple. What a long trip for a 15-2 game which just helped to prolong a miserable season!!!

November 10, 2003

It was during this game that I realized that the season was over.

Russell J. Lydon
August 20, 2004

Coldest day of my life. I was in the outfield Loge and wearing 2 turtlenecks, sweatshirt, my snow white Mets jersey and a jacket with a skull cap and I was still shaking in my seats. Not even Dunkin Donuts coffee helped. Back to the game, I can remember leaving my seats in the 3 inning and going to Casey's 37 and standing in a SRO crowd and Mets officials had to kick everyone out because they were closing. By time this happend, it was already 15-3 and knowing that they lost the game. I'll never forget a bunch of us yelling at Lenny Harris begging him to come back. One of only 2 games I attending during the 2003 season.

Michael Bernstein
January 17, 2006

I drove down from Springfield Massachussets to play hooky with my five-year-old daughter. There were so many extra cars that I had to park on a grassy patch by the service road. I bundled my daughter inside my coat and carried her across the parking area promising hot chocolate the whole way. Little did I know that the hot chocolate would run out even faster than hope in the Mets season. We didn't budge from our seat for hours, frozen in place, taking in the massacre in front of us. Glavine fell apart. The great Mike Bascik gave up approximately 100 runs. Sosa didn't even hit a homer. [It would have been a tiny consolation prize by then.] It was frigid and very painful and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

November 29, 2007

I remember I had gotten a Tom Glavine jersey for Christmas that year and wore it to opening day. Boy that was the worst weather I ever encountered going to a game; it was horrendously cold. We left around the 6th inning just in time to miss the Bascik debacle. I remember slamming my Glavine jersey off at the stadium and getting back to my dad's car, only to hear that the score was 15-2. I go to my dad and say, "Guarantee Mike Bascik came in." Sure enough.

March 12, 2013

After sitting in the upper deck for 3 innings, my friend and I were not sure if we were at a Jets or Mets game! It was sooo cold; the Mets fell behind early and the temperature was unbearable. We had Diamond Club access and decided it was best to watch the remainder of the game indoors. However, when we arrived at the DC door, it was advised to us that it was full and we were denied access. We were pondering our next move when a woman came to the door and was told the same info. She became irate, claiming to spend ten grand per year at Shea and demanded a supervisor. The guard left his post to obtain a higher up, but left the door unattended. Acting like two HS kids, we dashed in and didn't look back. We watched the Cubs over-run the Mets, but we were warm and our stomachs full! lol For all I know, that woman is still standing at the door waiting to get in.

April 23, 2004 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 3, Mets 1
April 30, 2004
Seo made two mistakes, and it cost him the game. Other than that he pitched really well. The Mets are trying to bring back the dead ball era all by themselves. Piazza looks broken down bases loaded, and he grounds to Maddux for a back breaking double play, and that was it.

September 25, 2004 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Joe From Jersey
December 28, 2005
This was a game that the Cubs needed to stay in the wild-card chase; the game was moved to a 1:20 start for Fox Network and they were so many Cubs fans in the stands that it looked like Wrigley East (sans the ivy-covered wall). Craig Brazell (thanks for stopping by) hit one out and then Victor Diaz, who was a Cubs fan growing up, smacking the game-winning home run to put a dent in the Cubs post-season plans.

Ed K
August 28, 2007

Only game I've ever seen from a Shea luxury box and it was a Met come-from-behind victory.

May 11, 2005 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 4, Mets 3
May 19, 2005
The Mets were playing the Cubs at Wrigley and Ryan Dempster blew the save in the bottom of the ninth but then, in the tenth, Derrek Lee came up and jacked one off Heath Bell. Question for the Mets: Who is Heath Bell?

August 7, 2005 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Phil Thiegou
June 28, 2006
Zambrano vs. Zambrano. One of the Cubs' aces vs. one of the Mets' jokes. Lo and behold Victor pitched like an ace and Carlos pitched like a joke. I'm sure this game made Victor tell all the nay-sayers about the trade for Scott Kazmir "I told you so!" Too bad this gem was his only highlight as a Met.

Plus this game was the ESPN Sunday night game, so I'm sure a national audience was amazed by Victor and too wondered about the Kazmir trade. Oh, if they only saw the rest of his games.

John B.
April 1, 2014

The first Mets game I went to. I still wish David Wright made his amazing play this game and not in San Diego a game later.

July 14, 2006 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 3
John Telesca
August 23, 2006
I was at the game at Wrigley Field with my family, and there were loads of Mets fans there. Had a Let's go Mets chant going during the 7th inning stretch.

Cliff Floyd made an excellent jumping back hand catch to keep it close - he's turned into such a fine fielder. Perhaps typical Chicago weather - started cool with a breeze from right, quite foggy, then right after the 5th inning a downpour stopped the game for 45 min. After the ground crew cleaned the field up, and the puddles, the breeze was gone and it got hot.

Maddox was ineffective and the Mets built their lead and held it without much trouble. This is a great year to be a Mets fan...finally!

September 1, 2006

First Mets road game I have attended. Nice to see them win on the road. They had the key inning with a key error by the Cubs and Trachsel was solid in the first game after the All-Star break.

July 16, 2006 Wrigley Field
Mets 13, Chicago Cubs 7
David Klein
July 19, 2006
This game is about as memorable as it gets, down 5-2 in the 6th the Mets score a franchise record 11 runs, Beltran, and Floyd hit grand slams in the 6th also the first time that's happened in the teams history.

People's Champ
July 19, 2006

Amazin amazin amazin, Mets put up 11 runs in the 6th inning with 2 grand slams, 3 home runs total in the inning. Maybe this is what Floyd needs to boost his confidence.

July 26, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Chicago Cubs 0
john t greenpoint
July 27, 2006
What a pitching duel this afternoon between John Maine and Mark Prior. Prior no hits the Mets for 5 and 2/3 innings. John Maine goes 7 and gives up only 3 hits. What a steal Jose Valentin is turning out to be. The man feels least comfortable at second base but makes every play, his bat has come a long way also. The Mets win this one 1-0 in 10 innings. Really needed to win this one would have been terrible to go into the series this weekend against Atlanta after being swept by the lowly Cubs. I look forward to this road trip. Chance to widen our double digit lead, and get that magic number below 50!

May 14, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4
John T Greenpoint
May 15, 2007
David Wright is starting to find his patience at the plate and tonight it showed. David went 3 for 4 with a Home Run and 2 RBI'S. Glavine pitched well enough even with the outfield not making at least 3 or 4 catches that should have been caught. Nevertheless he held the Mets in the game long enough to tie it in the 6th and the bullpen held for a walk off bases loaded walk by Carlos Delgado.

May 16, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 1
John T Greenpoint
May 17, 2007
Great game! Had to stay up till 1 am though but was well worth it. What else can you say about Jorge Sosa? Unbelievable huh! I hope he pitches against the Braves next week and sticks it in their REAR for letting him go. Rick Peterson is the man. Mets are starting to get some momentum before the big Subway Series. Might have a chance at burying the Yankees further from the Red Sox!

May 17, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Ed K
May 31, 2007
An incredible come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning. Losing 5-1, the Mets score five runs on five singles and two walks to beat the Cubs at Shea.

The only comparable Mets games with come-from- behind ninth inning rallies that come to mind are:

8/28/62 when Marv Throneberry hits a pinch three- run homer to cap a four run rally to beat the Pirates 5-4 at the Polo Grounds.

6-14-80 when Steve Henderson hits a three-run homer to cap a five run rally to defeat the Giants 7-6 at Shea.

5-23-99 when the Mets beat Curt Schilling and the Phils at Shea 5-4 with all five runs in the 9th inning. I think Johnny Olerud got the game winning hit.

John T Greenpoint
May 31, 2007

So far this is the most exciting game of the year. Down 5-1 in the ninth Mets score 5 to earn a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Cubs. 6 consecutive batters reached base either by a walk or a hit. Jason Vargas I thought pitched very well except for 1 inning where he gave up two 2-run home runs.

July 17, 2007

Great game, Vargas pitched very well except for that one inning where he gave up two home runs. Mets looked quiet all game until the 9th, one of the best games I ever been to in my life.

Even better was the fact Mets really used a "B" lineup, only Delgado and Green played as regulars, of course Wright got a huge pinch hit in the 9th

September 7, 2007

Boring first 8 innings. Excellent 9th. The 9th where they came back from 5 down could possibly go down as their best inning this year.

September 22, 2007

Somehow the C team came through with a few subs in the 9th. Never have been to a game with an inning so wild.

August 5, 2007 Wrigley Field
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 3
John T Greenpoint
August 7, 2007
Congratulations to Tom Glavine for reaching the 300 Win milestone!!!!!! He even helped himself with an RBI single. Now the Mets look forward to getting a little payback on the Braves in their next series at Shea. Need to win 2 out of 3 but a sweep would be nice. This series could end the Braves' season!!

August 7, 2007

Glavine Gets # 300!!! Glavine was awesome as usual and the offense and bullpen backed him up this time. As a Mets fan I am glad I was able to watch the game from beginning to end. No doubt Glavine is a first ballot hall of famer. BRING ON THE BRAVES

April 21, 2008 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 7, Mets 1
Amit Kamani
April 21, 2008
Tough loss for the Mets. Maine pitched well enough to win but Reyes and the bullpen blew any shot the Mets had of coming back to win the game. Hopefully things go better tomorrow.

September 22, 2008 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 5
Alex Gonzalez
December 11, 2015
I remember seeing the Cubs loading up the bases for Staten-Island born native, Jason Marquis, the Cubs starting pitcher. At that point I turned to my friends and said, "How much you wanna bet that Marquis hits a grand-slam?" No one believed me because besides being a pitcher, he was a lousy hitting one at that. On the next pitch, CRACK! the ball sailed well over the fence, and the Cubs broke the game right open. My friends both turned to me and agreed it was time to leave Shea. As they put it, "What's the point anymore." LOL!

September 23, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 2
Ed K
December 19, 2012
Luis Ayala gets the last Mets save in Shea Stadium.

NYB Buff
January 12, 2013

Mets beat Cubs on the 100th anniversary of the Fred Merkle boner, which also occurred in New York. It was that incident, not some goat in '45, that has been the real curse on the Chicago team. They haven't won a World Series title since 1908!

September 24, 2008 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 6
Joe Figliola
September 25, 2008
Couldn't Wright have taken one for the team and tried to squeeze Murphy home with no one out and a man on third?

September 25, 2008

If the Mets don't make the playoffs this year they can pretty much point to this game as the reason why. With the Brewers win they are now tied for the wildcard and still 1 1/2 games back in the NL East. I watched this game on ESPN and was disgusted after the final out. A lot of things bothered me about this game including Oliver Perez blowing a 5-1 lead and David Wright and Ryan Church failing to hit simple fly balls in 9th inning that would have won the game. Runner at 3rd nobody out in the bottom of the ninth with your 3-4-5 hitters coming up and you don't score, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Not to mention the tons of opportunities that were wasted in the previous innings. Mets should have won this game, but it looked to me as if the Cubs wanted it more and that is an absolute shame.

January 10, 2009

My last game at Shea. What a way to end a large part of my life. Tonight it was the hitters fault, with a runner on 3rd and no outs in the ninth. The bullpen saved their collapse until extra innings. Even the last batter, Jose Reyes contributed to my bittersweet sendoff. He hit a foul ball that landed two feet in front of me in field box aisle. As I prepared to get my first foul ball after several hundred games at Shea, there was such a spin on the ball that when it hit, it actually went sideways away from me. Like I said, what a way to end my life at Shea. Bring on Citi Field!

September 21, 2009

This game cemented my opinion of David Wright. Forever a choker and a loser.

September 28, 2010

A few days earlier I had met a nice girl and we started to talk. During the course of our converasation she mentioned, "I would love to go to one more Met game at Shea especially since they are playing the Cubs." She used to live in Chicago. Well I said I just happen to have an extra ticket to Wednesday's game would you like to go? She said yes and I was on cloud nine. Things were going great at the game. We were enjoying each other's company and the Mets jumped out to an early lead. And than it happened...

The game became somewhat of a metaphor for our relationship; it started off great but crumbled down the stretch.

September 25, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Chicago Cubs 6
September 26, 2008
Great win for the Mets! I was happy to see this team bounce back after a tough loss. Mets showed tremendous heart and desire as this was a huge game that the Mets needed to win. Here is to a strong weekend performance against a good Marlins team. I am thinking playoffs!

September 28, 2008

Great game and shades of the 86 World Series (game 6)! Down two runs to end up winning it and Church came around to score. (Church was batting 6th, as did Knight.) Mark my words, the Mets will win the World Series this year. How many other teams can win 89 games with their bullpen as it is? (There's a special magic that won't be realized until later...)

Mike M
October 6, 2008

This was my final game at Shea. It came full circle from my first game in 1978 against the Giants to my last in 2008. I tried to remember all the places I sat in those 30 years. I had my folks with me also celebrating 45 years...of marriage. I thank God the rain held up. My seats were Mezzanine Reserved Section 21 Row J. I noticed the seats had the MLB certificate of authenticity sticker on them. Some idiot signed their name on the seat with black sharpie. Micah Hoffpauir? Cubs 1B. WHO? Hits his 1st two major league HR's. I was hoping Schoeneweis would plunk him his 4th time up. I thank God again for the victory. Beltran's rope off Hoffpauir's glove for a victory. It was bittersweet. An older gentleman and his wife who sat behind me left early. As I shook his hand, I told him, he's gonna miss another miracle. As he reached the tunnel, he looked around and gave Shea a goodbye wave.

April 19, 2010 Citi Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Anthony R.
July 13, 2010
Ike's debut for our Mets at 1B. 2 for 4 is not a bad start to what hopes to be a stellar career.

May 26, 2011 Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs 9, Mets 3
Shickhaus Franks
July 18, 2011
As they say, baseball is a game of numbers: The average temperatures in Chicago for May 26th are 74 degrees for the HIGH and 55 degrees for the LOW. The game-time temperature for this afternoon contest at the Friendly Confines was 42 DEGREES which is perfect for the likes of Stan Mikita, Rod Gilbert, Gale Sayers or Sam Huff.

July 6, 2012 Citi Field
Chicago Cubs 8, Mets 7
Shickhaus Franks
September 25, 2012
Called in sick from work and at 3pm decided to head out to Citi Field. Got a $25 seat in section 537 (a Bob Uecker seat) etc. Before the game I ran into my good friend Kathy, her mom who was visiting from Florida and Kathy's son Adam. Plus I saw my beautiful friend Julie who I have known for many years (also both of our late mothers were co-workers).

Rough outing for No-Han as he gave up a few dingers and wound up hurting his ankle.

FYI, I am taking to task the fans who show up to Mets games wearing T- shirts and hats of other sports teams (NFL Jets, NFL Giants etc; I even saw a guy wearing a New York Islanders hat and shirt) Also there are a quite few "people" who show up wearing the GARBAGE stuff (aka The New York Stankees). If it was a Subway Series game, that would be different but it was Mets vs Cubs (There were the usual many North Side supporters thanks to WGN America). As a public service announcement, I request to you Evil Empire fans if you go to a Mets game that is NOT the Subway Series; LEAVE THE STANKEES CRAP AT HOME; THANK YOU! I am also taking to task the PA system for blasting the current noise that play (i.e the American Idol/Radio Disney diarrhea they call music); NOT EVERYBODY IN THE STANDS IS 12 YEARS OLD!!!! I give 2 THUMBS WAY UP to Kirk #9 for having the Motor City Madman and for Lucas Duda for playing Hendrix as their at-bat songs. BTW, BRING BACK THE "CURLY SHUFFLE".

July 7, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Ed K
July 11, 2012
We took the family to this game which was at 4 PM on Saturday because it was televised by FOX. It was 94 degrees at gametime and the Mets actually had cooling stations around the stadium at which you could get free ice. The ball boys offered the Umps bottled water between innings.

Fortunately, Marshall Dillon was at his best, walking none and scattering hits over 8 innings and the game moved along to finish in just over 2.5 hours - ending on a 101 MPH fastball by Bobby P for a strikeout. Ike Davis crushed a two-run homer that hit the facade with the Pepsi sign above us in the rightfield stands.

Shickhaus Franks
August 28, 2012

To Ed K: The game was on SNY because FOX had the Saturday Night Game at 7:00pm.

October 17, 2015 Citi Field
2015 National League Championship Series Game 1
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 2
October 18, 2015
MY FIRST PLAYOFF GAME THAT I WENT TO SINCE GAME 3 VS LA IN 1988! The Dark Knight Returns! Stellar game! Had "STANDING ROOM ONLY" tickets, so I walked around the whole game with my brother, and enjoyed a Mets Win! Travis blasts one deep center, INTO THE APPLE! Murphy does it with his bat and glove! Familia saves it! 3 MORE!

Shickhaus Franks
September 21, 2016

The best performance of the night (after the Dark Knight and Murph) was all around entertainer and the beautiful Kristen Chenoweth singing "The Star Spangled Banner" only wearing a short sleeved Mets shirt on a clear, chilly October evening!

October 18, 2015 Citi Field
2015 National League Championship Series Game 2
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 1
Stu Baron
October 21, 2015
Froze my nuts off sitting in Promenade Box Section 407, but it was worth it! Murphy finally hit a dinger with someone on base ahead of him off of Jake Who?

October 21, 2015 Wrigley Field
2015 National League Championship Series Game 4
Mets 8, Chicago Cubs 3
October 22, 2015
Can't believe how far this team has come. I still recall the sting of 2006, 2007, and 2008. Now we are in the World Series. Props to Sandy Alderson for building this team the right way, with good young pitching. Murphy homers again and Duda goes off. Hope this a sign of things to come with Duda going into the World Series. GO METS!!!!

Shickhaus Franks
October 25, 2015

What a clincher of a game!!! Although the outcome was never in doubt but in the back of my mind....When the Mets left runners on base or when Kris Bryant hit that monster HR; I was in Fred Sanford aka Redd Foxx "HEART ATTACK MODE"....Then again what the !@#% was Cespedes donning the NL Pennant shirt and goggles even before the final out (My mind flashed back to 2003 when the late Bernie Mac yelled "ROOT FOR THE CHAMPS...CHAMPS" at that same Wrigley Field before Bartman-gate or when the Red Sox painted the WORLD SERIES logo on the Fenway grass). You don't fool with mother nature and you don't tempt the baseball gods but luckily everything worked out and why was Dexter Fowler still beefing with the ump after the final out. REALLY? OK, Dexter, you can go home and watch the Mets in the WORLD SERIES against the Royals along with Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Rizzo from GREASE, Bill Murray, Eddie Vedder, Jim Belushi, CM Punk, George Will, Hillary Clinton (Oh wait she's a bandwagon Bronx Evil Supporter.), Steve Bartman, The Billy Goat, the Black Cat and millions of other Cubbie fanatics!!! LETS GO METS GO!!!! DO IT AND BRING THE TROPHY HOME TO FLUSHING!!!!!!

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