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May 12, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 3, Milwaukee Braves 2
Walter Pullis
May 3, 2002
Casey Stengel sent in pitcher Ken McKenzie, a Yale graduate, to save the win. Before he left the mound he said to McKenzie, "Make believe your playing the Harvards"

Bob P
May 13, 2006

Warren Spahn took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth at the Polo Grounds. Gil Hodges led off with an infield single. After retiring the next two batters, Spahn only had to retire Hobie Landrith, a lefty hitter to come away with the complete game win. But Landrith hit his first and only home run as a Met and New York took game one of the doubleheader, 3-2. It was the first one- run victory for the Mets and the sixth win overall in their short history.

Ed K
July 2, 2011

Hobie's homer was the first walk-off homer in Mets history. In the nightcap, Gil Hodges had the second walk-off homer in Mets history.

David Samuels
July 6, 2012

I attended with my grandfather, my father, and my brother (a Braves and Spahn fan). Landrith's game-winning homer off Spahn was right down the right field line, a very short home run in the Polo Grounds. (It was those same dimensions that allowed Mel Ott to hit over 300 homers in that stadium). It was interesting in retrospect that Casey put in a lefty as a pinch hitter against the lefty Spahn (feeling that would work best in facing a screwball). Seeing 5% of the Mets wins that first season on a single day (their first doubleheader victory ever), not to mention two walk-off homers, made me a Mets fan for life.

Ed K
June 24, 2013

It was also the first homer by a Met catcher in history.

May 12, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 8, Milwaukee Braves 7
Bob P
February 2, 2004
Mets relief pitcher Craig Anderson won the second game of this doubleheader after also winning game one. That improved Craig's record to 3-1. Unfortunately, Craig lost his next 16 decisions in 1962, then two more in 1963 and one more in 1964. He never won another game in the majors after today.

Eric Rolfe Greenberg
April 15, 2010

I was there. Two ninth-inning victories, the first against Spahn, and the second on an opposite field homer by Hodges; I have a clear memory of watching from the upper deck out beyond the right field foul pole, the soft fly ball coming downward just inside the pole, fair, and into the first row of seats in the lower deck. Braves manager Bobby Bragan tore the clubhouse apart after the game; two ninth-inning losses to the Mets could do that.

I'm not the first to point out that when you win just 40 games in a season, each victory is memorable, but these surely were.

May 20, 1962 County Stadium
Mets 9, Milwaukee Braves 6
original mets 62
May 28, 2007
This was the last game the team was to win until June 8, in Chicago. They went on a 17 game losing streak and went from 12-19 to 12-36. I guess you could say the season was over.

June 20, 1962 Polo Grounds
Milwaukee Braves 3, Mets 2
Bob P
January 31, 2004
The Mets lost game two of this doubleheader, 3-2. The game was called after six innings because of rain. Mets starter Willard Hunter gave up just two hits, but both were home runs by Henry Aaron.

July 26, 1962 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 6, Mets 1
Bob P
February 1, 2004
The Mets lose their eleventh straight to fall to 24-73. Warren Spahn hits his 31st career home run, setting a record for a National League pitcher.

April 11, 1963 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 6, Mets 1
Bob P
January 31, 2004
Duke Snider homers off Warren Spahn. It's the only run Spahn allows as he picks up his 328th win. That moves Spahn ahead of Eddie Plank to become baseball's all-time winningest lefty.

April 14, 1963 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 1, Mets 0
Ed K
March 27, 2008
Mets lost a heartbreaker on Easter Sunday for the second straight year.

April 19, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 5, Milwaukee Braves 4
original mets
April 18, 2008
Having seen Ron Hunt take part in the games remaining at Shea ceremony last night, the memory I have of this game will always be connected to Hunt. This was on a Friday afternoon at the Polo Grounds, school was out and I went with my friend Bernie Seaman, who was a Cardinal fan. The Metropolitans had not won, losing the first 8 games of the season. Hunt had 3 hits and drove in the winning runs in the bottom of the ninth and Mrs Payson sent his wife a bouquet of flowers. Problem was Hunt had allergies to all flowers and grass. He was truly my first Mets homegrown hero. Hunt was traded to LA in November 1966 for Tommy Davis.

Frank S
April 19, 2012

It's amazing, I can't find my car keys, but I remember this game as it were yesterday even though I was 12 years old and the game was 49 years ago. I went to the game with some older friends. (Older probably was 14-15 and it's amazing how safe the subways were considered since we lived in Brooklyn.) I remember it was a Friday and it was the first win of the 63 season. We were sitting in the upper deck section 33 and before the game batting practice balls were coming to our section quite a bit. (I remember Cliff Cook was knocking them out.) I remember Hunt hit the game-winning double to left but what I really remember to this day is there was a Brave fan sitting near us yelling "Gabrielson move over!" He just shouted this out over and over. Sure enough, Hunt pulled the ball down left (right below us) and won the game. In those days any Met win was really celebrated as they were pretty rare.

Jody Frank
April 8, 2013

I remember I was 11 and in Boonton Township New Jersey visiting my cousins. I was walking home from Denville Center and listening to my Japanese Transistor Radio. I remember this young first baseman named Ed Kranepool coming to bat. It was the first time I'd ever heard his name and as a first baseman in the local PAL league I was partial to those who played that position (especially lefty ones). I don't know if it was Kiner, Murphy, or Nelson who made the call but the ball left the park and it was the first but not the last time I listened to an Ed Kranepool homer. I was sure for years that Ed was 19 and it was his first at bat. My son corrected some of these and other facts I thought I remembered, but the home run by this young player did occur and when my son looked it up for me and showed me the box score on this website it brought a smile to my face. Nothing like baseball to bring you back.

April 20, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 3, Milwaukee Braves 1
David Heitel
April 27, 2011
This was my first major league game. My Dad took me on a muggy spring afternoon. I couldn't believe how green the diamond grass was. The Polo Grounds was a very intimate stadium. I remember sitting near stanchions supporting the upper deck.

Norm Sherry's home run in the top of the second was off Warren Spahn's first pitch. It was a line shot straight into the left field upper deck. All of this was unforgettable for a seven-year-old boy. Amazingly enough, the Mets won, which was all to rare in those early years.

I am so happy to find this box score online.

David Heitel
May 2, 2011

This was my first major league game. My Dad took me on a muggy spring afternoon. I couldn't believe how green the diamond grass was. The Polo Grounds was a very intimate stadium. I remember sitting near stanchions supporting the upper deck.

Norm Sherry's home run in the top of the second was the off Warren Spahn's first pitch. It was a line shot straight into the left field upper deck. All of this was unforgettable for a seven year old boy. Amazingly enough, the Mets won, which was all too rare in those early years.

I am so happy to find this box score online.

Bob Jones
January 30, 2013

This was my second major league game. Since all you had in those days was black and white tv, the field looked magnificent! The greenest grass and the brownest dirt you ever saw. I remember Sherry's homer very well. A line shot right down the left field line into the upper deck. I remember Warren Spahn's ridiculously high leg kick and I could not believe that the Mets beat him.

April 21, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 9, Milwaukee Braves 2
Ed K
September 3, 2002
The completion of a four game sweep of the Braves at the Polo Grounds after losing the first 8 games of the season! THe four wins equaled one tenth of their victories the entire previous season and was the first time the Mets had ever won four in a row.

New York went wild. One of the tabloids (I think the Mirror) had a great cartoon of the fans talking about the weekend while this huge giant ballplayer (labeled the champion Yankees) looks on and says "Remember me?"

September 1, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 6, Milwaukee Braves 4
Bill Van Alstyne
April 1, 2004
The first major league game I ever saw; Grover Powell started for the Mets. Duke Carmel hit a 3 run homer in the first inning off Bob Sadowski. Tim Harkness hit one over the roof in right field in the 4th I believe. .Braves tied it on a home run by Roy McMillan off Roger Craig in the 6th or so. .and on and on they played. Larry Bearnarth threw 7 shutout innings in relief. Hank Aaron, in consecutive times at bat in extra innings. .hit doubles down the left field line. .and was tagged out when he overslid 2nd. .Bob Tiefanauer pitched in relief. .and Tim Harkness beat him with his 2nd hr of the day. .a 2 run shot into the upper deck in right. I can still see that ball dropping into the seats. Bearnarth the winner, and I went home happy.

May 4, 1964 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 2, Mets 1
Ed K
April 1, 2006
One of the earliest full scale brawls in Met history happened at the end of this game as a result of a collision at home plate when Braves catcher Ed Bailey tagged Ron Hunt for the final out of the game.

May 14, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Milwaukee Braves 4
Ed K
August 20, 2004
First time the Mets ever scored 10 or more runs at Shea!

Ed K
May 9, 2008

Another Met first in this game: Dick Smith became the first Met ever to hit three doubles in one game.

July 25, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Milwaukee Braves 0
Dennis Black
August 13, 2002
This was the first Mets game I ever attended. My Dad took my brothers and I and we sat in the $1.30 general admission seats. The steep climb was scary ("Dad, can we get some other seats!") but I got over it, so much so that when we were old enough to go by ourselves we would regularly sit in the last row of Shea, in Section 1. I am pretty sure Tim Harkness hit a home run, and I know Tracy Stallard pitched a shutout.

chris
January 10, 2004

My dad and I were in field boxes in LF - I think Joe Christopher hit a 3-run HR. Terry Moore also made a tumbling catch in the Old Timers Game.

Ed K
January 17, 2006

The Braves were the only team that the Mets had never shutout by the 1964 all-star break. Stallard finally blanked the Braves in this game.

July 26, 1964 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 11, Mets 7
Joe
November 27, 2001
A fight broke out in this game. Mets pitcher Frank Lary decked somebody but I couldn't tell who it was. A couple of weeks later, Lary was traded to the Braves.

tom
May 12, 2002

frank lary hit rico carty and then chris canazzaro decked carty at home plate. I ran into chris after a game when he was with the cubs in 1970 and told him I saw that with my dad and he got a chuckle that I rememberd it

METS MANIAC
February 1, 2005

Before this game , the Mets traded Frank Thomas to the Phillies who were contending for a pennant. In return the Mets received Wayne Graham (who later in his life was to coach Rice University to the College WS) and a huge righthanded pitcher by the name of Gary Kroll. Next year in Spring Training , Kroll combined with Gordon Richardson to pitch a no hitter. Remmeber there has never been a Mets no- hitter during the regular schedule.

Bob Flynn
April 17, 2010

It was my first time at Shea and of course it was a Sunday DH. The games were my 11th birthday present! I learned how to keep score and saw at least three HOF'ers (Spahn, Matthews, and Casey.) The fight was great, but alas, my Metsies dropped both games.

July 26, 1964 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 15, Mets 10
Joe
November 27, 2001
The Braves won the first game of the doubleheader and were way ahead in the second but the Mets were staging a comeback. Up comes Larry Elliot as a pinch-hitter and hits a 3 run homer to put the Mets ahead 10-9 or something like that. The Mets sent Al Jackson to the mound in a rare relief appearance in an effort to hold the lead, but it was no use. The Braves had hitters like Aaron, Matthews, Torre, etc, and bombed the Mets to win the game.

FeatFan
June 11, 2003

Al Jackson's only ML HR came in 1st game off Spahn. Both he and Spahn pitch both games. Aaron great shoe string catch and HR's in both games. Torre HR off Willey, arm goes out after. Carty vs. Lary. Larry Elliott ph HR in game 2. Tim Harkness. First time I heard words "women's intuition," before Elliott's blast. Like it was yesterday.

Steven K.
April 8, 2013

This was my first ever baseball game. I asked my dad to take us (brothers) to the game. I was ten years old. I wanted everything. I asked my dad if we could get box seats. Nothing was available, so we sat in the upper deck out in left field. A fight broke out. I got scared. I thought they were going to fight with us too!!! I was bummed out because the Mets were getting creamed. The fat man with the cigar in back of us said "...don't worry sonny, the Mets will score seven in the seventh..." Don't you know that's just what they did!!! My first taste of the MIRACLE METS. They lost both games. It didn't matter. I loved the Mets. This is my best childhood memory.

September 9, 1964 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 7, Mets 4
David Van Gaasbeek
September 16, 2007
This was the first time I attended a Mets' game. My Dad had received box seat tickets right behind the Braves' dugout. Oddly enough, even though there were nothing but Met fans sitting behind the dugout, the Braves talked to us throughout the game. Most talkative was Rico Carty. The most polite and dignified was Henry Aaron. The shyest was Felipe Alou. The most demonstrative was Joe Torre. Galen Cisco did not last long but Bill Wakefield pitched very well and did not allow a hit. The roof caved in when Casey pinch hit for him and Larry Elliott got a walk. Larry Bearnarth came in and immediately got hammered. In the bottom of the inning, the big guy with the big smile, Joe Christopher, hit one into the left field bullpen to end all scoring. It still sits in my mind forty three years later as one of the best nights in my viewing baseball games. It was magic and even though Ron Hunt did not play, it was worth talking to Henry Aaron for one brief moment.

May 8, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Milwaukee Braves 2
Feat Fan
April 19, 2002
With Cub Scout Pack 448, I'm 9 or 10, our seats are all the way up (I'm terrified). Lemaster vrs Fat Jack Fisher. Swoboda cranks 2 home runs and leads the NL with 8 or 9 at this early juncture. Eddie Mathews hits a line drive home run to right late in the game. We sing BEATLE tunes all the way home.

Joseph Dubin
January 11, 2005

I was at that game with a few friends and not only did Ron Swoboda hit two home runs, driving in all four runs, he barely missed putting out a third to the oposite field, the Braves rightfielder catching it in front of the warning track.

I also got my first major league autograph that day - Billy Cowan signed my scorecard prior to the game

Bill Peck
June 28, 2006

I was 11 years old and had never been to a baseball game before. My dad was really a football fan and did not follow baseball at all. As a kid involved with little league and nightly sneaking the 9v transistor under the pillow, I very much loved the game.

My neighbor, Tom Engleman, took me with his son Tommy, Jr. I had no idea what to expect but came away from this game a giant life-long fan of Ron Swoboda. The two home runs he hit and how the people around me cheered thrilled me to the bone.

I remember Hank Aaron's hits and Eddie Mathews' homer and thinking how great Swoboda must be to do better than these two famous players.

Somehow the Mets held on and won the game. I had been there for the last out. I felt so good. Thank you Ron Swoboda and the New York Mets for my first baseball memories.

May 9, 1965 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 8, Mets 2
Bob P
May 13, 2006
In the first game of a Sunday doubleheader at Shea, Yogi Berra is batting seventh and catching for the Mets. Yogi strikes out three times for only the second time in his career as the Braves win 8-2.

Yogi struck out his first three times up and then grounded into a force play in what would be the final at bat of his outstanding career.

Through his time in the majors, Yogi struck out just once every 20 plate appearances, and never struck out more than 38 times in a season. That's amazing for someone with his power. Yogi usually had more homers than strikeouts, and in 1950 he hit 28 home runs while striking out just 12 times in 151 games!

May 20, 1965 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 7, Mets 1
Jack Waslin
July 22, 2012
It seems this was Warren Spahn's first game in Milwaukee as a non-member of the Braves. It seems he pitched well and unraveled in the 5th. Does any body remember this game? What was the crowd's reaction to Spahn? Was the building sold out? I'm really curious. Please help!

July 20, 1965 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 7, Mets 1
Bob P
September 19, 2003
From retrosheet.org: In the game of July 20, 1965, the Braves won 7-1, scoring all 7 in the 7th inning, the last two on a home run by Henry Aaron off Larry Miller. After the game, Stengel is quoted after being asked why he'd bring in a mediocre lefty to face Hank Aaron: "You don't bring in the best surgeon when the patient is already dead."

September 6, 1965 County Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 3, Mets 1
Shickhaus Franks
November 28, 2014
Last game the Mets played in Milwaukee until 1998 when the Brewers moved from the AL to the NL.

September 11, 1965 Shea Stadium
Milwaukee Braves 9, Mets 0
Bob P
September 19, 2003
According to retrosheet.org, former Yankees catcher Johnny Blanchard pinch-hit for Henry Aaron in this game. Given the final score, I assume it was late in the game!

Bob P
January 23, 2004

The Mets are on the wrong end of a one-hitter for the second stright day as Tony Cloninger wins, 90. Henry Aaron has two hits, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored before leaving for pinch hitter Johnny Blanchard.

Steve S.
December 18, 2008

This was the first live Mets game I ever attended, with my dad, brother, uncle and 2 cousins. We sat in the field level behind third base. I was only six years old and I don't remember too much about the game except for Cleon Jones getting the only hit for the Mets toward the middle of the game.

September 12, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Milwaukee Braves 0
Feat Fan
July 4, 2004
In his second start in the major leagues, Selma defeated the Braves, 1-0, and recorded 13 strikeouts -- at that time, a record for a Mets' pitcher

Bob P
July 19, 2006

Dick Selma became the first Mets pitcher to win his first two starts in the major leagues. Selma threw a ten-inning shutout, allowing just four singles, a walk, and a hit batsman.

Milwaukee pitcher Bob Sadowski took the tough- luck loss. Sadowski allowed just three hits through nine innings, but gave up a single to Joe Christopher leading off the tenth. Ron Hunt bunted Christopher over, and after Ron Swoboda grounded out, Charley Smith delivered the game- winning single to center and the Mets had the win.

Gregory P. Forrer
October 28, 2006

Up until this game, I was a noninterested 12-year-old living in LI, NY. The announcing of Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner, and the improbable win in what seemed like a mismatch (weren't they all back then?) made me a Mets fan for life.




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