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April 13, 1962 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Anthony R.
August 20, 2004
I'm only 34 years old, and obviously cannot remember this game, but on Aug 8, 2004 Ed Randall did an interview with the 2nd base ump who did this game on 660 WFAN. The gentleman said that only about 12,000 showed up for this historical game because of (1) the rain, and (2) because it was an afternoon game during the week. He said that the showers in the old Polo Grounds didn't work, and the field was in shambles because no baseball had been played there for 4 years, (only the NY Titans played football there) Think of today if after 4 years of no NL baseball, would the Polo Grounds been filled to capacity the entire season?

original met
February 5, 2005

This was a cold early April rainy day. On this particular day I was able to talk my mom to watch the home opener. I remember Lindsey Nelson saying "At the Polo Grounds, it's baseball time, time for the New York Mets." Bob Murphy would do the Viceroy commercial ("not too strong, not too light, Viceroy cigarettes are just right") and the marching Rheingold Beer bottles. What memories! The team? Just to have National League ball back in New York was a thrill for this 13 year old.

Ed K
January 3, 2006

Sure the attendance wasn't much by today's standards but remember that the total Metropolitan area's population was much smaller than it is today, disposable incomes were much more modest, and corporate season tickets were not as common back then. A team drawing a million fans in a season was highly respectable.

Two things of note about this game other than it being the very first Met home game at the Polo Grounds:

1. Frank Thomas hit his first Met homer. He'd go on to lead NYC in homers in 1962, besting Maris and Mantle. He also had an RBI single in the ninth but the Mets still lost 4-3. Thomas had played for Pittsburgh against the NY Giants in their last game at the Polo Grounds in 1957 and hit a homer in THAT game as well as making the final out.

2. Sherman Roadblock Jones was the losing Met pitcher. Originally, Casey planned to start him in the season opener in St. Louis but Sherman hurt his eye with a cigarette lighter allowing Roger Craig to lose the first Met game ever. Instead, Sherman got to lose the Mets first home game ever.

Ed K
March 14, 2010

One other item of note in this game: it marked the first appearance by Elio Chacon in a Met game when he became the first Met pinch runner ever.

Bob E
November 25, 2010

The game is a memory that I will have forever. There were just about 13,000 people in the Polo Grounds in the rain and I was one of them. Sat behind first base in the lower deck. My most vivid memory is of the top of the seventh inning when three Mets (Richie Ashburn, Charley Neal and Gus Bell) played "I don't want it - you can have it" with a Bill Mazeroski pop fly in short right field which fell for a triple and allowed the eventual winning run to score. We didn't know it at the time but that play was an omen of things to come.

tomorrowsboy7
July 2, 2011

This was my 8th birthday, and what a birthday present it was, except that the Mets lost. I'll never forget it!

Jim Cooney
August 31, 2011

I went with two friends to the Polo Grounds for the first Mets home game. We sat in the bleachers. I remember it being chilly and there was a drizzle. I was disappointed that my favorite ballplayer Gil Hodges didn't play. Are there any pictures or film of that day around? I remember we were in the front row of the bleachers and there weren't too many people by us.

April 14, 1962 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 2
Ed K
June 8, 2013
The Maz becomes the first opposing player to hit a homer against the Mets.

April 15, 1962 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 2
David Bagdade
December 20, 2010
What many people don't know is that this game was supposed to be just the first game of a doubleheader. The Mets lost this game, dropping their record to 0-4, and they started the second game. They took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, at which point it started to snow and the game was called. Had they been able to keep their lead and play one more inning, they would have recorded their first win in a snow-shortened game. How appropriate would that have been?

April 22, 1962 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Ed K
March 27, 2008
First Met game ever on Easter Sunday and they lost it in Pittsburgh. Note also that in those days, the Mets had an off-day on Good Friday.

April 23, 1962 Forbes Field
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ed K
September 3, 2002
Finally, a win! I don't recall the game being televised but I do recall listening to the early innings on radio as they built up a large lead before having to go to sleep for school the next day.

Bob Cruickshank
June 9, 2003

"Mark this day and mark it well," words on the postgame by Howard Cosell and sidekick "Big number 13" Ralph Branca. I will never forget this game as long as I live. Jay Hook was a star.

Vic Golat
May 15, 2009

I remember following the new Met team in the Daily News. The opening line that I remember was: "it wasn't on tv and it wasn't on radio but believe me the NY Mets won their first game." It's great seeing the old box scores. Thanks.

Ed K
April 19, 2012

It should be noted that three of the four Pirate pitchers in this game had future Met connections:

Tom Sturduvant was a former Yankee who would eventually pitch for the Mets in 1964.

Jack Lamabe was a rookie pitching only his third MLB game on this day, but he went on to pitch for the Mets in 1967 before the Mets traded him to the Cards to get Al Jackson back.

And, of course, Harvey Haddix later became the Mets pitching coach.

June 27, 1962 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 5
Randy Post
May 2, 2005
This was a Wednesday night game significant because Richie Ashburn collected career hit number 2500. I was 11 years old and saw this game with my father, who was raised in Pittsburgh, but married and raised a family in California. The Pirates scored last in either the 9th or 10th inning.

July 19, 1962 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 1
Mike T.
July 6, 2012
Picked up a sweet team-signed ball from this game. Likely one of the first times Bob G. Miller signed as a NY Met since his first game wasn't until 7/24 on the road.

August 20, 1962 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 0
dave freeman
February 15, 2002
i don't remember many details of either game. the event is memorable. these were my first big league games...my father took me. I was 10. he'd been a brooklyn dodger fan...i didn't even like baseball...until I entered the park.

August 21, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Ed K
May 28, 2007
This is one of two games in 1962 that Marvelous Marv won with a pinch homer in the ninth inning. The other game was against the Cards in early July but I believe this is the one with the side story that helped make Marv legendary.

Marv was on the bench because lefty Harvey Haddix (a future Met coach) was the Pirate starter. During the game, 3B Coach Solly Hemus got himself thrown out of the game in an argument. In order to shame the ump, Casey finished the inning coaching 3B himself.

The next inning, Casey shifted Cookie Lavegetto who was coaching 1B over to 3B and yelled for someone to get out there and coach at first base. Richie Ashburn shoved Marv out there to coach and the fans went wild. In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets are down 4-2, and a reliever is in the game with two Mets on base. Casey pulls Marv off the coaching line to pinch hit and he hits the walk-off three run dinger. It was sweet!

June 1, 1963 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 1
Tom Meyers
March 6, 2002
My second trip to the Polo Grounds, and my first with my dad and younger brother (his 6th birthday). Bob Friend no-hits the Mets into the sixth or seventh innning. The Mets get an infield hit, and even though they're down by a touchdown or more, thunderous cries of "Let's Go Mets" erupt. Banners, streamers, horns, pigeons ; circus-like atmosphere for a young man in from the Jersey suburbs. One of the greatest memories of my youth. The Pirates hit four or five homers, and looked like they belonged in another league. The next day the Mets beat them twice. As Chuck Berry once said, it goes to show you never can tell. I treasure the memories of that day and those times.

Rich Kissel
August 18, 2005

I went to this game with my father, my Uncle Sam, and my cousin Jeff. I was 7 1/2. We sat in the bleachers and it was a hot day.

What I remember is that the the clubhouse runways were adjacent to the bleachers so the players had to pass by the stands to get onto the field. We got a few autographs on my scorecard, which had a huge Mr. Met on it. I remember getting Ron Hunt and a coach, Ernie White. My cousin Jeff also got Chico Fernandez and Jimmy Piersall, who had JUST joined the Mets after being traded from the Senators for Gil Hodges, who became that team's manager.

My favorite player going to that game was Ed Kranepool. Look at the lineup, how many of the Mets were still on the team a few months later. Krane was still on the Mets when I got out of law school in 1979! Krane was still wearing his original uniform number, 21, which he wore until Warren Spahn joined the team for the 1965 season. Number 7 was a shortstop by the name of Amado Samuel.

Although the Mets got beaten badly, by Met killer, Bob Friend, I was rewarded when Kranepool hit a ball about ten feet and, believe it or not, beat out a hit.

It was day I will never forget!

Ed K
April 8, 2013

The first of Willie Stargell's 60 homers against the Mets.

June 2, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ed K
September 3, 2002
I went to this game as a ten year old. I recall the Mets winning in the tenth when two Pirate outfielders ran into each other trying to catch a fly ball. I also have a vivid memory of Smokey Burgess of the Pirates hitting a shot more than 400 feet in the gap to the wall in the Polo Grounds and barely lumbering in for a double.

June 2, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Mathew
January 14, 2002
I remember as a child going to the Polo Grounds for a double header. I thought that the Mets won both games with walk off Home Runs by Duke Snider. I would appreciate if I could get the box scores of both games played on June 2nd to see if I was correct

Bob P
June 3, 2005

To follow up on the post of January 14, 2002, Mathew--you were close. In game one Duke had a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and the Mets won when Ron Hunt hit a ball to left field that Jerry Lynch couldn't handle and Rod Kanehl scored the winning run.

In game two, Jim Hickman hit a walk-off homer for the tenth inning win and the sweep.

PG
March 27, 2008

I recall seeing a picture from this game in which Choo Choo Coleman looks out by a mile at home, with Smokey Burgess tagging him with his throwing arm (ball in hand) about 6 feet directly in front of home (and Jimmie Piersall behind home cheering Coleman on), but the caption says he was called safe. The play-by- play indicated Coleman scored from first on a triple by Neal. Since Burgess was replaced by Brand as catcher that inning, it does appear that Burgess argued the call and was thrown out of the game. Does anyone know why Neal was credited with a triple when Coleman was nearly (and why the call?) thrown out at home? The Daily News had this picture, if anyone still has a scrapbook.

July 5, 1963 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
a kaiser
August 30, 2001
This was the first game I ever saw in person, I was 10 at the time. The winning pitcher was later to pitch for the Mets-Don Cardwell. I also believe Roberto Clemente hit a home run and Duke Snider had a long ground rule double.

July 6, 1963 Polo Grounds
Pittsburgh Pirates 11, Mets 3
Don
February 28, 2011
I remember Roberto Clemente's home run was a LINE DRIVE into the left field stands. It was still going up when it hit the stands.

April 17, 1964 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Feat Fan
September 9, 2004
Before 48,736 fans the Pirates defeat the Mets 4– 3 in the first game played at Shea Stadium. Bob Friend is the winner over Cuban righty Ed Bauta. Friend was also the winning pitcher in the last game ever played at the Polo Grounds before the Giants moved west.

Bob P
September 1, 2004

This was the first game played at Shea Stadium. Among the firsts in this game were:

First batter-Dick Schofield (he popped out). First pitch thrown- Jack Fisher. First hit, run, home run, and RBI-Willie Stargell. First single- Bob Bailey. First double-Ron Hunt. First stolen base-Joe Christopher. First sac bunt-Bob Friend. First hit batsman-Jim Hickman by Bob Friend. First winning pitcher-Bob Friend. First losing pitcher-Ed Bauta.

alex tamborrino
October 5, 2006

Was at the first game at Shea in 1964, April 17th. Had seats behind home plate, loge reserved.

I remember Willie Stargell hit the first HR, a line drive to right field.

Was able to get a Larry Bearnarth autograph before the game at the Mets dugout. A photographer took the photo of me and Larry Bearnarth and was published in the NY Herald Tribune on April 17th or 18th, 1964. Really would like to get a copy of these papers. If any one has a copy, please let me know.

Thanks,

Alex Tamborrino tambo6@mac.com

SteveJRogers
April 19, 2008

On the 44th anniversary, and mere months now before its demise, Jack Fisher, Ron Hunt and Tim Harkness returned to Shea to pull the Shea Stadium Final Countdown from #74 to #73.

Shea Stadium 4/17/1964 to hopefully sometime in late October 2008.

April 18, 1964 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 5
Matt Breitenbach
January 13, 2002
I was thrilled when my father surprised me with tickets to this game. It was the second game ever to be played a Shea and the Pirates had players like Clemente, Mazeroski and future Met hero Don Clendenon. I got to see Casey Stengel up close! Of course, by the bottom of the seventh the Pirates were up 9-0. Being a Met fan we were used to being pounded. But...the Mets scored 2 in 7th, 2 in the 8th and 1 in the ninth to close the gap to 9-5. Everyone was screaming like crazy, waving handkerchiefs and banners. The game ended with the bases loaded. We really had the Bucs on the ropes for three innings. In those days a come-back like that was a real moral victory.

Bruce Slutsky
March 3, 2003

This was the second game ever played at Shea Stadium. I was 15 years old at the time and for the first time I went to a ball game with my friends instead of my dad. My buddies and I were waiting on the subway platform at 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. From a distance, we saw our 9th grade Spanish teacher. When we returned to school on Monday, we discussed the game in Spanish.

Frank Werber
June 19, 2004

Somewhere in the barrage of runs Pittsburgh scored in this game, a little-noticed but truly classic “Can’t Anybody here play this game” incident took place. At some point, with a few runners on base, the batter lofts a towering fly ball into shallow left-center – a tough play for any shortstop, but even tougher if your shortstop is named Elio Chacon.

Chacon drifts back, looking over his shoulder, starts to slowly turn to the right as the ball descends, keeps turning, craning his neck, turns and turns some more until he comes all the way back to where he started - a full circle - and the ball drops right in the middle. The stadium is brand-new and so is the sod; the ball buries itself in the grass; Chacon can’t find it, Pirates are running merrily around the bases; a few runs score; and the only thing we could do in the stands was to laugh hysterically – you always had to be ready to do that in the early years.

Al
April 8, 2008

We were 15 years old or so and were we ever looking forward to seeing Shea Stadium. The Mets had run a feature on the new stadium in the 1963 Yearbook or Scorecard and we couldn't believe that our team would ever be playing in a place that was so state of the art. There was even going to be this huge TV screen on top of the scoreboard! (It didn't work during day games for sure and I think it took them years to get it to work at all.) This was the second game at Shea and my friends and I walked up to the box office and were able to get Loge Reserved seats in one of the sections right behind home plate. To this day, and after going to Shea hundreds of times, they were the best seats I ever had at Shea.

How times have changed. I don't even know if we'll be able to buy our way into the new CitiField the first year of play, much less the second day!

April 19, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
John Schofield
January 26, 2005
I grew up in New York and attended this game, the first Met win at Shea Stadium. It was a cold and blustery day, but my bud and I didn't care. Jim Hickman cracked a solid 2 run HR to left early on and from that point everyone present had a sense that this would be THE DAY. Jackson finished up Mazeroski was left in the on deck circle and we all went home happy that we had been a small part of Mets history.

Bob P
June 16, 2005

One correction to an earlier post on this, the first Mets victory at Shea: there were no home runs in the game.

The Mets took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning when Rod Kanehl and Ron Hunt each singled in two runs. The Mets added two more in the sixth on a single by Al Moran that drove in Joe Christopher, then Moran scored on a Dick Smith double.

Meanwhile, Al Jackson scattered six hits and struck out six, including fanning Willie Stargell three times and Donn Clendenon twice.

Ed K
January 30, 2012

Joe Christopher was the first Met ever to steal a base at Shea in this game.

August 17, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Andy Chapo
August 8, 2004
This was my first ever MLB game. We went on the bus with the Westport (CT) PAL. The Mets were my team, and I was pretty pumped up to be going to this game.

I remember that Charley Smith hit two home runs, and Dennis Ribant was pretty much untouchable. It was great to see some of my heroes (Smith, Joe Christopher, Ron Hunt, and Jim Hickman) at the game. I got to buy a yearbook at the game. I still have it, 40 years later. A trip to New York, driving by the World Fair, going to "Beautiful Shea Stadium" (thanks for the memories, Murph), AND a win. Wow. What more could an eleven year old boy want?

Bob P
August 5, 2007

Charley Smith hit two home runs to help Dennis Ribant pick up his first major league win, complete game, and shutout on this Monday night at Shea.

Ribant faced just 31 hitters, retiring the first 11 batters he faced and also the final 12 batters he faced. He struck out ten, allowing four singles and did not walk a batter.

Smith's first homer came with two outs and two on in the bottom of the first to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. He also homered leading off the eighth to make the score 5-0. The other Mets run came on consecutive singles by Chris Cannizzaro, Ed Kranepool, and Roy McMillan.

MaryL
April 13, 2008

This was my first game at Shea. There was a lot of excitement that year because of the World's Fair and the new stadium. It was also my first ride on the 7 train.

I remember the win but not much else (you guys always remember all the details).

August 19, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
September 1, 2004
The four runs the Mets scored in this game came on a grand slam by Jim Hickman. It was the first grand slam ever hit at Shea Stadium.

Jim R
July 12, 2006

This was my first game ever at Shea. I was 8 years old at the time. If I remember correctly, my parents and I went to the World's Fair first (which was just across the street), and then we went to the game in the afternoon. I distinctly recall Hickman's grand slam, but I thought it occurred in the first inning, not the sixth as the boxscore indicates. I could be wrong, but I'm almost sure it happened in the first. I remember little else about the game except Hickman's slam, and that my parents bought me one of those stupid Mr. Met bobblehead dolls. Very exciting.

Bob P
July 28, 2006

Jim, Sorry to report that Hickman's slam was indeed in the sixth inning. His homer came after a double and two walks.

Hickman was batting fifth in the Mets lineup that day, and the Mets went down 1-2-3 in the first inning as Bobby Klaus popped out, Ron Hunt flied out, and Joe Christopher was called out on strikes.

Is it possible that since you went to the Fair earlier in the day, you were late for the game and it just seemed to be the first inning?

May 30, 1965 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 1
J. Eckert
March 31, 2002
Game 1 of probably the most dreadful doubleheader in Mets history. See the game 2 score also to fully understand why. Getting to a Mets game was a huge event in my life at age 15. It was Memorial day weekend, the possibility was a tiny bit alive we might make the trip from Pennsylvania, but it didn't happen. The only thing I remember was looking at the scores next day and being glad we never undertook the trip. Does anyone else remember actually attending this butt-kicking, one for each cheek? Tell me some tale of the agony of watching 18 innings of 21-1 battering, (or however many innings you endured). Or maybe it was one of those events that was so bad it was actually good in some perverse way.

May 30, 1965 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 12, Mets 0
J. Eckert
April 1, 2002
See also game 44, the first of the doubleheader. I dare anyone to come up with a more wretched Mets twin-bill in their history. Wasn't really there, was glad of that. Never was the cliche "they haven't given the fans much to cheer about today" probably more often said and more true.

So let me know if you were there and what you remembered, if not repressed, seeing that this must have gone beyond even "lovable losers" entertainment.

Tom
September 27, 2005

We were visiting friends in the City and took in this doubleheader, riding the subway to Shea Stadium with some neighborhood kids form Flushing. It was my first time at Shea, and also my first time seeing the Mets play in person. Despite the drubbing, the games didn't seem really out of hand until the later innings when the Pirates poured it on. (or the Mets just fell apart). What I remember most was great pitching performances by Bob Friend and Vern Law of the Pirates this day. Though 40 years ago, I can still recall that in game two Bucs pitcher Vern Law was totally in command and constantly ahead on the count on the Mets hitters all day. Couldn't help admiring a really impressive performance by Pirates pitching.

June 3, 1965 Forbes Field
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
George Cassidy
April 14, 2002
This was the first MLB game I ever attended. 2nd grade was winding down and I went to Forbes Field with my Dad and one of his co-workers. I think I remember the Pirates being down 8-0, in the ninth, and while most of the Pittsburgh faithful had long left, the Pirates managed to stage a ninth inning rally to get to 8-6. I think the last out was a deep fly out to center by Bill Virdon. Deep center at Forbes Field was about 460, if memory serves, and we all thought for a minute that the Pirates had the win. Great first game memory; has lasted a lifetime. Does any one have a copy of a box score or news article on this game?

Bob P
June 16, 2005

To follow up on George Cassidy's post in 2002, The Mets did indeed have an 8-0 lead in this game, but the Pirates scored six times in the bottom of the eighth, not the ninth. Bill Virdon made the last of out the eighth inning, but it was a groundout with the bases empty.

The Pirates did not threaten in the ninth. Former Pirate Tom Parsons pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, which was the only save of his major league career.

July 21, 1965 Forbes Field
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Ed K
September 18, 2005
Perhaps the first of the near misses by Met pitchers trying to pitch a no-hitter. Jackson took a no-hitter into the 8th inning but future Hall Of Famer Willie Stargell broke it up. He ended up with a two-hitter.

Jackson is more often remembered for his one- hitter on 6/22/62 beating Houston 2-0 in the opener of a twi-light doubleheader at the Polo Grounds. In that game, however, he gave up the hit in the first inning, so there wasn't the hope of a no-hitter as the game went on.

April 29, 1966 Forbes Field
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Feat Fan
July 5, 2004
There would have been a game on April 30, but, The Pirates (10-5) were rained out for the second time in four days, this time with New York Mets (5-6).

Roberto Clemente had a 12-game hitting streak going into the final game of the series with the Mets, a team the right fielder liked to bat against.

In Clemente's four previous seasons against the Mets, he hit .228, .321, .338, and .413. In one game versus New York this season, Clemente went 1 for 5.

May 1, 1966 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 0
Feat Fan
June 9, 2004
Roberto Clemente had his best game of the season, going 4 for 4, as the Pirates shut out the New York Mets, 8-0, before a crowd of 29,433 at Forbes Field. Clemente, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs. Clemente's double in the first inning came within a foot of clearing the wall in right-center field, 436 feet from home plate.

Bob Veale raised his record to 2-1 with the complete-game victory for the Pirates (11-5).

June 1, 1966 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
June 1, 2004
Pitcher Don Cardwell won his first game of the season as the Pirates defeated the New York Mets, 3-1, at Shea Stadium. Cardwell struck out four and gave up five hits in 8 2/3 innings. Al McBean struck out Mets first baseman Dick Stuart with the bases loaded to save the victory. Stuart hit his third homer of the season in the fifth. Roberto Clemente went 2 for 4 and drove in the Pirates' first run in the fourth. He had nine hits and seven RBIs in his past five games.

June 2, 1966 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 0
Feat Fan
May 22, 2004
Donn Clendenon led off the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season as the Pirates defeated the New York Mets, 5-0, at Shea Stadium. Pitcher Vernon Law gave up three hits and went the distance for the Pirates (26-20). Law, who also hit a homer, captured the 150th victory of his career with five strikeouts. It was the fourth consecutive time Law shut out the Mets.

Roberto Clemente went 0 for 3, going hitless for the first time in his past six games.

Gilbert Gutierrez
February 25, 2009

On June 2, 1966 I went to my first Major League Baseball game and the only one I ever went to with my Dad. I was not quite 9. Just before the start of the game, while the players were warming up and playing catch my father took me on the field behind home plate. I remember looking at the big Pittsburgh Pirate players (Stargell, Clemente, Clendenon) and recall thinking how big their butts were. I also remember the ball being thrown like sling shots between the players. Someone came over and moved us to between home and first to be safer. A cameraman for WOR joined us and I remember him calling Yogi out of the dugout. Yogi came out, shook my hand and signed the back of my ticket. I went to about another hundred Mets games but this is the only ticket I don't have. I still have the scoresheet my dad used to keep score. Sometime in the 7th or 8th inning a man had an attack to our left and in front and they loosened the man's belt while he lay on his back and my Dad said let's go. My Dad died the following summer of cancer. He was 35.

July 1, 1966 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 12, Mets 0
Mike from the Bronx
January 6, 2004
Here's what I remember from this game.....I got free tickets and sat in the loge box section between home and first. Best seats I had to that date. Ron Hunt led off with a near home-run that just curved foul at the left field pole. He worked out an infield hit to second base. Woody Fryman proceeded to retire the next 27 batters. To top things off Jose Pagan hit a grand slam. Probably his only one. Woirst game I ever attended.

Feat Fan
March 8, 2004

Friday night, school's been out just a few days, oh, to be young, free and a Mets fan in 1966!

The big bad Pirates are in town. I remember Don Sutton saying of these sluggers, "Some hitters wait for a fastball, others look for a curve, these guys just look for a baseball."

Alley, STARGELL, CLEMENTE, Clendenon, Alou, Mota were all hitting over .300 and Woody Fryman (no relation to Travis) took the hill.

The rookie lefthander surrended a lead off base hit to Ron Hunt. If I REMEMBER correctly, Hunt was picked off or erased on a double play ball. The next 27 METS were retired. In effect, Fryman, who went 12-9 that year tossed a perfect game. The Mets dropped a 12-0 game.

Feat Fan
July 4, 2004

A few more details about this pitching gem.

Pitcher Woody Fryman threw a one-hitter as the Pirates clobbered the New York Mets, 12-0, at Shea Stadium. It was the sixth consecutive victory for the Pirates (44-29).

Fryman gave up a single to the Mets' leadoff hitter, Ron Hunt, and was perfect after that. Fryman struck out eight and raised his record to 6-3.

Roberto Clemente went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Willie Stargell hit his 16th home run of the season.

Ed K
November 16, 2004

Fryman only faced 27 batters - 26 after Hunt was out stealing. I do not remember whether the steal attempt occurred because Hunt was picked off.

Mike from the Bronx
January 11, 2007

I stand corrected. Jose Pagan did not hit a grand slam, rather he hit a 2 run homer --- 1 of the 4 dingers he hit that year.

July 2, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Feat Fan
June 18, 2004
The ninth-place New York Mets (30-42) snapped the Pirates' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory at Shea Stadium. The Mets, who ended a four-game slide, were 15 1/2 games out of first place and 13 games behind the second-place Pirates (44-30). Roberto Clemente hit his 12th home run of the season. He went 1 for 5 and struck out in the eighth inning and grounded to first in the ninth - both at-bats coming with the bases loaded.

Pirates pitcher Steve Blass lost his second game of the season and fell to 6-2.

July 3, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 8
Feat Fan
May 22, 2004
The Pirates (45-31) split a doubleheader with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. The Mets nearly overcame a seven-run deficit but lost the first game, 8-7. The Pirates blew a three-run lead in the second to lose 9-8. Roberto Clemente went 2 for 4 and scored a run in the first game, and doubled in three at-bats in the second. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Willie Stargell hit two home runs in the second game to give him 18 for the season. The Pirates hit 12 homers in the four-game series.

Chuck Hiller started inn LF in the first game and looked like Colonel Klink as he chased a Pirate drive into the corner, right near our seats in this hot 101 degree summer heat at Shea!

July 8, 1966 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 2
Feat Fan
May 26, 2004
The Pirates swept a doubleheader from the New York Mets, 10-2 and 9-2, at Forbes Field. It was the Pirates' 49th and 50th victories of the season. Pirates first baseman Willie Stargell went 6 for 8 in both games, including two home runs and two doubles. His homers were the 20th and 21st of the year.

Roberto Clemente went 3 for 8 in both games. He scored three times and drove in a run in the first game.

Feat Fan
June 14, 2004

The Pirates swept a doubleheader from the New York Mets, 10-2 and 9-2, at Forbes Field. It was the Pirates' 49th and 50th victories of the season. Pirates first baseman Willie Stargell went 6 for 8 in both games, including two home runs and two doubles. His homers were the 20th and 21st of the year.

Roberto Clemente went 3 for 8 in both games. He scored three times and drove in a run in the first game.

July 9, 1966 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 3
Feat Fan
August 10, 2004
The Pirates (51-33) won their third consecutive game with a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets at Forbes Field. The San Francisco Giants (54-32) had a two-game lead over the Pirates in the National League.

Pirates pitcher Woody Fryman had his scoreless streak of more than three games snapped but raised his record to 8-3.

Roberto Clemente went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to five games. He was batting .327 (108 of 330) and had at least one hit in 20 of his past 21 games.

Clemente was one of my favorite players of all time and in some respect underated. He would have topped 400 home runs had he played in a normal ball park.

Rookie Fryman was awesome as a young lefty. At the time he appeared to be on his way to a ROY award and 15 win season. As it turned out, he did go 12-12 but the rookie hurler of the year was Don Sutton. Oh, fyi, Tommy Helms started at 3b for the Redlegs, hit .284 and was awarded top rookie. Cleon Jones had to finish second or third in the voting, one would guess.

August 10, 1966 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 4
Feat Fan
May 26, 2004
The Pirates' 10-4 victory celebration over the New York Mets at Forbes Field was subdued after shortstop Gene Alley was hit by a pitch on the side of the head in the fourth inning. Alley needed nine stitches but was expected to be out only a couple of days. The Pirates had a 6-0 lead when Alley was hit and extended that advantage to 9-0 by the fifth.

Roberto Clemente went 3 for 5, drove in two runs and scored once. He threw out Mets left fielder Ron Swoboda at the plate after Swoboda tried to score from first on a double.

The Pirates (66-46) raised their lead to 1 1/2 games over the second-place San Francisco Giants (66-49).

August 11, 1966 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 5
Feat Fan
August 6, 2004
Willie Stargell hit a two-run homer with Roberto Clemente aboard as the Pirates (67-46) came from behind to defeat the New York Mets, 7-5, at Forbes Field. The Pirates were down 3-0 and 5-1 early in the game.

Stargell, who hit his 26th home run, had one called back in the first inning after it was determined the ball he hit off the rightfield screen landed below the home-run line.

Clemente went 2 for 4, including a double, scored twice and drove in a run.

The start went to recently acquired Ralph Terry, the loss to rookie southpaw Rob Gardner.

Both Gardner and Terry worked for both the METS and the YANKEES during their careers. The difference however, Terry was shot when he got here but Gardner (9-5) turned in a decent 1972 season in the Bronx playing for a Yankee team that had the likes of Ron Swoboda, John Callison, Hal Lanier in the mix.

August 17, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Feat Fan
June 14, 2004
The Pirates blew a six-run lead and lost to the New York Mets, 8-7, at Shea Stadium. The loss enabled the San Francisco Giants (71-50) to move a 1/2-game behind the Pirates (70-48) in the National League.

Bob "Hawk" Taylor hit his first career grand slam for the Mets in the five-run fourth inning. Taylor, who was a pinch-hitter, was benched because of a .185 average.

Roberto Clemente went 1 for 5 for the Pirates, who got homers from Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski and Donn Clendenon

Alan Budick
May 19, 2005

I was at this game. If my memory serves me right, Mazeroski's home run came off of Ralph Terry. It was their first encounter since the home run that won the 1960 World Series.

Ed K
February 26, 2006

I believe Hawk's pinch grand slam was the first ever by a Met. Amazingly, Westrum later in the game sent up Al Luplow to pinch hit for Hawk!

Bob P
March 1, 2006

In reply to Alan Budick's post in May of 2005, Mazeroski's homer in this game came off Jack Fisher, not Ralph Terry. Terry did not pitch in this game.

The first Maz-Terry faceoff since the 1960 World Series was six days earlier--August 11, at Forbes Field, in Terry's first game as a Met. Maz did not homer in that game but did have an RBI single off Terry.

August 18, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Bob P
January 23, 2004
Pireates' 3B Jose Pagan tied a record by making three errors in one inning in this game.

Feat Fan
July 13, 2004

The Pirates hit four home runs but lost to the New York Mets, 9-5. The Pirates trailed, 6-2, in the fourth and gave up six unearned runs.

Third baseman Jose Pagan committed four errors, three in one inning, as the Pirates lost their second in a row.

San Francisco (71-50, .587), which had the day off, moved a percentage point behind the first- place Pirates (70-49, .588) in the National League.

Roberto Clemente, who turned 32 on this date, went 0 for 4.

April 11, 1967 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 3
Jack Pesserilo
November 30, 2009
I was at that game on opening day. What I remember was that it was 47 degrees and quite windy and overcast. I sat through the game in my winter coat. The highlight for me came BEFORE the game. I was down the third base line and I got a few autographs. One of them was some unknown rookie pitcher named Tom Seaver! But the quiet gentleman Don Cardwell gave his autograph too. Too bad he did not win the game for the Mets.

April 13, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Joel
September 4, 2003
I remember that this was the second game of the season and the major league debut of Tom Seaver. The Mets won although Seaver was not the winning pitcher. I saw the game on TV. I remember Ron Swoboda playing 1st base and that Vernon Law lost the game for the Pirates in relief.

April 17, 1967 Forbes Field
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Ed K
January 17, 2008
In this game, Don Cardwell hit the first of three homers he would hit during his Met career.

June 26, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Met Fan 39991
October 28, 2005
A unique thing about this game was that the Mets won because the Pirates batted out of order. The official line ups and scoreboard or some other lineups did not match and the manager went out after the offender got a rbi hit his second or third time up. The hit was reveresed and the Mets won! The Pirates manager was fired shortly after this game. If someone has the exact detail fill'em in. I watched this game on television and remember it because I attended the game the night before and batting out of order!

June 27, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
February 28, 2004
The Pirates batted out of order in this game. According to retrosheet.org:

In the top of the first, Pittsburgh sent six batters to the plate. Maury Wills and Manny Mota both singled and moved up on a wild pitch. Roberto Clemente grounded out, driving in Wills and Donn Clendenon also grounded out with Mota remaining at third. After Bill Mazeroski walked, Gene Alley came to the plate and grounded out to the pitcher. Alley batted ahead of Jose Pagan, the proper batter, but since he made an out the Mets said nothing.

In the third inning, Mota reached on his second bunt hit of the game and Clemente was called out on strikes. Both Clendenon and Mazeroski singled to left with Mota scoring on Maz's single. Alley again batted out of turn and hit into a force play at second moving Clendenon to third. After Pagan hit a 2-RBI double, Wes Westrum approached the umpires and pointed out that the Pirates had batted out of turn. The proper batter, Jim Pagliaroni, was called out. Pagan’s plate appearance was eliminated, along with the two runs. The Mets were leading at the time by the final score of 5-2.

I remember the stories on the news and in the papers that Westrum made a brilliant move by not saying anything the first time it happened since no damage was done, and then waiting for an at bat when the Pirates did some damage before bringing it to the attention of the umpires.

Kenny M
July 13, 2004

This was the date/game that the production crew for the original MOVIE The Odd Couple filmed the baseball scene at Shea, where Bill Mazeroski hits into a triple play. I guess this was filmed before the real game. Apparently, Clemente was first asked to be the batter for this triple play, and refused, so they asked Maz.

rich edwards
October 21, 2004

Kenny you have a good memory. Maz was the batter and Jack Fisher was pitching. The scoreboard even simulated the Mets leading 2-1 in the 9th inning. Maz fouled off several and then hit a grounder to 3rd (I believe Ed Charles) for an around the horn triple play. Unfortunately they never really showed any close up action in the movie. I was sitting lower level behind first base, so somewhere in that shot of the stands is me.

PAT PIZZONIA
July 25, 2005

More about The Odd Couple filming: the papers said that Clemente refused to bat in the game scene because he was offered the scale $100. He was quoted as saying "I will do it for $1000, or I will do it for nothing, but I won't do it for $100!"

The real game that day featured not only the batting-out-of order incident, but it was the Mets debut of lefty Dennis Bennett. The Mets that year were strapped for left-handed pitchers, and GM Bing Devine, forever wheeling and dealing, plucked many a lefty that year from obscurity, and in nearly every case, that's where they were returned. But on that exciting day, the Mets were winners! What a thrill for this 13-year-old kid as the summer vacation was just beginning!

JAMES R
October 15, 2008

This was my first Mets game. I've been hooked ever since. I sat in a field box between the Mets dugout and the foul pole. It was hot and sunny and Shea looked like heaven to an eight year old. I recall Swoboda caught the last out against the right field wall and also homered. I think it took Mazeroski a few takes to hit into the triple play and he was paid $100.00. The P.A. guy, Mr. Lightcap, prompted the crowd to cheer for the cameras.

August 11, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Big Dave Shaw
June 2, 2001
Danny Frisella's first major league win and I was in the mezzanine with my Dad. Bud Harrelson tripled right below us down the LF in 1st inning. Frisella got his first big-league win but had to leave in the 7th inning because it was his weekend for military reserve duty.

August 13, 1967 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
marc burns
September 7, 2007
My Dad told my Mom (his girlfriend at the time) that if the Mets won the Double-header they would get engaged. 40 years later they are still married!

August 17, 1967 Forbes Field
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Jaime Rosa
January 26, 2007
I was only nine years old, but I will always remember this game because of Buddy Harrelson's inside the park HR. Batting left handed, he hit a ball down the right field line and Al Luplow, thinking it to be a foul ball, never took off after the ball. By the time he got to the ball Buddy had scored. There was quite an argument.

Mets Forever
May 30, 2013

This is my first Met memory ay age 6. Black and white television on WOR channel 9 at Forbes Field. Why Pittsburgh's right fielder assumed it was foul is beyond me? Buddy just circled the bases. Above comment is how I remember it also. Quite an ARGUMENT.

August 17, 1967 Forbes Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 5
Ed K
July 13, 2008
Something you'd never see today: Seaver had been knocked out of the 1st game of the doubleheader after two innings but the Mets rallied to get him off the hook. Then Westrum brought him back in relief in this game which was the nightcap, and he lost it

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

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

John
October 19, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 29, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Shad Stanleigh
July 20, 2002
With this win, Tom Seaver became the winningest pitcher in Met history, passing Al Jackson.

July 4, 1969 Forbes Field
Mets 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Kevin Walsh
September 18, 2006
This opener of a Pittsburgh twinbill began at 10:30 AM. Morning baseball has become quite rare except for Patriots Day in Boston.

July 6, 1969 Forbes Field
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Bob P
September 25, 2003
The Mets swept the three game series at Forbes Field on July 4th weekend with this 8-7 win. They scored 28 runs in the three games.

In this one the Mets came back from a 6-1 hole after two innings. Former Pirate Donn Clendenon hit a 3-run homer with two outs in the 6th to give the Mets an 8-6 lead. Cal Koonce pitched the last four innings, giving up one run and striking out six for the save.

This gave the Mets some momentum heading into the biggest series in the franchise's history to that point: the 3-game homestand against the Cubs that featured the remarkable 9th inning comeback and Seaver's near-perfect game.

September 12, 1969 Forbes Field
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Michael Schwartz
August 23, 2001
This game and the following game which made up this doubleheader are together truly remarkable. I was 9 years old at the time, but here's what I seem to remember [unless someone tells me that I dreamed this]: I'm pretty certain that, incredibly, the Mets won both ends of this doubleheader by 1-0 scores --AND, in each game, the pitcher drove in the only run of each game! That had to make us all realize at the time that the Mets were destined to w

Herman
December 20, 2006

Does anyone realize that this was Koosman's only R.B.I. for all of 1969??!! Good timing, no luck. No, but a World Championship in the making.

September 12, 1969 Forbes Field
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Jim Madden
February 25, 2002
A truly unique and perhaps an unprecedented or unparalleled event on this doubleheader. Both games were 1-0 games, and in each game, the Mets pitcher drove in the game's only run. In the opener, Koosman got the win and singled in the only run, and Cardwell won the nightcap, also driving in the only run of the game.

Jim B
January 6, 2006

My first games in person and a doubleheader to boot. I went with my Dad and Uncle. We were in box seats slightly to the right of home plate. A budding Pirates fan, I was just thrilled to be at the ballpark and didn't care the Bucs didn't score. I do remember that only the pitchers for the Mets drove in the only runs of the day. Forbes Field was an aging gem in the middle of Oakland but the doubleheader win spoke to the Mets magic of 1969. I'll never forget the day and how special baseball felt...it lives on in my memory.

feat fan
March 24, 2006

Pitchers Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both hurl 1–0 wins and drive in the winning runs, as the red hot Mets sweep the Pirates. The Cubs, meanwhile, win, snapping their 8-game losing streak, but now trail by two 1/2 games.

I vividly remember listening to most of the second game on the car radio, we were stuck in traffic on the Sunrise Highway heading back to Brooklyn from Valley Stream.

My dad, the MET-HATER, kept harping on about seeing eye hits and lucky calls, I didn't care, we were heading closer towards history.

Pete the Feet
August 23, 2006

It had been an especially tough week in college at the University of Dayton, but my roomate had the perfect remedy. ROAD TRIP! Hey! The Mets are playing a twi-nighter in Pittsburgh! We should make it there at least in time for the second game. Less than two hours later we were walking into Forbes Field. (The ticket takers had apparently already gone home.) We found a couple of unoccupied seats (there were plenty) in the mezzanine behind home plate. Just in time for the top of the fifth. Little Buddy doubles and the Kooz (yeah that slugger Jerry Koosman) singles him home. Jerry cruises the rest of the way. Mets win 1-0. Game two. Journeyman Don Cardwell facing a slightly diminished Bucs lineup (no Clemente) is in total control for eight after driving in the go ahead and only run in the third. The icing on the cake - the Tugger closes out the ninth. Walking out the left field exit of old Forbes with my right index finger held high chanting "We're Number One!" May very well be my fondest Miracle Mets memory.

Paul S
January 24, 2010

If I remember correctly, listening on the radio, the last out was a long drive by Stargell that was caught against the CF wall, which was a very long way from home plate.

September 19, 1969 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 2
Ed K
January 3, 2006
Les Rohr's last game as a Met in his brief MLB career. the former Number #1 Draft pick had been called up in September and this was his only game with the Mets in the championship year. He got hit hard in the 8th and 9th innings. Needless to say, he did not get a championship ring. He never made it back to the bigs because of arm injuries.

Tom Quinn
September 16, 2007

I arrived late for this game because my mom didn't want to get there on time because it was a double-header. The game was over before the 7 train we were on pulled into Willets Pt. Blvd. Somehow this game didn't make it onto the Hall of Fame highlight reel of one Lynn Nolan Ryan. On the bright side, they scored two runs, which is two more than they scored in each of the next two games, which includes Bob Moose's no-hitter.

September 19, 1969 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 0
Tom Quinn
September 16, 2007
Second game of a Friday night twi-night doubleheader that was over almost as soon as it began. Notable(?) for Jesse Hudson's lone major league appearance. I suffered through this twin killing and as if this wasn't bad enough I went the next day only to see Bob Moose no-hit the Mets. This game was not atypical of their anemic offense and adds to the mystique of them winning the Series despite their weak hitting. They were the living embodiment of the adage "Good pitching stops good hitting."

September 20, 1969 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 0
Mike Selk
July 20, 2002
The very first major league game I ever attended - and the source of a running joke in my family (to wit: I went to my first Met game in 1969, but I didn't see them get their first hit until 1970).

Being the baseball neophyte that I was, I didn't realize that a no-hitter wasn't all that common. Now, of course, I know better.

Ken Akerman
April 2, 2003

Bob Moose of the Pirates pitched a no-hitter against the Mets in this game.

Don L
September 24, 2004

I remember flipping over to NBC's Saturday Game of The Week after this no-hit loss. The Pirates were on their way to beating the Cubs 13-4, so the Mets didn't lose any ground in the standings.

James
December 27, 2004

I was there. It took a special talent to see a game the Mets lost in September 1969. I remember the Mets botching a rundown early on in the game allowing a runner to score. The Mets best chance for a hit was a Wayne Garrett hit that Roberto Clemente caught against the wall, relatively late in the game. My first and only no hitter. Needless to say, 35 years later, us Mets fans are still waiting to see our first Mets no hitter!

Paul Zavaglia
March 21, 2005

I was a young 11 year old die-hard Mets fan living in Bayonne NJ at the time. I went to this game with my Cub Scout pack as part of a field trip. We had great seats and we had a great time. I could NOT believe that Bob Moose pitched a no-hitter! I'll never forget the Pitates jumping all over Bob Moose after the final out was made. I was so shocked, but the memory of this game is forever embedded in my mind. I tell my 3 boys that about this game all the time. I collect sports memoribila today and my one regret is that I did't keep my ticket stub from this game... Oh well! I was sad to hear that Bob Moose died on his birthday in 1976 in a car crash.

Phuzzy
July 12, 2006

For the record, I believe Art Shamsky made the last out of this game with a ground out to 2nd.

Tom Quinn
September 22, 2007

I was at this game and had attended the twi- night double header the night before. If the Mets had won all 3 games this game would have clinched the division. This game convinced me that I was a jinx as I managed to attend five games at Shea that year and they lost 4 of them (My parents insisted we go home after 12 innings before they won the 5th game I went to that went 16 innings back in June). I was so mad that they got no-hit and, at 10 years old, did not appreciate the historical significance of this game until years later.

Al
March 5, 2008

My girlfriend and I were sitting behind the auxiliary scoreboard in right field and we couldn't see the big scoreboard, the only place where hits were tallied. We weren't keeping score; we were just there to see the Mets win and to be part of the excitement. No hitter? Yup. The only no-hitter I've seen live in fifty years of watching baseball. The trouble is we didn't realize that we had seen it till it was over and saw the Pirates jumping all over Bob Moose.

Lucille
July 24, 2009

I attended this game at Shea. When the game was over, most of the fans remained standing at their seats for about 20 minutes, intently watching the scoreboard to see the outcome of the Cubs game that was still in progress. Even at that late date in the season, I believe the standings were pretty close.

Lucille
August 5, 2009

I attended this game at Shea. When the game was over, most of the fans remained standing at their seats for about 20 minutes, intently watching the scoreboard to see the outcome of the Cubs game that was still in progress. Even at that late date in the season, I believe the standings were pretty close.

Lucille
August 14, 2009

I attended this game at Shea. When the game was over, most of the fans remained standing at their seats for about 20 minutes, intently watching the scoreboard to see the outcome of the Cubs game that was still in progress. Even at that late date in the season, I believe the standings were pretty close.

Lucille
October 19, 2009

I attended this game at Shea. When the game was over, most of the fans remained standing at their seats for about 20 minutes, intently watching the scoreboard to see the outcome of the Cubs game that was still in progress. Even at that late date in the season, I believe the standings were pretty close.

steve corn
February 10, 2011

I was at this game. I was 8 years old, with my dad and grandfather and I remember the wild pitches that scored the Pirates runs, more than the no-hitter. Funny.

Jeffrey
December 9, 2011

My older sister took me and my twin sister to this game, the day before our birthday. We all sat high up in the upper deck. I remember it being rather cold and windy - especially up there. Attendance was one of Shea's biggest, over 50,000. No-hitters might be a little historic, but (especially if you are a fan of the opposing team) this one, on an uncomfortable day, high up, was not fun. I attended a handful of games in 1969, also the years before and after. It was wonderful to be a Mets fan.

Steve Tilders
April 19, 2012

I was at this game too. My problem is that I recall the place being jam packed. I remember having to sit on the concrete steps in the grandstands (upper deck). The attendance is reported in the record books at around 38,000. I thought it was at least 56,000+ to capacity. Does anyone here recall that?

John Weber
March 28, 2013

I was at this game, too. I was 15 years old and went in with a friend. We bought general admission tickets and then bribed an usher (my friend's dad taught us how to do this) for about $5 if I remember correctly and he seated us behind home plate under the screen about 15 rows back. We were, of course, diehard Mets fans and they were in the hunt for their 1st pennant. After about the 5th inning once we realized that Bob had a no hitter going we started rooting for him. Bob's wife was sitting about 4 rows in front of us and I can remember her crying and everyone hugging her when the game was over. I was also at game 6 of the 86 world Series sitting at the front of the 2nd deck right on the 1st base line. I don't know which experience was better, it was all good!

Jon
May 9, 2013

This was my first MLB game as well. We went with either the Cub Scouts or Levittown Little League, not sure which. I seem to remember the stands being very full--it had to have been 50,000. Sure gave me a great story to tell for the next 40+ years. Man, I'm old.

anthony
September 27, 2013

Roberto Clemente made a great catch in right field. Mets fans were rooting for the no-hitter at the end.

April 7, 1970 Forbes Field
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Kevin
August 17, 2001
First Opening Day win in Mets history.

Mike Dolitsky
October 5, 2006

As Kevin points out, this was the first time the Mets ever won on Opening Day. I wonder if any other professional sports franchise won a World Championship before they won an Opening Day game?

June 29, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
rich edwards.
March 13, 2002
Fantastic pitching duel between Seaver and Blass. I believe it was 1-1 going into the ninth, Pirates scored in top of the inning. Mets tied it and had Al Weis their fastest runner on third. A deep fly was hit to Clemente in right. He made an unreal throw on the fly to the plate that Weis barely beat. It shouldn't have even been close but he had a terrific arm. He also had a very slow walk. It took him about 5 minutes to reach the dugout.

Bob P
May 26, 2004

It was 1-1 going to the ninth; Tom Seaver vs Steve Blass. Seaver gave up only two hits over the first eight innings, and both of them came in the fifth when Willie Stargell doubled and Gene Alley singled him home.

But Tom gave up three singles in the ninth and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Ken Singleton led off with a hit and Art Shamsky followed with another, and the Mets had runners at the corners with nobody out. Al Weis pinch-ran for Shamsky, and Dave Marshall singled to tie the game, then veteran lefty Joe Gibbon came in and hit Ken Boswell to load the bases. After Cleon Jones pinch-hit and made an out, Donn Clendenon batted for Jerry Grote and hit a sac fly off Orlando Pena for the 3-2 win as described by Rich Edwards above.

Ken Boswell was on base four times in the game with two singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

August 8, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 9
KD
August 6, 2013
First game I ever saw at the ballpark. I remember it was the longest 9-inning game in the league that year. 4 hours and 10 minutes....no rain delays. Clemente hit one out... Pirates lost but a great game.

Dan Harrison
February 12, 2013

My first game. Roberto hit one out.

August 9, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 3
Feat Fan
July 13, 2004
At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there. The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 8–3. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing four runs in six innings, allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out 10.

August 10, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
May 16, 2003
This game was delayed about half an hour because the lights would not come on at the almost-brand-new Three Rivers Stadium!

September 18, 1970 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
Joel
September 3, 2003
The last game I ever went to with my father. A rain delay, Clemente not playing, Jose Pagan and Bob Robertson hit HR's for the Bucs and Steve Blass is the winner.

September 19, 1970 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 1
Pete
February 17, 2005
I was at this game and was 12 years old at the time. We sat in the last row in the corner of the left field bleachers. The stadium was packed. I clearly remember Ed Kranepool pinch hitting in the late innings and driving one that the centerfielder caught with his back against the wall. It was painful to watch the Mets lose another big game. If I recall correctly, the only Met run scored on a double play. Still, it was great to be at the game.

Bob P
February 25, 2005

Pete, great memory!! The Mets were 2.5 games out with 12 games remaining when this game started. The Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Roberto Clemente doubled home a run with two outs in the third and Willie Stargell followed with a single to drive in Clemente.

The Mets did indeed score their only run on a DP. They loaded the bases in the sixth with no one out on a single by Clendenon and walks given up by Luke Walker to Swoboda and Foy. John Lamb came in the game and got Jerrt Grote to ground into a 6-4-3 the n Bud Harrelson flied out.

Ed Kranepool came up as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of the ninth and flied out to center. Tommie Agee followed with a single, but veteran Joe Gibbon came in the game and got pinch hitter Leroy Stanton--in his third major league at bat--to ground into the game-ending double play.

The teams split a doubleheader the next day and that meant the Mets were 3.5 games out (4 in the loss column) with just nine games left. The Mets were still alive because they were going to Pittsburgh the next weekend. But the Pirates swept them, winning three one-run games.

September 20, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
mike clancy
May 26, 2002
I was at this double header as a 14 year old seeing my favorite team- the Pirates (sorry) for the first time. Roberto Clements made a spectacular sliding catch into the tarp along the right field line in game one and Willie Stargell hit a home run in game two.

Arthur Quint
February 1, 2013

I too attended the game and remember Clemente's catch well. I think there is a picture of the catch if you Google Clemente.

Koosman was lights-out in the opener. Seaver faltered in the nightcap and would end the season 18-12 after starting at 14-5.

September 25, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Bob P
February 2, 2004
The Mets head into this three game weekend series in Pittsburgh 2.5 games behind the Pirates with seven games to go.

The Pirates are up, 2-0, going to the seventh. Ken Boswell leads off with a walk and then Jerry Grote singles him to third. The Pirates go to the bullpen, as Dave Giusti replaces Bob Moose. Bud Harrelson strikes out, but pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool singles to drive in a run. Tommie Agee singles and the bases are loaded. Wayne Garrett walks to tie the game, but the Pirates then bring in veteran Mudcat Grant, who gets Cleon to ground into a double play.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dean Chance makes one of his three appearances in a Met uniform and gives up a single, wild pitch, and sac bunt. Tug McGraw comes in and with two outs, Matty Alou singles to give the Pirates another lead.

In the top of the eighth, LF Willie Stargell throws out Boswell trying to score from second on a two-out single by Harrelson. Stargell then singles in the bottom of the eighth to give the Pirates a 2-run cushion.

In the ninth, Ron Swoboda drew a walk to lead off, Tommie Agee doubled him home, and pinch- hitter Joe Foy walked, putting runners at first and second with nobody out. But Cleon Jones flied out, and then Art Shamsky struck out while Agee was thrown out trying to steal third, and the game and season were over.

The Pirates went on to sweep the series, winning all three games by one run, and clinch the NL East.

April 17, 1971 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 0
Lou C.
August 14, 2001
This was the first baseball game I ever went to. I was 8 going on 9 and went with the Cub Scouts. We sat in the nose bleeds and I kept score of the entire game. As I got older, I asked my Dad if he remembered the game and he wasn't sure if he was there or not. I was somewhat disappointed at the thought of not going to my first game with my father, especially after hearing about all the great games he saw at Ebbetts Field. Years later I found the program in my parent's attic. I was suprised to see that I filled in the Mets lineup and the Pirates lineup was in my Dad's handwriting. Stargell homered and Clemente tripled. Cannot root for any other team.

Peter
May 5, 2009

Stargell's HR was 3/4's the way up the RF/CF scoreboard.

Dave H.
November 11, 2011

First game I ever went to, age 7. My Dad told me the day before we were thinking of going. I was really excited, visions of sugar plums danced in my head. Anyway, don't remember exactly where our seats were, but when the Mets took the field they looked so tiny, I thought they were Little Leaguers. I asked my Dad if they let kids use the field before the game starts. Dumb question, I know. But maybe baseball should have an opening act! Anyway, game lasted just over 2 hours, and the Mets got shut out. Koosman pitched well, but got tagged with the loss. I learned a hard life lesson. Never expect too much from the Mets.

Dave H.
August 18, 2011

First game I ever went to, age 7. My Dad told me the day before we were thinking of going. I was really excited, visions of sugar plums danced in my head. Anyway, don't remember exactly where our seats were, but when the Mets took the field they looked so tiny, I thought they were little leaguers. I asked my Dad if they let kids use the field before the game starts. Dumb question, I know. But maybe baseball should have an opening act! Anyway, game lasted just over 2 hours, and the Mets got shut out. Koosman pitched well, but got tagged with the loss. I learned a hard life lesson. Never expect too much from the Mets.

April 18, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Ed K
October 27, 2004
Gary Gentry won the first game of a doubleheader (before the Mets lost the nightcap) in the only complete game one-hitter ever in which a Met pitcher gave up more than one run. In the fifth, Hebner walked, Clemente tripled, and Stargell hit a sac fly. But homers by Agee and Jones led the Mets to a 5-2 victory.

June 30, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Kevin McLaughlin
July 4, 2004
I remember this game well. My brother and I sat in the upper deck right behind home plate.

Ryan was great. He struck out Stargell three times, and they never had a chance. Maybe the last good outing he had as a Met.

bil santillo
March 19, 2013

This was my first-ever baseball game that my brother Bob took me to. I remember Ryan shutting out the Bucs and Krane hitting a homer over the right field wall. Sat in mez section in right. Great memory. Was sold as a Met fan after that experience.

September 18, 1971 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 0
Ron
January 23, 2012
This was my first major league game. I was 8 and I sat way up in left field above rookie Richie Zisk. I remember being disappointed that Stargell wasn't playing, but Zisk filled in admirably. And Blass had a two-hit complete game shutout. Some fat guy in front of me kept leaning over and showing his ass crack.

September 24, 1971 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
Kaz
October 15, 2010
Koosman had struck out Stargell 3 times before he hit a go-ahead bomb to right field in the 8th.

September 26, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
david
February 11, 2013
My 8th birthday, a Seaver 1-hitter!!!

April 15, 1972 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Ed K
March 20, 2007
First time the Mets opened a season against defending World champs. Seaver and Tug shutout the Pirates at Shea.

Doug Brogowski
April 11, 2008

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

Joe Figliola
July 10, 2009

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

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

I've since lost the ball.

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

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

Bob P
June 23, 2004

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

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

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

Bob P
February 16, 2005

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

The September 19 game was a Tuesday night at Shea.

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

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

Bill
May 30, 2013

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

May 19, 1973 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 1
Michael Bothner
May 1, 2002
This was my first baseball game. I was 11 years old. I was a Pirates fan at Shea Stadium. Rusty Staub hit a homer around the fifth inning. That held up until the ninth when Bob Robertson hit a homer to tie it. Willie Stargell hit a 3 run homer in the tenth and the Pirates won. I also remember the planes flying over us and how good the hotdogs were.

July 31, 1973 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 1
Matt Ward
April 6, 2002
This was my first visit to Shea Stadium! My Yankee fan father finally broke down and took me and my brother to a Mets game. We sat on the third base side of the mezzanine level. Until finding this website, all I remembered was that it was late July of '73 Vs. Pittsburgh and that the Mets lost a low scoring game. I had forgotten who pitched for the Mets but did remember that Dock Ellis started for the Pirates. My dad has also told me that on that final night of July with the Mets at the bottom of the NL East, I told him that the Mets would win the division that year! And they did!

August 1, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Peter C.
October 13, 2005
This was a very exciting night for this 9 year old. Not only was it the first doubleheader I attended but also the first time I got to see Tom Seaver pitch in person. He was overwhelming as he shutout the dreaded Lumber Company on 4 hits, striking out 5 in the first 2 innings on his way to 11 for the game against 0 walks. What I had forgotten about this first game of the twinighter was that Steve Blass started for the Pirates. Looking at the boxscore you can see how he was struggling with what would become known as "Steve Blass Disease." Five walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch in an inning and two thirds. In 1972 Steve Blass walked 84 batters over 249 innings. In 1973 he walked 84 in 88 innings and also hit 12 batters. His ERA ballooned from 2.49 to 9.85.

David Burnett
February 1, 2013

How could we mention the August 1, 1973 doubleheader with the Pirates without mentioning the 2 home runs hit by John "The Hammer" Milner (RIP Hammer) in the 2nd game of the doubleheader? Pretty exciting for a 12 year old.

Peter C.
August 1, 2013

To Pop Pops and Rita in heaven. Forty years ago today you took me to this doubleheader. All these years later, it is still one of my best memories of the Mets. Thank you.

August 1, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Peter C
October 4, 2005
The Mets completed the sweep as John Milner homered twice and George Stone came within one out of a complete game shutout. We left after the 7th and heard the end of the game in the car. I remember sitting in the left field loge for the 2 games and have always felt that this was a night that the Mets began to turn their season around.

September 17, 1973 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 3
Ed K
October 25, 2004
A rare off day for Seaver as he was coming back on three days rest after pitching 11 innings to beat the Phils. This was the first of five straight games with the Pirates who were in first place and the loss put the Mets 3.5 games back and in desparate shape. Then the magic began to flow as the Mets won the next 4 games.

September 18, 1973 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Buck
July 18, 2000
What a comeback 5 in the 9th inning then hold on for dear life with apodoca who got no one out in his debut and buzz capra. If anybody knows if a tape of this game is available please put it on this site

Kevin McLaughlin
September 30, 2003

This was a MUST win, in order to stay close to the Pirates, during the great pennant race of '73. I'll never forget how upset I was as the Mets came to bat in the top of the 9th. Listing to to 9th inning with my transistor under my pillow (my mother had sent me to bed), I heard one of the Mets biggest regular season comebacks ever.

And then, while the Great Bob Murphy was doing the "happy recap" he said, "If the Mets had lost tonight, they would be 4 & 1/2 games back...A HILL TOO STEEP TO CLIMB!"

September 19, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Kenny M
June 11, 2003
I remember being at this game as a 9-year-old with my father. I think it was a night game. My idol was Cleon Jones, and ironically he hit 2 home runs in this game, which I remember vividly as I was sitting in a field box in shallow left field. May have been one of his best offensive games ever, as he also had 5 RBIs. The next night was the crazy game that went into the late hours when Cleon threw a strike to the cutoff man when the ball hit by Pirates Dave Augustine bounced off the top of the fence, and Richie Zisk was nailed at the plate by Ron Hodges.

September 20, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Chris
June 30, 2003
I was 10 years old in 1973. I had only started to follow the Mets in '71, so this was my first pennant race. I watched the game on TV with my father. When Cleon Jones played the carom off the top of the fence and started the play that ended with Ritchie Zisk being nailed at the plate, my father turned to me and said, "they're gonna win. When a team starts getting breaks like that, they're gonna win." Because I was 10 and he was my dad, I believed it. It was a great feeling 'knowing' the Mets would win it. The night that the ball rolled through Bill Buckner's legs was great, but I don't know if it was better than this night.

Frank
August 26, 2003

I am absolutely astounded that only one person has written about this game. This was the most remarkable regular season game in Mets history, taking place in the most remarkable regular season series the Mets have ever been involved in. It was also the most meaningful regular season game in Mets history. Taking place at the peak of the 1973 pennant drive, it was a game the Mets absolutely had to have. The details of the game – and the series – were pure magic. I remember it all as if it were yesterday.

Actually, it could have been considered a 5-game series. The Mets played the first-place Pirates on five consecutive nights, the first 2 in Pittsburgh, followed by the next 3 at Shea. The Mets entered Pittsburgh 2 and a half games out and Seaver was bombed the first game, knocking the Mets 3 and a half out. The next night, the Mets were down by 3 runs entering the ninth. They rallied for 5 runs and held on, moving back to 2 ˝ out. The next night at Shea, they won easily, closing to a game and a half of the Pirates.

That brings us to this game. Words cannot describe the magic that was in the air. The Mets were desperate. Down by a run in the bottom of the sixth, they tied it. Down by a run in the bottom the eighth, they tied it again. And yet again, down by a run going to the bottom of the ninth, they had a man on second with two outs. Because Yogi Berra had pulled out all the stops, he had only back-up catcher Duffy Dyer to pinch- hit against tough closer Ramon Hernandez. Dyer doubled up the gap in left-center, tying the game. I’ll never forget Dyer immediately being replaced by a pinch-runner (a pitcher), jogging off the field to a standing ovation. It was then that Lindsey Nelson remarked about the “spirit of 1969” being in the air.

The game went to the top of the 13th and what has become known as the “Dave Augustine” play. With two outs and Richie Zisk on first base, Augustine hit a drive that appeared to be going for a home run. Instead, it hit the point at the very top of the wall, going directly on a fly into Cleon Jones’ hands. What was incredible was that an inch higher would have been a home run, and an inch lower would have caused the ball to bounce in a normal fashion, causing the Mets to lose precious seconds, and the run would have scored. Instead, Jones whirled and threw to Wayne Garrett, who had been moved to shortstop, who then threw to Ron Hodges at the plate for the out. Unbelievable.

Cleon Jones remarked later, "I knew we had won the game immediately after that play." Even the Pirates' great Willie Stargell said, "I knew after that play, we could have played 50 more innings and not beaten the Mets." Stargell also said, "I don’t think the National League All- Stars could have beaten the Mets in that series."

In the bottom of the 13th, it was the rookie Ron Hodges who hit a bloop single to left field with runners on first and second. I’ll never forget Stargell bobbling the ball as the winning run raced home.

Needless to say, the Mets won the next night with Seaver. It was the only time in baseball history that a team in September reached .500 and entered first place on the same night. The Mets never relinquished first place in the final two weeks of the season.

Steve
March 28, 2004

Frank-what a great appreciation for that game! I always thought part of the magic for that year began when the Mets inserted the name Hodges into the lineup and I remember listening to that game on AM radio in Pennsylvania as an eleven year old on WNEW-AM, which could be heard at night down there.

Leonard Koppett joked, half seriously, that it was the ghost of Gil Hodges that had kicked the ball back into Cleon's glove!

This was a game that summed up the entire season-Miracles do happen!

howard
May 22, 2004

I too remember this game like it was yesterday. As a ten year old, I watched just about every game that year but this was one every true Mets fan should know about. The relay throw from Jones to Garret to Hodges should be used in instructional videos. It's 'Textbook 101.'

Hank M
April 13, 2005

I watched this game by myself on a small black and white TV we had in our kitchen. The rest of my family was in the living room watching (on our brand new large color TV) the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which was played the same night. Being a devoted fan, I chose to watch the Mets! I do recall, though, that Bob Murphy gave updates of the match between pitches.

These were two memorable events. To this day, however, I'm convinced that the 13th inning provided more drama than did King and Riggs. Billie Jean's victory wasn't what one would call "surprising". But the play at the plate was something else! Who could have expected THAT? The relay of Jones to Garrett to Hodges was a more exhilirating highlight than anything served up in tennis that night.

Lou
June 8, 2005

Frank, you are 100% on the nose. This was the most important regular season game in Mets history. I remember all the details, just like you laid it out. Awesome job!

I think the Pirates were hung over from losing Clemente in the off season in the plane tragedy, and they had less will to win that year, because on paper they were still a solid team.

But the Mets took advantage of all the breaks that they got, the pitching came thru and the Dave Augistine play was the topper in the regular season that year. That was a magical year and an unforgettable game.

Ray Tucker
July 12, 2005

My recollections of this game are vivid. I was 9 years old, and lived and breathed Mets baseball. My father took me to this game, we sat in the first row of the upper deck on the third base side. I remember my father wanting to leave the game at some later stage, because he had to get up for work the next day, but I whined my way into our staying. Every time the Mets went down a run, my father wanted to leave, but I told him if we stayed, they would come back.

I remember the look on my father's face around the time the Dave Augustine play happened, I remember the whole crowd standing up to see what had happened, and I remember the roar of the crowd when Zisk was called out at the plate. I also remember them winning in the bottom half of that inning, us leaving the stadium at what must have been after 1 in the morning, and my father coming home from work with tickets for the September 25th game 5 days later against the Expos: Willie Mays night, if I remember correctly.

I've always thought of the 1973 Mets as a big portion of my childhood in a nutshell, and this game was an important part of the Mets magical 1973 season. I Was There! I still believe, Tug.

Matt Ward
August 18, 2005

This game is rightly remembered for the "ball on the wall" play----but wasn't this also the game that marked the return of George "The Stork" Theodore after that horrible collision with Don Hahn back in July? I remember that "The Stork" got quite an ovation when he came out to pinch-hit. But according to the box-score, he struck out. Still, if this indeed was the game that marked the return of "The Stork", it just adds to the lore of that great September evening.

john fenyar
November 6, 2006

I was a sophomore in college, sharing a basement apartment with my sister. I'm watching the game and remember vividly Dave Augustine hitting the ball off the TOP of the left field wall and the ball bouncing back into Cleon Jones glove - the relay to Harrelson and then to Ron Hodges tagging the runner out at the plate. I jumped up and yelled "I BELIEVE!!!" at the top of my lungs!

Jack Dieteman
September 16, 2007

I am getting chills reading the above comments. I was also 10 and lived and breathed Met baseball. I was watching it on a small B/W TV in my parents room. I was allowed to stay up late because they knew I would go crazy if I missed the pennant stretch games.

Life was good as a 10-year-old Met fan in 1973!

Joe Figliola
March 27, 2008

Of all the great regular-season Mets games in their history, for some reason this one doesn't get nearly as talked about as others. I am also a little surprised that one of the local newspapers have never done a feature on this game. I'd like to know what Dave Augustine thought of the "ball off the wall" play, as well as Cleon, Ron Hodges, and Richie Zisk. I'd also like to know if the TV feed is still around. This would be a true classic game for "Mets Rewind."

I was 10 at the time and did not see the game as it happened because I had to get up super early for school. I did hear the radio call on WCBS News the next morning and was absolutely dumbfounded (in a good way, of course).

Incidentally, Zisk will be featured in a bobble head tribute set to the Pirates of the 1970s. For his slow-footed contribution and getting nailed at the plate at the end of that mind-boggling play, I'm getting his bobble head.

Bill L.
July 13, 2008

What I remember most is that for some unfathomable reason, my Dad wanted to leave early to beat the traffic out of Shea. So, I couldn't exactly stop him, but I got him to agree to watch the ninth from the runway on a lower level. Anyway, we were standing there when Dyer hit that pinch hit double and then had to scramble back to our seats to see the rest of the game. I always think about that: if we had really left early, I would have missed seeing that ball hit the top of the fence and into Cleon's mitt (still the greatest play I have seen.)

John L
October 13, 2008

I don't remember how my father got tickets for this game but he surprised me and my brother with them. I was 9 and my brother was 7. We sat way up in the upper deck on the first base side.

This was my first memory of a pennant race and it was great. I don't remember sitting at all during this game and cheering like crazy when the win was in the bag. I also remember the whole crowd chanting "Good Bye Pittsburgh, Good Bye Pittsburgh, Good Bye Pittsburgh, We Hate To See You Go!!!" just like in 69 when the Mets knocked Chicago out of first place (black cat game another great game that I was too young to remember, unfortunately). This game more than made up for it and made me a life long Mets fan. Whenever we talk about great moments at Shea, I always bring up this game.

Michael Harrison
October 21, 2008

I was there. Thirteen years old at the time. Yes, updates on the scoreboard about the King-Riggs match. The crowd cheered when Billie Jean's victory was posted. We were sitting field level all the way down the left field line. (Talk about good luck.) You couldn't see home plate because of the angle, but you could see the top of that left field wall up close and personal. The ball hit the flat top of the wall, bounced up and back to Cleon instead of up and over. I could see Garrett's face as he took the throw from Jones and turned to make the relay. You couldn't see the play at the plate from there, but you could hear the crowd erupt. It was a school night and my father was going to take me home after the 12th inning. I told him Stargell was due up in the 13th so we should stick around. Glad we did. Still the most amazing thing I've seen on a baseball diamond. I've got the ticket stub signed by Jones, Garrett and Hodges. Cleon wrote "The Play" on it and Hodges wrote "Ball on the Wall Play."

Thomas DeMattia
January 7, 2009

I was 15 years old and at the time remember watching this game in my room on a 12 inch black and white. This play and game made such an impression on me that 35 plus years later I was recently thinking about it and was curious if it could be found online. I am glad to see I am not the only one who vividly remembers this game. The 1973 Mets pennant drive was just unbelievable and this game epitomized that stretch drive. That whole play everything went perfect including the Pirates having a slow runner in Zisk at first. As a lifelong Mets fan I have always felt the Augustine play was the most amazing moment in Mets history and yes I was at game 6 in 86. Without a doubt the most underrated. For the true Met fan unforgettable. If anyone knows where I can find a box score or highlight. Please let me know.

Katherine Hickey
February 21, 2010

I was there. I was 12 years old and a die hard Met fan. My father and brother went to get hot chocolate in the top of the 13th. I stood in the rampway and watched Augustine's drive just miss clearing the wall and the terrific relay of Jones to Garrett to Hodges cutting down Richie Zisk. My dad came back just in time to see the umpire signal "out" Later that inning Hodges won the game with his bloop hit. I remember walking down the ramps delirious with joy certain the Mets were going all the way. I also remember the body language of the Pirates as they slowly walked to the dugout. They seemed to know the tide had turned against them. Ironically the one player on that '73 team who stuck it out for all the lean years and was there when the franchise turned around was Ron Hodges.

Tim W.
August 9, 2010

Listened to Bob Prince call this on on my little radio (KDKA). A tough loss for the Bucs. All in all a great game.

Jason Levin
December 28, 2010

Having moved from NYC to LA in 1970 I wasn't at the game, but remember following that incredible pennant race from afar and hearing about the ridiculous play from friends the next day on the phone. Just a note that the game was started by the greatest clutch starter in Met history - #36 Jerry Koosman. Kooz pitched brilliantly, as he always did when it counted (check out his Sept/Oct record in 69/73 - AMAZING!) but wasn't around at the finish. Nice to read that so many of you were still in Shea for the lucky 13th inning to see "Red" Garrett nail Zisk at the plate.

marc singer
February 18, 2011

I'm writing this even though I normally don't do this. The reason being that one of my best friends called me up at the last minute and asked me if I wanted to go to the game with him. He had an extra ticket and I can't thank him enough. We were sitting behind the Pirates dugout 2nd or 3rd row so I can say I saw the play as clear as it was in slow motion on HD. I've been lucky to have been to quite a few great sporting events but this one will always stand out for all the reasons that have been said already. For me though that friend passed away last month and I'll always be in his debt for giving me that special night. Billie and Bobby fit in there somewhere but they can't hold a candle to that game and my Bro.

Ira
September 26, 2013

I was 9 years old at the time and was sitting in the last row of the field boxes right by the left field fence, so I was literally around 10 feet away from the play. I can still remember it as clear as day, from my brother saying "oh no" as it appeared the ball was going out, to the complete craziness of Shea when they threw out Zisk at the plate. I also remember when Duffy Dyer, who I believed was like a .180 hitter, came up to pinch hit, and a few guys who were sitting next to us threw their hands up in the air and figured the game was over. Only to come running back to their seats as Dyer doubled. When the Mets finally won it, this 9-year-old boy was slapping hands with complete strangers sharing in the joy of the win. Back when you didn't need the scoreboard to tell you to chant "Let's Go Mets." I really miss that innocence.

ralph messana
August 31, 2011

In 1973 I was 10. My friend was going to Shea for his birthday party. I couldn't go because we were going to be on vacation. Two days before vacation my mom had a minor injury but vacation was cancelled.

I remember just hanging out in my living room and then hearing a horn honk. It was my friends dad in their big green Torino station wagon. They didn't get me a ticket as I was supposed to be on vacation, but he said hop in and we will swap tickets so you can go. How cool was this guy?

I never dreamed the game would be that good. I was more nervous than in any game that I actually played in. The Mets coming back 3 times and the Jones-Garret-Hodges play was nuts.

I remember Endy's "the catch" and how people were freaking about how great a play it was with the pressure on. I agreed of course, but remembered back to 73 and an even better/more emotional play. I also remembered that unlike the Endy game, the Mets went on to win!

September 21, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Gary Moore
September 20, 2001
This was my first live baseball game ever. I was seven years old and I got to see the Mets take over first place this night. Milner, Garrett and Staub hit bombs, and my idol Seaver pitched a terrific game. An awesome first game to ever see.

Stu
July 5, 2002

I was 10 years old at the time and my dad would take me to 1 or 2 games a year. In June, he told me to pick a game and I chose this one. The Mets moved into first place behind homers from Milner, Staub and Garrett. Seaver got the win and despite having an 8 run lead McGraw pitched the ninth and got a save since back then all you needed to do was finish a game regardless of the score to get one. It took us over two hours to get out of the parking lot. A man came running to our car and showed my father something that he said 'Crazy Harry' signed. My father said 'That's Nice' and rolled up the window.

Vinny
May 19, 2005

I remember watching this game at my grandmother's. This was the game when we took over first place and I think the Mets hit .500 that night as well.

I don't think we ever fell out of first the rest of the year. I remember that it was on the front cover of the Daily News the next day.

Marc Campano
June 10, 2006

Thanks to your awesome website, I have been able to retrack this game as part of one of my most cherished childhood memories. I remember going to this game with my dad and older brother. I can still recall sitting on the third base side in the upper deck at Shea Stadium and the unforgetable aroma of beer and peanuts. This was the game in which the Mets took over first place in the N.L. East and I was astonished when I saw a N.Y. Daily News while riding back on the subway to Grand Central Station that read: Mets take over first place. The game had only been completed 20 minutes or so earlier and I could not believe it was already in the paper. This game will forever be part of my Mets and childhood memory bank. A special night indeed!

Joseph Gazzola
October 5, 2006

The greatest game I ever went to. I was 10 years old and my grandparents had bought tickets earlier in the year. After being in last place and having possibly the worst offense in baseball, the Mets went 22-7 (14-2 at home) from August 27 to september 25. That memorable night, they moved into first place with a 10-2 romp over Pittsburgh and never looked back. My favorite player was Rusty Staub, and when he hit a homer in that game I was so happy that I wept into my grandmother's arms.

Today it still seems surreal that this 82-79 team beat the powerhouse Reds and then went to the 7th game of the World Series against one of the greatest teams of all time, the Oakland A's. To me personally, this year was better than 1986. It still seems somewhat unreal.

JoAnn
October 5, 2006

I was always a huge Tom Seaver fan mostly because he pitched in this game, one of the first I ever went to.

My dad had gotten the tickets back in July when one of his friends, a season ticket holder had pretty much written the Mets off and gave his remaining tickets away. (HA!)

I have vivid memories of a large crowd, the smell of cigars and beer, and of the Mets winning the game. The scoreboard showed the standing immediately after the game with the Mets in front by 1/2 game. The crowd went wild.

Mike
April 26, 2010

I was at this game. I was 12. I was excited to see Seaver pitch. I wonder if it was a promotional day because most of the time we attended giveaway days like Bat Day or Helmet Day. I also remember hearing about Jim Croce dying on the way home to Connecticut; he had died in a plane crash the night before.

Mezz6Hats
January 30, 2013

Just found this site! (in the bitter cold of a Mets off-season) But I lost my Dad last year, and of all the games that we went to together, this had the most ups and downs. The ups were obvious. The fans, still buzzing about the "ball- on-the-wall" play from the previous night, were in a full-fledged World Series frenzy. I believe the Mets grabbed a share of first place for the first time with this win. The downside was more personal. My Dad and I were used to getting to Shea two hours or so before the game. But this was a weekday game, so we couldn't start to go until he got home from work. First, there was a fire engine on our street blocking traffic. Then, we had to deal with rush hour traffic. THEN, by he time we got there, the lot was closed! We parked in a dingy gas station on Willets Pt. Blvd (we were afraid the car would be stripped when we got back). As a result, we missed the big first inning.

Quality Met
September 27, 2013

This was the game that put the Mets into first place in the National League East. I remember getting so excited when they scored those four runs in the first inning. I knew the division lead was just two hours away, and it was not to be lost!

Soon after that inning, I missed a half hour of the game. The reason for this was to see Joe Namath's much-anticipated appearance on The Brady Bunch, which went on a little later. But once Joe got finished with Bobby and Cindy, it was back to the Mets to complete a night to remember. It's hard to believe that 40 years have passed since then.

April 20, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
J
May 15, 2013
Very first game ever. I just turned 9. Had a black-and-white TV so it was magical coming out of the tunnel and seeing Shea in color for the first time. The green grass, the bright colors on the logo hanging high up in right-center field. The enormity of the entire stadium... quite a thrill. I remember Koosman throwing a gem and the only thing that kept him from being pulled for a PH in the 7th was Garrett's HR to dead center two batters ahead of him. Ended up with a 5-hit complete game. Great memory for a 9-year-old.

July 31, 1974 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 3
Dave Jost
April 15, 2008
This was my first ever Mets game. My father took me. I was 9 years old. I have been a big fan ever since. Good times and bad. It was a great thrill to see my hero Tom Seaver. The greatest right-handed pitcher ever. Think of all the games he would have won if he had a team that scored runs. He would have won 400 games.

September 22, 1974 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Bob P
October 3, 2003
Jon Matlack pitches a 3-hit shutout for his 13th and final win of the season. In 1974 Matlack had 13 wins and 7 of them were shutouts.

September 29, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
AP-Queens
May 14, 2003
This was Fan Appreciation Day at Shea. All fans passing the turnstiles received a Mets tote bag. It was the first time my friends and I attended a game without adult supervision. We had a group of about twelve 11 and 12 year olds. We waited in a long line for our $1.30 GA tickets. They were stamped "Standing Room Only". Despite the disappointing season, Shea was packed. Nobody knew where the "Standing Room Only" area was so we wound up running around the ballpark and missing most of the game. At one point we were on the terrace above the 341 mark in RF and watched a young Nino Espinosa tune up the bullpen. A security guard directed us to seats in the last row of seats (row V) in the RF upper level. We finally sat in the top of the seventh just in time to see Bob Apodaca lose his no-hit bid! A wild day for a bunch of kids, we missed most of the game but I was just the first of endless treks to Shea for my for my buddies and me.

billy
October 21, 2008

I still have my tote bag, and pics of the game. I was 9, sitting on the Mets side. There was a rain delay. Bob Apodaca was great that day.

May 6, 1975 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 1
rich
April 24, 2003
The one thing I remember about this game is that I was 7 and me and my father went when we were down in the city visiting family. I just remember it being a cold rainy day driving by Shea and seeing flags flying above the stadium which usually mean't game was on. Too bad they lost.

June 20, 1975 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 1
Drz
January 24, 2003
My first time to a game! I remember my Dad took our family. Been searching all over for this box score. Remembered it was a perfect night, so excited seeing my first game. Candelaria pitched a fantastic game! I'll never forget this.

Joel
September 3, 2003

I went to this game (a Friday night game) with a bunch of friends from the neighborhood, a couple of weeks after I graduated from college. It was the first time I ever heard or saw John Candelaria of the Pirates who pitched great. Willie Stargell hit a HR off of Tom Seaver, the Mets loser though was reliever Tom Hall whom they had obtained from Cincinnati.

Ed K
August 5, 2007

This game was symbolic of the 1975 season. The Mets could generate little offense and their pitching could not carry them in 1975. Thus they could never get much over .500. They went into this game 3.5 games back of the Pirates who also swept the remaining two games of the series to lengthen their lead to 6.5 games. By All-Star break less than a month later, it was a 10.5 game lead and the Mets were for practical purposes out of the pennant race. Tom Seaver held the game to a 1-1 tie for 8 innings. But Tom Hall could not shut down the Pirates in relief. Hall was a little lefty (as Bob Murphy used to say) who was a quality pitcher for years with the Twins and Reds, but had little left by the time he came to the Mets near the end of his career.

June 21, 1975 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 3
Mike T.
August 31, 2011
The only game I ever saw at Shea because we lived so far away. NBC Game of the Week. Lackluster game for the Mets and Dave Parker crushed a 3-run PH bomb to seal it for the Pirates. Only highlight was when we were heading for the car Joe Garagiola exited a secret stadium door and knocked my Aunt visiting from Canada on the ground. He picked her up, apologized profusely and happily and graciously gave my brother and I autographs. So the day wasn't a total bust. Cleon would only appear in 8 more Mets games after this one.

June 22, 1975 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 0
Jeffrey S
September 26, 2013
I am a Pirates fan and this was the first time that I saw them. I have always wondered had Clemente not boarded the plane would I have gotten the chance to see him. However it was a day game and they gave Stargell the day off. I'll never know.

August 3, 1975 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 4
Bill
May 11, 2012
I remember watching this game with my mom who was a baseball fan. I remember her telling me that Duffy Dyer couldn't hit just before he hit the game-winning home run for the Pirates. Sad day for this Mets fan.

September 1, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Barry F.
March 25, 2002
Backpage of Daily News the next day said TOM'S 20TH ZIPS BUCS. After striking out Manny Sanguillen for his 200th, for a record eighth consecutive season, Seaver gets a standing ovation and turns his back to the crowd to stare out to the outfield in appreciation of the moment. The Mets have moved to within four games of the first-place Pirates with the 3-0 win. It is one of the last important late-season games Seaver will pitch as a Met.

Dave Whitham
April 3, 2002

This was the first game I ever went to - Seaver's 20th, a shutout, and his 200th strikeout.... It didn't get much better than that.

Richard H.
April 28, 2002

I always remember my first major league baseball game as the Mets beating the Pirates 2-0 and Seaver on the mound. Looking at the archives, I suspect this was the game as it shows up as a 3-0 Seaver win. My dad was a Yankee fan and after going to my first major league game, I became a Met fan. (I think it broke his heart.) The combination of a Met fan and Yankee fan in the house made for some very interesting discussions and debates over the years.

David Block
August 2, 2002

Tom Seaver was as good that day as I had ever seen him. I was sitting between behind third base, 2nd or third level, and he was just a machine that day! As always, his form and concentration were inspiring. The Pirates, always a good hitting team and the eventual Division winner, were absolutely overmatched. When Sanguillen went down for the 200th K (it was only a matter of time), Shea was deafening!

It was a consumate performance of a consumate professional. It was also about the last time that the Mets contended in September while he was a Met. Koosman lost on Labor Day, and the Mets slipped after that.

RICH
August 23, 2006

I remember this game not only because it was Seaver's 20th win of the season. Mike Vail homered. I was 8 years old at the time. My father took me and my cousin to the game. We were leaving and I dropped something outside the car. Me and my cousin got out to pick up the stuff and my father drove off. Didn't notice we weren't in the car till he got on the Grand Central. Needless to say he came back. We laugh about it now but still have the score card now and the only foul ball I caught ever at a game in my house as an adult

Joe Figliola
September 8, 2006

If memory serves me correct, this was a twi-night game that started around 5:35pm. I missed half of the game because my mother and I went to the supermarket. When we returned home, one of the neighborhood kids told us the news. At first, he said that Seaver struck out the pitcher for his 200th K, but he was wrong.

I recall not being annoyed because I missed seeing Seaver's achievement. My rationale was that they would show it on "Kiner's Korner," so I'd get to see it then. However, I was a little disappointed over not seeing Mike Vail's first ML home run as it happened.

Recently, there have been a slew of World Series DVDs released on the market. I'd like to see A&E put out collections of great games of superstar athletes such as Seaver. This game from '75, along with his 19 strikeout game (if it exists); his return to the Amazin's in April, '83; his near-perfect game from '69 and, perhaps, game four of the '69 World Series would make, for example, an excellent collection.

Frank the Met
October 5, 2006

Actually, Joe, this was a single day game at Shea on a Monday afternoon, begininning at 2pm. I was at the game. It was a huge series. Seaver was magnificent. There was electricity in the air. Over 50,000 at Shea. Fans were predicting who would be the 200th strikeout victim. None predicted Sanguillen because he was a good contact hitter, but Seaver was so awesome he just blew it by him on a high swinging strike three. In fact, this was the only game the Mets defeated the Pirates all year at Shea. They had been swept in two previous 3-games series, and lost the next two in this series. The pennant race was essentially over after losing the next two.

April 16, 1976 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Ed K
March 28, 2008
First time that the Mets ever played a regualer season game on good Friday and they lost it in Pittsburgh.

July 29, 1976 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 1
Stu Baron
February 27, 2002
This was a Thursday afternoon game following morning showers, probably a getaway game, attended by a sparse crowd of 12,588...In one of his best games as a Met, hefty lefty Mickey Lolich (no doubt the prototype for David Wells), tossed 8 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4, the only run scoring on a fourth-inning groundout by a young Dave Parker.

Alas, with the Mets historically typical poor run support, Lolich left, trailing 1-0, for pinch hitter Mike Phillips, who fanned for the 2nd out of the ninth, before singles by Ed Kranepool (batting for Leon Brown) and Bruce Boisclair and a walk to John Milner loaded the bases for Joe Torre. Joe was hit by a Bob Moose pitch to drive in the tying run, but the '76 Mets couldn't stand such success, as two singles and a double play grounder by future Mets coach Bill Robinson in the top of the 10th off Skip Lockwood gave the Bucs a 2-1 win.

Two things made this game memorable for me (16 at the time)...Lolich's mound opponent was lefty Jim Rooker, with whom I became acquainted socially later in my life; and I got the late great Willie "Pops" Stargell's autograph after the game by rolling up my program and slipping it through the chain link fence behind the visitors bullpen as the Pirates boarded their bus.

August 5, 1976 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Ed K
August 26, 2003
This was the game that Staiger batted out of order but the Pirates did not catch it. I do not recall the full details but I think the batting lineup cards did not match because of a last minute change or something like that.

September 13, 1976 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Bob P
July 4, 2004
This game was a pitcher's duel between Tom Seaver and Larry Demery for the first six innings. Tom allowed five hits and Demery just three. But the n the Mets exploded for six hits and a walk in the seventh and scored the only five runs of the game.

Seaver struck out twelve and retired the last seven batters he faced. The heart of the Pirates batting order--Richie Zisk, Willie Stargell, and Dave Parker--were a combined 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts.

September 19, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Billy E.
July 16, 2008
I was at this game. I was 11 years old at the time and was on a bus trip courtesy of Martz Trailways from Wilkes-Barre PA. Anyway, what I remember is it being a warm Sunday, and Dave Kingman launching 2HRS, both to leftfield and Skip Lockwood coming in and just blowing hitters away, something like 7K's in 3 innings! Ever see a short relief specialist do that now? Lockwood to me is one of the most underrated Met relievers of all time, certainly better than those two clowns Benitez or Franco or others too numerous to mention.

Joe Z
April 1, 2014

I remember this game very well. I was 13 and Willie Stargell was my favorite visiting player so me and my father went to see this game. The Mets were having a pretty good year and the Pirates always drew a good crowd, this was before the nightmare of 77. We had great seats behind home and it couldn't have been any better, Stargell homered and the Mets made a great comeback powered by my favorite Met at the time Dave Kingman's 2 bombs. As the previous fan posted, Lockwood was awesome that day too and it was a great win and a great day to be 13 and a Mets fan.

September 20, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
mike
September 6, 2008
I think this was the game Lee Mazzilli knocked the pirates out of the pennant race when he homered to win the game for the Mets.

July 16, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Carol
November 11, 2011
This was the first baseball game I took my 8-year-old son to see. It was his birthday and he wanted to see the Mets play. If I remember the game right, there were some old timers who actually played for a little bit, I think Mickey Mantle and a few others. But, our BIG surprise at this event was that we were sitting in the same section as Roy Campanella. He was confined to a wheelchair at that time, but my son did get to go down the few bleachers and meet him. That was a great birthday memory.

Mark
September 27, 2013

This was the first Met game I ever attended. 8 years old and my Little League team coach took us all on a bus to the game. I remember that Kranepool and Henderson hit homers which is how I narrowed it down that this was the game. If memory serves one of the homers was to right the other to left center although I don't remember which player hit which.

July 17, 1977 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002
This is one of my worst Met memories. Ed Ott sliding hard into second base and getting into a scuffle with Felix Millan. Ed picked Felix up and basically dropped him on his head. It was awful. Millan never played for the Mets again. What a great clutch hitter he was.

Witz
August 11, 2009

I was also at this game and it was NOT the Ed Ott game. That came later. I remember watching that one on TV and hating Ott forever thereafter!

August 12, 1977 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
Ed K
August 5, 2007
This game marked the sad end of Felix Millan's major league career. He hurt his shoulder in a fight with future Met Ed Ott and did not play the rest of the season. Before the 1978 season, the Mets sold his contract to a Japanese team.

August 12, 1977 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 5
Paul
September 14, 2002
This was the game when Felix Millan was body slammed by Pirates catcher Ed Ott during a brawl. The injury ended Millan's career.

Edgy DC
May 3, 2007

Millan would return to play in Japan, and was actually the first Western player to participate in the grueling winter training his Japanese team (among others) demanded of their native players.

Interesting about this game is that Millan didn't start, but had just been switched in.

April 26, 1978 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Mets 0
ScottP
April 20, 2007
This was a weeknight game that a buddy and I took the subway to. It was freezing. Goofball Ed Ott hit an extra inning Homer and we went home cold and disheartened. Sort of emblematic of the '78 season. Luckily, we got an express bus back to the Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue Junction which provided us some solace as well as comfort for our frozen feet.

Until I looked at the box score I didn't even recall that the great Bert Blyleven pitched an 11 Inning Shutout. All I remember is that doggone Ed Ott

It's going to games like this that make one a true lifelong Met Fan. It's games like this that make '69,'86 & '07 that much sweeter.

June 23, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Chris M
July 7, 2012
Is this the game when Montanez, with 2 out, hit a ball over the wall in left center where Robinson stuck his entire arm over the fence as he hit the wall? Montanez circled the bases and sat down in the dugout, thinking he had a homer. Then Robinson got up, jogged in to the second base ump, opened his glove and flipped him the ball. Greatest catch I ever saw... Confirmation, anyone?? Thanks.

June 24, 1978 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 4
johnmn55
January 23, 2003
My friend and I were sitting in the second row next to the Bucs dugout. John Milner, who manifested a propensity for sulking as a Met, was a few feet away in the on deck circle in extra innings. We were really giving him a hard time, but he was listening and responding by shaking his head "yes" or "no" to our questions. We asked, "do you want to come back to New York, John?". He responded with an emphatic "No", stepped to the plate, and hit a grand slam over the center field fence. As the ball carried out, my friend exclaimed "Oh no, anybody but Milner!"

June 30, 1978 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Joe Figliola
March 28, 2005
This probably was the best game the Mets played in '78, purely based on one play—Pirates outfielder Dave Parker colliding with John Stearns at home plate. From what I recall, I think Parker was trying to tag up on a fly ball and that the out-calling collision ended the game. I'm sure Bob P. or someone can check that one out on Retrosheet or something.

I wish I saw/scored this one, but I didn't. I did, however, see the replay of the collision that Sunday. Wow! According to my memory, Stearns basically was the Rock of Gibraltar in that he didn't waver during contact.

Hope Channel 9 or the Mets still have the complete game of this. Would like to see it in its entirety one day!

Bob P
March 30, 2005

Joe, thanks for the introduction!

Yes, this was the game, and yes, it was the final out of the game.

Going to the ninth on this Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Mets were down, 3-2. John Stearns led off with a double and one out later pinch- hitter Ed Kranepool singled to tie it up. After Pirates catcher Ed Ott dropped a foul pop by Len Randle, Len tripled to right field to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Joel Youngblood singled to make it 5-3, and a Steve Henderson single plus an error by Dave Parker made it 6-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Frank Taveras and Omar Moreno singled with one out, and Dave Parker followed with a triple. Parker represented the tying run with future Met coach Bill Robinson at the plate. Robinson hit one to RF Joel Youngblood, who made the catch and threw home where the collision happened. Stearns held the ball and Parker fractured his cheeckbone. Game over!

Kaptain Kevin
October 7, 2008

I was thinking about this game the other day. I was a senior in high school in '78 and John Stearns was by far my favorite Met. Dave Parker was probably the most feared guy in the Majors that year and had previously run over a couple of other catchers. He tagged at third base and took aim at Stearns. I guess he didn't know that John was a Star defensive back at The University of Colorado who had been drafted by the Bills. So here comes Parker and John has the ball, gets low, and just explodes into Parker! Parker ended up with a broken jaw or cheekbone and Stearns was standing up, the "Bad Dude" had given me a little redemption in an otherwise dreadful season.

September 9, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Pete Caldera
November 23, 2005
This had to be the greatest game Kevin Kobel ever pitched - and thanks to my cousin Laura providing the tickets, I was there, age 12, on a cool night at Shea (with barely 2,000 other people).

May 25, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Ed K
May 2, 2003
This was the great "fog-out" game. Youngblood hit a routine fly in the bottom of the 11th but fog had rolled in making it impossible for the outfielder to see it and it went for a triple. The umps then stopped the game for over an hour to see if the fog would lift. When it did not, they called the game, and it went in the books as a 3-3 tie.

Ed K
June 28, 2006

I should add that this season seemed like it would never end for Met fans - and thanks to this tie, it went 163 games instead of 162.

Bill
July 22, 2008

May 25, 1979 was one of the strangest games I ever attended. I was not quite 13 years old and attended the game with my older brother (by two years) and a slightly older friend who had just gotten his license to drive. Anyway we were there for the first time on our own. I seem to remember that the Mets had just installed a TV video screen in left field. I don't think it was the current DiamondVision. Our friend had gotten three tickets right over the Pirates dugout and we were excited to see ourselves on the board. (Hey, we were kids.)

Anyway, the game started out just fine. It was a little hazy but no big deal. By the 6th inning or so a strange fog or mist was visible above the light towers and the upper deck. The Pirates rallied and took the lead, 3-1 I think in the 8th inning. Nothing unusual for 1979. Right? Wrong! The Mets rallied in the 9th and tied it on a pop-up "single" by John Stearns that either Dave Parker or Bill Robinson (I can't quite remember which) lost in the fog. The Pirates were HOT arguing that the game should not have continued in those conditions. They played another couple of innings in even worse conditions before the game was stopped and not continued at least that night!

To this day it was the most bizarre weather conditions I have seen at Shea. You literally could not see anything in the air and the eerie spectacle of the scoreboard lights was amazing. I still have my ticket stubs in memory of that night.

Paul
April 20, 2012

I watched this game on TV. I remember the cameras showed one fan who was trying to blow away the fog by repeatedly opening and closing his umbrella.

May 26, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 8
Dan
August 1, 2000
I was at this game. . .couldn't tell you a thing about it except it was a Saturday afternoon, and Gil Flores started at first instead of Willie Montanez (one of my favorites). I was shocked the Mets scored 10 runs against the eventual World Champs.

Andy in Chicago
March 31, 2007

Really an incredible game for the otherwise not-so-good '79ers. Pirates take an early 1-0 lead. Mets come back and score 5 in one inning. Pirates tie it up. Mets add single runs in the next two frames. Pirates come back and take the lead again, 8-7. Mets break thru with two more runs and hold on for 10-8 win. Who said this team wasn't exciting?

I remember scoring this game on my dad's IBM electric typewriter. Now, as a working journalist, I can say "it began here."

Jimmy
September 7, 2007

This was my first Met game. I was 9 years old. They gave away real cheap "rain jackets" that night as a giveaway. My sister and some friends arrived real early so we could meet some players at the player parking lot - and we did. Lee Mazzilli came over and said hello to us. The game was great. I remember Henderson and Youngblood's homers and I remember the old scoreboard, pre Bud sign, flashing HENDU when he hit his homer.

We sat in General Admission, I think $2.50 per ticket. It was pretty exciting and we were all hooked. Still loving those Metropolitans and going to Shea nearly 30 years later.

Chris Sobel
May 6, 2013

My dad took me to this game on my 10th birthday. I still have the ticket stubs from this game. Box 220 A, Seat 7-8, price $6.00. At 10 years old, these players were my heroes. John Stearns and Maz were my favorite players during this game. I lived on Long Island at the time and I remember the drive into Shea. I miss the orange and blue checkers on the side of the stadium so much. My wife and I name our most recent baby girl "Shea". We now live in AZ but thanks to the internet and DirecTv, we watch every game. I miss those games when they gave away the batting helmets. I think I remember the song "The Hustle" being played during pre-game warmups. LETS GO METS!

Quality Met
May 9, 2013

The one thing I remember from this game is when Pirates pitching coach Harvey Haddix made a visit to the mound. When he did, Steve Albert mentioned on television that it was the 20th anniversary of his 12-inning perfect game that he lost in the 13th.

May 27, 1979 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 1
Mets Win
July 9, 2001
I also remember this game: I was supposed to go but I was sick and Michael Goldberg went instead. It was jacket day, but I got his jacket anyway

May 28, 1979 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 1
Andy Williamson
July 12, 2006
I remember Lee Mazzilli grounding out as a PH with the bases loaded in 7th or 8th, down 3-1. Then a long rain delay. We left and by the time we got home, Pirates had put 3 more up in the 9th!

June 25, 1979 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 1
John Q.
March 6, 2005
If I remember correctly, this was a make-up game for a game that was fogged out a month earlier. It was part of an unscheduled twi-night double header. If memory serves correctly, the original game was called a tie because Bill Robinson lost a fly ball in the ninth inning off of Joel Youngblood. The game was delayed and eventually postponed. I swear do these things only happen to the Mets! I remember being in utter panic because we arrived at Shea around 6:00 and this game was already in the fourth inning. Then an usher told us that this was a make-up game and we would see an additional nine inning as soon as this one was over.

June 25, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
pont
October 15, 2002
Falcone pitched a complete game. The fans were chanting "Lets Go Pete" in the 9th. Torre would say afterward that he was concerned that Falcone would get nervous. This was the first full day of summer vacation and the day was made complete by $1.00 General admission and a small tip to usher # 89 who set us up in the mezz boxes behind the plate.

John Q.
March 6, 2005

This was the second game in the memorable fog- out make up game. The Mets were having another miserable year and the Pirates were on their way to a Worlds Championship. I remember it was a Friday night and the crowd was quite small. We were able to buy field box seats at the gate only one hour before game time.

June 27, 1979 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 9
mike
November 25, 2007
It was amazing how the Mets kept outscoring the Pirates in the late innings. After the Mets scored a run in the top of the 7th, the Pirates topped that and scored 2, then the Mets topped that and scored three, and the Pirates came back with 4 more, and the Mets answered back with 5 more of their own in the top of the ninth to put the game away. Great looking box score!

July 31, 1979 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Peter Kleinhans
March 31, 2003
Can't imagine anyone else remembers this game. But as a 13-year-old Met fan whose favorite pitcher was Wayne Twitchell, this was one of the most satisfying games of the year. I still have it on VHS, believe it or not!

September 8, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Rich
June 3, 2001
This was the first baseball game I ever attended. My Dad took me while we were visiting family in Queens. I remember the Pirates tying the game in the 6th or 7th inning on a collision at the plate where Ron Hodges couldn't hold on to the ball. The game went 15 innings and we couldn't stick around until the end, but we heard the outcome later on the radio. Even though the Mets were not a good team in 1979, I was glad they won the first game I ever saw at Shea.

Jim
April 23, 2003

Wow. This was my first trip to Shea to see the Mets also. Actually caught a foul ball in the 11th. Doug Flynn hit it off of Grant Jackson. We stayed to the end (15th inning)I think John Stearns drove in the winning run. Also, I remember Richie Hebner striking out and giving the finger to the booing fans.

Kiwiwriter
October 25, 2004

My brother Andrew and I sat through this entire game. He kept score.

I'll never forget Dock Ellis, proud and ancient,coming on in relief as the skies darkened, the pigeons wheeled, and paper debris flew all over the place. 15 innings! Incredible.

I could not understand how the Pirates, with all their lumber, could not muster two runs against Kevin Kobel and Ed Glynn or the other alleged pitchers.

It was good to see John Milner and Tim Foli again, though. I forgot about Hebner giving the fans the finger. By then he had emotionally packed his bags.

June 7, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Mark Heaney
July 13, 2008
I was at Shea and it was one of those brief moments where we were actually playing well and were competitive. I was 17 years old and had brought a friend of mine who was a huge Yankees fan. I can still see it in my mind's eye from the right field stands when Ron Hodges hit a game winning single past the 2nd baseman in the bottom of the 12th after the Pirates had gone ahead in the top of the inning.

I felt so proud that my team wasn't a joke. It was an awesome moment. I remember my friend saying after the game winning hit, "There's not enough room in NY for two good teams." Thanks Ron Hodges, wherever you are.

June 8, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Mets Win
July 9, 2001
I remember this game:

Mazzilli leads off game with a double off left field wall, Mike Easler hits 2 home runs. But Mets Win

Bob P
February 10, 2004

Just one minor correction to the earlier posting by "Mets Win": Mazzilli had two singles in this game and led off the bottom of the first by grounding out to second base.

John L.
July 13, 2008

Living in Brooklyn and in the 4th grade at the time, my father takes me and my 7-year-old sister to the game with one of our neighbors. Big crowd, pulled into the parking lot just minutes before the game started. Amazingly, my father walked up to the ticket window and bought four box seats down the third base line. Four nice college guys from Pittsburgh are sitting behind us. (Pirates are defending champs at this time.) My sister, in her first baseball game, makes a point of sticking it to the college guys each time the Mets score and at the end when they win. Left halfway through the second game to make it home in time for dinner.

August 12, 1980 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Jimmy D.
April 25, 2003
If I have the right game, I think Hendu's HR in the ninth was an inside the park job. Listened to this one on the radio on the back porch.

September 29, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Chris Swiezy
February 26, 2013
One of the most exciting games of the year. Joel Youngblood smashes a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game! A little-remembered fact about this game was that it broke the least-attended games record in Mets history. And to think I was there. It was a Monday day game. I remember walking out of the park thinking this was one of the most exciting games I saw and got to share this with less than 5,000 other people. Now that is what I call hardcore Met fans. The ironic thing about this was the Mets broke this attendance record a few days later with even less people at the game. 33 years later I still bleed blue and orange. Lets GO METS!

September 30, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Steve B
December 21, 2004
This was the smallest crowd in the history of Shea - about 1,800 on hand for the action. It was a day game. The crowd was so sparse, I could hear Dave Parker shouting from his perch on the dugout railing. He was wearing a warm-up jacket and listening to a Walkman.

Bob P
December 31, 2004

Stve, you're right...the official attendance was 1,754 for this Tuesday afternoon game as the Mets picked up their seventh win of the month of September against 21 losses. At this point the Mets were 22 games behind the first place Expos, and the Pirates were just over .500 and eight games out of first place.

The Mets scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win the game, with the lead run scoring on a sac fly by Alex Trevino.

The starting lineup for New York featured three rookies who were all called up that September for their first taste of the major leagues: Mookie Wilson, Hubie Brooks, and Wally Backman.

October 1, 1980 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 5
Kiwiwriter
October 18, 2004
Final home game of the season. Fan Depreciation Day. Cold, rain, drizzle.

The Mets held their "All-Star Relay Rallye" of two balls, one marked "A", the other "N," racing across the instant replay screen. If your scorecard matched the winning ball, you usually got a small souvenir. This time, they gave away a free souvenir to all fans, but we couldn't hear what it was. So Andrew sent me down, down, down, the stairs in the upper deck, to the refreshment stand, where they handed me...a free cup of ice cream.

Then back, up, up, up, to our seats under the overhang, in the rain, fog, cold, and drizzle. I handed him the ice cream. "Bon appetit," I said.

"Team is crazy," Andrew said, echoing Choo Choo Coleman.

That was the 1980 Mets.

April 22, 1981 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Ed K
July 16, 2006
The only time the Mets played a series in which there were no wins or losses. It was a rainy April in 1981.

Mets had split a doubleheader at home against the Expos on Sunday and flew to Pittsburgh to start a roadtrip but the rest of the series with the Pirates was rained out except for this game which ended up a tie after 8 and a half innings on a Wednesday night.

After Pittsburgh, Mets flew to Montreal and finally had a win or loss on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was a loss and started a seven game losing streak.

September 21, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Ed K
June 10, 2006
This win was the end of the Mets little mini-pennant drive to win the NL East in the second half of 1981 when the season was split because of the players' strike. Mets were 20-20 in 3rd place and only 2.5 games out of 1st place after this game with 13 games yet to play. They then lost five in a row to fall out of the race and Joe Torre was fired as manager at the end of the season.

July 31, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Ed K
July 2, 2003
Wally Backman's inside-the-park homer (the first ever by a Met lefty at Shea) helped win this game.

sean
October 1, 2007

This was a big night at Shea back in the day. It was sports bag night! Over 48,000 there for the game. Mets probably thought they were in the wrong stadium when they saw a crowd that big. I remember the next year they put a picture of that night in the 83 yearbook with the 1983 promotion schedule. I remember a big crowd, Mets winning and going home with a cool blue and orange (no black back then - good old days) bag that I toted to school that fall.

September 6, 1982 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 1
Bob P
September 24, 2004
Labor Day night in Pittsburgh...it was Willie Stargell night. Pops was retiring at the end of the 1982 season and there was a ceremony this night to retire his number.

Stargell came off the bench to pinch-hit a single in the eighth inning. It was Stargell's final hit against the Mets and it was also the first major league hit allowed by Doug Sisk.

September 7, 1982 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 5
Bob P
September 15, 2004
Jason Thompson homered in the first inning off Mike Scott, giving him 30 for the year, and making him just the eighth player in history to hit 30 homers in a season in each league. He had hit 31 for the 1977 Tigers.

September 28, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Frankie B
December 31, 2002
Ironic that Orosco was pitching to Bruce Bochy this game. Now Orosco is pitching for Bochy on the Padres. Orosco is a marvel.

April 20, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Ant
April 6, 2001
Great to see him come back to shea, and get the win.

April 20, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Jon
May 7, 2001
Hey Met fans -- I'm looking for a scorecard of this game, or any Mets game between April 16 and May 4 of 1983. Specifically, I need the uni number of Mike Bishop. He started this game, and two others, during this stretch and was never heard from again. Thanks!

July 30, 1983 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 3
Hank M
June 11, 2007
I went to this game with my friend. We sat in Section 1 of the Loge Level, directly behind home plate. It was Old Timers Day and players from the 1973 team (and opponents from that year) were on hand for a 10-year reunion of "You Gotta Believe." Tom Seaver pitched in the Old Timers game, even though he was still an active player!

The regular game started at 4:00. The Mets led early, but the Pirates (in black shirts and gold pants that made them look more like the Steelers) came back to win. Darryl Strawberry made a costly error, misjudging Bill Madlock's fly ball with the bases loaded. All three runners scored on the play.

After a seventh inning rain delay, we watched the rest of the game from the empty loge left field seats. We hoped to get a home run ball, but that didn't happen. No player on either team even reached base once play resumed.

July 31, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Joe
December 6, 2010
This is the first game as a child that I can remember going to with my father. I was 9 years old. The Mets were not very good back then but there was starting to be a light at the end of the tunnel with Strawberry coming up and with the trade for Keith Hernandez.

Hernandez was my childhood idol and this was the first time I got to see him live.

The Mets won the first game in 12 innings after trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the 8th where they scored 4 runs. Both Hernandez and George Foster homered in the game.

The Mets also won the second game in 12 innings but this time the final was 1-0. This was a scheduled doubleheader, which would never happen today, that seemed to last forever. One of my fondest childhood memories. Little did I know then that 3 years later in October I would be at Game 6. That is probably THE fondest of my childhood memories.

Mike D
July 7, 2012

Being a Pirate fan, going to a doubleheader was a great idea. So I thought. First game all I remember was the 1st inning the Pirates first three guys get on then Jason Thompson blasts a slam into the upper deck. Mets come back to win in extra innings. Second game flew by. Jose Deleon pitched a no hitter for 8 2/3 but it was 0-0. Then in 12th Mookie Wilson scores from 2nd on a ground out. 1-0. What a day!

Mike D
April 19, 2012

Being a Pirate fan, going to a doubleheader was a great idea. So I thought. First game all I remember was in the first inning the Pirates' first three guys get on then Jason Thompson blasts a slam into the upper deck. Mets come back to win in extra innings. Second game flew by. Jose Deleon pitched a no hitter for 8 2/3 but it was 0-0. Then in 12th Mookie Wilson scores from second on a ground out. 1-0. What a day!

July 31, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
flushing flash
February 7, 2002
Jose DeLeon almost threw a no-hitter against us. He was absolutely awesome. It's hard to believe that two years later he went 2-19. Mookie won this game in the bottom of the 12th inning in true fabulous Mookinian fashion: HE SCORED FROM SECOND ON A GROUNDOUT! Jesse Orosco won both games of this doubleheader to cap an incredible month for him. And can you believe Mike Torrez went eleven innings? A great game all around.

Mook
November 10, 2003

It was after this doubleheader that it became apparent that the first dark ages were drawing to a close. The first game the Mets go down 4-0 in the first after Jason Thompson hits a grand slam. They stay in it, chipping away, Darryl hits a HR and I believe Keith does as well and they win 7-6. The second game ends as above with Mookie never breaking stride and scoring in the bottom of the 12 from second on a groundout.

The times they were a changin'.

June 6, 1984 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ed Koch
June 11, 2007
One of two occasions that Gooden pitched seven hitless innings as a Met before his attempt at a no-hitter was broken up. The other attempt was on 6-5-88 at Shea against the Cubs.

In this game, the Mets had apparently lost the game in the ninth on a SF, but an appeal play ruled Maz out for leaving 3B early.

Ian
January 4, 2010

Appeal play - I remember shutting off my radio after Mazzilli "scored" and going to bed thinking the Mets had lost. The next morning, I heard the score. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.

August 11, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
sportsfan8690
June 16, 2010
I don't remember too much about this game as at this time of the year I was in sleepaway camp. There were no TV's allowed in the bunks at camp nor could we watch tv anywhere in camp, so I always had to go 7 weeks/49 days where I couldn't see the Mets on TV when I was attending camp. My bunk counselors sometimes would have the games on the radio until campers had to be in bed by 9:00pm, so I couldn't always know the result until the next morning.

The Mets did win this game to stay right with the Cubs in the NL East as they went into August for the first time since 1973 with being able to have thoughts of maybe making the playoffs after being nowhere close to the postseason for many years before this. And the Mets gave me a nice birthday present with the win as I celebrated my mitzvah of becoming a man on this day as it was my 13th birthday.

August 12, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Jimmy
October 20, 2008
This is the first Mets game I ever attended by myself.

September 12, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
ricky
August 26, 2002
about 12 of us sat in upperdeck box at Shea with some girls still in love with lee mazzilli who was on pirates watched dwight break rookie strike out record cant remember what inning he broke record but we stood and cheered too much to soon for doc what might have been

rich
April 16, 2003

I remember going to this game with my father and high school friend Willie and watching Doc break the rookie strikeout record. At the time I remember me and my friends thought he'd be the next Bob Gibson.

Rick Crane
October 25, 2004

Wow, I can't believe it's been 20 years! I gave one of the ticket agents an extra $10 and he put my dad and me 5 rows behind the Pirate dugout. Doc was throwing gas that night. This was before radar guns were showing fans just how fast, but Doc was on. I remember after he struck out Tony Pena for the third time, Pena started barking at the ump. The guy next to us stood up and yelled, "It sounded high, huh Tony!" Only in New York.

Mike
April 5, 2006

We thought we were going to see history this night. Gooden had 15k's thru 7 innings and was as dominant as any pitcher ever was. He finished with 16k's and no walks. This was a great experience for a high school kid even though I was and am a Yankees fan. Seeing my ticket stub last night made me think of this masterpiece pitched by Doc.

Kevin R.
March 29, 2008

I was 16 and won these tickets on the back of a Coke cap. I sent in the Coke cap and they sent me two fairly nice seating tickets. I went with my dad and we watched Gooden make history by breaking the rookie K record. He was unhittable that night. I remember the last batter fouled off quite a few pitches before Gooden got him out to complete the shutout.

Willie
March 13, 2008

If my memory serves, this may have been the best game he has ever thrown. Didn't he have a no hitter going into the 8th??

September 13, 1984 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 14, Mets 4
clubhouse report
April 22, 2002
A met debacle the afternoon after Gooden broke Herb Score's rookie strikeout record. A friend and I attended this one, bought tickets just before first pitch which turned out to be field level box x-3 or x-5 or something which as Shea fanatics will know were right in back of home plate! This game does have some trivial significance though--John Christensen and future A's GM Billy Beane both made their big league debuts. By the way, the price of those field level seats back then--eight bucks!

April 28, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Mr. Sparkle
August 23, 2000
I was at this marathon game on a Sunday afternoon. Strawberry hit a grandslam in the first inning and the Pirates chipped away tying it at 4 after nine innings. There were several blown opportunities on bothe sides during the next nine inning but nothing happened. Thank God they were still serving beer. This was the game where Rusty Staub, and I think it was Danny Heep traded places in left and right field depending on what side of the plate the batter hit form. One of the Pirates hit a high fly in shallow right field that Rusty seemed to have run a mile on before he finally pulled it in. It was unbelieveable. The Mets finally pulled it out in the 18th and sent us home happy.

flushing flash
September 27, 2000

That "one of the Pirates" who hit the ball Rusty caught was none other than Rick Rhoden, who was pinch hitting.

Jim McCoy
August 23, 2001

That fly ball that Rusty caught took him across the foul line, and his momentum carried him to the wall, where a fan in the right field stands reached out and hugged him. It was great.

The other cool thing that happened in this game is that Clint Hurdle, who mostly caught at this point, got pressed into service in the outfield and threw out a runner at home who would've scored the winning run.

flushing flash
February 7, 2002

Some more memories of this game. My high school softball team got beat in a game out in Jersey that day and we had the game on the radio on the bus all the way home and some of us considered jumping off the bus when it passed Shea but we thought better of it. Even though it was a Sunday afternoon the game wasn't on Channel 9 so I had to "see it on the radio" when I got home.

The Mets were no-hit that day. Say what? Darryl Strawberry hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Mets second hit of the ball game. Check out the box score: they didn't get another hit for over ten innings!

I also recall Doug Sisk's performance in the top of the ninth. In what was to become a recurring nightmare for us fans, he walked the bases loaded with no one out. Jesse O came in and struck out the first batter, then got the next to pop up on the infield. Then he threw a pitch all the way to the backstop. Gary Carter scrambled for the ball and fired it to Orosco as Doug Frobel slid into home and he was "out at the plate! out at the plate!"

That was about the most excited I had ever heard Bob Murphy sound on the radio, until the eighteenth inning of course, when Rusty made the last putout of his major league career, and Murph screamed "way to go Rusty!"

Joe Lanzisera
June 30, 2003

For some reason watching this game on a Sunday afternoon is one of my most vivid childhood memories. For some reason I always had a thing for back-up catchers and when Hurdle threw the runner out at the plate, I went wild. The Rusty left-right back and forth thing was awesome, kind of like the Orosco/McDowell pitcher swap the next season in Cincinnati.

For some reason I thought that Gooden had driven in runs in this game, but I must be confused. They don't play them like this anymore.

Mike Mayerhoffer
May 4, 2007

A little known fact about the game... Daryl Strawberry's 1st inning grand slam hit a child in the face that was sitting in the bleachers. The child was picked up and hustled away by 2 men. I wonder what happened to that poor kid?

Witz
September 6, 2008

Listened to this game on the radio with my roommate in college; I loved Murph's call of Rusty's catch, " Rusty, trying to get there, TRYING TO GET THERE...he makes the catch!"

Little known fact--McDowell was the starter! As I recall the Mets were hoping to get 5 innings out of him; I didn't remeber 'til I saw the box score here, that they were not very good innings (four runs)!

Mr. Roboto
November 25, 2010

I can't believe that of all the comments for this game, nobody has mentioned the most important thing about it. Clint Hurdle drove in the winning run for the Mets when he reached on Jason Thompson's error in the 18th inning. Mookie Wilson scored, pinch-running for Gary Carter.

JFK
July 6, 2012

Some oddities about this game: it was the last game Staub played in the field, McDowell was the starting pitcher and Tom Gorman pitched 7 scoreless innings in relief.

Ralph Enger
September 26, 2013

I remember that my buddies dared me to drink a beer every half inning. These were the days before they shut the vending stands after the 7th. I was never so drunk in my life and I gave up drinking that day and have not had a drink since. Thanks for a great day Rusty!!

July 1, 1985 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Mets 0
Jon
August 11, 2000
The definitive Sid Fernandez game, I always thought. He pitched hellaciously well in every inning but one (the 2nd this night) and lost because of it. Three walks in the second inning. I gakked a foul ball of the bat of George Hendrick when I somehow couldn't drop that stupid little pencil I was keeping score with.

Phil
July 11, 2005

This was the very first Mets game that I ever attended. I was seven years old and so excited to be at Shea for the first time. I sat with my family in the mezzanine. Too bad that the game was so boring. A 1-0 loss wasn't quite what I had in mind. But I didn't care at the time. Just being there was enough of a thrill.

Mike A.
June 1, 2008

Just like the prior poster, this also was my first Mets game I attended. Field seats were on the 3rd Base line.

Fernandez was out-dueled by roly-poly veteran Rick Reuschel of the Bucs. The Mets batters were kept off balance all night, game went super fast!

Oh, that and the poor guy that fell into the Bucs bullpen!

Michael
November 25, 2010

This game completed a TERRIBLE stretch of baseball for the Mets, who played their worst ball of the season for most of June. After this game, the Mets would go on to an unbelievable run for most of the rest of 1985.

July 2, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Anthony J. Reccoppa
March 21, 2001
This was my brother's and mine first Met game at Shea Stadium. we sat in the lodge section just fair of the left field foul pole about 3 rows from the front. Outrageous time with my dad! Saw ex-Met Lee Mazzilli pinch hit for the bucs., and watched Kelvin Chapman save the game with a great stop at 2nd base.

July 3, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Charlie
February 1, 2013
Sat in the right field upper deck for this game. Foster's shot was a rainbow over the bullpen in left. Not a memorable game but for whatever reason a memorable HR; I had a perfect side view of it. Headlines called it a "three-run rocket" in reference to July 4. One of the longest HRs I saw at Shea.

August 17, 1985 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Ed Koch
February 18, 2009
The first of Sid Fernandez's two triples as a Met was hit in this game!

September 21, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Charlie Hacker
June 24, 2006
Have a friend who recalls watching Gooden go deep on Rick Rhoden. In recent years we would see Mr. Rhoden playing a Champions Tour golf tournament in Des Moines, Ia (we are from Sioux City, Ia).

Each year we would be near the practice green as Rick would be there preparing for his round. My friend would say to me he would like to ask Mr. Rhoden what pitch he threw to Gooden when he homered off of him. But he never did.

I always wondered if indeed what he told me was true so I did a little research and lo and behold came across this site to find out it was true indeed.

So do any of you out there know what type of pitch he threw?

Ed K
January 9, 2007

I don't know the pitch he hit, but it was Gooden's first homer in the major leagues.

Hank M
March 2, 2009

This was the game in which Dwight Gooden hit his first major league home run. It was a 3-run blast that came on Rick Rhoden's first pitch, capping a 7-run inning. Rafael Santana had just doubled in a run to keep the inning alive for Doc to come to the plate.

The ball Gooden hit was to left field, backing R. J. Reynolds against the wall. Reynolds jumped for it, but it was gone. As Dwight approached first base, he high-fived Bill Robinson before going into his circular trot.

Later in the game, Gooden singled. Showing him on first base, SportsChannel displayed his AVG- HR-RBI totals for the season with the number 1 below the 'HR'. This is something normally done only for a player's first plate appearance of the game. Since it was so late in the season, the cable station may have figured it might not cover another game Dwight pitched that year. It probably wanted to show his stats containing a homer while it had the chance.

Michael
January 9, 2011

The ball Gooden hit for the homer was off of a hanging breaking ball (not sure if it was a curve or slider...but DEFINITELY a hanger)

September 22, 1985 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 3
Educated Fan
October 21, 2007
This game concluded yet another shocking lost series to the worst team in baseball, and a big reason the Mets did not win this year.

Shortly after being swept by St. Louis, the Pirates win 2 of 3 against the Mets. This also happened in August. The Cardinals were 15-3 against Pittsburgh, while the Mets were a mediocre 10-8.

The Mets got their revenge the next year, going 17-1 against Pittsburgh.

September 29, 1985 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Michael
December 6, 2010
Everybody remembers Strawberry's homer in St Louis in the series after this game...but HoJo and Carter hit 2 HUGE homers in this Sunday game as well. HoJo saved the season with his game tying 9th inning homer, and Carter's 2 run game winner in extra innings put the Mets in position to really make the Cardinals series as big as it was.

April 8, 1986 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Brad Kurtzberg
June 29, 2001
I drove to this game from Ann Arbor, Michigan with 2 friends of mine who were also big Mets fans. I think we were the only Mets fans at Three Rivers that day and the Pirates fans gave us hell. Gooden got in and out of a lot of jams in this game and it was the first indication that Gooden would no longer be a dominant pitcher after 1985. I remember that the Pirates had the tying runs on base in either the 8th and/or 9th innings, but they didn't tie it up. It was a fun trip and a fun win--and a long drive back from Pittsburgh to Ann Arbor.

Peter
August 6, 2002

I vividly remember sitting down to watch this game on tv. I remember feeling so full of hope for this season after the bitter disappointment of the '85 campaign. I can recall prior to the game they had a retrospective of that year with Springsteen's "Glory Days" as the soundtrack! I knew, however, that this was going to be our year. And the rest is history!

DannyBoy
May 25, 2005

RJ Reynolds led off the Pirates 1st with a HR off the Doc. It was a hint that perhaps Doc can get cut once in a while. Gooden settled down and got the win. In hindsight, Doc was presumably on the start of his drug-induced downfall from dominance. True, he never was near duplicating that '85 performance. But what modern day pitcher has ever duplicated such a performance?

June 6, 1986 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 1
Mark Lewis
August 13, 2003
I am a Pirates fan and went to this game, part of a twi-night doubleheader. This was the only game of 18 that the Pirates beat the Mets in 1986. The Pirates 1-17 record against the Mets prompted Jim Leyland to say of the 1986 Mets, "how good could they be, we beat 'em once."

I looked up this game because I recall that Barry Bonds, then a rookie, hit a home run in the game. I think he had just had his debut the week before and I am not sure if this was his first MLB HR or not.

Bob P
September 11, 2003

Mark, Bonds hit a homer in this game off Ron Darling, but it was the second of his career. His first had come two nights earlier in Atlanta off RHP Craig McMurtry.

Mike A.
June 3, 2008

Not only was this the Bucs only win vs the Mets, as well as the Bonds HR, but also the bench clearing fight that broke out between Rick Rhoden and Mets coach Bill Robinson was in this game.

June 6, 1986 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Stu Baron
June 11, 2007
I attended this game at Three Rivers Stadium while visiting a friend in Pittsburgh, and remember seeing Rick Aguilera hit a HR off Jose DeLeon!

June 13, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Hank M
December 31, 2008
I went to this game with my friend. We sat in the mezzanine down the left field line. It was an exciting game won by the Mets, which was the norm in '86.

Dwight Gooden was on the mound this night. He pitched well, despite allowing three runs. The Mets had a two-run lead (thanks in part to homers by Keith Hernandez and Mookie Wilson) when Doc left after eight innings and in line to get the win.

Gooden, however, was NOT the winning pitcher. With Jesse Orosco on the mound in the ninth, the Pirates scored twice to tie the game. It was one of Jesse's few blown saves during the season. Still, the Mets won in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Darryl Strawberry off Pittsburgh lefty Pat Clements.

Darryl's hit was big in another way. He had been struggling against lefties and the Bucs wanted him facing Clements. Hernandez was walked intentionally to get to Darryl, but the Straw Man foiled the strategy. He looped one into right field to score Mookie from second.

Leaving Shea, I felt good about the win, but not about the winning pitcher. I kept thinking that Orosco walked away with the win after failing to save it for Gooden, who was left with a no-decision. It just wasn't right for it to happen that way and I was referring to it as 'criminal.' This is an example of how a pitcher's won-lost record is not the best indication of how good he really is.

October 4, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
LenDog
August 13, 2004
Oh, was this doublheader a treat.

First of all, we won both games, but that wasn't the best part.

The best part was that we had the division clinched, so these games were meaningless. So I sat in the mezzanine, reading the Sunday paper between pitches, no cares in the world.

It was a nice rest, because we were about to embark on a three-week journey of intensity. There were no "laughers" in the 13 postseason games. How many times did the Mets fall behind first? The ride was 50% exhilarating, 50% excrutiating, and worth every minute!!!!

Ah, just the thought of sitting in the Big Shea with a 20-game lead...

October 5, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Tom Quinn
June 4, 2008
108th and final win of the regular season. I'm amazed we all got so blase about winning by that point. Boy were the playoffs ever a big wake up call. I had a Sunday season ticket plan and it seemed like Sid Fernandez always started the Sunday home games, to the point where me and the other denizens of Mezz. Sect 20 started calling him "Sunday Sid". So it was fitting that he closed this one out.

Carl
March 29, 2013

Lots of memories:
1) Given two tickets by my Uncle and went with my brother.
2) Seats were right behind the middle of the Pirates dugout. I got Barry Bonds' autograph before the game and told him I remembered his father playing for the Yanks. My brother got Bob Walk's autograph and then #88. #88 - turned out he had asked the bat boy (BB) for his autograph.
3) Fans were going crazy when Hernandez was hit in the 1st and saw how locked in Gary Carter was. Stadium went wild as Gary hit the huge homer to back his teammate up.
4) Fun fall day and we knew the team was ready for the playoffs.

Hot Foot
September 26, 2013

I was at this game. My family sat in the mezzanine section and the thing I remember best is when the game was over, the Mets stepped out on the field to thank the fans, and we all cheered. Then they all threw their hats into the front rows, behind the dugouts. I was like, damn, I wish we had seats down there. I don't think I'm imagining this. They threw their hats into the crowd. What a team.

April 7, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
pedro 45
February 7, 2005
This was the game in which Darryl Strawberry wore Gooden's pants in honor of his teammate who was in Smithers institute. I guess they helped him as he hit a 3-run HR in the first inning.

April 9, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Karaoke Joe
May 2, 2010
I remember watching this game on TV because it's the day Gary Carter got his 1,000th career RBI.

April 21, 1987 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Ed K
October 4, 2005
Wally Backman grounded into a 4-3-5-2 triple play in the ninth inning but the Mets won anyway.

June 5, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
flushing flash
February 7, 2002
Doc Gooden's first game back after cocaine rehab. But it was most memorable for the violent Mookie-Lenny face-to-face collision in left- centerfield. I've still got that one on tape. Sid Bream hit the ball and he couldn't believe Mookie caught it and neither could anyone else. What a trooper Mookie was.

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

I was at this game - way up in the upper deck behind the plate. It was Doc's first game back after his suspension. Dick Young had written a really negative column - saying that the fans should stand up and boo. Well the fans were chanting "Dick Young Sucks" all night long.

Gooden struck out Barry Bonds swinging as the first batter he faced. Can you imagine that - Barry Bonds hitting leadoff! The crowd went nuts. He really wasn't his dominating self, but the team won.

This was also the night that Lenny and Mookie slammed faces together in left-center. I swear you could hear the "smack" in the Upper Deck. I can't believe both of those guys got up. Ouch!

Steve Rogers
June 9, 2004

This was also the game that featured the cheezy Mets-Marvel Comics promotion of "Spider-Man's wedding" where the fans were given copies of the 1987 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 where Peter Parker and MJ got married

And the fans were treated to a "live version" of the wedding featuring Spidey and MJ.

Marc Schechter
July 4, 2004

First baseball game I attended--sat on the field level behind the Mets dugout. Still remember that collision in the outfield!

Diamond Dave
March 1, 2006

I remember the anticipation of the Doctor's return. I was in the Lodge level with about 10 of my buddies from softball team on the 3rd base side. And clearly remember a much skinnier Barry Bonds striking out swinging to lead off the game. The Doc was BACK, or so we thought at the time. The collison looked bad but did not get the real impact until later, on the highlights. This was when Shea was rockin'!

Jeff LaPadula
February 22, 2007

I was 10 years old and although this was not my first Mets game I think it may have been my first awesome Mets game. I remember the Mets- Marvel Comics promotion of the Spider-Man wedding which was stupid; I still have the comic and bag of crap they handed out to fans as they entered Shea.

I remember the collision between Mookie and Lenny, I recall them showing it a few times on the diamond vision board and the whole crowd collectively groaning and wincing. It was a brutal way to get an out!

I remember the focus of the game being that it was Doc's first game back from Rehab. Bonds led off the game and struck out on 3 pitches. (At least in my mind I remember it on 3 pitches and if it wasn’t please don’t email me and tell me it wasn’t!) Our seats were on the middle level above the field level and I will never forget the crowd noise when Doc took the mound in the top of the first. It was amazing, just amazing!

I recall and will never forget a banner that was hanging from the upper deck that read "The Doctor is IN" Awesome memory, thanks Mom and Dad!

June 6, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Ralph Carhart
February 12, 2002
This was the first major league ballgame I ever went to. I had been to a number of minor league games but my parents weren't fans of the city so we had never gone down to see the big time. Finally, after my parents had suffered through my pain and ecstasy during the '86 postseason, my father, a lifetime Yankee fan, relented and was willing to spend the day not only in the city, but in enemy territory. My seats were behind home base in the upper deck and I spent the first two innings terrified. I had never been this high up in the air, unprotected by walls. But the view, for a small town boy like me, was majestic.

I was intitally disappointed to discover that Darryl Strawberry wouldn't be starting that day (he was my favorite at the time, until HoJo came along), but the Mets jumped to an early lead and all my worries were forgotten. However, a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth (one of them knocked in by some guy I had never heard of named Barry Bonds) and the game was tied. Then, as if from the pages of myth, Darryl came in to pinch hit in the seventh with one on (Rafael Santana I just learned). I wish I could get all misty eyed and say that it was the sweetest swing I ever saw, but, truth be told I couldn't see the batter's box all that well (too high up and the angle too steep for my 14-year old body to compensate). But I did get to see the ball, and it left that park in a hurry, right over the right field fence. The apple popped out of the hat, the crowd went wild and even my father was forced to applaud. I was convinced it would be like that every time I went to a game.

BigC
October 7, 2008

I remember this game. Darryl didn't play because he was supposedly hungover real bad. He was sick all day throwing up. He came up to pinch hit and hit a bomb. After he got back into the dugout, he went to go throw up again. No joke. It didn't dawn on me why he was sick but it does now. The night before he was out celebrating with his buddy Dwight and some other Mets after Gooden made his comeback from rehab. Still got a win though.

June 7, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
May 9, 2005
This was banner day. The game was sold out or near as it was the year after the Championship. I went with a great kid from the box in front of us with his banner down the ramps to join the parade. Mets are down 2-1 at the time. We were far enough back on line that we were behind the scoreboard, so we couldn't see anything, but could hear the crowd and the PA system.

The Bucs scored a run at the top of the 8th (Pitt 3 NY 1). The bottom of the 8th lasted (seemingly) forever. The Pirates made two pitching changes and the crowd was screaming. We figured out that the Mets tied it (it turned out to be a 2 run, 2 out Strawberry triple, so you could imagine the noise) when they announced a Pirate batter leading off the top of the 10th. Turns out that Pittsburgh scored in the top of the 10th, but the Mets scored 2 in the bottom of the 10th to win it. The place went wild for a long time, but we had no idea why.

After a wait for them to set up the reviewing stand, the line finally moved and when we came up to the outfield fence, I looked through and the huge expanse of stands was in front of us. In awe, I walked in through the spot where Tommie Agee once stood. It was the only time I ever got to walk through the field at Shea. You came all the way in to just behind 2B. Looking up at the stands from there was like being inside of a dream. I spotted our section. Everybody was on their feet waving and clapping. I tipped my hat to them and they became even more animated. It was one of the coolest moments of my life.

June 14, 1987 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Greg
September 26, 2002
This the real game that took place on June 14, 1987, noteworthy because it is the date cited in the classic "Seinfeld" Keith Hernandez spitting incident episode. On the show, the Mets lost to the Phillies at Shea. In real life, the Mets beat the Pirates at Three Rivers. My unhealthy exacting memory for dates recalls this for personal reasons. My girlfriend (now my wife) had to leave town on this date. Yet I still managed to sneak a few peeks at the TV while she packed.

Life is all about striking a balance.

September 19, 1987 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
tony56
March 27, 2008
My first road trip to see a Mets game. Some friends and I decided to make a pilgrimage to Pittsburgh for Ralph Kiner Night. Ralph and his wife circled the field in a convertible. His wife saw the banner we had brought and pointed it out to him. I have to say the people of Pittsburgh were great. Very friendly. The game was great too. Hernandez' Grand Slam was the big blow.

AW
September 28, 2012

I was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University. A friend of mine and I, both Mets fans from Jersey, took the bus to Three Rivers, bought tickets from a scalper (2 tix for $1!), and sat in the right field seats (seat #13, I remember).

The highlight of the game was Keith Hernandez hitting a grand slam home run right into my arms. As it approached, time slowed down and I thought, "Holy Cow it's coming right at me." I didn't catch the ball -- it bounced off my arm -- but I did leap over the seat to retrieve it before anyone else could get there.

September 20, 1987 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 8
Mike A.
December 17, 2007
This game was brutal for the Mets and for their fans!

It's true that the Pendleton HR earlier in that month, and the Aguayo HR at the end of that month, were huge blow to the Mets playoff hopes. But this game was just as important to the Met's chances as well.

Saw it on WOR, the Mets had numerous leads that they couldn't hold, Dykstra was thrown out at 3rd base in late innings. And a washed up 'prospect' named Darnell Coles ended up winning the game for the Bucs.

Just absolutely brutal!

Brad
June 9, 2011

This game is significant in Pirates' history. After the game Dwight Gooden (pretty sure it was him) said the Pirates celebrated like a bunch of little leaguers on the field. (Trying to locate the exact quote.) With the win, the Pirates climbed out of last place for the first time in three months (June 29). The team with Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke, Drabek, closed the season 27-11 to finish with 80 wins and in 4th place. Gooden's words fueled the hatred and rivalry from '88-'92.

September 25, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob Mercier
November 1, 2000
This game has a lot of special meaning to me. It was the first ever Mets game I went to and the first time I ever went to Shea. Because I went to this game with my mom and her friend and her son and it was a good experience and the Mets won this game. Even though I understood that hopes of them repeating as World Series champions became hopeless, it did not take away the fun of this moment for me. We had taped channel 9 WWOR TV's coverage of this game hoping that we'd be on tv and we were not because we were sitting in the mezzanine level.

June 29, 1988 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Jeff In Florida
January 10, 2005
HOJO hit a Bomb off of Jim Gott to tie the game with two outs and two strikes against him in the 9th and the Mets won it in Extras. I remember the headline said "Howard Johnson Home Run Helps The Mets Get Gott!"

Metaphysical
February 22, 2006

I remember watching this game on Channel 9 during a sleepover with my friend. I had played wiffleball that night and pretended to be Lenny Dykstra by stuffing a handful of wild blackberries in my mouth and spitting them. Baad idea. I wound up puking everywhere and missed Hojo's HR, the great catch by Dykstra and the nifty double play to win it! Moral of the story: blackberries = evil.

July 29, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Barry F.
March 28, 2002
It was a Friday night and the Pirates were making noise, challenging the Mets still for first place. Ojeda vs. Smiley, a pretty decent pitching matchup. I attended this game at the last minute with my girlfriend at the time and we got tickets from somebody scalping by Gate C right about at gametime. Really good mezzanine seats at a decent price.

Anyway, a gorgeous night and it was scoreless into the bottom of the eighth. Ojeda was in complete control, but Smiley was sharp too. Then Elster, who didn't hit a lot of homers, hit this towering fly to left. Bonds went back to the fence at the 358 sign in front of the bullpen, leaped, and it was just inches over his outstretched glove for a homer. Mets won 1-0. A sweet game to win.

Jeff In Florida
January 10, 2005

I was at this game and the Mets had been in a slump. I remember the Pirate media was all hyped up and some stupid reporter said, "It's not the Big Apple, it's the big applesauce. We're not afraid of the Mets!" Well, thanks Bobby O for the all heart and guts effort. I had the pleasure to score this game and I still have the program.

Mike A.
December 18, 2007

I was at this game in the left field Mezzanine section. The weather was unbelievably hot that night, even for Shea Stadium.

As the first poster stated, Bonds just barely missed catching Elster's HR by a matter of inches!

Shea was packed that night, had to be a sellout. So when Bonds couldn't make that catch, the place just exploded...probably one of the loudest crowds I ever heard at a Mets game!

July 30, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
paul
February 2, 2004
This was the first (and last) game I ever attended at Shea. I am from Pittsburgh and the Pirates were surging. This series put an end to that. I can still picture Brian Fisher with that dead arm giving up that long HR to Johnson.

August 5, 1988 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Chris C
April 27, 2002
This was a defining game for the 88 Mets. It was a friday night and Keith Hernandez came back from the DL after injuring his hamstring. He hit a home run late in the game to win it for the Mets. I remember the final out of the game was recorded on a fan interference play. Wally Backman was coming over towards the stands on a foul pop and a fan reached out and prevented him from catching it. He told the fan off, it was wild.

August 8, 1988 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Mets 0
Greg
July 26, 2002
This was Rick Reed's Major League debut. The Mets had been on and off stagnant all summer, but managed to keep the Bucs at bay. On the verge of sweeping them, they bring up this guy nobody's ever heard of, and on "Monday Night Baseball," he shuts us out for eight innings. One of our gracious guys, Backman, I think, said, "I'd forgotten what minor league pitching looks like." That was one of the few times during the glory days that I was embarrassed by the Mets--not that they lost, but that they were such jerks about it. When Reeder appeared almost nine years later, I couldn't help but chuckle at the thought that he was once a passing thorn in our side.

Kevin
August 12, 2003

If you're into numerology... On 8/8/88, #8 Gary Carter, who had 8 HRs on the season at the time committed hist 8th error of the year.

September 12, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Don Jerue
October 27, 2007
I remember being at this game and as I recall Gary Carter, who had a horrible second half of the 1988 season, hit the game winning home run to win this game against the Buccos. Also this was shortly after Gregg Jefferies got called up and he was tearing up the league at that time and I thought this kid might be the real deal and I bought a bunch of his rookie cards. Oh well, live and learn.

June 2, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Michael
June 29, 2011
A very unexpected ending to this one. Dave Magadan, who did not hit many homers at all in his career (very good hitter though) hit a game-ending 2-run homer to beat the Pirates this night. Funny enough, Magadan had 2 game-ending homers as a Met (also one in 1992). Not bad for a guy with no power.

June 9, 1989 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Bob P
April 28, 2004
Darryl Strawberry's 200th career home run gives the Mets a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but the Pirates get an unearned run off Randy Myers in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up.

Strawberry then misplays Andy Van Slyke's leadoff single in the tenth and Van Slyke goes all the way to third. After intentionally walking Bonilla and Bonds, Roger McDowell gets Jeff King out, but pinch-hitter Benny DiStefano hits a slow infield grounder and the Mets can't turn two. Pirates win, 4-3--despite three homers by the Mets-- thanks to some questionable Mets defense.

September 9, 1989 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 5
Joe From Jersey
January 7, 2006
Me, my cousin, my late aunt and another person went to this game and we met Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo of WFAN who was asking people to give their opinions on sports topics for a TV show that would air later in the year. My cousin was interviewed and he went on that show. I also remember the traffic was pure heck because of the U.S. Tennis Open going on across the street; that is probably the reason why the Mets mostly play on the road on the final weekend of the Open.

September 29, 1989 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
TCor
May 19, 2003
Wow, this was actually my first ever Mets game that I had ever been to. Hard to believe that its been 14 years since that doubleheader at Three Rivers, but I am still a hardcore Mets fan till this day. I don't remember much about the games themselves, but I just remember being so thrilled that the Mets swept the doubleheader!!!

Bob P
May 19, 2003

TCOR, you've come to the right place! Here's what happened in game one of the doubleheader:

Frank Viola pitched a seven-hitter, allowing two unearned runs, and the Mets came from a 2-0 deficit to win, 6-2. Kevin McReynolds opened the Mets scoring with his 21st homer, then Gregg Jefferies hit his 12th to tie it in the 5th. The Mets took the lead on an RBI groundout by HoJo. Another infield out scored run number four, and RBI singles by Dave Magadan and Juan Samuel in the 9th put it away. As for game two...please see my comments in that listing!

September 29, 1989 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Bob P
May 19, 2003
The Mets swept this doubleheader, but another disappointing season was coming to a close.

The defending Eastern Division Champions were poised to finish the 1980's with another championship, but the team never rose to the occasion. After the Mets fell out of first place right before Memorial Day, they never were able to get back to the top of the division. All summer long, the Mets, Cards, Expos, and Cubs were jockeying for position. The Mets looked like they were fading when they lost seven straight in late July, but they came back to within a game and a half of the Cubs by August 24th. But from that point on this group that should have had a lot more to show than one World Series ring and one Division half-pennant could only manage to split their final 36 games while the Cubs finished 22-13 in their last 35.

Anyway, enough editorial commenting: the second game of this doubleheader was a great performance by David Cone, who pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out ten. Howard Johnson hit a 3-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead in a game they eventually won, 7-0. The last two runs scored on a bases-loaded single by Tom O'Malley. The Mets did not allow an earned run in either game of this doubleheader and the bullpen got the whole night off.

October 1, 1989 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Michael
September 28, 2012
Just watched this one on the old tape. El Sid finished the season well and the Mets won 4 games at Pittsburgh to finish...something they'd have A LOT of trouble doing the next few years unfortunately. 1989 was easily one of the weirdest years in team history. Everyone kept waiting for the Mets to pull away from the Cubs and Expos all through the season but they never could put together a long stretch of great baseball. Keith and Carter barely played and when they did they sadly contributed nothing. Their on-field production and leadership was sorely missed. Straw, while having a good season in general, had the worst season of his Mets career. The trade of McDowell and Dykstra for Juan Samuel proved to be one of the most ill-advised trades in team history. Gooden missed 2 months. In a strange way, 1989 really proved more than any other year just how much more talented the Mets were than other teams in that era. With the exception of HoJo's career year, almost NOTHING went right for them that year, and they still won 87 games basically in their sleep.

April 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 12, Mets 3
Ryan
April 30, 2002
This was the first Met game I ever watched, being a young 6 year old, I don't think I was too upset at the outcome, but I remember Keith Miller stumbling all over himself in centerfield, and Bobby Bonilla hitting an absolute bomb into the parking lot in rightfield off of Jeff Innis I believe, but it set a tone for the whole season and the tight games between the Bucs and Mets all season.

Shickhaus Franks
April 2, 2007

I wish I was at this game but I had to listen on the radio at work on the sly because I had a foreman at the time who was a real you-know-what and a type of a guy who was a real YES, SIR that would kiss the higher-ups behind 24/7. If I had been caught with the radio, I woulda been automatically suspended since he didn't give a darn about baseball. Luckily I got to catch the last few innings once I got home. BUMMER!!!! In reality, I shoulda called in sick!!!!

Michael
April 27, 2008

An EXTREMELY rare opening day loss for the Mets during a period when it seemed we won on opening day every single year. As a matter of fact, after 1969, our record on day one has been unbelievable.

sportsfan8690
August 17, 2009

Was at this game sitting in Field Level box in right field. Was not the opening day a fan would remember when the Mets lose 12-3. It was the first time in Gooden's career he lost on opening day and the first time ever he was under .500 at any point during a season. Most of the time I try to stay the whole game no matter what the score is. I was not able to stay for the whole game on this day as Passover was starting later in the day and had to get home to prepare for the sedar with the family.

June 9, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Ed K
March 5, 2007
Wally Backman's tenth and last major league homer was hit at Shea AGAINST the Mets in this game - a solo shot off winning pitcher David Cone.

June 10, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
sportsfan8690
December 23, 2009
This game to me was a real key game for the Mets to stay with the Pirates in the NL East race in 1990. We won this game to take 3 of 4 from the Pirates and played real well until the end of the season and stayed in the race to the final weekend. If we lost 3 or more in this series, the season would have been over for the Mets as they would have been 10+ games back and no wild card to be won in 1990. I was at this game sitting in Field Box right at home plate.

September 5, 1990 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Mets 0
Bob P
May 8, 2003
The Mets came into this doubleheader with a 77-56 record, just half a game behind the first place Pirates. Long-time nemesis Zane Smith pitched game one for Pittsburgh. Keith Miller led off the game with a single, then Smith retired the next eight batters before walking Miller with two outs in the third. From that point forward, Smith retired the final 19 Mets to come to the plate. The Pirates scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded single by Barry Bonds (after Bobby Bonilla was intentionally walked with one out and runners at second and third). Frank Viola pitched well for 8 innings, but it went down the drain.

Zane Smith gave up a single to the leadoff batter in the game, then got 27 outs without giving up another hit!! That has only happened three other times since September, 1990. Thanks to Jayson Stark of espn.com and retrosheet.org for that info.

The Mets lost the second game of the doubleheader and lost again the next night to the Pirates. They wound up scoring just two runs and collecting just 11 hits in the three games, and the first collapse of the Buddy Harrelson era was underway.

September 12, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Max Clauss
December 11, 2005
This game marked David Cone's 5th complete game of the year.

Michael
June 29, 2011

Looking back this is a sad game in many ways. It was truly the last "big" game that those "80's" Mets would play in front of their home crowd and win. Cone was fantastic and went the distance as the Mets tried to keep pace with the Pirates, but it wasn't enough, as Pittsburgh would play fantastic the next few weeks and the Mets would play only average.

October 3, 1990 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
David M.
February 4, 2002
Sad game in many ways for me. Frank Viola wins his 20th game in a meaningless game(we had already been eliminated from playoff contention by the Pirates). This was also Darryl Strawberry's last game as a Met and the continuation of his horrific downward spiral. I hate to think of what he could have been.

Bob P
March 4, 2004

As David M. said in February of 2002, Frank Viola won his 20th in the last game of another disappointing season. Frank pitched seven innings to get the win.

Jerry Reuss started and got a no decision for the Pirates. Doug Bair came in to pitch the last two innings. It was the final major league game for both of these 41-year-old pitchers. Reuss wound up pitching in four decades (1969-1990) and finished his career with 220 wins but never won more than 18 in a season.

Mets LF Chris Jelic homered in the eighth inning off Bair. It turned out to be Jelic's first, last, and only major league hit, and it came in his final major league at bat. He finished his career with just 11 at bats, and all of them came in the final week of the 1990 season. Jelic, who came to the Mets with David Cone prior to the 1987 season, was released in November 1990 and never made it back to the majors.

Michael
October 6, 2006

Despite the win, a sad ending to a wonderful era in Mets history. Straw would be gone and the decision to replace his power with Vince Coleman's speed proved to be fatal. A note about the 1990 season, a lot of people tend to forget how good this pitching staff was on paper. Going into spring training, we had Darling and Ojeda fighting for the last spot as a starter, that's how deep the staff was. Too bad the offense couldn't hit left-handed pitching, that proved to be our downfall in 1990.

Michael
June 16, 2010

Truly a sad day in Mets history. The best and most exciting era in team history would be over after this game for most part. Sadly this 1990 Mets team is largely forgotten today, as most people remember the 80's versions. But this was a VERY good and underrated Mets team. Their run differential was BY FAR the best in the National League. Unfortunately their utter and complete inability to hit lefties down the stretch is what really killed them.

September 24, 1991 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 8
Shickhaus Franks
January 2, 2009
I was watching this "game" on Ch. 9 when all of a sudden, it's 9pm and I had a decision to make whether to continue to watch the Mets-Pirates (w/o Barry-roid Bonds in the lineup) or go to Ch. 2 and watch "Murder In New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story". Tough choice though: Underachieving rich grown men playing a boy's game or Helen Hunt in a bikini? Guess which one I chose to watch.

September 26, 1991 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Ruba Khetan
May 4, 2005
One of my first Mets games as a kid. We were supposed to catch the second game of the doubleheader but the first one was still going on. Watching from way up in the red seats, some random rookie hits his first career home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the 14th inning. Not until years later do I realize that rookie was Todd Hundley.

June 6, 1992 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 15, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Bob P
September 17, 2004
Eddie Murray hit a sac fly in the first inning, then singled to drive in a run in the sixth.

The two RBI gave him 1,510 for his career, passing Mickey Mantle for most RBIs by a switch- hitter.

June 13, 1992 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
Jeff
August 31, 2011
Almost twenty years later, I can still recall several details off the top of my head:
  • The Yankees had not yet declared exclusive ownership of Old Timers Day. The Mets Old Timers event took place before this night game. It had just been renamed "Upper Deck: Heroes of Baseball Night", if I recall.
  • Bonilla got thrown out trying to stretch an extra base hit. It was a bad call and the Shea crowd gave was uncharacteristically sympathetic toward Bobby Bo after the call.
  • The Mets lost to a Pittsburgh club that owned that division in the early 90s.
  • Todd Hundley was dubbed "Todd O-for" in our scorecard. This is pre-juiced ball and pre-juiced Todd era.

June 14, 1992 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 4
matt
August 10, 2001
First game that I ever went to. it was glove day but the gloves sucked. it broke the second day I had it. All I know I was sitting in the loge level sitting above the auxilery scorebord. The Mets sucked today.

August 10, 1992 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 2
Ed K
March 17, 2004
Vince Coleman set a Met record with 5 walks in this game.

August 12, 1992 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 6
Bobby
November 30, 2008
I doubt anyone reads this anymore being that it's an old and insignificant game, but I caught a line drive foul ball off the bat of Andy Van Slyke in this game. Would love to know where to find a video of the game to see if I made it onto tv!

Pete
November 30, 2009

The heart of the Mets line-up on this day: Dave Gallagher-Chico Walker-Jeff McKnight. Oye.

September 26, 1992 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 19, Mets 2
Bob P
June 14, 2004
After scoring one in the top of the first the Mets gave up six in the bottom, and six more in the bottom of the second. It was 12-1 Pirates after two innings, and 16-1 after four innings.

In this game--number 154 of their 31st season-- the Mets used a position player to pitch for the first time in their history. Bill Pecota pinch- hit in the eighth inning and then stayed in the game on the mound. He gave up a leadoff homer to Andy Van Slyke them retired the next three batters.

Barry Bonds had a double, a homer, and two walks before coming out of the game in the fourth inning!

September 27, 1992 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 2
sportsfan8690
September 8, 2009
I remember watching this game in my college dorm room in Miami on WWOR. The Pirates clinched the NL East in this game and WWOR did the Pirates locker room celebration on the Kiners Korner postgame show.

At the beginning of the season I thought the last 2 weekend series against the Pirates would decide the NL East as the Mets were expected to be right at the top all year. That never happened as the Mets were never even close to contending. The Mets were not as good as everyone thought and they had to watch the Pirates clinch in front of their eyes.

October 4, 1992 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 0
Jay
June 23, 2001
Barry Bonds' last Game and The only foul ball I ever caught

Putbeds 1986
July 12, 2006

What Jay meant to say; it was Bonds last regular-season game in a Pirates uniform (They lost to Atlanta in the NLCS). He would sign with the Giants in the off-season. Also when Barry first started, he was skinnier than Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, now he's broken down and all 'roided up just like former WWF wrestler The Dynamite Kid who is now confined to a wheelchair cause of all the chemicals he took plus not to mention all the crazy jumps off the top rope. I hate to say this but the same fate is gonna happen to Mr. Bonds!

Pete H.
July 17, 2007

Jeff McKnight batting cleanup. Ouch.

May 17, 1993 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 4
Zach
December 3, 2004
This was my first trip to Shea Stadium. I sat right on the field parallel with 1st base with my dad. Future Met Jay Bell homered off Doc Gooden, but the sour loss was sweetened when a cop arrested two guys trying to get on the field to give back a foul ball. The cop gave me the ball! Not bad for my 1st game.

September 20, 1993 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 2
Michael
June 16, 2009
The Mets lose their 100th game. The Mets first 100-loss season since 1967. First last place finish since 1983. This summed up the way they played that year on and off the field from Bonilla, Coleman, team management, etc. as if the Mets were the expansion team that year, not the Marlins or the Rockies who were the true expansion teams. Final record 59-103, worst in all of MLB, enough said.

June 24, 1994 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 4
David M.
February 4, 2002
Gooden got shellacked in this game. Apparently, before pitching this game he was already aware of the fact that he was about to be suspended for substance abuse policy violation. This had to be the low point of his career.

R
March 31, 2007

Bad game for Gooden. I had a new camera which I brought to the game and one of the pictures that I took was a good action shot of Doc throwing a pitch to Gary Varsho. It turned out to be the final pitch that Doc ever threw as a Met. I don't remember what Varsho did but Doc was lifted after that pitch.

June 25, 1994 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Charlie Sullivan
November 18, 2009
It was Fire Works night in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the 69 Mets Championship.

The game was over so quickly that the folks at Shea had to wait an hour after the game was over to launch the fireworks because the sky was not dark enough yet.

April 6, 1996 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 0
gspar
August 28, 2007
I was at this game and sat pretty close to home plate, just behind the right hand side. What I most remember about this game was that forty year old Danny Darwin, someone who I thought retired, simply mowed the Mets down. They couldn't keep up with his breaking pitches and the Mets batters looked defeated.

This was also Mark Clark's debut with the Mets and he had a pretty good year for them. It was a shame to see him go the following summer. I also remember this game because I was on the worst date of my life.

June 17, 1996 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Phil Thiegou
December 15, 2004
This game was a Monday afternoon businessperson's special, so my friend and I left Jersey around 6 am and made very good time driving across Pennsylvania. So, we get to 3 Rivers ten minutes before game time, and the computer that prints out the tickets gets jammed. Finally the computer gets fixed and we buy our tickets and go in, only it is now the bottom of the 2nd and we missed the 6 run onslaught the Mets whupped on the Pirates.

Lo and behold the Mets blow the lead, but luckily won the game in the 10th. Now I'm tired from getting up at the crack of dawn, driving 6 hours and sitting through a 3 l/2 hour game. I want to check into my hotel and go to sleep. But no, my friend wants to watch a post game softball game between 2 local radio stations. B0RlNG!!! The only remote thing that made this half assed softball game interesting is this hot blonde that played for one of the teams. Whenever she got up, the 10 of us left in the stadium cheered wildly.

The next day in Pittsburgh was sunny and hot, great day for a ball game. Only problem was the game was at night and by the 2nd inning it was a torrential downpour. The Pirates waited almost 2 hours before calling the game and it was to be made up as a double header the next day. Only problem is that I had to be home the next day.

So my maiden voyage to Pittsburgh SUCKED!!! I hope I have better luck with the new stadium.

July 30, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Larry
May 27, 2002
Todd Hundley hits a game-winning homer at 12:24 a.m. to cap the doubleheader, which started with great anticipaton because of the acquisition of Carlos Baerga. Who knew it wasn't the Baerga of circa 1993?

Mets2Moon
June 14, 2004

This was, perhaps, the game of Gary Thorne's best HR call ever.

"HUNDLEY A DRIVE! DEEP RIGHT CENTER! GOODBYE! GOODNIGHT! HOME RUN! METS WIN!"

July 31, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
anesti
November 5, 2006
I was at this game in the upper deck closest to the scoreboard. Man was it hot and humid that day. Mets down 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth and Bernard Gilkey hits a home run to tie it. In the tenth the immortal Chris Jones hits a mammoth 2-run shot to win it. As a side note one of those summer storms was coming into the area at the moment Chris Jones hits it a massive lightning strike occurs off to the north. I don't know why but that was wierd.

Bill from Hoboken
October 1, 2006

Only memory on this one is Chris Jones (now the Newark Bears Mrgr.) hit a walk-off HR, we were still under the delusion that a wild card birth was a possibility...lol

August 1, 1996 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 13, Mets 9
Bob P
March 4, 2004
This game was cover-your-eyes ugly: the Mets made seven errors and allowed seven unearned runs in a loss to the Pirates, who were eleven games under .500.

The Mets were behind, 5-0 going to the bottom of the fifth but then scored six to take a 6-5 lead after five innings. But the Pirates scored eight runs (six unearned) over the last three innings for the win.

Tood Hundley had a single and his 31st home run, and drove in five runs.

June 19, 1997 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Mets2Moon
May 1, 2005
I remember attending this game and not having any idea who any of the guys in the Pirates lineup were. Of course, now, players like Tony Womack, Jason Kendall, Jon Lieber, Joe Randa and Jose Guillen have established themselves. But the '97 Pirates were trying to build a team around them and not really succeeding.

The Mets jumped on Lieber early and led 6-3 going into the 9th. Then Franco, as he was apt to do, made us all sick by getting runners on base, getting 2 outs, and then allowing a 3-run HR to Dale Sveum (now the much-beleagured third base coach for the Red Sox) to tie the game. Jeez, it was the PIRATES!

Franco got booed off the mound, but the Mets came back to win the game in the last of the 9th on a Jason Hardtke single. This would be the lone memorable moment with the Mets for Jason Hardtke, who pretty much disappeared back into the annals of time after this game.

June 22, 1997 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 9
James
August 30, 2001
It was a great game to go to for my 14th Birthday. There was a short rain delay and Corey Lidle made an emergency start in this game. I remember Franco blowing the save, but Carl Everett hit the game running homer in the 10th, and I got to run the bases after the game.

Jack
March 31, 2002

It was just ridiculously hot that day - well over 90 degrees and the sun was blazing. The rain delay came late in the game and was like a gift from God. Everett had three or four game-winning home runs that season.

Louis
January 14, 2011

This was my first Mets game, a month before my sixth birthday. I don't remember much, but I do remember standing on my seat and going crazy when Carl Everett hit that home run! I believe I sat in the Loge behind home plate...excellent precursor to all the great times I would proceed to have at Shea.

Max
May 10, 2013

This was the first Mets game I ever went to, I was only 6 years old. Brutal heat and then a violent rain delay highlighted an unbelievable first game for me. I remember the Hundley home run and Everett walk off vividly. I've been a huge Met fan ever since. Ordonez and Hundley were my favorite players in the beginning.

June 29, 1997 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 8
Bob P
August 20, 2004
The Mets scored nine runs over the last three innings to come from behind and beat the Pirates, 10-8. The Mets hit five homers over the last three innings. Down 6-1 with two outs and nobody on in the seventh, Butch Huskey homered and then after Luis Lopez kept the inning alive with a single, Matt Franco hit a pinch-homer to make it 6-4.

The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Young homered off Ricardo Jordan, who would eventually be the winning pitcher, his first and only win with the Mets.

In the eighth, John Olerud and Todd Hundley hit back-to-back homers off LHP Chris Peters and the Mets took an 8-7 lead. Olerud homered again in the top of the ninth, a two-run shot off Rich Loiselle, and even though the Pirates got a run in the bottom of the ninth off John Franco, the Mets held on for the win. Franco picked up the 342nd save of his career, putting him in fourth place all time.

September 23, 1997 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 4
Ed K
January 14, 2011
Mets were eliminated from Wild Card contention this day although I do not recall whether the Mets loss or the Marlins win came first to do it.

April 4, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Mets2Moon
July 4, 2001
If memory serves, Rich Becker almost single-handedly won this game, hitting a HR and a 2B, and making a key run- saving catch. Probably his only shining moment in his far from memorable Mets career.

Bob P
October 3, 2003

In their fourth game, the Mets picked up their third win of the season, and all three wins came in their final at bat.

John K
April 9, 2004

A cold grey day at Shea. Becker hits a line drive into a stiff wind over the center field wall to win it. On WFAN after the game, one caller believes that Becker is going to be the valuable addition that helps the Mets make the playoffs.

Justin Zacek
May 28, 2010

This game was brutally cold. There could not have been more than a thousand fans in the park to witness the end. I remember going into the bathroom with my friends between innings so we could find some heat to endure to freeze. That was both of my friends' first Mets game and I don't think they've gone to another.

Dan the Man
April 15, 2011

Justin wasn't kidding when describing how cold this game was even though it was in April! I went to this very early game in the season with my father. The Mets offense was lifeless that day for the first 8 innings. In the bottom of the 8th the Mets were able to scratch one run in but left the bases loaded. My father and I left at that point figuring the Mets were dead and we didn't feel like sitting in the freezing cold anymore. When we got off the 7 train in Woodside someone who had headphones announced the Mets tied it at 6-6. Remember these were the days before cell phones/blackberrys so I honestly didn't believe the man. Now that I think about it those days were so much simpler/better but that's a whole other thing for another day! So I eventually got home and the game was still going on and I caught the winning hit in the 13th on TV. Never gave up on a Met game my whole life after that!

Shickhaus Franks
April 23, 2011

I was at this game with my friend Kathy and it was a chilly, gray Saturday afternoon tilt at Shea; a difference to when it was summer-like for the home opener a few days earlier. After Rich Becker won it in extra frames, the PA system played the then- popular "Tub-thumping" aka (I get knocked down but I get up again song) by Chumbawamba. There was an announced crowd of 17,633 (according to retrosheet.org)

June 1, 1998 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Ed Koch
September 23, 2005
Piazza's first Met homer came against Jason Schmidt in this game but Schmidt still won the game.

June 3, 1998 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 0
Tom
May 31, 2006
Aramis Ramirez was 0-22 for his career(!) and hit a 2 run double in the 8th of McMichael, scoring Kendall and Young.

Arrgh.

July 21, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Shickhaus Franks
October 12, 2006
Sat in the picnic area bleachers for the first and only time ever on this night. A friend of mine nicknamed Bunny, btw his real first name was John, but everyone who knew him called him Bunny, got the 4 seats from another person who had won 'em on the late WCBS-FM 101.1. Talk about uncomfortable, I wish the bleachers had backs on them but me, Bunny, another friend Mickey and his brother Billy stuck it out until the final out in a game that saw Todd Hundley playing LF, Mike Piazza didn't play at all (Todd Pratt started at C) and Rick Reed pitching 8 shutout innings and striking out 9. It was also Queens Night and whenever a Mets player got up to bat, they would play the rumbling sound of the 7 train for some reason.

July 27, 1999 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 1
Dan
June 9, 2004
This was the infamous "Turn-Ahead-the-Clock" night at Shea, when the "Mercury" Mets were forced to wear black and silver pajamas instead of their regular uniforms and the player pictures were altered to give a more "alien" appearance (Rickey Henderson had three eyes). The evening was an embarrassment all around. The silver lining here is that whoever dreamt up this promotions fiasco must have been fired because the Mercury Mets were never heard from again!

flushing flash
June 14, 2004

Rickey Henderson stepped into the batters box and as he got set he heard Jason Kendall and the home plate umpire laughing. He asked them what was so funny and Kendall replied, "Look at the scoreboard, Rickey".

Mets2Moon
June 17, 2005

I had the misfortune of being at this debacle of a promotion as well. 3-eyed Rickey and the rest of the Mercury Magnificents didn't stand a chance.

This was, if I am not mistaken, Kris Benson's first Major League complete game.

July 28, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Javier Reyes
August 18, 2009
This was my first Mets game that I ever went to and me, my cousins, and my brother were sitting next to "SIGN MAN".

October 1, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Lee
April 30, 2005
Tough game to watch cause I knew the Mets destiny wasn't even fully in their hands and they needed to sweep. It was a nail biter all the way into the 11th. Finally, Robin Ventura steps up, gets a base hit, and the Mets live to see another day!

Mike
November 1, 2006

I watch about every game I can every season on TV. I can't remember the stadium sounding louder than when Ventura got the game winning hit in this game. Ventura's grand single, Chavez's catch this year, none of them sounded louder than that hit. I'm sure those moments were louder, but just from what I remember, it was one of most exciting moments in my life as a 24 year old Mets fan.

Michael
August 9, 2010

Remember this one well. In the 8th inning with the bases loaded for Pittsburgh and the game already tied, Franco is about to walk Adrian Brown to force in the go-ahead run, but the umpire gives him a complete GIFT strike call. (I Love Franco but I remember well how bad a call it was.) Johnny gets outta the jam and we win on Ventura's extra-inning single. Truthfully, without that call, the Pirates probably win the game, and we don't make the playoffs. Funny how things work out.

October 2, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Lee
August 8, 2004
This was a huge game because it was the second- to-last game of the season. It was the second game of a three game series against Pittsburgh and, at the beginning of the series, there was this whole thing about how either Cincinatti or another team (I forgot who)had to lose 2 of 3 and the Mets had to sweep. The Mets had won the first game of the series the night before and now Rick Reed was going to have to beat Pittsburgh. I was at this game and the whole game was Rick Reed. But before the game, we were all watching the scoreboard and we saw that Milwaukee had managed to beat Cincinnatti for the second loss in the series and a cheer rippled through the crowd as we all knew that we had control of our own destiny. Reed pitched the game of his life-- an incredible shutout and the Mets needed to win just one more game!

Joe Lanzisera
February 23, 2009

I was a groomsman at my friend's wedding that day and kept ducking inside his new mother-in-law's house to watch this one. The final score hides the fact that it was scoreless pretty late and the Mets scored 5, I think in the 8th, to put it away. It was a very tense night and I caught a lot of heat for hiding in the house watching.

October 3, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Mets2Moon
January 25, 2002
I toyed with the idea of getting my roommate to drive down from Binghamton to see this game, but we ended up staying at school and watching on TV. Mets had been given up for dead a few days earlier, and had miraculously worked their way back into a tie for the wildcard. Hershiser started, went 5 and gave way to the bullpen, which was stellar. Meanwhile, Kris Benson stifled the Mets, allowing only a run-scoring 2B to Hamilton in the 5th. Finally, the Mets broke through in the 9th on singles by Mora and Alfonzo. And Piazza came up with 1 out and the winning run on 3rd, and I knew he'd get the job done. Little did I know he wouldn't have to, as Brad Clontz threw his first pitch onto the screen, and Mora trotted home with the run that, as Howie Rose put it, "Got the Mets into some semblance of postseason play for the first time in 11 years!!!" And I jumped up and let out a whoop, grabbed my roommate (who yelled at me to put him down), ran into my room and blasted the Mets theme from 99, LA Woman. One more to go, but they had come this far. Quite a game indeed.

Chris
February 19, 2004

Classic. We were out in the mezzanine boxes in left field, and that was the first time I'd ever felt the ballpark SHAKE. I really thought that was the year it was all going to come together.

John K
April 12, 2004

Bought the tickets to the game in May. Never thought it would be such an important game. My aunt attends her first game at Shea. What a classic. Pirates play well, until Brad Clontz gives it away.

Lee
August 8, 2004

I woke up on this October 3rd morning thinking about the game I had just seen the night before (see my October 2nd entry) and hoping the Mets could pull another one off and then, all of a sudden, I get a call from my friend and he has tickets to the last game of the season for this day! So I went to the game and Hershiser pitched a pretty good game and it was close and then, in the ninth, it was bases loaded for Piazza, and, even though they hadn't been able to pull it off a few days before in Phillies with the bases loaded and one out when Henderson hit into a double play, I knew they could this time and Brad Clontz bounced the first pitch onto the screen and Melvin Mora scored to almost send the Mets to the playoffs but little did I know that Cincinatti would pull off a victory after a 6- hour long rain delay and the Mets would still have to go through them.

JFK
October 13, 2005

I cannot recall and never heard of another game that ended on a dead ball wild pitch.

Paul R.
May 24, 2006

Me and my mom had bought tickets to this because it was fan appreciation day, but as the day grew close it would become an important game. I can't forget that wild pitch finish in which Melvin Mora scampered on home for the winning run. All of Shea Stadium erupted and there was a wild celebration for a good five minutes (to hear "LA Woman, of course). The NYPD horse patrol were parked all along the warning track next to the field level seats is probably the most vivid memory. The bus ride home was filled with conversation about the Brewers/Reds game, which was in progress at the time. A great game to be at.

AC
January 23, 2012

I was 13 when I went to this game. I remember it was fan appreciation day. They gave us this little wooden bats which eventually got taken away by a teacher at 189. I still remember Piazza coming up to bat with bases loaded. Next thing I know, the ball bounced behind the plate and the METS clinched the wild card after taking on the Reds. I've been to a lot of Mets games but I've never felt the stadium shake like it did that afternoon. I was behind third base in the mezzanine level and for like 5 minutes the entire stadium bounced.

Stephanie C.
February 24, 2014

My future husband at the time (we've been very happily married since 2000) surprised me for my birthday by getting us two tickets, a fantastic gift since I'm the baseball fan, and he's not so much. We drove the four hours to Shea and watched a nail-biter with an ending we couldn't have scripted better! We had our friends tape the game for us and we were so excited to discover we were shown on TV during the game. We're the ones holding our homemade sign that says "Thanks for a great season" written over the Mets logo. It was shown and commented on some time around the fourth inning.

May 11, 2000 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Ed K
February 11, 2014
This was the last Mets game at Three Rivers Stadium.

June 25, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Jared K
September 11, 2005
Went to this game with my father on Father's Day. It was quite a pitcher's duel until about the 7th inning. Mike Hampton was on cruise control the whole game. A young pup named Kris Benson was mowing the Mets down for six solid innings, then completely unraveled as the Mets got 6 in the 7th. But I didn't feel too bad for him, not when he has Anna to go home to. Melvin Mora had a nice homer that smacked off the Dunkin Donuts sign in left field. In a little more than a month's time, he'd be ancient history, traded to Baltimore for the uber-useless Mike Bordick.

September 17, 2001 PNC Park
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ed K
October 4, 2006
First game back after 9-11 and the Mets won it in the 9th inning to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Gary Cohen has said it was the toughest game he ever had to announce.

The original schedule had the Mets playing in Pittsburgh on 9-11 week and then hosting the Pirates at Shea the following week and I had company tickets to one of the Shea games. Because Shea was being used for rescue efforts, the two series were flipped on the schedule. The games in Pittsburgh were played during this week when they were supposed to be played at Shea, and the games at Shea were played during make- up week at the end of the season when all the other games postponed from 9-11 week were held.

Ed K
February 11, 2014

One other note: this was the first Met game played in PNC park.

September 19, 2001 PNC Park
Mets 9, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
H-Man
August 17, 2002
Good long-relief pitching by Gonzalez. He looked sharp at PNC

April 1, 2002 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
mets fan
January 5, 2004
It was a good game and a promising start to what turned out to be a lousy season but, what I remember most of all is watching the game on ESPN and Jeff Brantley and Dave something were the announcers and Jeff Brantley was being very critical of Jay Payton and saying, "You gotta move up on a fly ball. That's fundementals." But then Brantley critizied Armando Rios for backing up on a fly ball.

Jared K
September 23, 2005

My college roommate and I, and a couple other of our buddies skipped classes for the day and went to this game. We were in row O of the Upper Deck, and the wind was whipping off of the Long Island Sound on an already frigid day. I had bronchitis for 2 weeks after this game. But it was worth it as Al Leiter got my hopes up for the season and made me forget (albeit for one whole day) last season's disappointment. He pitched a beaut that day, and Weathers did a nice job shutting Pittsburgh down in the relief job. Too bad these whiny, overpaid, underachieving useless bunch of quitters never got anything else good going that season. This 2002 team reminded me exactly of the 1992-93 bunch!! It makes me want to puke just thinking about them!!

Nick
July 6, 2012

Once again Al pitched a great game to start a what could be exciting 2002 season. I was excited watching the game with my grandma. The only down side was Mo Vaughn going 0 for 5. Al always had good opening day. Just a shame; they could have had a good season.

April 3, 2002 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 5, Mets 3
metsfanmo
April 8, 2002
Mo Vaughn hit his 300th homer. But the Mets lose because of fielding blunders.

April 4, 2002 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
beltran 15
February 1, 2005
This was the 3rd game of the season, when we all thought this was a pennant contender. It might have been the game when Mo Vaughn broke his hand and missed 2 weeks (little did we know). After this game they went to Atlanta and I believe won the first two and lost the third game in extra innings.

Putbeds 1986
January 17, 2006

It was a nice, cool day with a decent crowd. I'll remember it for being the first time I went to a Mets game that I was searched and wanded before entering. It felt weird as it was my first visit to Shea since August 2001 before the terrorist attacks.

April 17, 2003 PNC Park
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
April 28, 2006
This was Jay Seo's first major league victory. He pitched seven scoreless innings and was helped by Mo Vaughan's four hits and four RBI.

September 25, 2003 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 1
Phil Thiegou
November 18, 2003
A game for the ages! First and foremost it was the Grand Finale for Bob Murphy. The pre-game ceremony honoring the Murph got me choked up. Everyone from Mayor Bloomberg, to Tom Terrific, Al Leiter, John Franco, Steve Somers and Jody McDonald (from WFAN) Keith Hernandez and of course Ralph Kiner spoke with their kind words and memories of Bob. And during the game, video greetings were shown from other legendary broadcasters like Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Bob Uecker and John Miller.

The game itself was boring until the top of the 9th when Vance Wilson came out to play catcher. I figured why they were taking out Piazza, esp. when he was scheduled to hit 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, then there was a roar and people pointing to first. Lo and behold, who came in to play first? Yep, Piazza. After almost 2 years of rumors and innuendos, it finally happened. That woke up the dormant audience. And as if it were written out of a Hollywood script, the first batter hits a line shot to first that Piazza snagged. You think the Mets just won the World Series by the way everyone was cheering. The next 2 hitters grounded to the pitcher and 3rd and Piazza made both putouts, so he made all 3 for the inning. The stadium was shaking like the time they won the Nat'l League pennant in 2000. But in typical Mets fashion, Piazza struck out in the bottom of the 9th and the Mets quietly and bitterly lost the home finale. So no final Happy Recap for 2003.

Putbeds 1986
April 28, 2006

I attended this game, got there for batting practice and watched the whole Bob Murphy ceremony and then Tom Glavine's brother Mike got to play 1st base; A nice tip of the hat to the Glavine family even though it was a meaningless game. Unfortunately, Mike got hurt early on and had to leave the game. The only Mets run was a homer by Ty Wiggington (who should still be in Queens but because you can't stop progress, I mean David Wright). This was the debut of Metal Mike at 1B and when he caught that line drive, I went "Good God". Many fans bought radios to the game (more than usual) but Murph only did the 9th inning.

April 16, 2004 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 6
Jon
January 14, 2011
Glavine goes 7 scoreless only to see Orber Moreno and Mike Stanton combine to let the first 7 Pirate batters score in the 8th (single, single, single, walk, single, single, hit by pitch, single, sac fly, RBI grounder). Pirates went on to sweep that series at Shea putting an early damper on the year.

July 8, 2005 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Mets 5
John Autero
July 18, 2005
Question: When are the Mets going to start paying me NOT to go to road games? And as awful as this game was, it was a typical road game for me. I was at the 9/19/84 game in Philly when the Mets lost 13-5, the 6/11//85 game when the Phills led 16-0 after 2 and beat the Mets 26-7. And I was at the Montreal series 6/10-12/88 when after losing the first two, the Mets led 3-0 in the 9th when Davey Johnson took out Sid Fernandez who was pitching a 1-hitter. Of course, they lost 4-3. This loss to Pittsburgh typifies my 1-11 road record-and I got to see them lose the 2nd game of the series too. Oddly, my only win came in 1998 in Boston when the Mets beat Wakefield-but got only two hits.

May 3, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Mets2Moon
July 12, 2006
Carlos! Carlos! Carlos!

I sat through a mucky afternoon game as a youth during the playoffs in 1988, and I would liken sitting through this game 18 seasons later to that game.

Rain, not hard rain, but annoying, misty rain, fell from the 3rd inning well into the 9th, never stopping the game, but soaking the players, the field and the fans. Unlike in Philadelphia, the Mets played through, and had a 3-1 lead with Wagner on for the 9th.

Wagner blew it. I had visions of John Franco allowing the lead run and the Mets losing, but Wagner managed to get out of the jam with the tie.

Stunned, soaked and frustrated, my friend and I departed our seats in the Upper Deck as the game moved into the 10th, moving to the Mezzanine, right next to the Pedro Martinez Salsa Section, which definitely lightened the mood.

Leading off the 11th inning, a shallow pop fly was hit into no-man's land between Matsui and Beltran. They both charged after it, but it appeared hopeless...Until Endy Chavez came flying in from right, dove, and caught the ball.

Finally, leading off the 12th for the Mets, Carlos Delgado ripped one out into the Bleachers in left, raised his fists coming around first, and jumped on Home Plate, ending a game that could have very easily slipped away.

Lee
June 10, 2006

Billy Wagner blew the game... again. Pedro was denied his 6th win, just as he would be over and over after this. But, in the end, Delgado, with a flick of the wrists, lifted one over the fence and ended it. Let's Go Mets!

May 4, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Lee
June 10, 2006
Glavine did it again! He is pitching so well this year it is amazing. He's gonna be playing until he's 50, and tonight he pitched a shutout.

Shickhaus Franks
March 21, 2010

Xavier Nady's HR vs the Pirates (a team in which he would be traded to in July for Ollie Perez) wound up in a scene from the Kevin James/Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Jon
January 11, 2011

Nady's grand slam went 420 feet to center, according to my scorecard. I'll have to look up that movie. I also thought to note that Paul LoDuca came to the plate to the song "Stayin Alive."

September 17, 2006 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 0
john t greenpoint
September 17, 2006
I guess PNC stands for pop no champagne because that's what happened today in Pittsburgh! Mets lost 3-0 and were swept out of Pittsburgh and head home to play the Marlins tomorrow looking to celebrate with us! Second time this year Mets have been swept in a 3-game series! I am starting to get worried about this team hitting of late. They seem to be struggling to get clutch hits. They have two weeks to get it out of their systems.

July 24, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Henry (metsjets) Indictor
February 21, 2010
Who would've expected that John Maine would hit his first home run in the majors?

July 25, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
John T Greenpoint
February 17, 2008
Was at this game, sat Field Level SEC12 row C. What a night for Paul LoDuca, two 2-run doubles and the Mets get Tom Glavine his 299th Victory!

July 26, 2007 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 4
Henry (metsjets) Indictor
April 4, 2010
I had to go to day camp this day and missed most of the game. But when I went back to the cubby to pack my bag to go home I heard the game on the radio because 2 counselors (both Mets fans) were listening to it. I almost got in trouble for being late to snack. Unfortunatley outcome wasn't the way I hoped it would be.

August 16, 2007 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Mets 7
John T Greenpoint
August 17, 2007
If the Mets lose this Eastern Division title by 1 game we know this game will be the reason why! I can not believe how we lost this game. Our bullpen just IMPLODED!! Mota cannot be trusted with a big lead and Heilman might be getting used a little too much!!

Amit
August 18, 2007

Mets had no business losing this game. They blow a 5-0 lead and then a 7-3 lead. Bullpen is still a problem for this team as there is no consistency with Heilman or Mota. Hopefully things go better against the Nats

henry (metsjets) Indictor
February 21, 2010

I still don't understand how it's possible that Aaron Heilman has more holds than any other Met. A pitcher with that reputation would never have blown a big lead the way Heilman did.

April 30, 2008 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 13, Mets 1
A
May 1, 2008
What a STINKER!! Oliver Perez went back to his old ways in this game although it would have been nice if the defense made some plays. Not sure why Randolph brought in Figeuroa to relieve Perez. I think he was scheduled to pitch on Saturday in Arizona. Dont think that will happen now. I think Randolph would have been better served leaving Perez in to pitch a few more innings to save the bullpen. Mets need more innings from their starters otherwise that bullpen is going to run out of gas at the end of the season when the Mets will need them the most.

John T Greenpoint
May 2, 2008

Oliver Perez was absolutely horrid today. Only lasting an 1.2 and walking practically the whole Pirates lineup. This game is exactly like last year's game that Perez pitched against the Pirates at Shea when he imploded in the 5th or 6th inning. In last year's game he threw the ball down the 1st base line after he got himself into trouble!!! If we are going to be successful this year Perez has to pitch like he did his first three starts!

Ken K
July 22, 2008

Likely my last game at Shea. Growing up a Mets fan, went to games and watched on TV, but my family long ago moved away. Came back for one last hurrah with a friend, first base box seats, but this game was a sorry affair for the Mets. Spent most of the time walking the stadium. Shea and the Mets were a magical part of my life as a kid; that's back when the blue/orange shingles were on the place. I will miss it.

Rick
January 12, 2013

This was the only Mets game I've ever been to. I'm a life-long Mets fan but have always lived in the south so don't really have many chances to go. The Mets lost 13-1 and looked like a high school team. To top that off, I got mustard thrown all over my Mets jersey by fans in the upper deck. It was still a cool experience but could have been better.

August 11, 2008 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Mets 5
Amit
August 11, 2008
As a die hard Mets fan I am sick and tired of watching this bullpen consistently blow games for this team. Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Pedro Feliciano, and Scott Schoweneweis were the culprits in this game. We had a 4 run lead going into the 7th inning and lost. Just another example of arguably baseball's worst bullpen doing what it does best. Mets can't survive with this cast of characters.

The Big H
November 20, 2008

An article came out today on Mets.com saying that the Mets are probably dumping Pedro.As part of the Mets disinformation, they said that the Mets lost seven of the last eleven. This was one of the seven losses. Six innings one run while the Mets got five in the first six. It is probably fine for them to dump him but even in 2008 he wasn't all bad. And in this game Aaron ("start me or trade me") Heilman was credited with the loss in the bottom of the ninth. (And this was the last weekday day game at Shea Stadium.)

May 8, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
ABK
May 9, 2009
Nice job by Niese to come in and pitch 6 strong innings. Definitely think he has earned another start. Big game for Delgado as he and Beltran are carrying this offense. Let's hope Reyes and Wright can get hot as well. That's 5 wins in a row and I am loving what I am seeing from this team. They also have 5 consecutive starts by their starting pitchers with 6 innings or more and 6 of 7 in May. Good starting pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting is what helps teams put together streaks and this is what the Mets are doing right now. Let's keep it up with Maine facing the Pirates this afternoon.

Stu Baron
May 28, 2010

My first game at Citi Field; had so-so seats in section 106 in the RF corner. Short walk to the long line at the Shake Shack.

May 9, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Shickhaus Franks
August 11, 2009
After 30 plus years of going to Shea (RIP), it was time for yours truly to make my initial trip to Citi Field. After being awestruck seeing the spacious and beautiful Jackie Robinson rotunda; I got to my seat at the Excelsior level 332, row 12, seat 13. Me and my long time friend Kathy saw everything except most of the scoreboard, HD Diamond Vision and parts of left field but that's okay. It was Autism Awareness Day and we were treated to a pre-game acoustic concert by 80's rocker Sebastan Bach (Skid Row) and then Garry "Bababooey" from the Howard Stern Show threw out the 1st pitch and it was straight out of "Bull Durham". The weather even worked out as the threat of rain storms never happened as the Mets romped over the Pittsburgh Pirates!

May 10, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 8, Pittsburgh Pirates 4
ABK
May 11, 2009
That's 7 in a row. If you had told me last week at this time that the Mets were going to sweep Atlanta at Turner Field, come home and sweep the Phillies, and then follow that up with a 3 game sweep of the Pirates I would have thought you were crazy. This team is clicking on all cylinders right now and I am loving it. Another great start for Mets pitching, that's 7 in a row with 6 or more innings allowing 3 runs or less. Offense came through and then put the game away in the 8th inning. Everyone is hitting and it seems as if this team is just going out there and having fun. Only thing I am concerned about is Shawn Green. The guy is getting flat out killed out there and he is the only un-reliable arm in their bullpen.

June 1, 2009 PNC Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 5
Murphy
January 10, 2014
The bottom of the eighth inning was pure torture. I drove down from Buffalo to see this game, and sure enough the Mets blew a big lead. Watching J.J. Putz give up hit after hit after hit against a horrible Pirates lineup was as bad as it gets.

August 20, 2010 PNC Park
Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Jared K
August 23, 2011
My wife and I took an impromptu long weekend because we were both working ludicrous 60+ hour weeks at our jobs at the time and had done bupkis for the summer except slave away. To get away from it all for a while, and get a sliver of fun in before the summer ran out, we drove out to Pittsburgh to see their sweet ballpark. It's a great little city with many good places to eat and drink, for cheap too. A highly recommended trip.

Aside from Pelfrey's above average (for him) pitching performance, and Chris Carter's homer, I don't really remember that much about this game. The Mets and Pirates were both so far out of it, it's a wonder this game, and series, was even scheduled this late in the season by the MLB powers that be. My emotional attachment to this particular game was zilch.

June 1, 2011 Citi Field
Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Mets 3
Shickhaus Franks
June 4, 2011
The headline says: MOUNT COLLINS ERUPTS!! Manager Terry Collins rips a bunch of new ones into the Metsies after this horrible loss. He was part Vince Lombardi part Clint Eastwood; under Jerry "Gangsta" Manuel it was Buddy Hackett at the Comedy Club but GUESS WHAT? THE COMEDY CLUB IS CLOSED!!

September 27, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Pat
October 8, 2012
Finally, a meaningful September game. RA Dickey becomes the first Met 20-game winner in 22 years. Couldn't happen to a better guy, with a storybook ending to a great story. But as usual it wasn't easy. Pirate Travis Snider made what my son described as 'the catch of the year' right in front of us to rob Mike Baxter of a HR. Then the bullpen did it's best to try to throw away another win. But with Wright and Davis providing the power the Mets finally won an important game. There is hope for 2013, well at least every 5th day! Good luck to RA Dickey on his Cy Young quest he so richly deserves.




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