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April 11, 1962 Sportsman's Park
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Mets 4
Jim Snedeker
April 30, 2002
Roger Craig gave up the Mets' first run in history on a balk. A guy was on third, and as Craig was going into his motion and then he dropped the ball.

Jeff
February 13, 2004

Roger gave up the first run but it didn't happen like that. The Cards had runners on first and third when Stan The Man blooped a single into left and drove in the first run. With runners on on first and second, Craig made a move to first but Hodges wasn't covering the bag. So Craig held on to the ball for a balk. Boyer then grounded out, driving in the second run. I know the myth sounds better but Craig had enough woes with the Mets and doesn't need this added to it. I think the story of the balk came from Breslin's "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?"

Joseph Dubin
January 10, 2005

Jeff, the story about the balk is no myth - many of us have recordings of Lindsey Nelson calling the play. He has Roger Craig checking the runner at third, set into his windup and then drop the ball. Lindsey goes on to say, "The New York Mets have given up their first run in history on a balk."

Jim Snedeker
January 13, 2005

Actually, since my post about Craig's balk, I was corrected by another fan who told me that the recording Joseph refers to was recreated--that is, Lindsey did it in the studio, imagining the play, with fake crowd noise in the background. The recording I have of it comes from the record album produced in 1970 called "The Miracle Mets" by Fleetwood.

Joseph Dubin
February 10, 2005

Jim, I also have the 1970 "Miracle Mets" album and thought the crowd noise on some play-by-play sounded fake but never imagined the calls themselves were recreated!

Since Bob Murphy opened the broadcast, it would seem logical that he would be the one to have called the first three innings on radio.

Shad Stanleigh
May 31, 2005

The first run of the game was scored on an RBI single by Musial. Craig balked on the next play, but no run scored (although it did enable the Cards to knock in the second run on a groundout).

IntroMET
August 23, 2006

I had that "Miracle Mets" record when I was a kid and listened to it a lot. I remember that Nelson broadcast about the balk and was confused by it when I found out that it was not the way the run was allowed in this game. But I was wondering something. Could that balk have happened in the first SPRING TRAINING game in Florida that year? I don't know if this was really the case, but I think it's possible.

Matt Breitenbach
November 4, 2007

You can actually listen to the first game via a Podcast. Download Daniel Humprey's Baseball Historian Episode 16. Craig did balk, didn't drop the ball. Hodges didn't cover and Craig couldn't throw.

Michael
July 13, 2008

I guess for the final say... I just listened to this game and the 1st run scored on Musial's hit. THEN Craig balked, advancing runners to 2nd and 3rd.

Jim Snedeker
October 15, 2010

Yeah, I wonder why the producers of that record decided to play fast and loose with history. And why Lindsey agreed to go along with it!

David Bagdade
December 28, 2010

Jeff, Matt and Michael are dead on. While Craig did balk, he didn't drop the ball, and in any event, the first run had already scored. I believe that the whole "balked-in-first-run" myth started with Jimmy Breslin in "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game," published in 1963. It's incredible that the myth acquired such momentum that the recording fakery took place just seven years later. This is only one of a number of myths which surround the Original Mets.

If you want to really get to grips with sorting out the facts from the myths, might I suggest my newly-published book, A Year In Mudville: An Oral History of Casey Stengel and the Original Mets. This 418-page book is based on interviews with players, reporters and fans (including several who post on Ultimate Mets), and you can get your copy on Createspace.com or amazon.com, or if you want to read it on your iPhone or iPad, you can get it from the iBookstore. Email me for more info.

April 19, 1962 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 4
Mike Roberts
February 12, 2006
I was 10 years old and it was my first time at the Polo Grounds. I remember putting the names in the scorecard and then Casey Stengel changed half the players about 10 minutes before game time.

The Mets were awful and I remember that Frank Thomas hit home runs in his last two at bats when it was meaningless. It was the only time that I saw Stan Musial play. The Mets were awful but not as bad as the 17-4 loss that I saw against the Giants. (That may have been in 1963.)

July 6, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 3
John Mac
May 16, 2002
I'm pretty sure this was the first Mets game I ever attended (8 yrs old.) I recall it was a close game until Rod Kanehl broke it open with a pinch-hit grand slam off Barney Schultz (the "fireman" for the Cards) sometime in the 7th or 8th inning.

Think about how improbable that was; Hot Rod Kanehl hit only 6 lifetime HR's, and hits a pinch-hit grand slam off a tough pitcher.

I switched from a Yankees fan to a Mets fan at that point and never looked back.

Bob P
January 2, 2005

The grand slam by Rod Kanehl that John Mac referred to in his May 2002 post was the first grand slam in Mets history.

Tom Anderson
June 13, 2005

I attended this game with my dad and I remember that Gil Hodges hit a home run; I also remember that Ray Sadecki threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk, allowing a run to score.

Ed K
September 22, 2007

Hodges hit his last major league homer in this game. It was #370 which moved him into 10th place on the All-Time Homer list as it then stood - ahead of Ralph Kiner who was announcing when Hodges hit the homer!

An interesting question: I was a young kid at the time and recall that one of the nine homers by Hodges as a Met was an inside-the parker at the Polo Grounds. Was this it? Inside-the- parkers were quite frequent in the Polo Grounds on balls hit in the gaps because CF was 480 feet while the Mets played there in 1962-63!

Tom Miller
June 30, 2009

This was the first Met game I ever went to. I was 11 years old and my father got great seats directly behind home plate, slightly to the third base side, a few rows up. I remember expecting the Mets to lose. I had started watching the Yankees a few years earlier and still considered myself a Yankee fan, although the Mets interested me because I could now see players like Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax. I did not realize at the time but my metamorphosis into a Met fan began that night. I remembered that the Mets won big and I remember vividly the grand slam hit by Rod Kaneal as a pinch hitter in the 8th. I remember Ray Sadecki was a young, hard throwing lefty for the Cardinals. I distinctly remember the catcher chasing a ball to the backstop, shouting out curses as he neared the stands. Roger Craig kept the Cards off balance all night. I also remember how much I enjoyed the ambiance before the game, watching batting practice and listening to the music piped in from speakers in center-field. I remember thinking I liked the Polo Grounds better than Yankee Stadium. I remember how much my dad enjoyed being at the game with me.

July 7, 1962 Polo Grounds
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
David Mo
October 24, 2004
The first time my father took me to the Polo Grounds, the Mets split a pair of one-run games with a pretty good Cardinals team. Little did I know that the second-game loss would begin a string of 16 losses in the next 17 games. Ray Daviault earned his only big league victory in the opener, thanks to a pinch-hit HR by “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry. Sammy Taylor caught both games(!) of the doubleheader and homered in each game. He hit only three all year and 33 in his career.

Ed K
July 2, 2011

This was the first of two pinch-hit walk-off homers Marv hit in 1962. This one is credited with helping establish him as a fan favorite. The other one (on 8/21) is legendary as he was called on to pinch-hit after coaching at 1B for much of the game!

July 7, 1962 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
Jerry M
July 11, 2005
My father took me to this double header. I was 10 and I distinctly remember sitting in the right field seats (just fair) and having several home runs land near us, including one by Stan Musial. I was very happy to discover this site and see the box score confirm my nice memories of this day. Thanks!

George G
July 2, 2011

This is the only game I ever saw in the Polo Grounds. Mostly I remember Stan the Man's HR; it was my birthday present! Wonderful to see the box score!

Dan Morrow
February 13, 2013

My Dad took me to this double header at The Polo Grounds. I was almost 9 but an ardent fan of baseball in a family with 10 kids. We were all baseball fans and embraced the Mets and the return of NL Baseball to NY. I remember that field so vividly and the imaginations as I peered through binoculars at close ups of so many greats of the game: Musial, Hodges, Woodling.

I was hooked as a Mets fan and went to more than 30 games in '69 and was there when the Mets clinched the pennant. I grabbed chunks of grass and tried in vain to dig out home plate with a bunch of other crazies! What a sweet summer that was. My sister Anne and her boyfriend Willie took me to so many games in my teenage years to Shea! Great memories of Shea- Kiner's Korner-before there was ESPN and good sports highlights!

July 8, 1962 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 15, Mets 1
Ed K
February 3, 2003
My first Met game at age nine. I recall the fans booing the entire Cardinal line-up except for Stan Musial who got cheered. The only game I went to with my grandfather and father before the former passed away the next year. We had box seats on the third base side and almost got a baseball during batting practice when AL Jackson was shagging flies and threw in a ball that rolled near us. And boy did centerfield in the Polo Grounds look like it was forever.

Bob P
January 31, 2004

Stan Musial hit three homers in his first three at bats after hitting a home run in his last at bat yesterday.

Stan the Man, age 41, became the oldest player ever to hit three homers in a game. I'm not sure if that record still stands.

Brad H
June 14, 2004

This was also MY first Met game. I still have the ticket stub. I was two and half weeks short of my eighth birthday. My dad and I attended the game at the Polo Grounds and I also recall very clearly how vast centerfield seemed. I was very excited.

Twenty Five years later, in 1987 I returned the favor and took my Dad to see the Cardinals play at Shea. He was only 59 years old, but suffering from macular degeneration, a dibilitatiting eye condition that left him with peripheral vision only. I described most of the action on the field to him, and you know? We had a blast!

He passed away suddenly in May 1988, and I am so glad we shared our Met baseball together!

The Big H
June 30, 2009

This game would be where to place the remark, that I once read that Musial was ready to retire after 1961, but when he saw the names on the Mets pitching staff he decided to continue. Based on his stats against the Mets you can see why.

July 27, 1962 Sportsman's Park
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
robert
July 23, 2003
I think "Little Al" Jackson (wonder what he thought of that name?) beat Gibson in this game, despite some adventures from Marvelous Marv at first base (anybody have a copy of Breslin's "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game"?) pretty funny stuff.

Ed K
January 15, 2006

The 3rd of Al's four shutouts in 1962. All were the during the first game of doubleheader and in each case, the Mets lost the second game!

Ed K
February 1, 2006

Also, this was the first 1-0 shutout ever won by a Met pitcher, and it was the first shutout by a Met pitcher in an away game.

September 2, 1962 Sportsman's Park
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Bob P
February 2, 2004
Stan Musial collects his 3,516th hit in this Met victory. The hit moves him past Tris Speaker into second place overall behind Ty Cobb for most hits in a career.

Musial gets another 114 hits to finish at 3,630 and now sits fourth behind Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, and Henry Aaron.

April 9, 1963 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 0
Gerry Alfani
September 2, 2001
I was at this game. I really don't remember any thing about the game itself. But I along with 3 other guys cut school to welcome Duke Snider back to New York. The funny thing was we all got caught because our picture was on the front cover of the New York Daily News.

Ed Rimer
February 22, 2006

I was at this game with Bruce from Bayside and other friends sitting in the upper left field stands. The first at bat Brock hit a slow roller to Charlie Neal at 3rd, who promptly threw it over the head of the 1st baseman. Brock went to 3rd, the Cardinals scored, and it was wait 'til next year.

Ed Rimer
March 1, 2006

I attended the game with some friends (including Bruce from Bayside). We sat in the upper left field stands. The first play Curt Flood hit a slow roller to third. Charlie Neal threw it over the first baseman's head and Flood wound up on 3rd. The Cardinals won and we all knew that '63 would be like '62, but that didn't keep us from rooting for the Mets.

Bob P
March 1, 2006

Ed, it was actually Curt Flood who led off this game for the Cards, not Lou Brock. Brock was still with the Cubs. In fact, the man he was traded for--Ernie Broglio--pitched a 2-hit shutout for the Cards in this game!

Larry Burright had both Mets hits, a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, and a leadoff double in the top of the ninth. Broglio allowed just two other baserunners in the game, and from the second until the ninth he retired twenty Mets batters in a row.

This was also the first major league game for Al Moran, and for Don Rowe, a lefty who relieved Roger Craig in the fifth inning. While pitching to his first-ever major league batter--who just happened to be Stan Musial--Rowe committed a balk! Can you blame him?

Rowe wound up getting into 26 games and pitching 52 innings before disappearing off the major league radar in July of 1963.

June 7, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Feat Fan
June 15, 2005
Duke Snider rips a 3-run homer off Diomedes Olivo in the 9th inning for a walk off victory. I can still hear Lindsey Nelson's call; the game was televised.

Joe Figliola
July 18, 2005

Most people likely have seen the clip of Snider's game-winning home run from the "25th Anniversary" video. Not only was I thrilled to see it, but I also was encouraged that it SURVIVED! (BTW, the video also features video game clips of Carlton Willey's grand slam and Gil Hodges' 2000th hit.)

Bob P
November 15, 2005

The Cardinals' starting pitcher in this game was future Met Ron Taylor. Ron allowed just two hits and a walk through eight innings and was nursing a 2-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinal runs had scored on first inning back-to- back doubles by Curt Flood and Dick Groat, and a fourth inning homer by Ken Boyer.

After retirning Jim Hickman (batting for Jimmy Piersall) to lead off the ninth, Taylor gave up a pinch-single to Frank Thomas. Rod Kanehl came in to run for Thomas. Ron Hunt drew a walk, and Cardinal manager Johnny Keane went to the mound, waving in LHP Diomedes Olivo to face Duke Snider. With the Duke up, catcher Gene Oliver allowed a passed ball, moving the tying runs into scoring position. Duke then hit a three-run homer to win the game, 3-2.

Olivo would get into just two more games in his major league career.

Ken blum
May 8, 2012

This was the first baseball game I ever went to. After Snider's walk off home run, the place went crazy. I wondered if this happened every game. My father said, son, meet the Mets. That was enough for me...a true fan forever.

June 8, 1963 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 0
Charles
January 29, 2002
This was the first game I ever went to. I was eight, and a baseball fanatic! And I loved my Mets! Unfortunately, they didn't "love me back" that day (LOL!!!), as Cardinal pitcher Ernie Broglio shut the Mets out. My Aunt Inez took me, and we had seats about midway between first and right field, maybe in the second deck (?). It was a Saturday afternoon game.

All these years I thought the final was 3-0 (it was 4-0). But all I truly remember was Ernie Broglio, Tim McCarver, Stan Musial and George Altman (then a Cardinal; later a Met), who replaced Hall of Famer Stan Musial in the 7th inning. I remember that because of my aunt making a "big deal" of "Stan the Man," who was a new name to these 8-year old ears in 1963. He may have even hit one out, I'm not sure. Sometime this weekend I'm going to try to pull up the box score to this game on microfilm at the library.

Joe B.
April 9, 2012

This was the first game I ever attended. I was eight. I remember Jimmy Piersall throwing his bat up in the air (WAY up in the air) when he struck out. (It may have been after a called strike that he did not agree with.) In those days you were allowed on parts of the field at the end of the game, and I and my dad walked on the track right in front of the Cardinals dugout. I saw Ken Boyer (future Met) and Tim McCarver sitting on the bench right in front of us. It was a thrill to see Stan Musial play in his last pro season. What a memory!

Glenn
February 13, 2013

I was a senior in high school and traveled from NJ with a friend to see the game. This was my only visit to the Polo Grounds. My only memories were that Ernie Broglio won the game and that Dick Groat was the St Louis shortstop. It was a pretty Saturday afternoon in NY.

June 9, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7
greg
October 22, 2003
This was my first Mets game travelling with the Little League. If I remember correctly, Marv Throneberry hit a home run to win the first game of the doubleheader- also remember Curt Flood hitting one near us in the left field bleachers.

Bob Jones
January 30, 2013

We only stayed for the first game of the double header, but I am always happy to tell people that I saw Stan the Man in person, even if he did only play 7 innings.

June 9, 1963 Polo Grounds
St. Louis Cardinals 10, Mets 4
Bob P
August 20, 2004
Tim McCarver had an inside-the-park grand slam in game two of this doubleheader at the Polo Grounds.

Kevin G.
August 23, 2006

This doubleheader was my first trip to a major league game. I went with my Dad. My first impression was I couldn't believe how green the grass was. Then, I was so happy that the Mets won my first game for me. I also remember that when McCarver hit the inside-the-park grand slam, my father said "c'mon its been a long day" and we headed back to Jersey.

August 7, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 3
manny morales
March 18, 2003
My first Mets game. I was 8 years old. Jim Hickman hit for the cycle, Stan Musial pinch hit for the Cardinals and the Mets actually won! My one and only look at the Polo Grounds.

Alan
November 25, 2007

Oh, those were the days when the Mets were pitiful, the lovable, Amazin' Mets. I was 13, and went this day with a summer school group from Westchester. It was the last year in the Polo Grounds; we sat in the left field stands, in special seats set aside for groups. As usual, the stands were empty. Whenever I went myself I sat in the center field bleachers for 75 cents. That was the place to sit.

I remember almost nothing about the game, except the fact that Jim Hickman hit for the cycle. In those days, we remembered every Mets feat. So here was Hickman, a guy we loved, couldn't hit a lick, but we didn't care. And he hit for the cycle.

The bus ride home must have been great. And yes, the Mets even won the game. A Miracle!

August 8, 1963 Polo Grounds
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Mr. T
June 26, 2003
Sometimes a baseball game is, well, just a baseball game. It's a few hours of distraction from from that eternal run down play we call life. But sometimes that routine game takes on a meaning so much greater than anyone had a right to expect. Sometimes that game soars so far above the din of everday existence that it assumes mythic qualities. Such was the game between the Mets and the Cards played on August 8th, 1963.

By August that Mets had proven once again that the basement of the National League was theirs and no team was going to deprive them of that. Now it was the Card's turn to fatten their record. With them HOF Stan "the Man" Musial. This being his retirement year he was of course making one of his last appearances in New York.

I don't remember everyone who played that day. Frank Thomas started in left, Al Jackson was the starting pitcher and Duke Carmel played first. My friends and I sat in the left field bleechers. Musial was signing baseballs and tossing them into the seats near me.

The Mets won the game in dramatic fashion with a home run in the ninth.

The Amazing Mets of 69 were still some years off, but in that one moment this 12-year-old became aware that despite all odds you stay in the run down for as long as you can because sometimes they drop the ball and you're safe. Sometimes you win even though had had no right to. Keep the Faith...Ya gotta believe. Lets Go Mets!

Mike from the Bronx
January 8, 2004

I remember this game very well. In the top of the first inning, Julian Javier drove in the Cards' 2 runs. It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when my first baseball hero, Duke Snider, blasted a 3 run homer to the upper deck in right. The Polo Grounds went crazy as Duke hobbled around the bases with a bum leg.

Bob P
June 3, 2005

To clear up some confusion on both earlier posts: the Cardinals' two runs came on a single by pitcher Ray Sadecki in the second inning, and a home run by Charlie James leading off the fourth. The Mets tied it in the bottom of the fourth on RBI Singles by Duke Carmel and Al Moran.

Duke Snider walked as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and stayed in the game. But it was the OTHER Duke, Duke Carmel, who homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth off Bobby Shantz to give the Mets the lead.

With two outs and a runner on in the top of the ninth, Stan Musial came up to pinch-hit for Shantz and he walked. It was Stan the Man's final plate appearance in New York. Jackson then got Curt Flood to ground out to end the game.

joe b
April 19, 2012

I was just nine; went with my parents and younger sister. I remember Stan the MAN making his last appearance; my Dad pointed it out!! I grew up as a left-handed batter and can still see Stan wiggle his bat high over his head. GREAT memories of my one and only game at the Polo Grounds. Ron Hunt was my favorite! Got his autograph next year at Shea. He Signed LEFT handed!! Go figure. Hunt, first Met All-star in 1964 at Shea. I never forgave the front office for that trade!!!

May 9, 1964 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 1
Paul Bradford
September 4, 2003
This was the first time I ever saw a game at Shea. It was also Roy McMillan's first game for the Mets. (I recall he batted second and went one for four). Too bad the Mets lost -- if they'd won this game, and everything else that season stayed the same -- St. Louis, Cincinnati and Philadelphia would have ended the season in a tie.

May 10, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Bob P
May 24, 2006
This first game of a Mother's Day doubleheader at Shea marked the first appearance of Roger Craig against the Mets. Craig had been traded after the 1963 season to the Cardinals for George Altman and Bill Wakefield.

Roger came into the game with a 2-0 record, and he pitched very well in this game for 7.1 innings, allowing just one run, five hits, and no walks. But in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game Rod Kanehl hit a one-out home run. That turned out to be the game-winning hit, and it was the final home run of Kanehl's career. Ron Hunt followed with a double and Jim Hickman singled him home. Craig left the game for veteran Lew Burdette, and Mets added another run.

Tracy Stallard pitched a complete game for the Mets, allowing one run and five hits while striking out nine. Tim McCarver drove in the only Cardinal run with a single in the seventh inning.

Craig lost another game to the Mets in September and finished his career with a 15-46 record for the Mets and an 0-2 record against the Mets.

Ed K
January 4, 2009

This was the opening game of the first doubleheader ever at Shea. The Mets lost this game but won the nightcap to get a split. The second doubleheader at Shea was three weeks later and is a bit more remembered.

July 9, 1964 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
IntroMET
February 11, 2007
The 'Miracle Mets' vinyl-disc record from 1969 features a bunch of pre-1969 highlights before covering the championship season. The ending of this game is one of those highlights. With Joe Christopher on first, Frank Thomas hit a 2-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Bob Murphy provided a great call.

Ed K
July 2, 2011

First walk-off homer at Shea - and just a few weeks before Frank Thomas was traded to the Phils.

July 18, 1964 Sportsman's Park
St. Louis Cardinals 15, Mets 7
Bob P
January 27, 2004
The Cards get consecutive homers from Ken Boyer, Bill White, and Tim McCarver in the 8th inning to seal the 15-7 win.

October 2, 1964 Sportsman's Park
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Matt Breitenbach
January 13, 2002
I remember being a thirteen year old kid and being a rabid Met fan. We went into the series with the Cardinals having just taken over first place after the Phillies legendary nosedive. We were actually playing an important game! The Cards needed one win for the pennant. Little Al Jackson, who was always tough and had a big heart went out and shut down Bob Gibson and the Cardinals with a five hitter. It was so cool to be spoilers for the first time. I took a lot of pride in my Mets from that game.

Ed K
September 3, 2002

What made it even better was that I am pretty certain that Jackson had been a Cardinal prospect that the Mets had obtained in the expansion draft!

This game was on Friday. the Mets also won on Saturday, but Gibson clinched the pennant on the final day of the season by beating the Mets. The Cardinals finished a game ahead of the Phils and Reds and beat the Yanks in the World Series.

October 4, 1964 Sportsman's Park
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Mets 5
Ed K
September 3, 2002
The Mets had been spoilers for two straight games on the previous days but Gibson won this one which was the season finale to clinch the pennant by a game over the folding Phils and the Reds.

May 11, 1965 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 3
Fred of Nyack
July 13, 2005
This looks like the game that Phil Gagliano collided with Ron Hunt and Hunt separated his shoulder. Hunt was to miss most of the season but bounced back in 1966 before being traded. My rememberance of the play is that with Gagliano on first, Hunt fielded the ball closer to first than second, seeing that he could not get a double play may have been trying to get an obstruction call by aligning himself in Gagliano's path. My friend, who attended the game, remembers that fans of all ages and types were looking for Gagliano after the game. I am not in a position to vouch for that but I can vouch for the fact that Phil Gagliano was booed at Shea for as long as he remained in the league.

This injury was akin to Piazza's groin difficulty because it deflated the entire season for the Mets and their fans. Perhaps more so in that Hunt was even more important to the team than Mike was.

Red Sox fan in mass..
July 12, 2006

We saw this game on our honeymoon. We had gone to the World's Fair in Flushing NY at same time and I dragged my new bride to a baseball game. I continue to remind her she saw a classic of Spahn vs Gibson. Our marriage continues 41 years later. Seen many Red Sox games since then.

1965 was a time when Mets had many over the hill guys who like Spahn once were the best. Cardinals were a power and Gibson was on the way to being one of the best ever leading to his brilliant 1967 World Series vs my Sox.

May 23, 1965 Sportsman's Park
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 7
Alan
January 15, 2002
This was a memory that came back to me while I was going through the games. I believe the Mets took the lead in the top of the 14th, but Swoboda misjudged a line drive to right with the bases loaded and two out. The ball rolled to the wall, all three runners scored and Cards won.

Feat Fan
March 28, 2004

The Mets' Ron Swoboda took the field with a batting helmet stuck on his foot. Swoboda had kicked the helmet in disgust and, when he wasn't immediately able to extricate it, Casey Stengel ordered him to take the field as he was.

Sounds like "Rocky" the rookie had hisself quite the night!

August 21, 1965 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Larry
May 9, 2005
My first visit to Shea Stadium. I was 7 years old at the time. My Dad and I had great seats, Fat Jack Fisher was on the mound, and the Mets won! Joe Christopher drove in a couple of runs, the Mets' fielding was good, and they beat the defending champs. All in all, a great initiation to live baseball. The stadium wasn't full, and in retrospect, it was probably because the '64-'65 Worlds Fair was winding down next door in Flushing Meadows Park, and visitors were more likely to go to fair than the game. Despite obvious realities, I assumed that Mets would always win when I attended. Unfortunately, my youthful optimism didn't pan out.

September 3, 1965 Sportsman's Park
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Ed K
February 16, 2009
Jim Hickman became the first Met ever to hit three homers in a game - and he hit them all against future Met pitcher Ray Sadecki.

September 5, 1965 Sportsman's Park
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 0
Feat Fan
April 22, 2004
Gibby throws a two-hit shutout. Tug McGraw threw 7 innings of one-hit ball but three unearned runs did him in. Gibby runs his stellar record to 17-10.

April 19, 1966 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 2
jtapia
February 28, 2002
The first game my father ever took me to. I remember as a six year old being in awe of the "huge" stadium and the nice uniforms. Clearest memory is walking out through the tunnel in the upper deck and looking back where I could still see the scoreboard and being devastated that we could actually lose (my father laughed) A Met fan ever since.

May 4, 1966 Sportsman's Park
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Bob P
January 23, 2004
Jack Hamilton pitches a one-hit shutout in this game at St. Louis. The only hit was a two-strike bunt single by Cardinals pitcher (and future Met) Ray Sadecki in the third inning.

Feat Fan
April 30, 2004

Sadecki was the losing pitcher and lone Cardinal to get a hit, if you call that bunt a hit!

Was traded for Orlando Cepeda a few days later. This was the last Met game at Sportsman Park and Sadecki's last game as a Cardinal.

Jerry
December 28, 2005

I have great memories of this game. This was a very early season night game on a chilly evening in St. Louis. I remember Bob Murphy commenting that whereas most of the players had a sweatshirt under the uniform, Jack Hamilton wore just the uniform shirt. This was in the days before the obnoxious center field TV camera, and Hamilton's stuff looked fabulous from behind the plate. The fact that it was the Mets' last game in Sportsman Park added to the historic significance.

June 13, 1966 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
rick w
February 12, 2008
I remember my Dad taking me to this doubleheader. I was deeply under the spell of the Mets in those days. I think this was one of the few trips down from Hartford that wasn't a bus trip. There was a light drizzle throughout the first game. Bob Shaw had just been acquired from the Giants & spun a beauty. Al Jackson pitched for the Cards. Al was traded in the Ken Boyer deal the previous winter. It seemed very odd to see Jackson (the battling little lefthander from Waco Texas) as Bob Murphy used to call him pitch against the Mets.

You could see the Mets were starting to change. Their older players like Boyer still had gas in their tank and you could see the talent in Cleon Jones, Dennis Ribant, Ed Kranepool and Ron Hunt. Defensively they had improved as well and on this weeknight they gave the Cardinals all they could handle; rallying late to take the lead and then holding it. Very un-Metlike!

I remember young Billy Murphy playing well that night and was always surprised that he didn't turn out better.

I also can remember getting a charge out of Dick Stuart. He was at the end of the line but still had that "swagger."

August 6, 1966 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 10, Mets 8
Feat Fan
May 3, 2002
Hot Saturday afternoon. Bob Friend gets the start and the early exit. Tito Francona rips his only triple of the year, long balls by Smith and Bressoud and Don Dennis gets in for the Cards. Now ask me what I had for diner last night!

Dan H.
September 8, 2006

My first game at Shea. The weather was warm and sunny. I was hooked, and haven't stopped coming.

Andy
September 6, 2008

Was my first game at Shea. I was 7 years old. Went with my Dad and brother. We only had a black and white TV so I was shocked when I saw the green of the field. I also remember a lot of home runs being hit.

May 20, 1967 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 11, Mets 9
Bob P
January 27, 2004
Mets pitcher Jack Hamilton hits a grand slam off former Met Al Jackson, but the Mets still lose the game, 11-9.

July 2, 1967 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Ed K
August 14, 2011
This game was notable because Jack Lamabe pitched pretty well in a spot start while losing to the Cards in the nightcap of a doubleheader. A couple weeks later Bob Gibson went on the DL and the Cards needed a pitcher to fill the gap for a while. Stan Musial (their GM) called Bing Devine and acquired Jack Lamabe from the Mets in exchange for the Mets getting Al Jackson back. So poor Al missed being around for the Cards winning the 1967 World Series and then the Mets traded him mid-1969 so he missed that World Series as well.

September 6, 1967 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
April 22, 2004
Cards were marching toward the NL crown. Small crowd. Jack Fisher throws 6-hit complete game but Nellie Briles was that much better. Mike Shannon hit a home run. I think Amos Otis was in the game at some point. Wish I kept all those old scorecards.

Bob P
July 8, 2005

Feat Fan's post from 2004 is correct, as usual! Amos Otis made his major league debut in this game, coming in as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth after Tommy Davis led off with a walk.

The game was tied 1-1 going to the top of the eighth when the Cards used a single, two errors, and a sac fly to take a 2-1 lead. Mike Shannon homered for an insurance run in the ninth off Jack Fisher, who was making his second-to-last start as a Met.

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

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

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

John
October 4, 2002

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

Bob P
June 26, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob P
September 15, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 1969 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Mets 0
Tom Quinn
October 19, 2007
My dad took me to this game, my second Met game ever. A sunny and mild Saturday afternoon. When you think of pitchers duels between the Mets and Cards in this era you think of Seaver v. Gibson or Carlton v. Koosman. But Giusti v. Cardwell??? As I recall it was a rather boring game with very little offense, obviously.

June 20, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Mr T
February 18, 2002
I started the game in the nose bleed section of the upper deck in right field.My friend and I snuck down to the seats right behind the aux. scoreboard, also in right field. It was a matchup of Hall-of Famers, Gibson vs. Ryan. Ryan did not go the distance, but won anyway. I was 18 at that time. Lets Go Mets!

Metsmind
December 30, 2002

I went to see the Mets face the NL Champ cards. (I was 10.) I was sure the Mets would lose, because unfortunately, Bob Gibson was facing the Mets #5 starter, Nolan Ryan. Gibby ran into Tim McCarver under a foul popup in the first, which led to a 3-run rally, and the Mets won. Unbelievably, Gibson was losing in the 7th and batted for himself (and homered) and still trailing by a run was sent up to make the last out in the 9th. That's not how they play now. Anyway, revisionism as it were, I get to tell the world I saw Ryan beat Gibson.

Thanksdad
January 2, 2005

I was 15. My father came home early from work, told me a friend had given him two tickets to see the Mets that night, so on the the spur of the moment we traveled from Albany, N.Y. We sat in the upper deck near the right field foul pole. As I remember it, Gibson made Agee look bad on two pitches in the first, then gave up a ringing double to right center and the Mets were on their way. At the game's conclusion, a man seated behind us said, "Man, I love this team!"

June 22, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 1
P.J. Herbst
March 16, 2003
The main things that I remember is that it was banner day, and that Swoboda struck out five times! When he came to the plate the last time, the crowd was cheering the Cardinal pitcher on. Swoboda gave the fans what they wanted!

Metsmind
March 23, 2003

I am sorry to contradict, but this was NOT banner day. I should know. I was a banner day winner on August 17, 1969.

Dan Styklunas
April 1, 2003

This doubleheader was my first major league baseball game ever. I was 11 years old, a Cardinals fan making the trip with my Dad on a bus trip from Wilkes-Barre, PA.

While my team lost, it was a watershed event for me... every time I walk up the ramp to see the field at a pro baseball game, I think of that day. That first sight of the inside of Shea Stadium was spectacular. Our seats were in the first row, behind first base. I remember waving my Cardinals pennant... getting Jerry Grote to autograph my yearbook.... my Dad drinking a very tall Shaefer beer... and a really loud shirtless guy with a crewcut and the biggest beer belly I had ever seen.

The Cardinals did very little that day. There was maybe one extra-base hit between both teams in both games. Koosman was great... and I remember the Mets hitting about 5 or 6 singles in a row in one inning, most of them seeming to go to right field in front of us.

And yes, Ron Swoboda striking out 5 times!

Bob P
August 8, 2004

For Dan Styklunas: your memory is outstanding! Here is the play-by-play of the bottom of the fourth of game one from retrosheet.org:

Grote singled to right; Weis singled to right [Grote to second]; Gentry forced Grote (pitcher to third) [Weis to second]; Harrelson singled to right [Weis scored, Gentry to third, Harrelson to second (on throw)]; TAYLOR REPLACED CARLTON (PITCHING); Agee singled to right [Gentry scored, Harrelson scored]; Jones singled to right [Agee to third]; Clendenon popped to second; Swoboda struck out; 3 R, 5 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Cardinals 1, Mets 5.

So that's five singles to right field in that inning!

June 22, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Jolene
April 26, 2010
This double header happened when I was 10 years old. My dad was getting excited because it seemed like the Mets were getting good. In the second game, I'm not sure, but I think Rod Gaspar threw out Lou Brock at home plate on a single to left field. (He was at third and may have been delayed, thinking he might have to tag up.)

Ed H.
August 18, 2011

I attended this doubleheader with my two older brothers back in '69. 13 at the time, it remains a great memory from a remarkable season. We were sitting in the upper deck down the left field line, on the fair side of the foul pole. Rod Gaspar's assist throwing out Brock at home plate in the 8th inning is one of the best plays I've seen in person at Shea. Gaspar was out of sight below us, but the ball appeared out of nowhere as a bullet streaking to home plate to nail the speedy Brock.

It was a very warm day in the sun of the upper deck on that Sunday, but a DH sweep is something special, especially against the Cardinals, who won the NL pennant the prior season. Koosman pitched a great game for the shutout! I wish I'd kept my own scorecard of the game.

July 2, 1969 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Steve
September 3, 2003
I was 14 and an avid Met fan this year, watching every inning of every game. Although this game was relatively early in their miracle year, to me it defined their destiny more than any other game. The Mets were leading late in this game 4- 0 when St. Louis pinch-hitter deluxe Vic Davillio hit a grand slam home run, eventually sending the game to extra innings. From that point on, the Mets escaped jam after jam, with St. Louis having the winning run thrown out at home plate in the bottom of the ninth when Curt Flood attempted to score from first on a double to deep center field, and then St. Louis constantly loading the bases with nobody or one out in the extra innings but unable to score. Finally, the Mets broke through with two runs in the 14th inning and held off another St. Louis rally in the bottom of the inning to win it.

Bob P
September 4, 2003

Excellent memory, Steve!

Davalillo's pinch slam came with two outs in the bottom of the 8th off Ron Taylor. Jerry Koosman had started and pitched a shutout through 7 2/3 innings, though he apparently didn't have his best stuff (seven hits and four walks).

After Flood was thrown out at home in the 9th, the Cards loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th off Tug McGraw. But a force at home, a strikeout and another groundout got Tug out of that jam. The Cards had a runner in the 11th, two runners in the 12th, and two outs and nobody on in the 13th, but each time Tug pitched out of it.

The Mets got two in the 14th after two outs and nobody on when Agee singled, stole second, and scored on a Boswell single. The Mets got an insurance run on a bases loaded walk by Wayne Garrett.

Tug pitched SIX innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and four walks in the six innings! In fact, the Cards had 24 baserunners in the game (15 hits, 8 walks, and one HBP) and they finished with 18 left on base.

Bob P
September 13, 2003

Sorry--one correction to my post of September 4 above. I meant to say the Cardinals had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 13th, not that they had two outs and nobody on!

Steve
September 21, 2003

Although I don't remember every detail of the extra innings, your corrected post of September 13 sounds correct because it seemed to me that the Cards had the bases loaded with no one out more than once. If I recall correctly, I believe the Cards also threatened again in the bottom of the 14th. In any event, a truly remarkable and nail-biter game - I have never since seen another game quite like this one.

Bob P
September 25, 2003

Steve, of course you're right...the Mets never do anything easily!

In the bottom of the 14th Tug did get the first two batters out but then Bill White doubled and the tying run came to the plate, Lou Brock. But Brock had a rough night: Tug struck him out and Lou was 0-for-7 in a game where Mets pitchers gave up 15 hits and 8 walks.

September 15, 1969 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Michael Fontana
January 10, 2002
Stayed up late and listened on the radio. This game will ever be etched in my mind, as Steve Carlton set a then-record 19 strikeouts in a single nine-inning game. And yet, the Mets won 4-3 on two two-run homers by none other than the immortal Ron Swoboda!

Steven Selss
August 27, 2005

I remember watching this game on TV. I remember Swoboda's two home runs, but I also remember him making two running, diving, sliding catches in the outfield; Swoboda single-handedly won that game in the stretch run to the World Series after being swept in Chicago. Am I wrong in my memory of these catches?

September 22, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Matthew Orel
January 10, 2002
My first Mets game at Shea Stadium. I became hooked for life a few days earlier when Ron Swoboda hit a grand slam to beat the Pirates (September 13); I *had* to go. I don't remember too much about the game itself, except Seaver was terrific and when the game was over the scoreboard flashed, "The Mets Magic number is now 3," with a really huge 3 that filled the entire scoreboard.

September 23, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Quality Met
April 3, 2013
This game ended with Bud Harrelson hitting a single to drive home Ron Swoboda with the winning run in the 11th inning. On the "Miracle Mets" vinyl disc record that came out after the season, Bob Murphy's voice is heard describing the hit. I don't know if the broadcast was a re-enactment or not, but Bob did not mention Harrelson's name in it. It must have been about five or six years after I heard this record that I found out that Bud was the one who got that single.

September 24, 1969 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Dennis Black
August 15, 2002
The clincher, and on my birthday! I was watching on good old Channel 9 and I can still hear Lindsey Nelson (after Joe Torre grounded into the game-ending DP) "At 9:07, the Mets...." I forget the rest, but he sounded excited, and so was I.

LenDog
June 15, 2003

I had my own TV in my room, age 8. It was considered a luxury back then, and my friends were jealous. It was a black and white piece of junk.

Anyway, I put a towel under my door so the light from the TV would not show. I was not supposed to be up at 9:07 on a school night, but I watched the whole game.

Bob Murphy's radio call of this moment is on "The Miracle Mets", a highlight LP I still have. It will send chills down your spine...

"Gentry working hard. The crowd chanting we're number one, we're number one....groundball to short, Harrelson to Weis, there's one, on to first -- double play!! Ohhhhh, the roar going up in this crowd!"

jeff goldman
September 25, 2003

I was there sitting in a loge seat behing 3rd base. As a 17 year old, I was a fan since day one at the Polo Grounds. I still have the program, ticket stub and grass from the outfield that remains in my ex-house in Franklin Square. As for Sports memories, this is and always will be the number one moment in my life. I have the video from channel 9 including the entire wild clubhouse scene.

Bob Nachman
September 26, 2013

I was nine years old at the time, and had seen some great games that year, including Tom Terrific's near-perfect game (Jimmy Qualls... I STILL hate you!) Winning the division championship, at 9:07 pm, was magical!

Storch
September 26, 2013

The game I became a Met fan. Loge seats, Fan Appreciation Day, key chain giveaway, the last home game of the season. 13 years old. Oh what a night. Carlton 1/3 of a inning.

July 6, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Bob P
January 27, 2004
After popping out to lead of the bottom of the first, Tommie Agee hits for the cycle.

Tommie singled in the third, hit a three-run homer in the fourth, had an RBI double in the fifth, and tripled in the seventh. The Mets had 17 hits off five Cardinal pitchers.

July 7, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
James Caldwell
June 14, 2004
I was at this game and here is what I remember - Cards' Mike Torrez was issuing an intentional walk and a teenager behind us yelled "wild pitch" and sure enough the pitch got by the catcher and the Met on 3rd base scored! Also, my favorite, Ron Swoboda, came in the game late and won it in the bottom of the ninth with a bases-loaded walk!! Imagine Rocky waiting out a walk in that situation! Also Al Hrabosky, later of Mad Hungarian fame with the Royals, pitched that night as an unknown rookie, and I remember thinking what an unusual last name.

July 8, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Chris Perry
September 11, 2002
This is the first game I ever went to. Sadecki beat Nelson Briles. I recall Ken Singleton hitting a mammoth home run. I also recall Frank Linzy coming in for St. Louis and throwing gas on the fire during a Met rally.

Steve K
July 13, 2008

First game I ever went to also! Singleton not only hit a home run, he nearly whacked my mom with a foul ball in the mezzanine in another at bat.

September 12, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Larry Rosenblatt
November 27, 2003
This was my first Mets game ever. I was 7 yrs. old. I had cut out proof of purchase labels from snack foods and sent them in, and got 2 tickets for me and my Dad. Jim McAndrew pitched a shutout, and I wore my Mets uniform to the game and sat in the upper deck. I would love to find a ticket stub from this glorius day!

Glenn-Troy NY
February 15, 2011

This was my first Met game also. Got tickets from Howards Clothes store in Colonie Center mall. Sat in the yellow seats but way past 1st base. I didn't care, it was my first game. In 2003 was able to meet Jerry Reuss's son when he played for the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy NY. Told him how I saw his dad pitch in the 1st pro game I ever went to.

April 26, 1971 Busch Stadium
Mets 12, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bob P
May 13, 2006
The Mets clobbered Bob Gibson on a Monday night in St. Louis.

Gibson allowed seven runs--the most he ever allowed to the Mets--and ten hits, four of them for extra bases, in just 3.2 innings as the Mets coasted to a 12-2 win.

Ed Kranepool, a career .313 hitter against Gibson, had two singles off Bob and four singles all told.

Tom Seaver allowed one run and four hits through eight, then another run and three hits in the ninth.

May 7, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Charlie B
May 15, 2009
The very first game I ever went to. I was 7 years old. Could a first game be any better? My favorite player, Jerry Grote, doubles in a run. Two hall of fame pitchers battle it out. Seaver and Gibson. Both pitch complete games. Safe to say that that will never happen again in baseball today.

July 29, 1971 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
February 14, 2004
As always, Dave and I are at the game, this a rainy night. Nolan Ryan takes the hill and must have thrown 175 pitches and dealt with two rain delays. The game was called after 8 but we didn't care.

We both had a crush on this busty girl who was sitting right next to us and quite obliging! Tired of a pair of horny and sex deprived 15 year olds oggling at her, she flashed us before leaving with her oversized boyfriend!

Nolan who?

Metsmind
November 11, 2011

This is the only time I ever say the recently passed Matty Alou play in person. It was a rainy night, but while traveling home to Long Island from Manhattan, I was able to convince my dad to stop for the game. We sat through one rain delay, but when the 2nd came we were gone. Matty's triple was the big hit of the night as the Cards beat Nolan Ryan.

September 28, 1971 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 2
the Big H
December 6, 2011
This game was the last appearance by Nolan Ryan as a Met and the last active former Brooklyn Dodger's last game. (Bob Aspromonte.)

September 30, 1971 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Matt
July 3, 2001
Last game for Ken Singleton. He hit 2 HRs and Seaver struck out 13 for his 20th. Last game Nolan Ryan was with the team as well.

DJ Johnny M.
May 16, 2002

I was sitting in the loge area with my Dad along the 3rd base line. Tom Seaver looked awesome in the final game of the season at a chilly Shea Stadium. It was fan appreciation night. I think they were giving away Mets ski-caps. I still have mine. I remember Tom struck out Joe Torre, who I think was the NL batting champ that year, for the final out of the game. The crowd roared. He got a two minute standing-O. Tom came out of the dugout and tipped his hat to the adoring crowd. What a way to end a season!

Bob P
July 4, 2004

Tom Seaver won his 20th in the last game of the season, beating a Cardinal lineup thaty looked like a triple-A team. Lou Brock was the about the only regular who played; Joe Torre (who won the NL batting title that year), Ted Simmons, Jose Cruz, and Ted Sizemore did not play.

Seaver scattered seven hits (three of them by Ted Kubiak, he of the lifetime .231 batting average). Ken Singleton homered leading off the fifth and then hit a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth. He added an eighth inning single in what would be his final at bat as a Met. This was also Julian Javier's final game as a Cardinal after twelve seasons in St. Louis. Javier was a mainstay of the Cardinal teams of the 1960s that played in three seven-game World Series, winning two of them.

Shickhaus Franks
January 23, 2012

Go on YouTube and look up: "NY Mets 1971 Final Game and Season TV Audio Recap". You will be amazed; plus this would be the last game that Gil Hodges would ever manage as he would pass away on that sad Easter Sunday of 1972.

Ed K
February 13, 2013

I believe this was also the first time the Mets won the last game of a regular season.

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

Richard
October 3, 2002

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

LenDog
June 15, 2003

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

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

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

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

Dan
September 4, 2003

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

Bob P
July 13, 2004

To follow up on some earlier posts on this game:

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

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

Ira
October 5, 2006

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

Bob P
August 5, 2007

Ira,

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

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

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

Bob P
September 8, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob P
May 27, 2003

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

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

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

Bob P
August 5, 2007

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

Ken Akerman
May 2, 2010

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

July 26, 1973 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 13, Mets 1
Bob P
September 8, 2006
First game of a disastrous doubleheader in St. Louis. The Mets came into this game in last place, seven and a half games behind the first palce Cardinals, and nine games under .500.

Bob Gibson pitched a complete game for his eleventh win of the season, and helped himself with a fifth inning grand slam which turned a 6-1 game into a 10-1 game.

The Mets actually led 1-0 in the second inning thanks to a Lou Brock three-base error and an Ed Kranepool sac fly. But the Cards were unstoppable after that.

The Mets also lost game two with the key hit being an eighth inning home run by Joe Torre, and when the evening ended the last place Mets were 42-53, and 9.5 games out of first place.

The Mets went 40-26 the rest of the way--still not a blistering pace--while the Cards went 28-36.

August 3, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Matt Sissman
November 18, 2003
Went to this game with my dad, and got to see the penultimate home run of Willie Mays' career. A very happy memory.

Bob P
November 27, 2003

Willie's HR came in the bottom of the seventh, a three run shot off veteran RHP Diego Segui. It turned a 4-3 Met lead into a 7-3 Met lead and that was the final score. Willie would hit his final homer two weeks later.

Jon Matlack pitched a complete game, allowing ten hits and striking out eleven. John Milner had to leave the game in the bottom of the first when he tripled to right field and was hit by the throw to third base.

The win still left the Mets in last place, 8.5 games behind the first place Cardinals.

Matt Sissman
March 13, 2004

Felix Millan also collected his 1,000th career hit in this game as well.

George K
August 5, 2005

I'm from New Jersey and it was my first Mets game. I had just turned nine years old and can vividly remember John Milner taking the throw on the side of the head between second and third. I also remember Willie Mays' 3-run blast.

I think one of the most visual images from that day 32 years ago, was that my step-father was standing on his seat (3rd base side box seats) and a foul ball was lined about 10 feet over his head. (And everyone else's!) I can recall it like it just happened.

I've been a Mets fan ever since and will be seeing them next Friday at Dodger Stadium (I'm in the Air Force and stationed in California). Thanks for the opportunity to share my memory.

August 5, 1973 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
billy
October 15, 2008
My first Mets game. I was 8. I loved Tom Seaver.

Mook
December 23, 2009

First Game of a double header. I was at this game. One interesting moment: The Mets were down 3-2 in the 8th and the Cards had loaded the bases on Tug McGraw. With 2 out, someone (Joe Torre?) hit what looked to be a HR to left and Cleon Jones made a leaping grab (Endy Chevez like) over the wall to save what I recall would have been a Grand Slam. McGraw then pitched a scoreless ninth. While the Mets did lose the game,I wonder what would have happened if Jones did not catch the ball. After this game, McGraw seemed to find his confidence and was a major factor in the Mets improbable '73 run.

Prior to that at bat, Tug was having a bad year and was totally unreliable out of the pen. I know the Mets lost anyway, but what would have happened to Tug and Yogi's confidence in him if that ball carried an extra 2 feet for a HR?

August 5, 1973 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 1
Mook
December 23, 2009
I was at this double header. If you had told me that the Mets would rally and win the NL East and then come 5 outs from winning it all after dropping this pair to the Cards, I would have said you were crazy. Seaver pitched the first game and was his usual excellent self.. All I recall about this game was a John Milner HR and some old lady behind me screaming her head off at this old guy she was with when he came back from buying a beer. "JAHN MIL-nuh hit a home run. Y'all missed it. JAHN MIL-nuh hit a hooome run."

August 30, 1973 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Mets 0
Bob P
February 6, 2004
Tom Seaver shuts out the Cards for nine innings, but it's not good enough because the Mets can't score a run despite four hits and seven walks off St Louis starter Reggie Cleveland.

Jose Cruz singles home Lou Brock in the bottom of the tenth for the only run of the game, and the Mets (61-71) will spend the night in last place for the final time this season. The Mets go 21-8 the rest of the way and win the NL East.

Ed Koch
September 8, 2004

The Mets had just gotten out of last place the day before, and this loss put them back in last place for the last time that season. It was pretty devastating and should have effectively ended the season but we all know what happened in September.

September 2, 1973 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 4
Ed K
July 4, 2004
This was the game that Felix Milan and Tim McCarver got in a fight that led to a bench clearing brawl.

September 22, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Ed K
September 23, 2007
This is a less-remembered but critical game in the miracle of 1973. The schedule was weird that September as the Mets had won 4 of 5 against the Pirates (two games in Pittsburgh, three at Shea) during Monday through Friday and then had to turn around and play the Cards on Saturday afternoon on the national Game of the Week.

The Friday defeat of the Pirates had put them in 1st place and at .500 but a letdown on Saturday would have knocked them right back down. Fortunately, Jon Matlack was awesome pitching a four-hit shutout and they won 2-0. They stayed in 1st Place the rest of the way. I think Matlack was actually better than Seaver and Koosman that month. The game was a treat for me because I could watch it on television. I was away at college in Philly and following the Mets on he radio.

September 23, 1973 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Peter C.
November 23, 2005
Fan Appreciation Day. We all got white coffee mugs. The wild pennant race was coming down to the wire. Tommie Agee gave the Cards their only runs with a 2-run homer in the first. Stone was struggling in the opening inning but Joe Torre bailed him out by grounding into a double play. Something Met fans would see a lot of in coming years. The game was too important to allow ineffective pitchers to continue. Stone lasted only 2 innings and Card starter Mike Thompson was pulled after 2 batters and replaced by Rich Folkers. (Wasn't he in every other pack of baseball cards when we were kids?) I remember sitting in the loge and running down the steps to get the out of town scores off the scoreboard. Pirates were sweeping in Jarry Park but the Cubs were losing to the Phils. The Mets rallied and McGraw pitched a scoreless 3 innings to close out the win. Got home and found out that the Raiders had snapped the Dolphins unbeaten streak.

Dan Napolitano
October 21, 2008

This was the first game I ever went to. My Grandmother brought the tickets in August when the Mets were dead in the water. By game day they were in first place by a game. My dad had worked an overnight, picked up Grandma in Brooklyn, came home and got me and my two brothers. The place was packed and I vividly remember Wayne Garrett hitting an extra base hit up the alley in right center field. We all got a Mets mug, and a little slip of paper to be mailed in to pick our autograph of choice. I picked Garrett.

Peter C.
September 23, 2013

40 years ago today I was at this game. Thanks Mom and Anthony for taking me and giving me one of my best and longest lasting Met memories.

April 10, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
eric
October 20, 2002
I went to this game as a 12 year-old and don't remember too many details, except for one bizzare quote from Bob Apodaca which appeared in the next day's New York Times. Apodaca got the save in this game, and I remembered (at least I THOUGHT I remembered, but years later checked microfilms to make sure -- and I wasn't dreaming) that he said something like "shaking Jerry Grote's hand after the game was the greatest feeling in the world, except maybe for sex". I could not believe that the New York Times would print that in 1974. But it's there!

Peter P
September 11, 2005

I didn't go to the game, but I remember that quote from the Times as well. I've got to look it up someday.

Don S
January 17, 2006

I remember this game all to well. I was 12 years old and opening game was delayed one day because it had snowed in NYC the day before. Upon arriving at Shea it was still extremely cold. My game day tickets were in the GA section upperdeck above home plate. It was a thrill to watch the unveiling of the 1973 NL pennant on the field. I was proud watching it raised onto the flag pole. Since I had arrived during batting practice, by the second inning I was literally frozen. I drank so much hot chocolate I spent the majority of the game in the restroom. One thing I do know is the Mets won.

Stu Baron
January 10, 2014

Going through an album full of old ticket stubs, I found one from this game, which I attended as a 13-year-old!

June 27, 1974 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 1
john m
January 18, 2005
Second game I ever went to. Quite a comedown from my Sept 1973 debut to MLB attendance. The game was over by the second inning. I remember thinking this was how Torre must've been all season in 1971. I did have a good tasting hot dog though.

June 29, 1974 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Mike Vaccaro
May 5, 2003
My first-ever game, I was 7 years old. Old-Timers Day, and I got to watch my father weep when they opened the gates in center field and Willie, Mickey, Duke and Joe D all walked in.

Better, Jon Matlack threw a 1-hitter, and the only Cardinals hit was by ... John Curtis, the opposing pitcher. I remember my dad telling me I almost watched history and I remember telling him, what's the big deal, we'll see a no-hitter sooner or later. And we're all still waiting ...

Tim Lowell
April 19, 2005

My first game too, also 7 years old. Wow, how weird is that. I was there with my Dad, my sister (who lived in Manhattan), and her roommate. I remember one of the old-timers coming out in a horse-drawn carriage (Joe D?) The Curtis single was a clean shot into right field, a no-doubter.

Buzz
April 22, 2005

I remember watching this game on TV at my grandparents' house on E 13 St in Brooklyn. I was 8 years old and although Matlack pitched a gem I remember feeling bad because he just missed a no-hitter and to make matters worse it was the opposing pitcher who got the only hit. I thought Curtis' hit was a clean one-hop single to center (not right) but I could be wrong. Little did I know that I'd be seeing one-hitters like this from Mets' pitchers for years to come with no one ever getting that elusive no-no.

Bob P
April 25, 2005

Tim and Buzz,

It's funny; if you look the game up on retrosheet.org, it lists the hit by Curtis as "Curtis singled to left."!!!

Peter Pallag
September 18, 2005

I was at this game as well, Mezzanine section 22. I kept score, and show Curtis's hit as L7, a line drive to left. One of the most overpowering Met pitching performances I've ever seen.

Witz
August 23, 2006

My first METS game and I was also 7 years old! I am starting to see a trend here! I remember it was Willie Mays's first "game" after retiring. He got caught in a run down between second and third and I remember a fan near me yelling out "Don't you dare tag him!"

I also remember my dad always commenting about how the pitcher, of all people, had gotten the only hit! He kept score, I still have the scorecard!

I have since seen Seaver-1977-versus Cubs (Ontiveros) and Cone-1988-versus the Padres (Gwynn) come close to making Met history.

Finally, I read Mr. Vaccarro's column about Shea in the Post back in '03. It still hangs in my office because of the similar memories it shares with my own past.

September 8, 1974 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Richard George "Seaver" Biever
October 8, 2001
It was a Sunday morning, and my Little League team -- Citizens National Bank -- from Tell City, Ind., was heading to a Big League game. It would be my first. Our coach had said earlier it would either be the Dodgers and the Reds, which pretty much everyone wanted to go to (in Tell City, along the Ohio River about an hour west of Louisville, Ky., almost EVERYONE was a Reds fan in the mid-70s), or the Mets at St. Louis. There were about three Cardinals fans on our team, and one Mets fan: me. Tom Seaver was my hero. Even at age 12, I realized I had to be different; I couldn't root for the Reds since everyone else did. I chose the Mets. I was born in 1962; they were born in 1962. It was destiny.

That morning, we gathered at the coach's house and he broke the news: the Reds and Dodgers, in the heat of a pennant race, was sold out. We were going to St. Louis. My prayers were answered.

It was the only time I saw Seaver pitch in person, but what a glorious day. He had a bad year that year, but won that game on a Wayne Garrett home run into the right field corner. Lou Brock stole an important base, can't recall if he tied a record or what. It was the same day Evel Knievel attempted his idiotic rocket jump across Snake River canyon. But my thoughts were only on Seaver, the Mets and the bobble headed Mets guy and the big Mets pennant I bought and the Mets win. I was about the only happy guy on the long 4-hour drive home that day!

September 11, 1974 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 3
Kevin
August 17, 2001
Woke up about 3 or 4 in the morning.....they're still playing.....Cards go ahead in the top of the 25th....Bob Murphy says, "Wouldn't it be great if the Mets tied it up.....and we went another 10 or so......."

robert
July 8, 2003

I went to this game! Was getting ready to head for the exit with the Mets up by two runs - two out in the top of the ninth. Ken Reitz hits a homer and ties it up. We stick it out until about the 15th inning. One long subway ride later - I get home to see it's still on TV! Don't think I made it past the 20th before calling it a night.

Mark
October 13, 2003

I was in college at the time and sat down when the game became tied. I told myself I would watch it until the end. Osteen pitched a great game 9 + innings late in the game. He was near the end of his career. Bake McBride scored all the way from 1st on an overthrown pick off throw to 1st. After the game on Kiner's Corner, he was asked why he kept running around third even though the coach did not signal him to run. He said sonething like we have been here long enough already and I just wanted to go home.

Ray
January 12, 2004

I lived ten minutes from Shea Stadium. In around the 15th inning I called a friend and we headed off to Shea. We walked in to the stadium and grabbed a box seat somewhere behind home plate, on the 1st base side. I was well aware that the longest game ever ended in a 1-1 tie in 26 innings due to darkness in 1920. Here we are sitting in on history, although we missed the first 16 innings.

Bake McBride is on 1st base in the top of the 25th with no one out. He's taking a big lead and the Mets pitcher has him picked off easily, as McBride heads for 2nd. OOPS! He throws the ball down the right field line, and McBride is off to the races. It's like little league where the guy is not going to stop for anything in the world. The 3rd base coach has his arms up pleading for McBride to stop at 3rd with no one out. McBride flies thru the stop sign. The relay from rightfield to the infield to home was on the money, and McBride is going to be out from Flushing to Bayside. Only problem the throw short hops the catcher who can't hang on. The next 3 Cardinals went down in order.

Mets fail to score in the bottom of the 25th. We still got to see 9 innings.

Bob P
October 15, 2004

A couple of obscure records were set in this game. The Mets sent 103 batters to the plate, the largest total in major league history...and the only time 100 batters have been up for one team in one game (St. Louis had 99 plate appearances in the game).

Also, a record 45 men were left on base by the two teams.

Thirty-five year old veteran Claude Osteen pitched 9.1 innings in relief, coming into the game in the fourteenth inning, and leaving in the 23rd. Jerry Cram pitched eight innings of shutout relief for the Mets.

It was also the first major league game for Bruce Boisclair, who came on as a pinch-runner for Duffy Dyer in the 23rd inning.

The Mets did not score over the final twenty innings of the game.

Blame Ken Reitz for the late night: it was his two-out home run in the top of the ninth that tied the score and spoiled Jerry Koosman's bid for a complete game four-hitter. Reitz averaged just eight home runs per 162 games in his career.

Putbeds 62
December 28, 2005

Joe Torre went 2 for 9. The SS for the Cards was Mike Tyson (NOT the boxer). The Mad Hungarian pitched in this game (When I would play wiffle ball with my friend I would imitate Al H. and his mad as heck pitching stance.) Plus making a brief pinch-hitting appearance was a St. Louis rookie who went 0 for 1. You may have heard of him: Keith Hernandez.

Scott Hacker
August 23, 2006

I was in school; the year had just started. My older brother took me to the game. We stayed the whole time. My father yelled at my brother when we got home. I got into big trouble. Talk about being out late on a school night!!

Jerry Hedges
February 10, 2011

Talked with Jerry Cram in 2009 in Bakersfield at a local game (Bak vs San Jose Giants). Jerry being my cousin answered my question, what do you remember about THAT game, said, "I came in at one o'clock in the morning and was still pitching at three." I did not go to the game. My mom's a Cram.

Steve Tuttle
May 10, 2013

I went to this game with 3 guys I worked with. I was an avid Cardinal fan. When Reitz hit his HR in the 9th and the Mets failed to score in the bottom of the inning, we were thrilled to get extra innings. The other 3 guys, including my boss, wanted to leave around the 14th inning, but I refused to go. We all had to be at work at 8:00 sharp that morning. We stayed through 23 innings and then gave up and left. I think it was around 3 AM. Then we got lost on the way home, heard the end of the game on the radio, and realized we should have stayed til the end.

The worst part was that I bought 2 tix that night to the next night's game. My buddy came to pick me up the next afternoon and I was so sound asleep that I didn't hear the doorbell. He went to a pay phone and called me and I dragged myself out for another game. Barely stayed awake through that one.

I've always been glad that I was there on Sept 11 to see history but regret that I left after 23 innings.

April 17, 1975 Busch Stadium
Mets 14, St. Louis Cardinals 7
Bob P
February 10, 2004
A crazy afternoon at Busch Stadium. After one inning the Mets were leading 6-4!! The Mets scored five runs after two men were out in the top of the first. The Cards came right back and loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the first off Jerry Koosman and got four runs thanks to a sac fly by Reggie Smith followed by a three-run homer by Ted Simmons. Both starting pitchers were gone by the second inning.

With the Mets up 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, switch-hitter Ted Simmons homered off rookie RHP Rick Baldwin and became the first NL player to hit homers from both sides of the plate in a game since Pete Rose did it in 1967.

The wackiness continued when St Louis 2B Ted Sizemore made three errors in the top of the sixth, tying a major league record. The Mets scored five runs in that inning, four of them unearned, to take a 12-7 lead, and coasted from there.

Rick Baldwin pitched 5.2 innings of relief for his first major league win. Former Cardinal Jack Heidemann had just one hit but had four RBIs thanks to a bases loaded double and a bases loaded walk. The Mets were helped by the Cards' generous gifts of five errors and nine walks.

April 23, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 1
john kennedy
July 6, 2002
my very first baseball game. A 5th grade school field trip. Cards jumped out to a 1-0 lead with the running of Brock and Mcbride. Mets came storming back, Rusty hit a grand slam. I will never forget it. Upper deck just beyond first base absolutely terrifying to a kid. cool and clear. I purchased a little bat for a dollar and some kid ran past me and stole it right out of my hands. Ms Barr bought me another one. Thanks.

June 23, 1975 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Mets 0
Tom L
June 19, 2004
My Grandfather & I took the train in from New Jersey to catch this double-header. I was 11 years old and a huge Mets fan. This was my first visit ever to Shea. I was from Florida and staying with my Grandfather for the summer.

I remember it being a huge disappointment to see the Mets drop this double-header, and to be shut out in both games on top of it.

June 23, 1975 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 0
Matthew Mangone
March 4, 2003
I was at this game. I remember Ted Simmons hitting a grand slam off Jon Matlack for the win.

Bob P
May 27, 2003

Interesting...Jon Matlack only made three relief appearances in his entire Mets career and the first two were in his first full season, 1972. I wonder why he came into this game with the bases loaded and one out in the 8th inning of a scoreless game? It wasn't to get a platoon advantage against Ted Simmons because George Stone, also a lefty, had been in the game. Matlack wound up pitching to five batters and gave up three hits including the grand slam to Simmons. He had pitched 8 innings two days earlier and the Mets had not had a streak of high scoring games where the bullpen needed a break. Also, it wasn't the weekend before the all-star game where starters would sometimes come in to get a couple of outs. Very strange.

June 24, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Ken K
October 1, 2007
My granddad took me to this game, we sat first base box seats. Kingman belted a long HR to left field, Koosman pitched great, and my beloved Mets won. I was just a kid, mesmerized by being in Shea Stadium, as my family had moved to Michigan. It was the last game I ever attended with my granddad, an ultimate Mets fan from Flushing, who died not long after. What a treasured memory. I am a Mets fan forever.

Witz
December 9, 2011

I was at this game as well. My first memory of this game was that the Mets had been shut out for 35 innings(!) going into it, but finally broke the spell, as Jesus Alou "drove" in the a run in the first inning. I was only 9 at the time and remember Alou driving in the run, but the box score here shows a three base error by Brock on the play. Query: does anyone recall what Brock did to botch the play?

My other memory is that as we left they put a note on the scoreboard that Koosman had just won his 100th career game.

The funny thing about this "memory" is that this game has always stuck in my mind, so I decided to use this web site to find it. I figured I could narrow the search by only looking for home games Alou drove in a run (how many could there be?). In reviewing the box score, he clearly got no RBI for the play I remember, but did get one later in the game--had that not happened, I would not have found this box score and assumed I dreamt the whole thing!! [before anyone says I easily could have found it by looking up Kooz's 100th win, I didn't realize they were the same game until I saw Koosman got the win and started thinking that would have been around the right time in his career, did the math...and voila--two memories for the price of one. Kudos once again to this excellent web site for helping me relive a small part of my youth.]

Jack
April 17, 2013

I also remember Gene Clines starting and they finally scored in the first inning. It was a rainy day and Wendel Ladner of the Nets had been killed in a plane crash that afternoon coming into I think JFK!

June 25, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
rht
September 16, 2007
I attended this day game with my family. I was 11 years old at the time. We sat in the bleacher seats down the left field line. I have very little memory of this game except that Tom Seaver was pitching and the Mets won the game. At the time of this writing this is the only time I saw a Mets victory in person.

Lou D.
September 16, 2007

Yes, I was at this game as a 12 year old. I remember Seaver pitching, munching on a Shickhaus Hot Dog, and enjoying a Met win. Also remember Bruce Boisclair ignoring me and my friend when we were begging him for an autograph.

September 5, 1975 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Jim from Connecticut
November 10, 2006
My first major league game! My dad brought me, a new 8 year old Mets fan, down the Connecticut Turnpike on this beautiful late summer day to the big Shea. We sat in the Mezzanine down the left field line, right in the middle of left field and 3rd base. Dave Kingman was my hero and I was thrilled to see him launch a high fly into the Mets' bullpen. This was during Mike Vail's hitting streak and he also hit a line shot HR into the Mets bullpen.

Some more memories of the game: Tom Seaver pitched great, Lou Brock's stolen base, Ted Simmons thrown out at the plate, Felix Millan choking up. I also remember two kids that ran into the outfield to shake Mike Vail's hand during the game and seeing the cops chase them. One kid jumped over the left field wall and ran away into the parking lot as the cops chased him. I wonder where they are today.

Sadly my Dad passed away last year. We saw many games at Shea together after this, but this was a magical moment in my life and such a treasured memory for me and my Dad.

September 13, 1975 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Martin Radosevic
October 14, 2004
The reason this game is so special for me is because it was the first Major League game that I attended. Growing up in central Illinois, I was (and still am today) an avid Cubs fan. My aunt and uncle, however, had connections through the Cardinals organization and took my sisters and brothers and I to this Cardinals vs. Mets summer game. The thing that I will never forget about this game was that we no sooner sat down at our seats and the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Mets, Del Unser, lined a home run over the right-center field fence. The Mets went on to win the game...which for me, being a Cubs' fan, was very satisfying!

April 19, 1976 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Mike Melioris
May 1, 2003
This was the best game I ever saw in my life. On Easter vacation from 8th grade this was the Monday night game of the wee., This game went on into three in the morning! Unbelievable plays from both teams kept this game going and going until Del Unser hit a home run in the seventeenth inning. Boy, what a game! It was fun! In fact they started calling it Tuesday morning baseball. The screen they show the score at the end of the inning (on Television) actually was changed in the fourteenth inning to say "Tuesday Morning Baseball" from the normal Monday Night Baseball. I can say one thing even if it wasn't Easter Vacation I would have watched this game and been, you know, "sick" in the morning.

Several times during the telecast they showed Dave Kingman's monster 700 foot shot four days earlier in Chicago that he hit across the street. This game they gave Dave nothing to hit as he went one for seven. Del Unser was hit by a pitch his next at bat by Lynn McGlothen the next day as was NY Met starter Jon Matlack (later that day as it was a Tuesday night game and this game went into Tuesday morning) that resulted in a bench clearing brawl. It was believed to be retaliation for hitting that home run in the seventeenth inning that won the game.

This is my vote for the best played game of all times, great plays and strategy from both teams, not to mention a game that could have dragged out another couple of hours it seemed. Del Unser hero of the day!

rht
June 11, 2007

I think Del Unser lead off the 17th with that home run. I remember that as he was rounding the bases, the St. Louis fans were booing him fiercely.

May 28, 1976 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 0
Dan
September 7, 2000
My second ballgame ever at Shea, and my 10th birthday, and all the boys could muster up were six lousy singles.

For you movie trivia buffs, this is also the exact day that the film, "Dazed & Confused" took place on. Seems to be the theme for the day, no?

May 29, 1976 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
flushing flash
January 7, 2002
My first Mets game, and I left after nine innings. True, I was only eight years old, but why would I leave before it was over? Years later I found out why. It seems the Mets were up 2-1 in the top of the ninth and the Cardinals had a runner on third with one man out. The next batter hit a high fly ball deep down the left field line but clearly foul (probably near where that triangle-shaped area with flowers is today).

The Mets left fielder at that stage of the game was a man called Leon Brown.

"Now Leon, was in trouble, but he chased that old ball down, and he made the catch but the runner scored, all because of Leon Brown."

"Had he left that ball and turned aside, he might not have been a clown, but he caught it and let the tying run score, yes he did that Leon Brown."

"He was bad, bad, Leon Brown, baddest man in the whole damn town, badder than old Dave Kong, dumber than a junkyard dog."

June 28, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Gate Matarazzo
July 13, 2008
I remember this game very vividly as it was my first ever baseball game. We went with our little league on a bus and I couldn't wait to see Seaver pitch and Kingman hit; I was 8 years old. I remember Kingman hitting the homer early and I believe he scored the winning run on the Mad Hungarian's wild pitch in the 8th.

July 1, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Frederick
May 11, 2005
I went to this game on my 13th birthday. To have the Mets win by a score of 13-0 was too magical for words. Who says 13 is unlucky?

September 16, 1976 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Donald Stokes
January 17, 2006
This was the game when Jerry Koosman FINALLY became a 20-game winner. He struck out H. Cruz to end the game. John Stearns jumped into Koosman's arms. He became the second Met pitcher to win 20 games in a season.

April 12, 1977 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Hank M
June 8, 2005
This was the first home opener I ever attended...and the last one that Tom Seaver would start during his Mets' career (not counting his return in 1983).

Tom Terrific did not disappoint in this "farewell" appearance. He not only shut out the Cardinals, but he also singled home two runs in the second inning, helping his own cause. The other runs came on solo homers by John Milner and John Stearns, both hit to right-center field.

As I was keeping score of the game, I got lucky. Milner flied out to center to start the third inning. However, I marked it in the St. Louis fourth for Bake McBride. Using a scorecard pencil, I couldn't erase it. It didn't matter. When McBride came up in the fourth, he, too, flied out to center. It was a day when things worked out perfectly!

August 16, 1977 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Tom
September 8, 2006
I was around nine years old and I believe we were driving home from a family trip to Hershey PA. I recall my father trying to get the game in as we moved homeward towards NJ. I remember being somewhat interested as the Mets were playing well in it and they got something started in a inning when I believe it was either Station Identification or Bob Murphy mentioning the death of Elvis Presley. All I remember is my mother frantically changing the channel looking for news while sobbing. I had just started being a Met fan "what a time aye?" and wanted to hear the Mets rally. And protested in the back seat demanding my mother put the Mets back on. My mother with satan in her eyes looked back and me and told me to SHUT UP about the STUPID METS!!.

It was the only time I can ever remember her yelling at me like that which is why this sticks out so much. I mean who the hell was Elvis to me at the time? Certainly no Lee Mazzilli!!

October 2, 1977 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Mark Heaney
April 17, 2005
I remember that Maz bailed out of the game after his first inning double, so he could finish the season with a .250 average! Were we starved in the 70's or what? Nevertheless, Maz was the man, and I used to emulate his "basket catch" as a teen. Of course he got it from Willie Mays who my Dad calls the greatest ever!

May 29, 1978 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 2
santos
May 22, 2008
First time I saw Keith Hernandez. I thought Pat Zachry was a good pitcher on a bad team.

May 30, 1978 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 2
Bob P
January 31, 2004
St Louis RHP Silvio Martinez made his first major league start and threw a one-hitter against the Mets. The only hit was a Steve Henderson leadoff home run in the seventh inning. The Mets got their other run on a walk, infield out, and two wild pitches. George Hendrick had a three-run homer for the Cards.

Martinez pitched two 1-hitters and two 2-hitters in 1978, but finished the year with just a 9-8 record. In 1980 he went 15-8 for the Cardinals, but was out of baseball after the 1981 season due mainly to elbow problems.

Mitch45
August 31, 2011

Yep, I remember this one very well. I was 13 and about to graduate from the 8th grade. My friend's father treated us by taking us out to see the Mets play the Cardinals at Shea. We had great seats, field level behind third base. Little did we know that we would nearly witness a no-hitter by a pitcher making his major league debut, which really would have been something. The very late '70s were a dark, dark time for the Mets.

August 12, 1978 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 1
Howie K
July 16, 2006
I remember being at this game on a Saturday afternoon. 10 -yrs old at the time. John Denny only gave up 1 hit and it was an infield hit by John Stearns on what from what I can recall was a questionable call. It wasn't late in the game so it didn't stand out as ruining a no hitter but it turns out being the only hit the Mets got that day.

Bob P
September 8, 2006

Howie, You're right. Stearns' single came leading off the seventh on a grounder toward second base. Mike Tyson fielded it and threw to first baseman Roger Freed but first base umpire Paul Pryor said Freed took his foot off the bag. The play was ruled a single, the first Mets hit of the game. But they had aleady scored a run: in the fourth inning the Mets put together a walk, groundout, and an error by Garry Templeton (AKA a vintage 1978 Mets rally) for their only run of the game. So that might also be why the single didn't stand out as ruining the no- hitter. Had the Cardinals' Gold Glove first baseman--Keith Hernandez--started the game, this may have been a no-hitter for John Denny!

And speaking of "vintage 1978," a whopping 8,658 fans attended this Saturday afternoon game.

September 25, 1978 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 0
Mitch
August 14, 2013
I remember this game well. I was 13 and some friends and I got together to go to the game before the end of the year. The Mets were about to complete the second year of the 1977-1983 Dark Era and people were staying away from Shea in droves, especially considering that the Yankees had been to the Series in '76, won the Series in '77 and were about to win another in '78. We were able to get amazing seats behind the first base dugout. I had never sat in that section before. Unfortunately, Silvio Martinez was amazing for the Cardinals (it was his ML debut IIRC) and the Mets scratched out two infield hits for the whole game. Things were bad for us Mets fans then.

May 19, 1979 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 4
tom g
May 3, 2005
I went to this game with my brother on the train from Long Island. It was a Saturday afternoon game, and it rained. I remember after watching the Mets lose in extra innings, we went home and watched the NY Rangers lose to Montreal 4-3 in overtime in Game 4 of the 1979 Stanley Cup to go down 3-1 in the series, so it was a double loss of a day to have both of your favorite teams lose.

May 20, 1979 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7
Jim
April 23, 2003
If I remember correctly, Hebner hit a game winning walk off home run. Listened to it on the radio. Great call by Murph!

Hank M
February 4, 2007

Richie Hebner hit a big home run in the bottom of the 10th inning of this game. It was a 3-run bomb into the Mets' bullpen in right field that retied the game after the Cardinals had scored three in the top of the inning. The Mets then scored in the 11th and won.

My sister and I were watching and she switched channels after the Cards scored their three runs. I continued to watch in another room. When Hebner came up with two runners on, I told my sister and she switched back to the game. We saw the homer and the game-winning run without any more channel changing!

This game is a good example of Yogi Berra's quote "It's not over until it's over."

August 7, 1979 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 2
Mike D.
February 10, 2002
My first baseball game! I was seven years old.

It was supposed to be a double header, but the first game was rained out in the top of the 7th. I went with my Dad, my maternal grandfather and my uncle, who got the tickets to New York Telephone's box seat -- a great vantage point from which to watch Lee Mazzilli in the on-deck circle. It was my only glimpse of Shea before Fred and Nelson bathed the place in blue paint (and took down the panels); and a decent crowd to see a woeful team. (My father, a die-hard Yankee fan coming off two titles, took one for the team here).

My main memory of the game was watching my grandfather stand and cheer every time Dave Kingman got up to bat. It wasn't until years later I understood that it was just a form of protest as to what had gone on just three years prior...

-- Mike D.

August 9, 1979 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 0
The Mook
November 11, 2003
A weak two hit effort from the anemic 79 Mets. My lasting memory of this game was Willie Monnnntannnezz trying to nonchalantly snatch a ground ball and having it bounce off his glove into RF. The next week Willie was off to Texas for a pair of socks and a water cooler. I don't think the Mets would have even been able to get Rich Chiles for Willie at that point.

Remember comparing Willie to the Cardinals' Hernandez and wonder why the Mets never seem to get real ballplayers.

September 22, 1979 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 3
Edgy DC
May 13, 2008
This game was Keith Hernandez' favorite Shea Stadium memory, according to the 5/10/2008 broadcast, because this was the day he effectively clinched the 1979 batting title over Pete Rose.

Um, Keith? Division? Pennant? Championship? In a Met uniform?

September 23, 1979 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 4
Bob P
September 25, 2003
With one out in the top of the fifth inning of this game, Lou Brock walked. He then stole second base and came all the way around to score when John Stearns' throw went into the outfield.

The stolen base was the 928th of Brock's career. At that point he broke Billy Hamilton's record for most career steals. Hamilton had played mainly in the 1890s. Of course, years later Rickey Henderson passed Brock and Rickey is still going as of this writing!

The Cards won the game 7-4 in ten innings. Mets pitchers allowed just five hits in the game but they walked 11 batters, threw a wild pitch and committed a balk..and the fielders pitched in with 3 errors. Aaah, the late seventies at Shea!

Doug B.
December 10, 2006

I do know that after this mind-numbing loss, their record over the last 48 games was, I believe, 9-39. An absolute low point in Mets history during this time. In a few short months, Wilpon, Doubleday and Cashen came into the picture to begin salvaging this wreck of a franchise.

Ed K
August 31, 2011

This was the end of the worst homestand in Mets history as they went 0-9 including four doubleheaders swept in less than a week.

The sad part was that the pitching wasn't all that bad (35 runs given up in 9 games) but the offense was anemic as they could only score 15 runs.

I don't recall the exact attendance number for the 5 playing dates but I doubt it was more than 30,000 combined.

September 30, 1979 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
googoo
June 1, 2004
Ed Kranepool pinch hit and got a base hit. It was his last at bat for the Mets!

Doug B
December 13, 2006

It was also the last game in Mets' history that they were not owned (at least in part) by the Wilpon family. And despite how miserable the season was, they managed to avoid 100 losses with this win.

Mrpokie31
September 22, 2007

I remember being at this game. It was Lou Brock's last game and Richie Hebner's last game as a Met. Hebner grounded out in the 8th inning I believe, and we booed him mercilessly. He had stated earlier in the week that he could not wait to get out of NY, so we were letting him know how we felt. On his way back to the dugout after grounding out, and us booing him, he gave us the finger. I will never forget that SOB as long as I live.

July 13, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Andy
November 16, 2004
This was the very first MLB game I ever attended. Have been a die hard Mets fan from this date forward.

JOEY
May 19, 2005

I played centerfield on the NY Playboy Bunnies team at half time against the Bayside Federal Savings Bank for a charity fund raiser. I met Lee Mazzilli that day and after he saw me he hit 2 home runs! Whatta man!

July 13, 1980 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Craig
March 25, 2006
One hot summer day and early evening! I do remember before the start of this the second game of the double header that the Playmate bunnies came on the field for their softball game in a hot air balloon! Leon "Bull" Durham creaming a pitch over the rightfield wall and into what I believe was the Mets players parking lot. Looking into the WOR-TV booth and seeing Ralph Kiner. Later that night I watched the news as I was staying with my cousins in Avenel, N.J. and they said that a fan had jumped off the mezzanine earlier that morning and commited suicide. What a tragedy as that still sticks in my head almost 26 years later. Overall a great day for two Met games as they won both!

Charlie
October 28, 2006

I remember being at these games, being pretty young I honestly can't remember the Playmates or the balloon which is sad. Maybe I got up between games and was too busy running around to notice. I do remember Durham's HR which someone here mentioned went into the players' parking lot, as I recall, it actually broke Alex Trevino's windshield. Maybe the longest HR I ever saw at Shea.

Nonsequitur
January 6, 2007

I too remember being at these games. Bomback pitching a complete game and Durham's bomb stand out the most. After the games my friends and I stuck around and finally made our way out onto the field. Shocked that no one chased us off we explored both dugouts, my buddy scoring a cracked Bobby Bonds bat from the Cards dugout and I got a broken Jerry Morales bat from the Mets dugout. Leaning against the 410 sign in center field and looking back towards home plate was a cool site. As I recall this was the last day of the home stand and the outfield fence was painted, changing from green to blue, before the Mets returned from their road trip.

Ira
August 31, 2011

I was at that DH too. And yes Charlie, the Durham homer was one of the longest homers I ever saw hit at Shea. I also remember a crazy play that must have happened in game 1. The Mets had a runner on 3rd, the Cards pitcher threw a wild pitch but instead of caroming away, it bounced right back to the Card catcher and he tagged the Met runner out.

October 4, 1980 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Andy from Rego Park
April 25, 2003
For most of the summer, the Daily News ran a box in the sports section called "Mets vs. Maris" as the team struggled to hit 61 home runs for the season. Hubie Brooks' first big league tater, in this game, allowed the Amazin's to tie Roger's then-single season mark.

Joe Figliola
October 28, 2008

I thought Hubie hit number 61 in the final game of the year. Guess I was wrong.

Thought of an interesting situation: What if the Mets had brought up Hubie, Mookie, Wally, and Ed Lynch in July when they were competing as opposed to September? Obviously, a pennant would have been unlikely, but I think if those guys were there, then the Phillies don't sweep them in that five-game set in August. Plus, I think they would have been in the 73-win range. I think they were more ready for the bigs than what was originally thought.

April 15, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Dan
August 16, 2000
The home opener. It was frigid in the shadows that day. What I remember was, before the game, the fella in front of my dad and me remarked to his friend, "This is going to be one of those 5-3 ball games." Translation: There isn't going to be much excitement in this one. And he was dead-on.

Cheeks
October 19, 2011

My first Mets game. Got me two days off of school because home opener was originally rained out. Remember my aunt taking a wrong turn at the Interboro (aka Jackie Robinson Parkway) GCP split. Remember how empty Shea was. Just looked it up; attendance was 15,205. Remember sitting in Mezzanine Box down the first base line. Mookie 2-5 with a triple and 2 rbi and Flynn 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 rbi.

May 22, 1981 Busch Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Prindy
October 28, 2006
Take another look at this Mets line-up as it is a classic one. It had one foot planted in futility, while the other was pointed towards fame. All these fellows remain vital in my collective Mets Heart!

As a 20-year-old, I was able to persuade my boss to take the office for an outing to Shea to see a struggling team. Despite his worries on the venture, he was not disappointed.

16 of us piled into 2 cars and a rented van and made the 50 mile trek to that hallowed ground at Flushing Meadows.

Stuck in traffic on the Van Wyck, many vehicles were flashing Met paraphernalia to each other while also passing brewskies back and forth to (mostly) non-driving fans.

They were dangerous days but festive.

The Stadium was electric as Pat Zach threw an excellent game and the offense exploded in run scoring spurts. A rarity for that team.

A splendid time was had by all that night and it stays as a reminder that even during lean times, hope is always just over the horizon.

May 24, 1981 Busch Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Nate Metzger - STL area boy
March 27, 2008
This was my first game that I ever attended. Mazzilli broke my heart.

September 19, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Jake the Snake
November 6, 2005
I remember this game occurred on the day that Simon and Garfunkel had their reunion concert in Central Park! Kingman and Brooks both homered. Kingman's just made the fence. Brooks nailed a shot that went to the back of the bullpen's fence. BTW, I was at the game and chickened out going to the concert...wish I did!

September 20, 1981 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 6
David Phillippi
February 6, 2002
My dad brought me to this game on my birthday. Mets were just starting to put together a decent team with guys like Mookie and Hubie. Mets were winning 5-4 in the top of the 9th when Mookie ran down a long fly ball, seemed to catch it, then dropped it as he crashed into the wall. Cards took the lead 6-5. In the bottom of the 9th, Frank Taveras got on with a walk or single, then stole second base (maybe moved over by the pitcher). Then Mookie came up with 2 outs and hit a home run almost over my head in the right field boxes and just over the right field wall by the pole. My dad wanted to leave early and convinced me to at least stand near the exit. That's why I NEVER leave a game before it's over. All the way back on the train, the fans were buzzing about the Mets actually contending for the division that late in the season.

tom g
May 27, 2002

This was one of the best games I ever went to. Mets trailed 5-0, finally tied it up, and then Tito Landrum hit a triple and scored on an error by Mookie Wilson on the same play in the top of the 9th inning. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Mookie hit a 2-run home run off of Bruce Sutter to win the game 7-6.

tom g again
May 27, 2002

The guy david who wrote on 2/6/02 was wrong about several aspects of this game. Mets did not lead 5-4 and blow lead in 9th. Look at linescore of game. They trailed 5-0 in 3rd, then tied up game, then Landrum hit the triple that Mookie made the error on in 9th to give Cards the go-ahead run. Tavares hit a double in the 9th with 2 out and no one on, barely making it safe to give Mookie his at-bat, which he then hit the 2-run home run off Sutter for the win.

Bob P
May 27, 2003

The Mets had TWENTY-TWO hits in this game! They went down 1-2-3 in the first inning, then they had at least two hits in each remaining inning, including 6 hits in the 7th inning, when they tied it 5-5.

Mookie and Hubie each had 4 hits and John Stearns had 3.

Pete
November 3, 2006

I attended this game and still remember Ron Hodges catching Mookie's homer in the Mets' bullpen. The stands were pretty well empty by that point. Actually, they were probably pretty well empty when the game started too. This was also one of the first few games that Garry Templeton played for the Cards after flipping off the St. Louis fans (remember Whitey yanking Templeton down into the dugout?) Shea booed him mercilessly every at-bat. That was probably the best thing he ever did for St. Louis as they traded him for Ozzie Smith shortly after that.

The thing I remember most about this game is Mookie pumping his fist as he rounded 1st base and everyone that was left in the stands was absolutely delirious. People were hugging people they didn't even know, the team mobbed Mookie at home and the celebration lasted a good 5 or 10 minutes on the field. It was one of those few times in the early 80's that you felt like they were beginning to turn it around. There was hope and Shea was beginning to come back to life.

Mike M
October 7, 2008

I found it. I always remember a game with Mookie hitting a game winning HR off Sutter. Wasn't at Shea though. I was 10, sitting at home watching on WOR-TV. Vividly remember the closeups of Sutter then Mookie back to Sutter then Mook crushing it

Lawrence
February 13, 2013

My dad was a Cardinal fan, and as a youngster I rooted for them too. In 1981 I was working at NY Life in the pension plan department, and my boss assigned me a plan for a travel agency called Cardinal Travel. Dal Maxvill was one of the owners, and when I first spoke with him, I began the conversation by telling him that I remembered his triple in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series in Fenway against the Red Sox. So he left me 4 tickets for this game. Drinking beer, falling behind 5-0, and sitting with Cardinal fans, I stood up and hollered "The Mets are going to win this game!" People laughed at me. Now it's bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, and people are leaving, so I stand up and holler "Hey, where are you going? The Mets are going to win this game!" Same reaction from the people around me. After Taveras gets on and Mookie atones for his error by hitting his 2-run homer, I felt vindicated. But I never heard from Maxvill again.

June 12, 1982 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Chris D'Orso
October 16, 2002
This was my first ever baseball game. I was six years old, and I was actually a Cardinals fan at the time, because that was the name of my first Little League team.

I don't remember much of anything about the game, except for getting an autograph from a random Cardinals player (I think it may have been backup catcher Orlando Sanchez, although sadly, that autograph is lost to the ages)... that, and that the Mets actually won that day. Shea was rocking that night, because the Mets didn't win too many games that year, especially not against the best team in the NL. But I was miserable, on the verge of tears, because my Cardinals lost. Ah, youth. (A few seasons later, I was on the Twins, but couldn't bring myself to root for a team in the American League. And so a Mets fan was born.)

Bob P
May 27, 2003

Chris D'Orso, I hope you're still checking this website!

You said you don't remember much about the game. Here's what happened:

In the bottom of the third, the Mets scored five runs off RHP Steve Mura. Mura was probably best known as the guy who accompanied Ozzie Smith from San Diego to St. Louis in exchange for Garry Templeton and Sixto Lezcano.

George Foster and Dave Kingman had RBI singles and then Mike Jorgensen hit a 3-run homer.

Ron Hodges homered in the bottom of the 4th to make it 6-0, and the Cards got RBI singles by Lonnie Smith and Dane Iorg as the game went on for their two runs. Craig Swan improved to 5-1 with the win, and the Mets were 30-28 after the victory.

After taking 3 out of 4 from the Cards the next weekend in St. Louis, the Mets were 34-30 and just 3 games out of first place.But thanks to five- and seven- game losing streaks, the Mets were 40-47 at the all star break and they went just 25-50 after the break to finish last, 27 games behind the World Champion Cards.

September 10, 1982 Busch Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Hank M
April 22, 2007
Dave Kingman hit a home run in this game, but it wasn't a typical Kingman blast. This one was the inside-the-park kind. It was quite a thing to watch!

In the eighth inning, Dave lifted a very high shallow fly down the right field line. George Hendrick ran slowly for it, not appearing to give it much effort (perhaps he couldn't find it.) The ball landed just inside the line, bounced very high on the artificial turf and went to the right field corner. As Hendrick ran after it, Dave ran around the bases. By the time the ball got to the infield, he had circled the diamond - without a play being made on him.

This hit provided the margin of victory over a team that was headed for a division title and eventual World Championship. It also helped Dave to become the first Met ever to win a National League home run title, though this was not the usual way he hit them.

June 20, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Jon
August 21, 2000
This was Game 2 of a double-header with the Cardinals, who less than a week before traded us Keith Hernandez. They won game 1, but Mex hit a homer off John Stupor in the second game, his first as a Met I think. What I remember most was hearing about the trade on the radio a few days earlier and thinking: Wow, the Mets just might become a good team again.

Professor G
July 8, 2005

I was at this game. How sweet for Keith Hernandez to crack his first Mets HR against his old team and get a curtain call from the Shea fans in front of his tormentor, Whitey herzog.

June 21, 1983 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 0
Jeff Hysen
April 5, 2008
This was Neil Allen's return to Shea. After getting the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the first, which ended when Allen struck out Keith Hernandez, Darrel Porter went toward the mound and made sure that Allen didn't go to the Mets dugout by directing him to the visitor's dugout.

June 23, 1983 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Doctor Worm
May 22, 2009
A five inning save for Doug Sisk. We may never see that again. Well, we certainly won't see it again from Doug Sisk.

Doug Brogowski
November 18, 2009

I went to this game. Thursday afternoon game. Long, beautiful late June day. I had literally just graduated high school that week. I got my first personal look at newly acquired Keith Hernandez and rookie phenom Darryl Strawberry, who had just been brought up in May. Things were starting to look up, after 6 straight bad seasons.

September 14, 1983 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 1
Richard Baker
August 23, 2006
I remember this game well. Went to Shea to see Tom Seaver pitch and was taking a chance on seeing Dave Kingman play, these 2 guys being my favorite Mets ever. In those days you could drive up to Shea a half hour before the game and get tickets. Ended up sitting right behind the Mets dugout 2 rows back. Got Brian Giles to sign a baseball card of mine. I would bring cards of different players to different games. Of course I brought Kingman's and Seaver's but they didn't come on the field before gametime.

Seaver pitched a pretty good game, but when Darryl Porter hit the home run you sensed the game was over. I remember Tom Seaver fouling off about 6 piches with one being inches from the left field foul pole, nearly missing a home run. Next pitch he hits fly ball to deep center field and with that the small crowd at Shea gave him a standing ovation, appreciating a tough at bat.

I remember Dave Kingman being put in as a pinch hitter late in game. I yelled for Dave. I said, "Heeeeey Daaaaaaaaaaaave" real loud. I heard my voice echoing in the outfield, he looks over at me with a surly look. Hey I would too if I wasn't playing. Not with Keith Hernandez around. Kingman never got to hit; Whitey Herzog put in a right hander to face Kingman and Frank howard countered with putting in Rusty Staub who grounded to 2nd base on the first pitch.

May 31, 1984 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 2
Anthony Ventarola
November 15, 2011
Hubie Brooks either tied or broke the (at the time) record for longest hitting streak by a Met. I believe it was his 23rd or 24th straight game with a hit.

I remember in the ninth, they were mounting a rally. Had runners on first and third. Staub then struck out. Then Backman hit a grounder to second. The 2bman threw to the SS for one out, but Oquendo slid hard into the guy and Backman beat out the throw. Then the umpire called Backman out due to Oq's interference. The crowd was furious and the game ended.

At the time, it was my first Mets game in three years. My friend from HS and his dad brought me and the seats were on 3b-line about 14 rows up.

June 2, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
clubhouse report
April 22, 2002
two trivial facts about this game: Hubie Brooks' Mets record hitting streak was snapped at 24 games and the promotional items given away that night were pairs of "flip-flops" many of which were thrown on the field at Shea as Hubie's streak died.

sportsfan8690
June 16, 2010

I was 12 years old then and was at this game with my Dad sitting in Mezz. Reserved between 3rd and LF. This was my last game at Shea until September before I went away to sleepaway camp in upstate NY. Yes, the two things I also remember of this game was the Hubie Brooks hitting streak ending and the flip-flops giveaway that were thrown onto the field. I was not one of those that threw them on the field as I took my flip-flops with me to summer camp. My Dad would have grounded me if I threw the flip-flops onto the field. My sister got his pair.

June 14, 1984 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Bob P
July 16, 2006
The Mets begin a four-game weekend series in St. Louis with a 6-0 win over the Cardinals. Ron Darling improves to 6-3 and pitches his first major league shutout. He would throw a total of thirteen shutouts in his career.

All the scoring in this game came in the top of the sixth. Keith Hernandez, Hubie Brooks, and Jose Oquendo each had two-RBI doubles in the inning. Darling made the first and second outs of the inning. Eight consecutive Mets reached base in between Darling's two outs.

July 23, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Ken
May 13, 2008
This game was the first time I thought the Mets were for real in the 80's. Keith Hernandez hit the game-winning single off Neil Allen (who was traded for Keith) after a long long at bat. The fans streaming down the ramps at Shea were yelling "We're Number One" for the first time in a long time.

July 25, 1984 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Jim Snedeker
April 22, 2002
I was there. Kepshire had the Mets in his back pocket and enjoying a three-run lead until Straw-man came up in the bottom of the fourth with two men on. A lazy swing stroked a fly ball that just made it over the fence to tie the game. Remember, this was when Darryl was synonymous with youth and anticipation, before he was the feared slugger (as well as for his darker side). It was almost the feeling that no matter what, he was going to tie the game; that the universe had willed it to be that way. Kepshire was quoted after the game as saying "the ball shouldn't have gone out."

Such was the excitement in the early days of Mookie, Wally, Hubie, Darryl and Keith.

Tom Quinn
September 7, 2007

This was the game that convinced me the Mets were for real. I was there in the 3rd base box seats, broiling in the sun. The Mets are behind 3-0 and I'm conditioned to feel that this is going to be another lost afternoon at Shea. Then Strawberry hit it out and they go on to win. I bought a Mets painter's hat that day that I continued to wear to every Mets game I went to and they won over 75% of the time. I even wore it to (bow your heads) Game 6 of the '86 Series.

April 9, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5
flushing flash
August 18, 2000
Probably the coldest Mets game I have ever attended. My scorecard from that game looks like chicken scratch because my fingers were frozen. But of course it ended with one of the most memorable home runs in Mets history -- Gary Carter's game-winning blast off Neil Allen in the tenth inning of his first game as a Met. Then rose the most enormous roar I had ever heard from the Shea faithful, and all the way down the ramps the delirious fans were screaming GARY!! GARY!! GARY!! You just knew it was the beginning of something special.

Mr. Sparkle
September 12, 2001

I'll never forget this game for a couple of reasons. 1) it was opening day of what we were all hoping was to be a new era with the leagues stud catcher Gary Carter behind the plate. 2) I was thrown out of the game with two of my friends when one of them who was bombed out of his head got into a fight with the guy in front of him who was trying to enjoy the game with his young son. He had told us a couple of times to watch our language as we were quite loud and obnoxious. In about the 4th inning he got up to take his son to the bathroom and my friend said " Oh you're leaving, good!" The man got upset said something back and fists were flying. I tries to break it up but very quickly cops came and kicked out my friend, who deserved it, my other friend who joined in the fight, he deserved it too, and me who actually tried to break it up, I swear. So we walked around the stadium, slipped an usher a 5 and he let us back in. We ended up with much better seat, on the field and were there for Carter's memorable homer off of Neil Allen. I'll never forget that home run and I'm glad I talked my two friends into going back in. We were 22 years old and stupid but I will never forget that day. Luckily we drove home safely. And as a father of three I can relate to the poor guy in front of us that day.

All-time Metfan
October 31, 2001

The first game I can honestly remember. Tho I had been going since I was 3, which was 1982, making me 6 in '85. Not knowing too much what was going on, I focused on drinking hot chocolate and staying warm. It was real cold that day and I couldnt understand why my dad took me somewhere I would freeze to death. Carter comes up in extra innings and my dad told me to get up and cheer, going along with directions I did so, and it was as if my father magically willed Gary to knock that Neil Allen slider into the cards bullpen. At six, it was hard to follow baseball as it was when I was older, but I knew that I would love going to games after this!

rob sayegh
March 10, 2002

my god it was about 32 degrees I was frozen sat in cheap seats 6 rows behind us 7 of my highschool teachers are there we walked down in bottom of 10th to box seats and when carter hit the ball I yelled and I said yes but when I saw lonnie smith I thought the bastard caught it but everybody got up and walked out so I knew and the gary gary chants down the ramps outside the stadium I had never seen anything like it I had not been to Shea stadium since 1980 5 years I had so much fun

It gets by Buckner
July 8, 2002

Ditto on the cold. I have experienced 19 degrees below in January and I'm telling you that April afternoon at Shea felt worse! I seriously thought I was going to get frostbite. And I remember the first inning took about 45 or 50 minutes to play and my fingers and toes were going numb by the third inning. Left after the regulation nine and missed Carter's home run!

LenDog
July 4, 2004

Yeah, it was cold.

Add to the picture my usual upper deck seats and my usual beer buzz, and this was a tough ten innings.

We were moving toward left field to catch the sliver of sun left in the stadium when Carter's HR cleared the wall. The picture is quite vivid still.

What a great day. We all knew this team was going in the right direction and NYC was a Met town all the way. The Yankees were nowhere!

Joe From Jersey
December 26, 2005

I remember an article in the Daily News about how cold it was at Shea that day. One fan commented that Doc shoulda NOT pitched that day. The tag line "Where's Jay Hook when you needed him?" I wasn't at the game, thank god, I watched on Ch. 9 (So glad the game wasn't on cable; didn't get it until '87) and saw Carter's walk-off HR. They didn't call it a walk-off back then. Welcome to New York, Kid!

John T Greenpoint
April 2, 2007

2nd coldest game I have attended. The first was in 2003 Home opener. Will never forget how Shea was shaking when Gary Carter hit that home run off of Neil Allen. Would love SNY to put this on as a Mets CLASSIC!

Tom Quinn
August 7, 2007

A typical windy, frigid April day at Shea. Why is it always ten degrees colder inside Shea than outside? The Kid becomes a Met and gives Whitey Herzog agita by homering off Neil Allen, who the Cards got for Hernandez. In my top ten of game thrills I've seen at Shea.

Ed K
June 3, 2008

Also, HoJo's first game as a Met. he had a single and an RBI that made Gary carter's 10th inning heroics possible.

Karaoke Joe
April 26, 2010

Hard to believe it's now 25 years since this game! Remember watching the game on TV and Gary Carter's game winning HR made it a memorable 18th birthday! It's also nice to see the bat Gary used for that game winning HR as one of the items in Citi Field's new Mets Hall of Fame and Museum.

Gregg H
December 28, 2010

My first game as a vendor, I was trying to sell Coke to the upper deck in that cold. It was also my last game as a vendor.

Tom C.
April 12, 2012

My first ever Opening Day at Shea and oh how cold it was! We sat in the top row of the Upper Deck (behind home plate) and witnessed Gary Carter's first game as a Met. Mets seemed to have game in hand until the Cards came back late to tie (believe off Doug Sisk). Then Gary sent everyone home happy with his dramatic walk-off HR. Welcome to New York, Gary!

April 11, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002
An odd game to remember so clearly, but I was there and at field level no less. This was the game after Carter's GWHR in his debut game. It was exciting to see him in a Mets Uniform although he didn't do much this day.

I remember that ex-Met Neil Allen walked Danny Heep with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to end the game. A walk off Base on Balls. I never liked Neil Allen.

Barry F.
May 22, 2004

Joe, this was a wonderful game. I sat up in the mezz, just to the left of home plate and brother it was COLD that day! 50 if that and windy. Darling had awful control to start, throwing 14 balls among his first 20 pitches. But somehow he survived. The Mets scratched out a run on a fielder's choice by HoJo to tie it and then it became a struggle to score another run. I remember during Heep's at-bat the place was screaming trying to rattle Allen and he never came close to the plate.

Robert Pfeffer
February 16, 2005

I was at this one. It was the second game of the season and it was a overcast day and it looked like it might get rained out.

Because the Mets had sold out opening day, they advertised this as opening day 2 and Rodney Dangerfield threw out the first ball.

I think this game set the tone for the Cardinal/Mets rivalry that was to continue for the next few years. John Tudor was almost unhittible that day and also almost unheard of before the season, having come over from Pittsburgh in the winter. Neil Allen, who the Mets had traded to the Cardinals for Keith Hernandez, came in and threw 4 straight balls with the bases loaded and Roger McDowell got the win in his Mets debut.

Jimmy
December 12, 2006

This game was Roger McDowell's debut. This was also the game when the wave effectively died for me. During the 1984 season the wave had been a big thing and I enjoyed it, On this day I also got injured doing the wave (nothing major) but I banged my knee on the rail in front of my seat. (The wave was never the same again!)

September 10, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Charlie
December 12, 2001
I was at this game, a HUGE one for a lot of reasons...

This was Hernandez's first game back after the Pittsburgh drug trials. We give him a standing O and he whacks a base hit on the first pitch...

Bottom of the first, 2 on, 1 out, George Foster gets hit in the butt and makes a move out to the mound. Both benches empty, the usual pushing & shoving, yaddayaddayadda...

So, now, bases loaded, no out, HoJo comes up and hits a rocket over the right field scoreboard. YEAH BABY!

The the f-ing Cards start a comeback...then it starts to rain.

During the rain delay, they put the Reds-Padres game up on the Diamond Vision and I got to see Pete Rose break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record, sitting on the aisle steps in the right field mezzanine, between the raindrops.

Fantastic night!

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

I remember this one like yesterday. Foster gets plunked in the 1st inning. Hojo steps in and launches a bomb off of Cox way out to right. I can still hear Ralph's call "...it's going, going and it's gone goodbye! A grand slam home run for Howard Johnson!"

September 11, 1985 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Mets 0
MetsFan71
January 12, 2002
A real heartbreaker, but a great game. I remember buying tickets for this one in April, knowing it would memorable. Tudor and Gooden were locked up for nine innings; Cesar Cedeno's home run off Orosco won it in the tenth. The most disappointing regular season loss until the Pendleton game.

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

Cesar Cedeno, at the end of his career, takes Orosco deep in the 10th to win it for the Cards. This was the night after Hojo's grand slam and the day before Keith's single through the whole. God the '85 season just drives me crazy with what ifs - what if the Mets win this game, what if Foster comes through with the bases loaded in the first inning in game three of the final series at Busch. Well it wasn't meant to be!

Kelly Heflin
February 28, 2005

I had Tix to see Dire Straits at Radio City Music Hall this night. I was bummed about not being able to see the game, but hell, it was Dire Staits at Radio City. Anyway, we knew the game was starting and you could hear a buzz in the crowd. I went into the lobby and it was packed with people listening to portable radios. I quickly reported back to my brother at our seats, Mets had the Bases Loaded in the first inning. Our hopes were high. It was a crushing loss.

Jim from Connecticut
October 6, 2006

This was a great pitcher's duel between Tudor and Gooden. I went to this game with my brother and oh boy did we hate Tudor, but he pitched a 10-inning shutout. Gooden pitched great. Cedeno's HR down the left field line into the Mezzanine was one of the hardest hit balls I've ever seen in person. It's so funny that Mets fans never give Cedeno any credit in the Cardinals winning the NL East in 1985. He was the difference. Sure there was the Pendleton HR, but Cedeno's contribution as a late season addition to this team was huge.

Samlata
December 23, 2009

Second year law school - Moot Court competition the same night - I have tix to this game - what to do - I pass on the game! Now, 20 some odd years of practicing law, I shoulda gone to the game!

September 12, 1985 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002
This is one of those Met highlight reel classics. Tie game in the bottom of the 9th. A game the Mets absolutely need to stay in the race. Mookie leads off the 9th with a single. Wally bunts him to second and then Keith goes the other way and punches one past Ozzie into left field. Wilson barely beats the throw to the plate. What a game!

Kiwiwriter
October 14, 2004

I have bittersweet memories of this game. It was the day the Yankees were also playing the Toronto Blue Jays at home, trying to win their division. My brother Andrew had tickets to the Yankee game.

I covered the Met game for Inside Pitch. But that morning, I went to my interview with the magazine's new editors from No'th Ca'lina, and that was just a formality. They gave me the axe. But I still had my press pass for this game, and I didn't want to miss it. My favorite Mets, Ed Lynch, and Keith Hernandez starred, the good guys won in thrilling fashion, and I said my good-byes to my colleagues.

They drove me across town to Yankee Stadium for the second half of "Baseball Thursday," and dropped me in the press parking area. A few handshakes, some backslaps, and my days as an editor of Mets Inside Pitch were over. Then I pulled out my ticket, walked through the turnstiles, up to the upper deck, where Andrew waited, and I was an ordinary fan again.

It really hurt.

David Kaplan
July 16, 2006

This was my first ever baseball game. My grandfather wanted to leave, but I whined and fussed so he stayed, and I'm glad he did. From that game Keith Hernandez became my favorite player and I became a Mets fan for life.

Jim from Connecticut
October 14, 2006

My Dad and I made the trip to Shea from Connecticut to see a great game in the thick of a pennant race. We saw a classic mid 80's Mets game. I'll never forget the sinking feeling and dead silence when McGee hit that HR in the top of the 9th to tie the game. Keith Hernandez's single through the hole between short and third is still one of my most vivid memories of Mets thrills. I'll never forget seeing Mookie round third base in full sprint in his white Mets uniform as the winning run. Nobody ran like Mookie, he had a certain style I've never seen. Hernandez was such a clutch hitter. I miss those days!

October 1, 1985 Busch Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Jerry O.
February 21, 2001
I was in college with some of my frat buddies sitting in bar in PA watching this game after a class. I was so pumped by Darling's performance..gutsy was putting in lightly! I think he was up against John Tudor, who was one of the Card's best that year. I remember jumping out of my chair when Straw hit the homer..One of my all time greatest games to watch! A great game no matter who won it..

Brad Kurtzberg
June 29, 2001

I remember this game vividly. I was a freshman at the University of Michigan and the only way we could get the game was to pick up the St. Louis radio station in a friend's dorm room. We barely got any reception, it was in and out the entire game, sometimes based only where people were standing in the room. When Staw hit the home run, the entire room full of New Yorkers went nuts...A great pitchers duel filled with tension in every pitch.

Charlie
December 7, 2001

Darryl Strawberry stopped the clock with his 10th inning homer.

Joe Lanzisera
June 30, 2003

I remember sitting in the dark in the living room late at night watching this one play out. It was a desperate must-win for the Mets - actually all three games of this series were and we only got 2 of them! I remember the matchup was set Darling-Gooden-Aguilera vs. Tudor- Andujar-Cox. I was always a big Darling fan and he did an awesome job in this one. He matched Tudor, pitch-for-pitch. Anyway, Darryl hit the ball from Dayley high off the scoreboard in right. I remember McCarver said for years that it was the second longest shot he had ever seen hit in Busch Stadium. I think second to Willie McCovey. What a win!

Steven Green
September 30, 2003

Yes a must win game. The Mets #2 starter up against the ace of the first place cards with five games left to play (three against St. L) and two games behind the Cards.

This game is memorable not only because of how crucial it was for the Mets 1985 season but because it was the most intense pitching matchup I have ever seen.

Darling matched Tudor pitch for pitch. Through nine innings Darling gave up three scattered hits and Tudor gave up four. I was on the edge of my seat with every pitch. I knew that one mistake would blow the game. After nine full innings, there were no mistakes from the mound and no score.

The two starters pitched until the tenth and then both were taken out for pinch hitters. It was a letdown for me that the two starters did not finish the game though they both pitched with excellence. If the game were in the sixties, they likely would have been kept in the game.

The Mets won in the eleventh but the Cards won the pennant. I can not remember a single game that was as strongly pitched from both sides as this game was and it is vividly and permanently in my memory as one great ballgame for the pitchers.

BILL
July 7, 2005

Strawberry's biggest regular season HR as a Met!

Unser
March 22, 2006

Anyone out there live on Long Island in 1985? This game was played on the day after Hurricane Gloria hit and we had no electricity. Saw it on my friend's battery-powered Sony Watchman, which was state of the art at that time. That clock shot by Strawberry in the wee hours of the morning . . . major excitement, albeit in the dark. I'll never forget that game. Nail-biter from start to finish.

BOB 4
September 9, 2007

Darling pitched the game of his life.

I remember Johnson getting a lot of heat from the NY press for not matching up Gooden (on 3 days rest) against Tudor who was almost as unbeatable as Gooden down the stretch (Tudor had a 1.97 era and a unthinkable 10 shutouts in '85. Almost half of his wins were shutouts!).

Herzog, switched Tudor's place with Andujar in his rotation, but Johnson didn't take the bait and keeped Darling in his turn. I never knew what the controversy was all about. The Mets need all three games to have a chance at the division so why mess up the rotation. (If the Cardinals had loss all three games you know the White Rat would have gotten a lot criticism for messing his rotation!)

For young Met fans (I was 17) '84 is remembered as the year we all felt what a pennant race was, but it was really '85 and these three games that really showed us the heat of the race and gave a glimpse of what was to become in '86.

I remember the whole city was up watching these games. The lead story on all the local news, etc.

Strawberry's homer (still one of the biggest in Met history) was truly amazing! Van Slyke didn't move an inch when the ball sailed into the St. Louis night. Of note, Dayley’s curveball that night was unhittable. In the 11th he fanned Hernandez (with the hometown Cradnial fans going crazy every time Hernandez made an out) then again Carter, before he threw one to many curves that Straw (keeping his shoulder in) tagged.

Lastly, everyone remembers Darling's big game, Straw's homer but what about the bottom of the 11th? It started with Mookie dropping a fly ball and Orosco doing his Houdini routine to get out of trouble! As the game ended all I thought about was having Gooden fresh the next day...with his 23-4 record in tow...and how Johnson now looked like a genius.

October 2, 1985 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002
The Mets cruised through eight innings behind the Doctor in this critical game - the night after Darryl's shot won it in the 11th. If my memory isn't fading me, the Cards put on quite a rally in the 9th. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Tommy Herr was at bat with two outs in the 9th as the tying run and lined out to second base. This was the high water mark of the season, as the Mets came up short the next night against Danny Cox.

Bob P
July 4, 2004

It's hard to believe there is only one posting on this game!

Joe Lanzisera is correct--the Cards struck fear into the hearts of us who were watching this game. The Mets had a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth with Doc on the mound--money in the bank. In fact, Doc retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth and it didn't seem to matter that the Mets had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth but did not add to their lead.

But Gooden walked Ozzie, and then he walked pinch- hitter Curt Ford. Vince Coleman singled in a run and Willie McGee singled to load the bases, meaning that the tying runs were on base and Tom Herr represented the winning run. Herr already had two singles and a walk off Doc that night, but this time he lined it to second baseman Wally Backman and the Mets were just one game out of first with four games left.

Jocelyn
November 15, 2005

I was born right after the Mets won. Darryl's home run came around 11. I was born 12:09. My grandmother still holds me responsible for making her miss "the Mets" and most of the doctors were more interested in this game then me. But my dad and mom's favorite team won and they became parents. That's a pretty good day.

October 3, 1985 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 3
Marcus
November 24, 2000
As I remember it, if the Mets had won this game they would have tied the Cardinals for first place with three games to go in Montreal (please note that the Expos played so exceptionally well during the last three games that winning the East would have been tough anyway). After winning the first two games,the Cardinals came back and finally won one, leaving the Mets two games behind.

Cardinals manager out-managed Davey Johnson. One fine move by The Rat was placing injured, but active, Jack Clark on the on-deck circle forcing Johson to make a pre-mature pitching change.

It gets by Buckner
July 8, 2002

I had the strange, but exciting privilege of "watching" this game (and series) from Paris, through the boxscores in the International Herald Tribune, which were printed on the second day after the game. Everyone stateside knew the result by the time I rushed down to the newstand, still hoping that the Mets had swept and tied for first place. To hell with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Did the Mets win? It was not to be.

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

The Mets came in on a roll after winning the first two of the series to move within a game of first place. It had been an uphill battle all the way and now first place was just a win away. I remember the Mets loaded the bases in the 1st inning with two outs. George Foster grounded out and the Cardinals dodged a bullet and the Mets just could not get anything going the rest of the night against Cox. The final series against Montreal was very anti-climatic.

A.J. Antezana
May 5, 2005

I was keeping score of this game at home and was so upbeat. Disappointed with the finish in 1984, I felt this was the year!! This was also pre-ESPN media info days and you had to wait until the lineup was shown by Channel 9 for any info or news.

All I can remember is cursing Davey Johnson for putting in George Foster instead of LH Danny Heap against RH Danny Cox in the lineup-why!?!? Sure enough, George did what he did best for us- grounded into a fielder's choice when a hit would have sealed a sweep and who knows, maybe the division.

It made me realize that Johnson was not a bright manager, but rather one that had a good team for a couple of years and wasn't able to ride it to the finish line in 85, 87 and the NLCS in 88. Its a shame because we should have been in the WS more than that one time and this game was proof of his inadequacy as a manager. Thank goodness for Buckner, otherwise we may not have won at all!!

bill
July 7, 2005

Bitter end to a memorable series. Gary Carter popped out to end game; he swung at Lahti's 1st and only pitch of the game. If Mets hadn't won it all in '86, I probably still wouldn't have forgiven this poor AB in a hall of fame career.

Mark Heaney
June 1, 2008

A.J. give me a break, The game was tied when Buckner made his error. As for this game - two words - George Foster. What a disaster. How about my man Keith going 5 for 5 when it mattered - as always! We should have swept this series and gone on. But it wasn't to be.

Shickhaus Franks
January 14, 2011

I turned down a chance to go see the then WWF (now WWE) have their Saturday Night's Main Event taping at the then-Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (now Izod Center) to watch this pivotal game. After the Mets lost, I cried for days and cursing the rotten Cardinals (which I would wind up doing again in 2006). But I watched the Main Event that Saturday on CH. 4 at 11:30 watching Uncle Elmer get married and an all-out brawl featuring Paul Orndorff and Rowdy Roddy Piper. AT LEAST THE AMAZINS WON IT ALL THE NEXT YEAR!!!!

Ed K
September 28, 2012

Mark, your man Keith may have gone 5 for 5 in this game but 1985 was not his finest moment. His slump in late August plus his mediocre September helped give the Cards the lead in the standings that made this game a must and the Mets did not get it.

Gary Carter practically carried the 1985 Mets on his back to even keep them in contention during the 1985 pennant race. Keith is remembered much more for 1984 and 1986 than for 1985.

April 14, 1986 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
December 10, 2006
I remember watching the Mets home opener on Ch. 9 and HoJo's error cost us the game to the Cardinals in extra frames and then word came from the White House that the U.S. Military was bombing Libya. A surreal day if there was ever one.

April 24, 1986 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Joe
July 22, 2002
This was probably the most important game of the early '86 season. The Mets needed to make a statement to the Cardinals and they did it in the late innings. I remember HoJo turned around a Todd Worrell fastball (not the only one of Todd's he turned around) for a big home run late and the Mets went on to sweep the series. After the series, Whitey basically conceded the division to the Mets.

April 26, 1986 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Joe From Jersey
December 1, 2005
This was a great series when we sent a message to the Cards that this would be our year. It was the game of the week on NBC-4 NY. I recall Whitey Herzog chewing out Vince Coleman and the game ended with the Mets turning a great double play. While the weather in NYC was chilly; it was about 90 degrees in St. Louis.

April 27, 1986 Busch Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Mr. Sparkle
April 19, 2001
It's over! The Mets have clinched the division. OK not quite but this final game in a sweep in St. Louis buried the Cardinals and the Mets never looked back. Too early in the season to be crucial but let's face it, the Mets never sweated after this series!!!!

August 14, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002
This was a rainy Sunday at Shea and we stayed for the whole twinbill. Remember when they played real doubleheaders - not day/night? The first game was a barn-burnder. The Cards tied it in the 9th off of Jesse and then the Mets turned around and won it in the bottom of the frame. The second game was a snoozer.

August 17, 1986 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 1
Shuman Homchaudhuri
July 17, 2002
This was the first game that I ever went to! Although it was too bad that it was a loss for the Mets, there's nothing like having your first day at a ballpark be a doubleheader, and they won the tail end. Even before I looked at your boxscore, I remembered that it was John Tudor vs. Rick Aguilera, and our starter in the second game was Randy Niemann, and there was a big buzz when HoJo went up to pinch-hit. You always remember your first! I was 7 years old and my uncle and I hopped on the old red #7 from Sunnyside. I wanted to stay for all of both games, but we left in the middle of the second one. You guys have done a great job with this site! Your attention to detail by putting up the box scores has helped me to recapture an important part of my youth.

Larry
November 12, 2008

This was the day the the crowd shots for the 'Lets Go Mets Go' video were filmed.

Between games, we were asked to scream Lets Go Mets Go and do a wave!

September 16, 1986 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Robert Mitchell
July 13, 2000
I lived in the Midwest in 1986 and always went to Cincinnati, St. Louis or Chicago when my beloved Mets came to town. On this night, the Mets had a chance to wrap up the division title if the Phillies lost and I was excited that I might get to see it live. From the game, about all I remember is that Rick Aguilera pitched and won. I wore my Mets hat to the game at Busch Stadium and was the victim of cat-calls and harrassment. Several Cardinals fans wore T-shirts that said: "The Mets are pondscum." As the Mets were on the verge of winning the game, it came over the scoreboard that the Phillies also had won. The scoreboard next flashed "There will be no clinching here tonight." The crowd stood and cheered. That was the Mets-Cards rivalry of the 1980s. After the game, I remember walking out of the stadium with my friends and laughing at the frustrated Cardinals fans. I think they were something like 30 games out at the time. I didn't get to see the Mets clinch a division title, but I get to see them clinch no worse than a tie. What a night!

September 22, 1986 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Hot Foot
May 21, 2009
The thing I remember clearly about this game is Bob Murphy's call when Wally Backman hit his home run. It would be his only home run of the '86 season, and it happened on his birthday, and I remember the Murph saying something like, "Wally Backman is just so happy! He just hit a home run on his birthday!" I wish I could hear it again.

I was really happy for him, because my birthday was two days earlier. Another perfect moment for a perfect season.

April 18, 1987 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 12, Mets 8
Robert Mitchell
June 5, 2002
Tommy Herr won it for the Cardinals in the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off grand slam. The Mets had led this game 5-0 at one time, but blew it. I think at that moment I began to realize 1987 was not going to be like 1986.

robert
July 8, 2003

You got that right! They blew a 5 run lead as well as one run leads in the bottom of the 9th and 10th innings - the Herr grand slam just put them out of their misery that night. This was the first of what was to be many nights like this in 1987 - climaxed by the infamous "Terry Pendleton game".

Mark G.
August 18, 2005

As a Cardinals fan, I attended this game and sat in the right field bleachers that night. It was (by far) the most exciting game I ever attended at Busch Stadium. For the small-ball, low-scoring Cards to come back three times in a single game was nearly unheard of. And to close the game with a walk-off grand slam was icing on the cake. That night also happened to be "Seat Cushion Night" at the ballpark, and the fans rained down seat cushions onto the field with each comeback (prompting numerous delays). Busch Stadium has not had another seat cushion promotion since that night. I am probably one of only a few fans who still possesses his coveted seat cushion from that fateful night.

April 19, 1987 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 2
Bob P
February 4, 2004
This is the game where Barry Lyons crashed into John Tudor in the Cards dugout, breaking Tudor's leg. Tudor missed three and a half months but the Cards still won the division.

July 1, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Glen G.
May 6, 2002
First Mets game I ever went to. My Sister got the tickets from some guy she worked with and the game was that night. We sat in the field seats on the 3rd base line. The rivalry was intense and so was the game. Gary Carter went yard twice!!! It was amazing!!!

Shickhaus Franks
December 28, 2010

Very historic game! The first Mets game to be on the newly christened WFAN 1050 which had switched formats from country music earlier in the day!

September 11, 1987 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 6, Mets 4
Dan
August 3, 2000
The Pendleton homer. Mets up, 4-3, two outs in the 9th, McDowell pitching. Mets one game behind the Cards in this first game of a crucial three-game series. Pendleton had two strikes on him, and 55,000 people starting singing, "Na-na-na, hey-hey, goodbye..." Even my friends and I in the upper deck felt confident enough to start singing along. Then, Pendleton unloaded a line-drive home run to straight away center field. You never heard 55,000 people get so quiet so fast. It was sickeningly quiet the next inning when Jesse Fiasco gave up the go-ahead home run to Tommy Herr. Everybody knew this was a mortal blow. The Mets never recovered that season.

Joe
August 31, 2001

I remember this game. Darling and Meyers had a combined one-hitter going to the ninth, the Mets were up 4-1. Then with 2 out McDowell gave up a run scoring hit and then a 2-run homer to Pendleton. They lost in the 10th and lost a chance to go only .5 games out. Instead they were 2.5 out and were done.

Joe
September 4, 2001

Oh yeah - I forgot to mention in my 8/31 posting that I was actually at the game. I was sitting way up with a bunch of friends and I remember a fight breaking out a few rows in front of us during the Cards' rally. I still remember someone saying in a very sad voice - "See you guys starting fighting and the Mets started falling apart!!"

Joe Lanzisera
July 22, 2002

This is one of the top 5 worst Met losses of all time in my book. Up 4-1 in the 9th - Shea rocking and rolling. The Mets ready to close to within .5 games with Gooden and Cone going in the rest of the series. We were thinking World Series repeat until Pendleton unloads in the 9th. Once he hit it, you knew we were done, you didn't even have to watch the tenth. It was just like Scoscia's blast in the '88 NLCS off of Doc - same empty feeling inside. And it was on 9/11 to boot!

Dean Kyriacou
July 24, 2002

I was at Pizzeria Uno with a group of my friends on a Friday night. I wasn't old enough to drive so my pop had to pick me up. While he was on his way, Pendleton stroked one to center and ruined me that night. My dad, to this day, calls me a jinx for getting him out of the house to come get me. And of course, he wasn't the biggest Orosco fan, and I was. This game has scarred me for life.

Jeff In Florida
May 27, 2003

I was at this game as well. I was 12 years old. It broke my heart. I'll never forget sitting in the upper deck and seeing a furious fight between Cards and Mets fans. When Whitey came out of the dugout to talk to his pitcher all the Mets fans BOOOOOOOOOOOOed! And I'll never forget a guy sitting next to me with a Cards hat on saying, "If the Mets fans keep booing the Cards might just win." As a 12 year old who was a big Back to the Future fan I later wondered if he was actually a time traveler who already knew the outcome of the game because nobody saw it coming. We had it won. I still say Davey should have stuck with Randy Myers who was pitching great instead of bringing in McDowell who was off and on that year.

Frank
September 30, 2003

This is without a doubt the worst game in Mets history. I was an usher in a wedding that night. The groom and ushers were all die-hard Met fans so we kept running to the bar to watch. The score was 4-1 Mets the entire game. McDowell had two strikes on Willie McGee with two outs in the ninth. He singles up the middle to score a run. Then Pendleton. It was the most empty feeling I've ever had as a fan. I agree with all those who've said we knew the season was over right then. Yeah, it happened on 9/11, and all these years later we still ride our friend that he got married on the worst night in Mets history. Johnson was an absolute fool to take out Myers, whom the Cardinals couldn't touch.

The Motts
July 12, 2006

I was at this game - I never saw Shea go from complete elation to absolute silence so quickly. I can still see that Pendleton shot (and it WAS a shot) sailing over Mookie's head and over the centerfield wall.

Ugh.

Anyone remember that McReynolds almost tied it in the bottom of the 10th - line drive caught at the top of the right field wall.

Mike from Brooklyn
October 29, 2010

Was in a bar on the upper East Side watching this with my brother and a embittered Pirates fan (imagine what he is like now!). We were feeling so good about our Mets until the stunning shot by Pendleton. No one in the place could believe it. My Pirates friend was ecstatic (surprised we didn't kill him).

As others mentioned you had a sense that the Mets were done. Was such a tough season and to lose like this was brutal - and a harbinger of bad times to come (i.e. the Scioscia in '88)

September 12, 1987 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 1
Bob P
September 25, 2003
Everyone remembers the game from the night before...Pendleton's crushing homer in the ninth and the extra inning loss...but the Mets had a chance to rebound about 14 hours later and Doc let them down.

After Vince Coleman struck out to start the game, here's what the Cards did off Gooden: double, walk, walk, walk, sac fly, single, stolen base, single, fly out. Coming off the backbreaker of the night before, the Mets are down 5-0 before Mookie steps to the plate. If it wasn't over the night before, it sure is over now. The Cards got another run the the top of the second and Doc was gone by the third. His line was 2 innings, 6 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks.

And one more thing I didn't remember: the loss in this game dropped the Mets into THIRD place, half a game behind Montreal. The Mets did finish the season one game ahead of the Expos.

September 13, 1987 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bill
July 8, 2005
Cone's 1st of many big game perfomances of his career. In miserable conditions, game delayed 2+ hours at start due to rain, Cone kept Mets NL East hopes alive and averted a potential sweep by the eventual NL Champion Cards.

October 3, 1987 Busch Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Michael
June 29, 2011
This game just goes to show just how much the Mets and Cardinals hated each other during this era. With the division title already clinched and this game meaningless, Whitey Herzog has his pitcher intentionally walk HoJo in the 9th inning with a runner on base; this way HoJo doesn't have a chance at his 100th RBI of the season. He didn't get it the next day either, as he finished with 99 on the season.

October 4, 1987 Busch Stadium
Mets 11, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Michael
March 27, 2008
Definitely one of the most depressing games in team history, despite the final score.

It's funny, the 87 Mets may have arguably been the most talented of the late 80's Mets teams in theory. (The 86 team didn't have McReynolds, or a better Straw and HoJo, and the 88 team really didn't have Hernandez and Carter in their prime good years.) But because of decimating pitching injuries and just general inconsistent play (and Doc's suspension), the team just couldn't rebound from its poor first half.

April 17, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Mets2Moon
May 23, 2005
This was the second Mets game I attended. A sun-soaked Sunday afternoon, Calendar Day, the Cardinals in town and a raucous, sellout crowd on hand.

Ron Darling started for the Mets in this game, and for the most part, it was a neat pitchers duel between him and Jose DeLeon.

Terry Pendleton (he always seems to do it to us) and Jim Lindeman hit back to back HRs in the 4th inning, though, and the Mets still trailed 2-0 into the 8th.

But DeLeon tired in the 8th, and the Mets broke through. Backman walked and Hernandez singled him over to 3rd. Strawberry drove home Backman with a single. Worrell came in and gave up the tying hit to McReynolds and the game was even.

For some reason, Herzog then pinch-hit for Worrell in the 9th, and ran Steve Peters out for the bottom of the inning. He gave up a single to Mookie and threw away a pickoff to get Mookie to second.

With 2 outs, Kevin Elster, who had not yet established himself as a starter, lined a single to left to score Mookie and get himself his first GW hit (and GWRBI, in the era that it was an official stat). I remember the team mobbing him at first base afterwards.

Fine afternoon and a nice, tight comeback win as the Mets continued their hot start in 88.

June 14, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Feat Fan
February 21, 2004
The summer of '88 was blistering hot, this day was no exception with temps near 95 degrees. It was my son's 11th birthday and we spent the day together.

The morning highlight was a Len Dykstra autograph signing at the Queens Center, the first signed ball that my son ever received.

The night found us at Shea as the Cards rolled in, I think Luis Alicea made his debut that night and Ojeda tossed a neat cg sho.

My kid got to see his name on the scoreboard as I had arranged for that earlier and the best part, if memory serves me well, his hero, Lenny drilled a triple or a home run, I'm not sure.

It was hot, that I'll tell ya!

Bob P
February 23, 2004

FeatFan, according to retrosheet.org, Alicea's first game was 4/23/88. He did have two hits this night off Ojeda. Bobby O scattered nine hits and a walk, and the Cards left eleven runners on base.

Dykstra had three hits: a single to lead off the bottom of the first, a double to drive in two runs in the second, and a leadoff triple in the seventh. Ojeda also had a single and a double and drove in a run.

September 24, 1988 Busch Stadium
Mets 14, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Ed K
September 15, 2004
David West's only win as a Met before the highly touted prospect was sent to the Twins in the trade for Frank Viola at the 1989 trading deadline.

Michael
February 15, 2011

This was also the famous "hamburger" game. One of the Cardinals (I forget who, may have been Brunansky) put a hamburger on the 3rd base bag for Umpire Eric Gregg before the game as a joke. It made "This Week In Baseball" that next week. A nice memory from a fun last week of that season.

October 2, 1988 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Michael
April 4, 2008
Funny thing looking back. After this game Channel 9 showed a "Remember 88" season highlight film. At one point Bob Klapisch is shown talking about the great season Oakland had and he makes a comment, "I can't wait to see this Canseco guy; I'm convinced he's on steroids."

And this was back in 1988!

April 3, 1989 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Jeff In Florida
January 2, 2005
A Great opening day. Doc walks the bases loaded in the first but gains command as the game goes on. Hojo blasts a bomb off his favorite pitcher Todd Worrell and the Mets have an easy victory over the hated Cards.

Brian from Jersey
March 25, 2006

I'll never forget this game, it was the first Opening Day game I had ever been to. Hojo was my favorite Met at the time and to see him hit one over the right field fence is something I'll never forget.

April 16, 1989 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 3
Jeff In Florida
January 10, 2005
I remember being concerned early. Ten games in and already 5 games out of first. The Cubs were hot. The Mets had a respectable year but never played with passion. A 3-7 start is not the end of the world, but you could see the lack of guts on this team.

August 1, 1989 Busch Stadium
Mets 11, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Bob P
February 6, 2004
In my book, this was the saddest 11-0 win in Mets history, because on this day the Mets traded Mookie Wilson to the Blue Jays for LHP Jeff Musselman.

Sid Fernandez pitched a complete game 4-hit shutout and had some odd numbers: just one strikeout and two walks allowed. Kevin McReynolds drove in six runs and hit for the cycle with a double in the second, a 2-run homer in the sixth, an RBI single in the eighth, and a bases-clearing triple in the ninth.

September 20, 1989 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 3
flushing flash
May 16, 2002
This game marked the end of an era: it was the final time Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter appeared in the starting lineup in the same game.

September 21, 1989 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Ed K
May 31, 2006
Sid Fernandez hit his only major league homer in this game. It came off the late Dan Quisenberry in the 8th or 9th inning.

June 26, 1990 Busch Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Michael
February 17, 2010
The FIRST time the Mets ever threw out Vince Coleman trying to steal happened in this game. Mackey Sasser got him.

July 27, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 1
NJ
August 27, 2005
This was the first game I ever went to as a kid. I was seven years old and went with my family. I was a Mets fan back then and had a blast. Then two years later I found out about the Astros and became an Astros fan. I think I made the right choice. In fact, I know I did.

August 4, 1990 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 5
Educated Fan
November 5, 2006
Here was the turning point of the 1990 season. The Mets had been red hot the past couple of months, going 40-15. Also, they had two 9th- inning comebacks on the road this past week.

The turning point came in the sixth inning. The Cardinals have 1st and 3rd, one out, and Todd Zeile at the plate. The Mets are hoping for a double play, and Todd Zeile chops one right back to Gooden. But Gooden chooses instead to throw to 3rd and try to catch Willie McGee off base. He got back safely. Now the bases are loaded with one out, and the next batter Terry Pendleton promptly clears the bases with a 3-run double. Even the Mets radio announcers did not understand why Gooden did that.

From this game on, the Mets would be a mediocre 30-30 and would miss the playoffs once again.

Terry Pendleton was a huge nemesis to the Mets on several occasions.

September 11, 1990 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
Putbeds 62
December 28, 2005
I remember watching this game on Channel 9 and as Strawberry came up to bat in the 9th with the score tied 8-8 and I told my mom that he's ending it with a home run. On the next pitch, he took Lee Smith downtown. Good Night. The next day I went to my friend's beauty salon and I bragged that I called Strawberry's home run; her husband said to me that he called it as well. Talk about kharma!!!

May 26, 1991 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 14, Mets 4
Jared K
April 5, 2006
I have very vague memories of this game. I was in the car with my father and mother. We were going on some long trip for Memorial Day weekend. My father flipped on the radio for the score, and I heard all kinds of things that no 7-year-old probably should hear.

14 to F'IN 4!! JESUS H CHRIST!!! Stop snorting coke Gooden, damn you!!! 5 years ago seems like an eternity!!! 14-4!! Son of a....

Then my mom yelled at my father for his potty mouth! Ahhh childhood...

Now I'm 22, and my father yells at me to calm down when Looper blows a save or when Randolph makes some idiotic double switch or leaves Dae- Sung Koo or Danny Graves in for 2 more innings then he should. My mother yells at both of us to shut up now. The circle of life is complete!

Jared K
November 3, 2006

I have very vague recollections of this game. I was 8 years old, and my family was on a long drive for a Memorial Day weekend vacation. My father flips on the radio and hears the score. He starts muttering all kinds of stuff that 8 year olds probably shouldn't hear. "Fourteen to eff'n 4! Jesus H Christ! What the hell's wrong with you, Gooden??!" My mom yelled at my father to cut it out, but she just didn't understand! It was my first true taste of how much a labor of love it would forever be to root for the Mets! But when you get seasons like this year, it's ultimately worth it!

August 14, 1991 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Educated Fan
November 24, 2006
This was an extremely hard loss for the Mets. They had already lost 5 in a row, and it looked like they would end that streak today.

They had a 4-2 lead in the top of the 8th, and a chance to put the game away with the bases loaded, nobody out. But they couldn't score a single run. In the bottom of the 8th, the Cardinals scored 3 runs, and held on to beat the Mets 5-4. The pitcher that got the Mets out in the 8th was coincidentally named Cris Carpenter, not the same guy as the Cardinals' current star pitcher.

This one really hurt. After this, they would lose 5 more in a row for an 11-game losing streak.

I think this was one of the most devastating losses ever for the Mets. While there was no longer any hope of them making the playoffs, now they couldn't even win a game.

September 14, 1991 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 1
Ed K
October 27, 2004
The only one-hit game (out of twenty-seven) by Met pitchers that they lost. In the bottom of the fifth, Cone gave up two walks, got two outs, then gave up a two-run single to Lankford. A run scoring double by McReynolds in the ninth was not enough and the Mets lost 2-1. A typically frustrating game in the 1991 season.

Walt Vercoe
August 9, 2010

I was at this game and remember it clearly. After Cone walked two, he threw a wild pitch prior to Lankford's single. Also, Lankford threw out the tying run at the plate with 2 out in the 9th to end the game. Fitting for the person that had the only hit for the Cardinals.

September 20, 1991 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Ed K
March 15, 2005
The third one-hitter thrown by Met pitchers in eleven days! Schourek had thrown one on September 10th, and Cone had started and lost one on September 14th. Both that day and this day. the Mets only got one run, but this time, Cone made it stand up with a shutout.

April 6, 1992 Busch Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Paul Esmond
April 17, 2002
I remember this game. I was 12 years old, and I stayed up late and Bobby Bonilla had two home runs. My family and I really thought that these guys were gonna do something. They didn't. This really was the worst Mets team I've ever seen. I can't even fathom now, looking back on it, how people could have thought they would have been great. In short, this was a deceiving win, in a horrid, ugly season.

Max Clauss
August 18, 2005

Ozzie Smith performed his last back flip routine as he came on the field, to the joy of the opening day crowd at Busch Stadium. Smith performed his last feat at the age of 37.

April 9, 1992 Busch Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Bob P
March 4, 2004
On the first pitch of this game, Vince Coleman beats out a bunt but pulls a hamstring in the process. St. Louis rookie Donovan Osborne sprains his ankle on the play, which was his first major league pitch. Both have to leave the game.

Coleman plays just 71 games for the 1992 Mets with a career-low 24 steals.

April 22, 1992 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
aaron from flushing
November 10, 2006
This was my third Mets game ever. I was 9. I remember it was a foggy night and the field was covered for a few innings. Then Eddie Murray hit that game winning homer, a walk off, and not knowing I asked my father, "Do they have to keep playing?" "No," he said. "The game is over."

April 23, 1992 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Greg
September 18, 2002
A midweek afternoon game that ended with Boston getting HBP'd with the bases loaded by catching a ball in his uni. It's one of those games that tells you this could be a special year. It's one of those games that tells you not to believe everything the game tells you.

Stephen Costanza
April 24, 2003

In the 11th inning of this game, Jeff Innis got into a based loaded, no out jam, but he got out of it. Then of course the Mets won it in the 13th.

June 27, 1992 Busch Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Howard Johnson homered in the second inning of this game for his seventh dinger of the year. It would turn out to be his last home run of 1992, despite playing regularly till the end of July when he hurt his wrist and missed the rest of the season.

In 1991, HoJo led the league with 38 homers and 117 RBI, and in his previous five years as a Mets regular he had averaged 31 homers and 95 RBI.

Howard hit just 24 home runs the remaining three years of his career, two of which were spent at Coors and Wrigley.

September 16, 1992 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 10, Mets 4
Rob
January 13, 2006
I was at this game and although I don't remember it (I happened across the program) I did find it interesting that I was on hand for one of DJ Dozier's 2 rbi's as a Met. Well ok I guess it isn't that interesting but those Mets of the early/mid 90's didn't have much else going for them.

May 11, 1993 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 4
Ed K
December 27, 2005
Todd Hundley grounded into a triple play 4-6-3-6 in the fifth inning in this Met loss.

June 27, 1993 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 3
Glenn
March 18, 2002
This was the game in which Anthony Young broke the record for most consecutive losses without a win. I sat in section 33 of the Loge, right next to the Mets bullpen.

July 30, 1993 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 2
Phil Thiegou
April 12, 2004
Vince Coleman made his first appearance since the firecracker incident in this game As a pinch runner late in the game. Later he went to bat in what was supposed to be a bunting situation and the third base coach went over to Vince to discuss the strategy and in the background someone yelled out, "THROW A FIRECRACKER AT HIM!" Why the Mets didn't dump his butt after that incident is beyond me.

July 31, 1993 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 3
Jon
February 22, 2006
The infamous firecracker incident happened after this game.

September 29, 1993 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Ed K
May 22, 2004
Kenny Greer's only Met appearance and he was the winning pitcher!

Bob P
June 1, 2004

Ed, not only was it Greer's only Met appearance, but it was his major league debut. He pitched the top of the seventeenth and got the win as the Mets scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Jeff Kent.

Greer had been acquired by the Mets from the Yankees a year earlier in exchange for Frank Tanana.

This 17-inning game--in the last week of the season between two teams going nowhere--was finished in four hours and 21 minutes. The two teams combined for twelve hits.

Ed K
July 17, 2007

This stood as the most innings in a Met game from the period 9-29-93 until 7-7-07 when they beat the Astros in 17 innings as well.

Michael
September 28, 2010

Greer won the only game he ever pitched in for the Mets in this looooong game.

I'd LOVE to see this game on tape if anyone has it...maybe SNY has a copy in their vault, but sadly I sincerely doubt it.

September 30, 1993 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
LenDog
June 19, 2004
Of COURSE I'm the first to post "memories" of this game. ("Nightmares" is a better term to describe any remembrance of the 1993 season.) I was the only person there!!!

Cold as hell night at Shea. About 5 people in the stands. Actually, about 2,300, but what's the difference?

Mets management would not let us move down to the box seats. Imagine that - 45 degrees out, last game of the year, team lost 103 games, and we couldn't catch a couple innings in better seats.

Anyway, Eddie Murray hit a nice bomb to dead center, the beer lines couldn't have been shorter, and getting out of the parking lot was easy.

See, and you thought the 1993 Mets were all bad news!

Shickhaus Franks
November 8, 2006

LenDog, according to retrosheet.org; the "announced" attendance for this game was 17,567. Btw, 1993 was a real low point for this franchise, more so than the late 1970's.

June 27, 1994 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 8
Stephen Costanza
April 19, 2003
Franco blew another one. This time, Gregg Jefferies came up as a pinch hitter and tied the game with a double. The Cardinals scored again in the 9th to go up by a run. The game ended on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play.

July 26, 1994 Busch Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 9
Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003
John Franco almost blew another game but he hung on. Rico Brogna's 2-run homer in the top of the 11th inning off Gary Buckels won the game.

July 27, 1994 Busch Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Tim
August 9, 2001
The Mets had the look of a good team in 1994, but the June Swoon and the strike ended it all. Oh well!

Stephen Costanza
April 14, 2003

The Mets were behind 4-2 entering the 8th inning, but Tim Bogar and Bobby Bonilla hit 2-run homers to win the game.

April 28, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
ejflor
February 10, 2005
The only opener I've been to was the Mets home opener after the strike. This was the one where the three guys ran on the field with shirts that said "Greed", threw dollar bills at the players, and then stood at second base to cheers from the crowd.

After that it was a parade of people running on the field. There were at least three others in seperate incidents, and each of them ran to the outfield to try to jump over the wall. One of them, a fat redheaded guy, ran on right after security pulled another guy off, so he was out there for at least five minutes before they came back to get him. He tried to jump the fence, but could barely even touch the top. After he realized he wasn't making it over the wall, he took pictures of the left fielder, I forget who, and Brett Butler in center. Butler took off his hat and posed for him, holding his hat in the crook of his arm, logo forward.

All in all, a fun day.

jay bee
June 24, 2006

I remember this game vividly. As I recall there were only 26,000 of us there but it was the most raucous, rowdy crowd I have ever been in. There must have been at least 10 delays of fans running on the field. The classic was the heavy guy taking Brett Butlers picture in CF, then trying to climb over the fence, to no avail. The game was marred by numerous fights un the stands. I saw MSG analyst Dave Simms after the game, and he said in all his years he has never seem such a wild stadium. Todd Hundley came through with a big bases loaded hit, and this Met fan and his bussies went home happy after a long strike.

Jimrat
April 30, 2009

This was the Mets' only home opener at Shea Stadium that was ever played at night. It wasn't scheduled that way originally, but the delay in starting the season caused by the strike of '94 forced this 7:00PM starting game to serve as the home debut for '95. Every other Shea opener between 1964 and 2008 was played during the daytime.

April 29, 1995 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Anthony
April 20, 2005
I attended this game with my dad, mom, and my late greatgrandmother (died in spring of '98) who was a big Mets' fan. I was 12. There were over 44,000 people at the game; my dad made a joke that during the seventh inning stretch everyone was standing for my greatgrandmother. Pete Harnisch made his Mets' debut and threw six good innings. Jerry Dipoto came in and blew a 4-1 lead in the seventh. However, the Mets would go on to win 5-4 in the eleventh. I remember there was a front office person from the Cardinals sitting next to us; when the Mets won, I said "HAHA" to him.

April 30, 1995 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 0
flushing flash
February 27, 2002
I kept the ticket stub to this game because it will be THE only time I ever pay $1 to attend a sporting event. The strike had ended, the seasson got off to a late start, and the Mets were so desperate for fans that they charged $1 for field level box seats to this game. I was treated to a miserable display of baseball (Kevin Lomon pitched for the Mets -- 'nuff said) and to top it off it rained for most of the game. The highlight was Joe Torre getting ejected from the game for arguing a running inside the baseline call on Jose Oquendo. It was just a year before the Yankees began their nauseating World Series run so it's easy to forget that Torre was in St. Louis and that Buck Showalter was managing in the Bronx.

July 20, 1995 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 6
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Brett Butler had three singles and a home run in this Mets loss. Starting three games ago and ending tonight, Butler had 15 hits over four games, one shy of the record of 16 set by Brooklyn's Milt Stock in 1925. Stock was an infielder who played in the teens and early-mid 1920s.

According to baseballlibrary.com, Stock is probably best remembered by old-time Dodger fans not for this feat, but for the fact that he was the Dodgers' third base coach in 1950. On the last day of the 1950 season, the Dodgers, one game out of first, blew a chance for the pennant when Brooklyn's Cal Abrams was thrown out at the plate by Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn in the ninth inning of a tie game. Stock was the coach who waved Abrams home. He was fired several days later and never again coached in the majors.

April 1, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Mets2Moon
September 24, 2001
The 96 season was a waste, but anyone who remembers this game knows that, at least on this day, the Mets seemed invincible. In a steady rain, the Mets rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win 7-6. The Mets fell behind on HRs by immortals such as John Mabry and a 41-year-old Willie McGee off of Bobby Jones, and when he departed after 3.2 unmemorable innings, the score was 6-0. Then the bullpen took over. Hundley homered in the 4th, a 2-run shot, and the first of many. Gilkey homered in the 6th, in his Mets debut against the team that dealt him away. The Cards threatened in the 7th, but that rally was stifled when Rey Ordonez, in his Major League Debut, gunned out Royce Clayton from LF...ON HIS KNEES!!! Rey then promptly whacked his first ML hit in the bottom of the 7th, which keyed a 4-run rally which put the Mets ahead to stay. And anyone who sat through all 9 stormy and wet innings felt, at least that day, like champions.

rich
April 1, 2003

Me and my friends Marie and Danny went to this game. We sat over the Mets bullpen. It was a rainy day and we got soaked. I remember the Mets were losing the game when we had to leave early. Bernard Gilkey hit a homer to make it 6-3. I said on the way home I know the Mets will come back to win and they did.

Dan
April 1, 2003

I remember watching this one on TV, not envying the rain-soaked fans in the stadium, and watching an incredible relay throw by a rookie shortshop on his knees down the left-field line to nail a runner at the plate. "Wow, this kid gonna be something," I thought. *Sigh* Rey, if you could only learn how to hit.

Anthony
August 13, 2003

I remember this one well. I was 13, and in seventh grade. I got to skip a day of school (something I have done a lot for Mets baseball), as did my older sister, to go to this with my dad. This season started with a lot of high hopes. For the first 3 1/2 innings, it looked like it was going to be an awful game to go along with the miserable rainy & cold day as Bobby Jones fell behind 6-0. But, Todd Hundley started off the scoring by hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. It was his first of 41 record breaking homers by a catcher in a single season. The Mets continued to come back later in the game, including a home run by then newcomer Benard Gilkey. They would go on to win 7-6. But, the famous from the knees play by then rookie Rey Ordonez is what stands out most in memories of this game. Royce Clayton tried to score, but was gunned down by a kneeling Rey Ordonez throw from left field. What an awesome play! I went to the first, and last game of this season. Too bad it merely ended to be the Mets' sixth straight season of finishing under the 500 mark.

Putbeds 1986
January 15, 2006

I remember being at work and had my trusty radio on that crappy day and while the Mets game was going on; they had announced that Umpire Big John McSherry had died on the field in Cincinnati. A sad day for baseball!

Matt
November 8, 2006

This is one of my first, and to this day favorite memories from any Met game I've ever attended. I was a 10-year-old youth, getting to skip school for my first opening day at Shea, and boy was I pumped. I remember the excitement I had for the '96 season, leading up to 4/1/96, and while '96 was a rough one, this one game was a great one.

The rain was coming down from the early morning and I was praying for it to hold off, and luckily it was dry enough to get this one in. Bobby Jones threw a disappointing 3.2 innings and we were down 6-0. It looked as though my dad and I, who were enduring the rain in the loge section, might not be around for all 9. But Todd Hundley came up and cut the lead by 33%, making it 6-2 with a blast into the right field bullpen.

New Met Bernard "Innocent until proven" Gilkey came up a few innings later and reduced the lead even more to 6-3.

Somewhere in there rookie Rey Ordonez made one of the best plays I've ever seen, an incredible throw from his knees to gun down a runner at the plate, from left field.

The Mets would go on top in the 7th in an inning sparked by hits from Ordonez and one of my favorite Met pinch hitters ever, Chris Jones. 7-6 after 7 an a brutal day turned to terrific, as this no name bullpen was able to hold the Cards for 4.1 innings, something they couldn't do much of after this game. However this one is gonna be locked in the memory bank for a while, friend.

April 4, 1996 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 9
The Spider
September 11, 2003
I am the only man to run onto the field and get away with it at Shea Stadium. I will strike again. This historic day will live in infamy! Out of the five people who ran onto the field that day.. I am the soul survivor .

The Shea Stadium "Spider"

Mets2Moon
March 8, 2004

Wow, that was you, huh, Spider? 9th inning? Right after Franco had completed the Mets blowing a 7-3 lead in the Major League Debut of one Mr. Paul Wilson? Impressive. Not quite as impressive, however, as the 7 IP tossed by the last of the three "greats" to make their ML Debut, and we all know what happened after that... As for the game, which I was at (but not running on the field), yes, Wilson was staked to a 7-3 lead, which was blown by usual suspects Henry & DiPoto, but the Mets tied the game in the last of the 9th when a grounder that would have ended the game snuck through the legs of aging 3B Gary Gaetti, and then Brent Mayne, in one of his few shining moments of glory with the Mets, smacked a single to bring home the winner.

Randy Sobel
March 28, 2008

Wow! I was ten years old when I was at that game. During the later innings (Huskey was at 1st) some old guy ran up and gave him a hug, and then right after that a few more people ran out. Then yes I remember that one guy went running into the outfield, dove over the wall and the cops never got to him. You my friend are my hero!

Eddie DiSalvo
April 18, 2013

I was at this great game with my father and I have a baseball from this game. It was a hard hit foul ball off the bat of Ron Gant. Everyone ducked and my father caught it. I remember his hand was black and blue. He wrote on the ball GANT 4-4-96. The Mets were winning 8-3 and the Cardinals came back late to take a 9-8 lead. The Mets won 10-9 when they scored two runs in the 9th off Dennis Eckersley. My father passed away and I keep this baseball next to a picture of us together.

April 25, 1996 Busch Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Ed K
November 4, 2007
Jose Vizcaino got his ninth consecutive hit (a Met record) in this game before the streak was stopped in his last at-bat.

August 2, 1996 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 3
Mike F
April 8, 2008
I remember my parents took me to this game for my 14th birthday. The only things I remember was Gilkey having a great game (he had many of those in 96) and it was fireworks night and ash got all over our car. I can't believe that was 12 years ago already.

August 4, 1996 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Mets 2
Phil Thiegou
October 27, 2004
l went to this game thinking it will be the last time l'll see Ozzie Smith play. But no, that jerk Tony LaRussa not only screwed over Ozzie like he did all season long, but screwed us fans out from seeing Ozzie play one last time at Shea. More on that jerk LaRussa later.

Although in between innings they did put Ozzie on the Diamond Vision and the fans gave him a standing ovation. Oh yeah, LaRussa. After Espinoza made an error that cost the Mets the game, the Cards were facing the weak part of the order in the bottom of the 9th and even I could've gotten them out l-2-3. But no, LaRussa had to bring in 3 different relievers culminating with his pet Eckersley to throw 2 pitches so he can get a save. This set the game back an extra half hour and I missed my train back to Jersey by 2 minutes. So I had to wait another hour for the next train, thus getting home almost 8 at night. All because Tony LaRussa had to give his boy Eckersely a save.

On a lighter note, Hundley homered in the upper deck that echoed throught the stadium. Other than that the afternoon was a waste.

May 3, 1997 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Mike From Bayside
April 24, 2009
I think there literally might have been only 2,500 people in the park for this game...it rained all morning and I guess people thought the game would be canceled. I remember they gave out some promotion honoring Hundley, Franco, Gilkey, and Lance Johnson.

May 11, 1997 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Bob P
September 9, 2004
With the Mets down 4-3 in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Carl Everett hits a two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley, and Butch Huskey follows with another pinch-homer as the Mets pull one out in St. Louis.

Ed K
May 23, 2005

This come-from-behind Mets victory was a special Mothers Day treat for Met fans. After the Mets had gotten off the season with a horrible 3-9 start, they had been playing good baseball in Bobby Valentine's first full season as their manager, and this victory finally put them over .500 with a 19-18 record. There was a sense that they had finally turned things around after years in the wilderness and were contending (at least for the wild card) for the first time since 1990.

May 8, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Bob P
March 7, 2004
Mark McGwire's 2-run homer (his 13th of the year) in the third inning is the 400th of his career.

McGwire became the 27th player to hit 400 homers and he did it in fewer at bats (4,726) than anyone else.

Brian McRae's three run homer in the fourth gave the Mets the lead and they coasted the rest of the way behind Rick Reed.

August 12, 1998 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 4
Mike A.
June 1, 2008
Weird that this loss sticks out so vividly in my mind watching it on TV.

Probably because Mike Piazza hit a mammoth HR that almost went into the upper deck of Busch Stadium, almost rivaled many of McGwire's moonshots that year.

Also one of the last games of the year (...and ten seasons since then!!) that the Mets wore their blue caps on the road.

Please, Omar Minaya and/or Charlie Samuels...ditch the black and bring back the BLUE!!

August 20, 1998 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 2, Mets 0
Mets2Moon
September 27, 2001
The Home Run Chase brings a sellout crowd (myself included) to Shea. McGwire is cheered when he comes to bat, cheered when he strikes out, and cheered when he hits a solo HR in the 7th off Willie Blair. A towering blast into the LF bleachers. That HR happened to be his 50th on the season, on his way to what may very well be the former record of 70.

August 20, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
David Lynch
November 18, 2004
This game and double header is one that I will never forget so long as I live. I was 18 years old and my parents got me tickets to see the game because I wanted so badly to see Mark McGwire on his quest to break Maris' record.

They got me field level seats on the first base side and boy was I in for a treat. McGwire hit numbers 50 and 51 and I can still see him rounding first base after he hit number 50, pumping his right fist in the air as he ran by. He knew (at the time) that he was the first player in MLB history to hit 50 or more home runs in 3 consecutive seasons.

When I meet fellow Mets fans who say they were at this game though, there is always something that they seem to forget. Mike Piazza gave McGwire a moment for pause as if to say, ya, well I can hit 'em out too. Piazza had a MONSTER shot in the second game of the double header past the visitor's bullpen in left field that went over the trees behind the dugout. I can't remember if it left the stadium, but it was certainly the closest I've ever seen anyone do it at Shea Stadium. I remember thinking to myself, "Ya, eat some humble pie Mark, you're not quite there yet."

murphy
August 18, 2005

I traded in a ticket from a previous rain-out to see this double header. The Mets and Cards were playing back-to-back double headers on Thursday and Friday. Most will remember Game 1 as McGwire hit his 50th and Willie Blair had his best game as a Met.

However, I remember Game 2 more clearly for 2 reasons:
1. After a horrendous start to the game, including serving up a monster blast to McGwire right down the left-field line, Rick Reed battled the Cards and refused to lose. He gave the Mets offense a chance to get the win instead of collapsing, which he easily could have done. Reed was a warrior that day.

2. Piazza's monster of a home run over the bleachers in left. It was one of the most majestic shots I've ever seen (only his shot off of Mike Hampton at Shea which hit the top of the TV camera stand in center sticks in my mind as a more beautiful home run).

August 21, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Greg
September 17, 2002
McGwire Fever! Poor sports, my pal and I booed him while everyone else cheered. Nothing against Big Mac, we were just concerned that our team, the home team, won and hung in in the very sweaty wild card race. A really drunk, really large guy sitting in front of us, wearing a McGwire batting practice jersey (haven't seen any of them lately, surprising considering it wasn't all that long ago and they must be pretty expensive) cursed us out. "Who do the Mets have?" he demanded. "Rusty Staub?" The great moment of this game was Turk striking out McGwire with runners on. The Wild Card dream would torture us right to the end of this mixed bag season, but at least we won this battle.

Steve Rogers
June 9, 2004

I'm at this game against the Cardinals in 1998 and every time McGwire gets up these kids who are wearing Cardinal McGwire 25 shirts who wouldn't know who holds the record for most HRs in a rookie season (hint, its Mark McGwire) all cheering and going nuts for McGwire and I'm muttering to myself "I'd really would love to flip these kids a double bird and tell them to **** off." Well when Reynoso struck him out I muttered, "I think Reynoso did it for me!"

Steve Sullivan
December 18, 2007

I remember sitting in the last row of the upper deck. This is what baseball is all about, 1-0 game, any swing can win or tie the game. Unfortunately half the fans missed the end because they all left after McGwire's last at bat.

August 22, 1999 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7
Lee
September 8, 2004
The Mets were down 6-1 in the eighth and it was seemingly over but then the Mets rallied and loaded the bases for John Olerud who, with that smooth swing of his, hit one over the fence for a grand slam and it was 6-5! Then Mike Piazza steps up and, one pitch after Oleruds homer, powers one into center and J.D. Drew leaps over the fence but he can't get it and the game is tied. Then the Cards score a run in the ninth, making it 7-6 but the Mets come back again in the bottom of the ninth and then Alfonzo steps up and grounds one through the hole between shortstop and third to drive in the winning run and the Mets won 8-7!

Lee
September 15, 2004

An incredible game! Mark McGwire hit a blast off the scoreboard and, in the bottom of the eighth, it was 6-1 Cardinals but the Mets loaded up the bases for John Olerud, who blasted one out of the park for a grand slam to make it 6-5 and the next batter was Mike Piazza, who got a pitch over his head and still managed to overpower it and let it fly over J.D. Drew and the centerfield fence to tie the game at 6. The Cards retook the lead 7-6 in the top of the ninth but then, in the bottom of the ninth, Rickey Henderson stepped up and drove one into right for a double, scoring Ordonez and tying the game at 7. Then, Fonzie stepped up against Ricky Botallico, a future Met, and drove right in between Renteria and Tatis and into the outfield for a base hit to score Matt Franco and end the game.

Mark Freedman
December 28, 2005

One of the most exciting games (especially lately) that I've ever been to. This was the first time in 15 years my whole family went to a Mets game together. We didn't stay for game 2 (thankfully). But Olerud's slam was one of the highlights of all time, followed by Piazza. And to come back in the bottom of the 9th after falling behind again was the topper. Magic.

DP30
October 4, 2006

Such a fun day. First of all, 2 games for the price of one, since I already had tickets for the original Saturday game. Even though I'd been attending games for 13 years at this point, it was my 1st MLB doubleheader.

Second, Mark McGwire. My best friend and I drove up to Shea, getting there at around 10 AM, to watch batting practice (1st game started at 12:10). McGwire was putting balls in the parking lot. Then in the game itself, Big Mac hits an oppo bomb, getting stuck in Ray Lankford's #16 on the vertical lineup display of the scoreboard (he was the cleanup hitter!). Even we couldn't help but clap for the man as he circled the bases, our jaws completely dropped. I think it measured out at 501-feet. McGwire hit another one during the twin-bill just for good measure, a fence-scraper that gave him 50 homers for the season.

Then the comeback...it's already documented here, but Olerud's grand slam and Piazza's homer to dead-center (which almost took out the people assembling behind the fence for the between-game entertainment) tying the game. Then after Benitez decided to make the top of the 9th inning interesting, Alfonzo comes up clutch in the bottom half and drives in the winning run after the Mets tie it back up.

Game 2 was a loss, but it involved one of my favorite pitchers of all-time, Orel Hershiser, so I still couldn't complain too much.

All in all, it was about 10 hours at the ballpark, and it still went by too fast.

July 28, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Sanchi
December 29, 2001
While visiting in New Jersey, I went to this game. It was a great one and a classic one. Al Leiter had a no hitter going through 6 and the Mets scored 3 early. Then later in the game the bullpen did everything they could to blow the game but Benitez held his ground and recorded the save. It was a great ball game, a beautiful night at Shea, and I not only enjoyed the game but the quietness of my Yankee fan Aunt and the chasing of some dork with a Yankees jersey on out of the stadium by a small convoy of Mets fans. It was Great.

July 29, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Jon
January 11, 2002
Mike Bordick's first (and best) game as a Met as he hits a HR in his first Met at-bat. Rick White also made his Met debut in this game and earned the win in relief thanks to a bases-loaded walk for Lenny Harris which broke a tie in the 8th. Exciting game!

Uncle Peanut
January 11, 2002

Went to this game. Turned out to be the first game that Mike Bordick played for the Mets, and he hit a HR his first at-bat that was about 4 or 5 sections over from us (we sat on the 3rd base side of the field). Also Piazza hit a moon shot, Jim Edmonds made a great catch, Lenny Harris had a pinch hit single to win the game for the Mets. Good stuff.

The Piazza HR was amazing, it just went up and up and up and up. There were like 3 or 4 HRs that day but Big Mike's was just unbelievable.

Brian from Shawnee
April 9, 2004

This was the first game I took my wife and kids to. My oldest son was 5 and the little guy was 2. Shea was filled with electricity that day, with 55,000 people chanting M-V-P whenever Piazza came up. He sure looked like an MVP that day, with a solo HR and a bases-loaded single. Mike Bordick not only homered in his 1st AB for the Mets, it was on the First Pitch of the AB!

steve
August 2, 2006

Mike Piazza hit a monster home run one of the farthest ever hit at Shea! Mike Bordick "his first pitch as a Met and gone", "Mike Bordick welcome to New York" The words of the Fox announcers. This was a great. It was also the 1st major league game I ever went to. I was 7 then and just becoming a Met fan.

July 30, 2000 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Won Doney
October 18, 2004
This was the game where they had the 10 greatest moments in Mets history pregame ceremony.

Brian Crigger
December 27, 2004

Yes, this was the game with the 10 Greatest Moments in Mets history up to that time. Took the family, had a helluva good time (even though my girlfriends' son was, and still is a St. Louis fan). This was the game that Bubba Trammell whacked that three-run jack in the second inning, and my girlfriends' son tried to get me to stop yelling "I gotta go find Bubba"! BUBBA, BUBBA, BUBBA!!!!!!!!!!! Hell, everyone was looking at me kinda funny. But, I'm too old to care what people think anymore. LET'S GO METS!!!!!!!!!!!! Nuff said!

Menachem G. Jerenberg
October 15, 2008

This was the VERY FIRST baseball game I ever went to! Although we arrived too late to catch the pregame unveiling of the Top 10 Moments in Mets History, we (my family--I was 11) did manage to score a few posters of said Moments they were giving away. They were playing the Cardinals. Benny Agbayani led off the bottom of the 1st with a home run; then, next inning Bubba Trammell pounded another homer with two men on--in his first at-bat as a Met! What was odd about this was that Mike Bordick had performed the EXACT SAME FEAT the previous day. I remember reading about it in the papers that morning, and how the NY Times noted that Bordick had been the first Met to do so since Todd Pratt. That ended the Mets' scoring for the day; Bobby Jones pitched and gave up only 2 runs. After the second one scored on a home run by Ray Lankford, "Bobby J" bore down and got the last out, thus nailing his first (and only) complete game of the year. This also cemented a 3-game sweep of St. Louis. One last thing: I remember being almost unbearably excited at the entry of the Cards' fourth and final reliever, Dave Veres, due to the fact that his baseball card was among the [then] limited number of cards I had in my budding collection.

October 11, 2000 Busch Stadium
2000 National League Championship Series Game 1
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Mets2Moon
July 12, 2006
When you're a catcher, you have a tendency to wear down at the end of a long season. Mike Piazza had fallen victim to this over his career, and his Postseason numbers had reflected this. The Mets were a great team in 2000, but if they were going to beat the Cardinals and go to the World Series, Piazza needed to regroup and step it up. Before the game, Mets coach John Stearns spoke of "The Monster needing to get out of the cage."

The Monster, of course, was Mike Piazza.

After the Mets roared out of the gate with a Timo Perez double, followed by an Alfonzo walk, Piazza ripped a double down the LF line, scoring Perez and giving the Mets an early lead.

And, for those watching on FOX, we found out how big of a hit it was at the top of the following inning, thanks to their "Sounds of the Game" microphone, being worn by Stearns.

"HE'S OUT OF THE CAGE! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE! LET'S GO! THE MONSTER IS OUT OF THE CAGE! LET'S GO!"

The Monster was indeed out of the cage for the NLCS, and the Mets advanced to the World Series.

October 12, 2000 Busch Stadium
2000 National League Championship Series Game 2
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Brian
March 9, 2003
Jay Payton did it again! He came through with a base hit in the 9th to win the game. He did it in Game 2 in the NLDS and now in game 2 in the NLCS! Thanx Jay!

October 14, 2000 Shea Stadium
2000 National League Championship Series Game 3
St. Louis Cardinals 8, Mets 2
Jon
January 7, 2002
Whenever they think about the risks of using pitchers on 3 days rest in the postseason, they'll think of Darryl Kile.

The home first went like this: Double for Timo, double for Alfonzo, double for Piazza, double for Ventura. One out later, double for Agbayani. My brother & I had great seats and the place was going crazy.

Still, we needed five innings of scoreless relief from Rusch, Franco and Bentiez, and a boneheaded error from Fernando Tatis, to finish them off.

Jonathan Stern
May 16, 2003

The only Mets post-season game I've ever attended (so far) and they got reamed! Oh well, at least they won the series. I do not remember much about the game itself - it was over before it was over (sorry, Yogi). I do remember the LOUD music constantly blasting from the loudspeakers (Mrs. Jarvis, WHERE ARE YOU?), the unseasonably hot weather, the sight of Chris "Mad Dog" Russo putting on a Mets cap and shirt in the press box to applause from the fans underneath, and the fact that I felt deadened and numb as I left Shea. When my friends and I got to the car, I then realized, less-than-wonderful though the experience may have been on some levels (we lost, after all), I had nonetheless seen my first Mets post-season game. And then I was grateful. Thanks, friends (you know who you are) and I sincerely pray that there will be many many more nights like this in the future!

Lee
September 8, 2004

I was at this game and the Mets were killed 8-2 by Andy Benes (who would've thought) but I was ok with that because I still had tickets to Game 5, which now I knew I would get to go to.

Drew9
June 18, 2009

I remember an old dude in the mezzanine screaming at Bobby Valentine for leaving Rick Reed in too long. He was pretty awful in this one, and I remember Timo getting a huge ovation after his heroics in St. Louis.

October 15, 2000 Shea Stadium
2000 National League Championship Series Game 4
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Jon
January 7, 2002
Whenever they think about the risks of using pitchers on 3 days rest in the postseason, they'll think of Darryl Kile.

The home first went like this: Double for Timo, double for Alfonzo, double for Piazza, double for Ventura. One out later, double for Agbayani. My brother & I had great seats and the place was going crazy.

Still, we needed five innings of scoreless relief from Rusch, Franco and Bentiez, and a boneheaded error from Fernando Tatis, to finish them off.

Lee
September 9, 2004

Darryl Kile died in 2002 but before that he had a history of beating the Mets. He had even pitched a no-hitter against them when he was with Houston. BUT YOU DON'T PITCH SOMEONE ON THREE DAYS REST, NO MATTER WHO IT IS! Had Tony LaRussa decided to pitch Darryl Kile in Game 5, a game that I was at, the Cardinals might have gone to the World Series against the Yankees instead of the Mets. But this didn't happen and, as a result, the Mets hit 5 doubles off him in the first inning and the Mets won and, once again, I was going to a game where the Mets could clinch something.

Professor G
June 17, 2005

I flew back to town from San Diego for three games of this series with my dad. May Darryl Kile rest in peace, (died in '02) but man, was Shea ROCKIN' that night! Timo Perez was still playing like a man possessed. That first inning was hella exciting with four straight doubles. It was like batting practice!

October 16, 2000 Shea Stadium
2000 National League Championship Series Game 5
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Happy Recap
October 18, 2000
For much of the 2000 postseason, I've been pacing around in front of my television like a panther in a cage. But, thankfully, this game wasn't very stressful at all. After Zeile's three-run double made the score 6-0, with Hampton in complete control, I was able to sit back on the couch and relax. But after the second out of the 9th inning, I stood up, raised my arms in the air, and let the goosebumps flow all over me.

It's not a common thing to see the Mets clinch a spot in the World Series, and these moments are all the more special because of their scarcity. And the fans at Shea clearly felt the same way. I don't know if I've ever seen the fans there more joyous. It was a fun night. And hopefully it won't be another 14 years before it happens again!

BRIAN
October 25, 2000

Let's Go Mets! Have your metro cards ready, buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks and you are now ready for the first ever Subway Series between the New York Mets and New York Yankees (Booooooo!!!). I can't believe that I got to go to this game. Boy did the cops look foolish in their riot gear. Nothing happened but I guess the city had to be prepared for the worst. Hampton was incredible (please resign him). I hope I get tix to the World Series but if I don't, I can be grateful that the last game I went to this season was a clincher. I am too young to clearly remember the 86 team so I really hope the Amazins pull it off this year. Let's Go Mets!!!

Alex
March 29, 2001

Wow, I sat in the Mezz box for this one. I had classes the next day and I was hesitant to go but was I sure glad that I did. Right from the start you could feel the electricity running through Shea. It was a muggy, cold, rainy night but that didn't stop us. After the 7th inning stretch and with a comfortable lead, you could see fans starting to make their own confetti. Then after Timo took a leap, then made the final out, it was almost surreal. We made it to the Fall Classic. Walking down Roosevelt Ave. to our car was fun in itself as fans drove by honking horns and shouting Let's Go Mets.

Jose Otero
May 22, 2001

My mother mannaged to score tickets right 3 hours before the game. We had box seats right down the 1st base line. Boy I was never so exitcted in my life. Mike Hampton mannaged to contain the much hyped Dead- Bird line up. As soon as the ball landed in Timo Perez's glove. I never went so crazy in my life.

Brian
March 9, 2003

This was possibly the best moment of my life! Rick Wilkins flying out to Timo Perez (who I thought should have been the NLCS MVP). I went to this game -- it was awesome. My first playoff game at Shea!

Derek Pope
April 9, 2003

I was fortunate enough to be at this game. The one thing I remember and always will remember is after Todd Zeile's three-run double made the score 6-0 how with the fans cheering wildly actually had Shea Stadium rocking, I mean really rocking. You could feel the stadium swaying, and sitting in the upper deck as I was it was a scary feeling.

Lee
August 13, 2004

I was at this game and I watched as the Mets beat up on Pat Hentgen and Hampton went the distance to pitch a shutout and the Mets were going to the World Series.

But there were two other things that happened this game, one that was hilarious, and one that was scary. Let me tell you about Rick Ankiel. He was incredible in the 2000 regular season, almost winning Rookie of the Year, but during the playoffs he was so nervous that he threw too many wild pitches to count and, in this game, he did it again, throwing one onto the screen at Shea.

The other moment was when Jay Payton took a pitch to the head, with blood coming out of it and the scary thing is, they let you take cameras into the stadium then because it was before 9/11 and I caught this scary moment on film. I also saw Mark McGwire pinch hit and he popped out and then a flyball was caught by Timo and the Mets won and I can still picture John Franco waving his NL Pennant shirt in the air. It was an incredible feeling, the Mets were going to the World Series.

Joe P.
October 4, 2004

We were sitting pretty high up, but it didn't matter at all. I will never forget watching Timo catch the last out, and the place going nuts. We were hugging and high-fiving strangers all around us. Watching Johnny Franco run around waving the white shirt as "Who Let The Mets Out" was blaring from the speakers - one of the best moments in my life!

Professor G
June 17, 2005

Of hundreds of Mets games I've attended in person, this one ranks as my number two all-time favorite (Favorite is still 1986 NLCS Game 3, Lenny Dykstra's walk-off two-run homer). What a moment to see the Mets all bolt from the dugout and the bullpen after that magic moment when Timo caught Rick Wilkins's fly ball. Even thought we were all euphoric at Shea, we wanted to choke that punk Dave Veres for hitting Jay Payton in the head. Nevertheless, I flew in from San Diego to join my dad for this series. We heard horns blaring all the way back into his Manhattan apartment, in celebration. I stayed up all night, watching TV clips of the clinching. The next morning, I didn't need the American Airlines 757 to fly home to San Diego - I happily floated there!

Joe Lanzisera
March 3, 2009

I was in Arizona on business and had a hotel suite filled with about 20 people watching this one. The game wasn't overly dramatic (Zeile's double about sealed it) and getting back to the Series after such a long drought was very sweet.

Michael
June 30, 2009

Fianlly our first pennant since 1986! And the first half of the Subway Series as we had to wait until the Yankees won the next day to make this a reality. Beating the Cardinals in this series was a nice way of payback from the heartbreaks they gave the Mets in 1985 and 1987. This is what the Mets could have done against the Cardinals in those years had there been wild cards. This also would be the last time the Mets clinched a postseason series in Shea Stadium. 2006 NLDS was won in Dodger Stadium. Lost 2000 WS and 2006 NLCS in Shea. Now Shea is gone.

Jon
January 9, 2011

Bought a single Upper Deck ticket and experienced this by myself, one of the best things I ever did for myself. The whole building shook when Zeile doubled the bases clear and it became clear we'd put them away.

April 28, 2001 Busch Stadium
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Michael
March 27, 2008
I remember after this game Turk Wendall said that this was the game that was gonna turn the season around after our poor start. Umm....not quite.

APetrie
January 23, 2013

Caught the end of this game so missed most of the magic, tuned in right after McEwing's homer in the 9th. First real exciting moment of 2001.

And the post above is correct and funny - I remember Turk saying that. Funny that the team really turned it around, but much later in the season... well after Turk was traded

August 10, 2001 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 6
Jared K.
May 5, 2002
I remember going to this game with my best buddy from school. The day had been rainy and nasty, but the weather cleared up at night and the game was played. At first, it looked like it was going to be a happy recap. The Mets jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the second or third inning. However, the Mets pen blew the game in atypical fashion. The pitching had been the bright spot in an otherwise miserable season. The Cards went on to sweep the series. The Mets had that little run at the end, but it was too little too late.

April 25, 2002 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 6
Mets2Moon
April 25, 2005
Sloppy and disgusting game. Played in a steady mist all night. There were no more than 1,000 people in the stadium. I was unemployed at the time and one of the Mets suits came around in the 4th or 5th inning and gave everyone in the Upper Deck seats in the Loge under the overhang to get them out of the rain. When he brought us downstairs, he asked if there was anything else he could do for any of us. I asked him if he could offer me a job. He told me to contact the HR department. I never did. Maybe I should have...

Trachsel got lit up early, but the Mets came back against Josh Pearce. Valentin and Vaughn had key hits in a 5-run 5th. Mark Johnson pinch-hit the GW HR in the last of the 8th and Benitez struck out the side, impressively, Rolen, Pujols and Edmonds, to close out an otherwise miserable evening.

APetrie
April 15, 2013

One of the most miserable, cold, dreary games I've ever attended, and I was so sick I had missed a day of high school and couldn't taste food, but my dad scored some good front row mezz tickets for free so I felt I had to go. Thick mist over the stadium all night but good news came from it.

John Valentin fouled a sharp ball straight back in the mid-innings (probably fifth or sixth) and my dad's hand suddenly closed, and he had palmed the ball! The entire section gave him a standing ovation and people congratulated him individually when they left the game. Wild, crazy moment... I wonder if it's on tape somewhere.

April 30, 2003 Busch Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 13, Mets 4
Bob P
May 2, 2003
I do believe, but I'm not 100% sure, that this is the first time in the glorious 42 year history of this franchise that they have given up 13 or more runs in consecutive games.

Lucky me! I've been a fan since day one.

As the brilliant sign held up after the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994 said, "Now I can die in peace."

May 19, 2004 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 1, Mets 0
Anthony
June 19, 2004
It was Pepsi can free bleacher admission night. We had a share in season tickets behind third base until this season. We had to give them up because of the price increases and my dad's disappointment with Fred Wilpon. So, this was a first for me sitting in the bleachers. I went with my friends Billy and Angela. There were some rowdy people such as a guy taunting Jim Edmonds and even a few Yankee's fans rowdying up the Met's fans. One even flipped everyone off (errrr). It turned out to be a pitching matchup between Steve Trachsel and Jeff Suppan. The Cardinals finally went up 1-0 in the eighth off of Mike Stanton and another who I cannot remember. Unfortunately, it stayed that way. But, we still had an awesome time.

May 14, 2005 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 7, Mets 6
Anthony
November 6, 2005
Went to this game with my friend Frank. It was one of those back & forth games that unfortunately did not go back the Mets way. Pedro did not have his best stuff. With the Mets down 5- 2, Kaz Matsui took my advice of showing the fans reason not to boo him when he hit a game tying 3- run triple, helping knock out Mark Mulder. Mets would take a 6-5 lead, only to lose it in the eighth on cheap hits by Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. They lost 7-6.

August 22, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 7
Marlboro Man
August 23, 2006
Due to not living in the NY area I'm forced to listen to the games on MLB GameDay audio, but for this game I sat there without moving and after it was over I listened to the whole thing again. Great game in terms of excitement, Mets down a couple of runs early vs the St Louis Pujols', I mean Cardinals. Delgado with 2hrs including a granny for his 400th career homer and then a walkoff by Beltran vs Izzy. Good times. Hopefully sends a message as this is a possible postseason matchup.

Markyt38
August 24, 2006

Unbelievable! Mets down 6 to mighty Albert, but the Mighty Carlos brothers had someting to say about that! I jumped up out of bed when Beltran creamed an Isringhausen pitch! Awesome!

AK
August 26, 2006

One the most exciting games I've seen so far this season. After Pujols singlehandedly carries to Cards to 7 runs via a 3 run homer and a GS, Delgado answers back with a GS of his own for career homer #400. Then in the 9th, Carlos Beltran hits a two-run walkoff homer so hard that Gary Cohen and Howie Rose's voices (in addition to those in the crowd) respectively break.

The Comeback Mets do it again!

Dan
August 24, 2006

We buried my grandmother on this day. My father, sister, and I watched the game that night, thinking of her (since she was a Mets fan). I wanted to believe that she wouldn't let them lose, and I want to believe that somehow she played a hand in this win. Kinda funny, cause even after going down 7-1, I somehow had faith that they would come back.

Come on Mets, win it for my Farmor.

Mets2Moon
August 26, 2006

Unbelievable.

I was at this game with a friend of mine (as per usual). We sat through a few neat innings from Maine, and waited for Jeff Weaver to predictably implode. Delgado hit a laser beam under the championship banners in the RF Corner to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals got to Maine in the 4th, with a single from Miles and a double from Duncan, before Pujols launched a Pujols-esque HR off the base of the scoreboard to turn the game around.

In the 5th, Maine again struggled. He was helped his defense, as Chavez and Reyes teamed up to throw out Belliard at home on a double by Molina. But Maine then walked Miles and Duncan with 2 outs. Pujols was up again.

"No way he does it again," my friend says.

Next pitch, BANG! Grand Slam. 7-1 Pujols. 7-1 Cardinals. Meltdown.

But the Mets pecked and clawed back in the last of the 5th, loading the bases for Delgado with 1 out. Delgado would work a 3-1 count before blasting a Grand Slam of his own, the 400th HR of his career, bringing the Mets to within 7-5.

The Mets would creep closer in the 6th, with Reyes getting robbed of a sure single by Belliard, but still managing to plate Chavez to make it 7-6.

In the 7th, the Cardinals again threatened. Miles and Duncan walked against Feliciano, and Pujols came up with 1 out against Bradford.

My friend was incredulous. "How the hell can they possibly pitch to him?!" he said. Sure enough, Bradford got Pujols to slap a grounder right at Reyes, who turned an easy DP.

So, to the last of the 9th. Isringhausen on for the Cardinals. Reyes grounded out to lead off. LoDuca slapped a single to center, his 3rd hit of the night. And everyone was up for Beltran. And damned if Beltran doesn't take the first pitch and smoke it off into the night for the game winner, sending the entire crowd into a frenzy and taking a flying leap onto Home Plate to cap it all off.

Feet
September 1, 2006

Without doubt one of the top 5 regular season games I've been to in my lifetime. It had it all. Five homers (including two grand slams), some spectacular fielding, a momentum shifting play at the plate, clutch relief pitching by the Mets, and Slick Willie dozing off in the middle of the Met's rally. As we were leaving the stadium I noticed a father and his young son of 4 or 5 years of age. The boy was sporting a Beltran T-shirt and a grin bigger than Jose Reyes'. Guaranteed that kid will be a Carlos Beltran fan for life. MVP!

Lee
September 1, 2006

Best game of the year, and I was there. John Maine pitched well through the first three innings and Delgado hit a solo shot but Pujols hit a three run bomb to right center and then a grand slam to left center. With the Mets down 7- 1, it was turning into a blowout. But then Delgado hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to match Pujols and turn it into a 7-5 game. The Mets got within one and, in the ninth, Beltran stepped up against Izzy with a runner on and belted one into right to end the game!

Matt
February 1, 2013

I remember I was coming home from the Brooklyn Cyclones game, my Dad put on WFAN. All of a sudden LoDuca homered I thought ok we're still down by 1 though and then I heard the call from Howie Rose and I almost jumped out of the car.

August 23, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 8
Shickhaus Franks
May 18, 2008
Sat in the upper deck towards right field for this one (the night after Beltran's walk-off blast) and they had a Beatles tribute band playing between innings as it was the 40th anniversary of their 2nd Shea concert. (FYI, the 2nd concert was NOT sold out unlike the 1965 show as the group was still reeling from John Lennon's controversal comments about religion and the fact that they were tired of touring etc...) Back to the game, It was a long game with lots of scoring as Traschel got the win and Wags got the save!

October 12, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 1
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 0
J-murph
October 13, 2006
This was the first playoff game I went to. Sat in the Mez, section 15 right on the first base bag. The crowd went absolutely nuts when Beltran hit his homer. Later that night Albert Pujols, who went 0-3 and got doubled off first on a lazy fly ball to center, claimed Tom Glavine was not very good and it wasn't fair he was hitting the ball hard and making outs.

Mets2Moon
November 8, 2006

I attended this game, and much like every other Playoff game I have attended at Shea, this one just seemed larger than life. But this one was different. This was the first time I had attended a Playoff game at night. There is a certain kind of atmosphere at these games that just permeates the night. I'd been to games in 1988, 1999, 2000 and even Game 1 of the NLDS this year, but this game just seemed off the charts, from the second I got off the 7 train to the moment I pulled off into the night after the end of the game.

Standing in the Upper Deck, waiting through the interminable dead time for network TV, hearing the extra-loud sound system absolutely blasting Van Halen's "Right Now" before the game started, looking around and drinking it all in.

That's why I keep coming back.

Such a taut, tense battle the whole way. It's never easy in the Playoffs. I don't know what Pujols saw, but Glavine looked pretty damn good from where I was watching. He had his best stuff and it showed.

The Mets defense was definitely up to snuff as well. From Chavez's diving catch in the 5th, to Beltran's catch and throw to double off Pujols in the 4th, to Wright's 2 great stabs of line drives in the 3rd, and Valentin's glovework up the middle in the 9th.

And, of course, Beltran's show-stopping HR off the scoreboard in the 6th producing the only runs of the game.

And Wagner closing it out, and the Mets jumping out on the right foot in the NLCS.

Such an unforgettable night.

I only wish it wasn't my last trip to Shea for 2006...

JFK
February 8, 2007

An excellent pitching duel between Glavine and Weaver. Old time baseball like it ought to be.

October 13, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 2
St. Louis Cardinals 9, Mets 6
JFK
February 4, 2007
The game that cost the Mets the series. Willie is in love with Mota and Wagner and stayed with them when they both had nothing.

I said to everyone the Mets just lost the series- -you do not bounce back from a lose like that and win a playoff series.

If the Mets win that game, there is no doubt in my mind that the Mets sweep the Cards.

blueorange4ever
February 22, 2007

No doubt that this game cost the Mets the series. You cannot lose a game when you blow 3 leads. Despite what people think about Wagner, and Shawn Green missing the the ball, Mota lost this game by throwing a fast ball after throwing good changeups . I knew the series was over when they lost this game.

Joe Lanzisera
March 3, 2009

No doubt that Spezio's hit in the 7th off of Mota was the game and series changer. One of those kick the dog and yell at the TV moments for me that I will always remember. Who doesn't think we have a third World Series pennant hanging at Citi Field if we win this game?

paxbob
December 9, 2011

From our seats, the view of the right field corner was blocked. So we never got to see how well or poorly Shawn Green played the ball hit by Scott Spiezio, which broke the Mets' backs. But we had an all- too-clear view of Billy Wagner imploding in the ninth. One of the most painful Mets losses EVER.

October 14, 2006 Busch Stadium II
2006 National League Championship Series Game 3
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 0
john t greenpoint
October 15, 2006
Have to say just 1 thing about this game and series: If David Wright does not hit to protect Carlos Delgado we will be done in 5 games! Wright needs to step it up tomorrow night and get some hits if the Mets are to advance in this NLCS series! Mets just looked dead all night. No emotion. Yesterday's 9-6 loss really messed with their heads! Couldnt catch 2 fly balls both hit by Scott Spezio for triples. Shawn Green should have caught that ball last night in the Mets 9-6 loss at Shea. Mets should be up 2-1 instead of down 2- 1. Still have faith we can do this but we need to get more than just 3 hits in a game!

Doug Brogowski
August 28, 2007

The quintiscential choke game on the part of Steve Trachsel. He gave them nothing when they needed something badly, and he ran off the mound with an "injury" after he gave up 5 quick runs. At that moment, the Mets ceased even considered re-signing him in the off-season.

October 15, 2006 Busch Stadium II
2006 National League Championship Series Game 4
Mets 12, St. Louis Cardinals 5
john t greenpoint
October 19, 2006
What a big sigh of relief!!! Finally our bats wake up!!! Delgado is my MVP of this series by far! But Beltran's 2 bombs puts him in the mix now also Beltran is just killing St. Louis pitching with home runs this year and last. Would like to know if anyone out there saw Willie Randolph's reaction to I don't know whom it was he was yelling at I think it was Oliver Perez, but clearly said no f------ fist pumping. This happened after Edmmond's home run then they got the next guy out and that's when this happened!! Wish I was recording this one; recorded first 2 games but not this one DAMN!!!!! LET'S GO METS!!! BRING IT HOME BOYS!!!!

October 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 6
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
J-murph
October 19, 2006
What a game. Johny Maine tossed a gem and Oliver Perez is starting tomorrow on three days rest. I have a crazy hunch we are going to put up a lot of runs tomorrow, maybe I am wrong. Let's go Oliver, Let's go Mets, watch out Tigers.

john t greenpoint
October 19, 2006

Talk about nerves of steel, ice water in your veins, Superman? No it was just John Maine. What a great pitching performance tonight. All we need now is 1 more from Oliver Perez Thursday night and we are off to the Fall Classic against the TIGERS!! Clutch hitting also by Jose Reyes leading off the game with a HR! Paul LoDuca's big 2 run single in the 7th broke open this one, with Billy Wagner giving up 2 runs in the 9th. Shea Stadium was absolute bedlam can't wait for tomorrow. Hope they put up a 4 spot in the 1st inning and then just coast! Let's pop some more bubbly boys!! LET'S GO METS, BRING IT HOME BOYS!!

Jeff from LI
October 19, 2006

I just got back from this game 2 hours ago, and it was great. It was my first playoff game and Shea was ROCKIN'! Everyone was on their feet for the majority of the game, yelling Lets Go Mets and chanting the name of every Mets hitter as they got up. Also we yelled Pujols Sucks! and the best of all the LOOOOOOOOOOOOOPER chant that riled former Met closer Braden Looper up and got him to pitch like crap and get pulled after less then an inning. The ending was even sweeter, the Mets winning 4-2 and forcing a Game 7. Even as the fans filed out of the stadium chanst began, JOSE-JOSE-JOSE-JOSE, and LETS GO METS being the favorites. I've never seen it that crowded, and all 56,000 fans were into it every step of the way. It was about as far as I could get from my experience of going to a Subway Series game in 2000 and having Shea overwhelmed with Yankees fans being their "usual delightful selves". Anyway this game was great, hope they do it again tomorrow night. LETS GO METS!!

Anthony
October 20, 2006

Was supposed to go to this game with a date, but she canceled and then uncanceled when I had already asked a friend. Although it was sort of bittersweet for me, still a great game to attend for the memories. I think John Maine officially made everyone forget Kris Benson tonight. It is ironic being that most people (including myself) were pissed when they got rid of Benson for Maine and Jorge Julio. Jose Reyes really helped set the tone with a leadoff home run off Chris Carpenter. Too bad the momentum did not carry into the next night. Still, I am thankful for a wonderful season and the opportunity to attend a couple of playoff games. Most important, that for a change, the Mets were still playing while the Yanks were sitting at home. GO METS!

Ian
February 6, 2011

This is the best game I have ever attended in any sport (the Giants 41-0 thrashing of the Vikings on their way to the Superbowl in 2000 is a close 2nd). Shea was LITERALLY rocking back and forth and it started early with Reyes's leadoff laser over the right-center field wall. From then on, Maine shut the Cards down and the pen did a great job to force the series to a game 7. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and it's because of all the GREAT Mets fans. That was experience one I absolutely will not forget!

October 19, 2006 Shea Stadium
2006 National League Championship Series Game 7
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Hot Foot
October 20, 2006
Endy Chavez's catch will go down as one of the greatest of postseason history, right up there with Al Gionfriddo's in the 1947 series. It kept the Mets in the game to the very end. Though the game was a heartbreaker at the end, it will be remembered for many years to come and that catch will be talked about forever.

bobby mercier
October 28, 2006

I was watching this game and I thought the Mets were going to win after the great Endy Chavez catch that was all for nothing. Then as this game and the whole series showed no Mets lead was safe because those pesky cardinals always keep coming back to score. Then that Yadier Molina hits the homer in the top of the 9th to not only rip my heart out but the heart of every Mets fan. And also the sickening sight of the Cardinals partying on the Mets field just like the 00 Yankees. This game also resulted in the second upset in the 7 times the Mets have been in the postseason since 1969. 1988 Dodgers and 2006 Cardinals going to the World Series when neither of them should not have beaten the Mets. And that Jeff Suppan must be god or something for why the Mets were unable to hit him in 2 games. This game has made me now both anti-Cardinals and anti-Dodgers because of the final results of the 1988 and 2006 NLCS.

Shickhaus Franks
October 22, 2006

Less than 48 hours after the fact, IT STILL HURTS! This one hurts more than '85, '87, '88, '98, '99 and 2000 combined! When the bases were loaded and Carlos Beltran came up against Adam Wainwright, visions of August 22nd danced in my head and with his history vs the Cards in the NLCS; I was watching and praying and cheering Beltran would deliver the walk-off basehit and it would be on to DETROIT! But it was NOT meant to be! When CB stood there like a statue and took the called 3rd strike, I was devastated to say the least. It was like when a friend sets you up on a blind date and you expect the woman to look like Fox News anchor Julie Banderas but when the doorbell rings, she looks like Lunch Lady Doris from "The Simpsons". My TV clicked off ASAP because I DID NOT want to see that arrogant, Nazi lawyer LaRussa and his overrated bunch of Redbirds dancing on the Shea lawn. (Btw, I did call LaRussa a Nazi, just ask his "pals" Ron Gant & Ozzie Smith). A sad ending to a great 2006 and the METS WILL KICK THAT ******* DOOR DOWN AND WIN THE 2007 WORLD SERIES!

Peter A Deschnow
October 22, 2006

Thought Willie did a great job managing the series, that is until the bottom of the ninth. First and second wih no outs he HAS TO BUNT the runners over. Struggling to score all series you must play for the tie at home. He could have saved his bench by using Glavine to sacrifice since he is probably the best bunter on the team. The move would have put more pressure on the "genius" in the other dugout (does he walk Reyes to set up the DP and thereby put the winning run on base?), not to mention turning up the heat on the rookie closer. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. None of it mattered if the following batters stood there with the bat on their shoulders like Beltran. WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!

Russell
October 28, 2006

About a week later I can still see Carlos just standing there but it was one of the best games I ever went to.

I got there while the Cards were working out and in batting practice, and Oliver Perez came out to the bullpen for his warmup. We in the upper deck started cheering for him, not knowing what was about to happen next.

In the 6th, one out, runner at first and Rolen coming up, Willie came out to talk to Perez. We all knew it was his last batter. First pitch Rolen lines it, and all I remember thinking was that Endy better catch it. Well, you know what happens. See him jump, and for at least one second, Shea was as quiet as I've ever heard it, then the place went nuts. I don't even remember the throw. Just jumping like crazy when we relized that Edmonds was out at first, the guy sitting to the left of me hugged me.

Then Molina's home run, Beltran looking and that was it. A great season not to forget and just as I left the tunnel, after about 10 munites of just hearing cursing and crying, one guy yelled "LET'S GO RANGERS!" And about 25 people that heard it left the game with at least something to be happy about.

Joe Figliola
November 6, 2006

It's one thing to be a good sport. It's another to ridicule the team you beat. From my understanding, the Cardinals players were making fun of the Reyes chant. That's not cricket. That action ranks up there with Mickey Hatcher making fun of the clench fists the Mets used to do in '88. At least the Mets players were gracious in defeat. The Cardinals players (Rolen and Pujols in particular) acted like a bunch of beer-swilling blowhards who need to take a semester in sports etiquette.

I also hope the Mets were watching the World Series on the TVs. With a few breaks, it should have been them winning the Series!

Mets2Moon
November 8, 2006

I did not attend this game. I was watching it at a Manhattan establishment.

It seemed like I had spend the last two and a half weeks walking a tightrope watching the Mets. After 6 years, I had forgotten how emotionally taxing following them through the playoffs could become. It was even worse knowing they were the favorite.

I remember seeing Fox signing on with their talking heads, seeing the multitudes of fans waving their towels and singing along to Bon Jovi. I felt sick. I didn't know which Oliver Perez would show up.

The good Oliver Perez showed up. A sign in the stands paid homage to Elvis Costello. "Oliver's Army."

1-1 in the 6th. I still felt sick. My legs were shaking. My friends were making up nonsense words. Rolen ripped a drive to deep left. My heart stopped. Endy Chavez went up...And he caught it! And all we could do was scream incoherently. ENDY! ENDY!

To the 8th. Drunk. Still shaking. Biting my nails. My friends catatonic. Still speaking borderline gibberish. We make jokes to try to ease the tension.

9th inning. It happens. I am unable to speak.

The game ends. I am still unable to speak. A hug and a cigarette on the sidewalk. I walk around the block. I still can't speak.

3 weeks later, I'm speaking. It still stings. It took me this long to be able to go back and watch the tape. Really a sublime night of Baseball. Some day, I'll be able to appreciate it more than I do right now.

Some day...

Jon Macowski
November 8, 2006

I think we should have used Glavine to pinch hit. But if only Floyd had jacked it. We open at St. Louis in 2007 Let's kick their **** and show them we mean business in 2007.

J-murph
November 11, 2006

Three weeks or so after the fact and I finally have the stomach to come back on the site and write about this game. This is also the first time I read what I wrote after game 6. So much for all those runs I predicted.

I went up to Shea for the game with my buddy from work. Between the two of us we did not have enough money for two scalped tickets so we ended up watching the game from a hole-in-the-wall bar right outside of the Shea parking lot.

There were only 20 or so people in the place but the atmosphere was awesome. I was wearing a homemade Oliver Perez #46 t-shirt and we were going crazy watching him pitch. We threw the kid into a fire and he could not have had a better showing. Although he is erratic, he has a swagger and I hope we get to see him for the years to come.

Anyway, when Endy made the catch the place lost its mind. I was giving piggy back rides to people I had never met. It took the entire next half of the inning for everyone that was volunteering to buy a shot. You are not supposed to lose games that have plays like that.

The Molina homer was a blow, but I really thought we were going to pick Heilman up in the 9th. I still dont know what Beltran was looking for. But his knees buckled, my heart sunk, and what would beocme one of the longest nights of my life had actually just started.

Jose
November 17, 2006

Well almost a month after we lost the pennant, it still hurts me. I remember I was watching the game with my dad in the living room, I had my "LETS GO METS" poster that I got from the postseason rally a couple of weeks earlier and my lucky Mets cap right next me. As I was watching on TV and Shea Stadium was rocking, it was beautiful to see my fellow Mets fans swing the towels, to show the yankee fans how the Playoffs really are in New York. Oliver Perez was pitching the game of his life, in the 6th Willie comes out, I knew Scott Rolen was going to be the last batter he faced. then Rolen lines one to deep left, all I remember was my heart stopping, I was hoping for a miracle to happen, and it did. Endy Chavez caught it at the wall, it was unbelievable, my heart almost jumped out of my mouth, then I said "it must have been the old Casey Stengel who lifted Endy up!". The bottom of the 6th was an upset, the Mets left the bases loaded, WHY??. the Molina homer, the home run that broke every Mets fan's heart. Before the bottom 9th inning I was hoping for "1986 comeback", the Mets were fighting to comeback, but Carlos Beltran struck out looking with the bases loaded, it was a game we should have won, I cried and I was heartbroken, and realizing that the most toughest, longest, and saddest winter as a Mets fan I have ever had to face, was about to begin. WAIT TILL 2007, REVENGE WILL BE OURS!!!

SCOTT ROGERS
December 8, 2006

As part of my Saturday season plan I got tickets for this game. I've been lucky enough to be at a few playoff games but this one had the best atmosphere I ever saw. It was awesome to see all those towels going at once. I don't think I sat down more than 5 minutes the whole game. The place went absolutlely nuts after Endy's catch plus I felt the place moving, the stadium was vibrating. I've been to hundreds of games but this would have been my number 1 until Molina's homer. I thought I was in shock; Shea went silent until the rally in bottom of ninth, then disbelief when the rally fell short and the game ended.

JFK
February 8, 2007

I went to the game and was excited like a little kid before Christmas. When I got to the stadium, I turned to my girlfriend and said I have a bad vibe all of a sudden.

Seats were under the overhang in mezzanine. No one saw Endy's catch in my section besides me--- you could not see the LF wall due to the overhang. I saw it because when the ball was hit I dropped to the ground to get a view. When Endy caught it I jumped up screaming "HE CAUGHT IT". No one in my section knew what I was talking about.

I am a Willie killer, but the right move was letting Heilman pitch the 9th. Wagner could never handle tie games or games with big leads.

However, Willie went for the Hollywood ending by letting Floyd pinch-hit instead of bunting the runners over.

Beltran proved again he is the most over rated player in baseball by looking at strike 3.

I have heard people say the game was a classic. I didn't think so.

Regardless, the series was lost in game 2.

Shickhaus Franks
February 11, 2007

I know I'm supposed to get over it but somehow I can't because some Satan Worshipers, I mean Yankee fans (REAL and FAKE) remind me once in a while to tell Beltran to get the splinters out of his shoulders!!!! NOT FUNNY!!! But as a lifelong Mets fan, I learned what to do and look for in 2007:
  • The Mets will be having the final celebration after we win the 2007 WORLD SERIES as the Bronx Evils will crash and fall.
  • When the Mets are on FOX-5 this season & Joe Buck is doing the announcing; the mute button will go on & WFAN will be my play-by-play.
  • To borrow a phrase from Red Sox fans: From now on, the full name of the Cardinals thief that stole our '06 championship from the Mets is YADIER "BLEEPING" MOLINA!!!!

Leitner
May 24, 2007

Definitely the WORST day of my life. I was at the game in nice seats in the front row of mezzanine on the 1st base side. The game was great. There wasn't much action but it was a great game. Then the big hit. The stadium deadened in sound you could feel the betrayal... but wait... Chavez was still chasing it... leaps and makes the catch... and to make it even better he doubles up Pujols on first. SHEA WENT CRAZY. At that time you thought that there was NO WAY they were going to lose... until I saw Heilman. I knew something was up. Never gonna forgive him for that. Heilman is my all time LEAST favorite Met. Already has a couple GW HR's this year. Never liked him, never will.

Mike
May 24, 2007

It's numbing just to think or write about this game, but I think it made us better. We won 97 games in a weak division and league, destroyed the Dodgers in the NLDS, and we ran into a mediocre team that simply got hot at the right time. It showed the Mets that winning it all is never easy, and now that we have been reminded of that I expect (and hope for with every muscle I have in my body) a world championship.

Adriano
September 19, 2007

All I remember from this game is that Endy saved Willie's ass for awhile because the right move was taking Perez out in that situation. Then he shoulda gone to Mota in the 9th. Heilman has been awful all year long pitching 2 consecutive innings. As soon as I saw him out there for the 9th I knew we were in trouble and that our season would be lost because of Willie.

Menachem G. Jerenberg
August 23, 2007

I got up at about 3:00 in the morning (Israel time) to watch this on MLB.com's Gameday... very taut game... very frusrtrating, considering the Mets left 11 men on base. Jeff Suppan! We couldn't beat Jeff Freaking Suppan! Suppan and Weaver stunk during the regular season, and during the NLCS we could barely beat them (two- run shot off Weaver in Game 1) for love or money...

It was ALL there, that game... every flippin' indication of karma was swinging squarely in the Mets' direction: home game, 20th anniversary of '86 season, best slugger (and known Cardinal killer) representing last at-bat with bases loaded, and of course The Catch. The Catch, which may go down as one of the greatest in postseason history. Even the crowd favorite hobbling toward home plate with the game on the line and working a full count a la Kirk Gibson. Except that Floyd struck out. And Endy couldn't scratch out a hit with men in scoring position almost immediately after making The Catch. The Catch... Sometime later I saw a photo of The Catch, pulled back so you could see the wall too. Endy Chavez had crashed into an AIG ad, right next to the words "The Strength To Be There".

We should have won. In a million million multiverses, we're probably the only one where karma, in the end, just faded away along with Adam Wainright's curveball.

Joe Lanzisera
March 9, 2009

This was the third one in a row that I had stayed up all night to see. I was in London and needed to leave the hotel for the airport at about 7 am - the game ended about 5 am GMT! What a horrible plane ride home replaying what could have been in my head. Menachem has it right in that Chavez came up with men on right after the catch and couldn't come through. How many times does the guy make the great catch, come up and then get a big hit? It just didn't happen. Not to mention:

The Floyd pinch-hit decision?

Beltran...looking????

Heilman....why Heilman...

Jeff Suppan....Jeff Suppan?????

Yadier Molina???? - UGH!

Eman
April 23, 2012

Just what the hell is Randolph not bunting with 1st and 2nd and no one out. Just stupid. Cost them the game and the series and has brought the team in a 6 year tailspin

April 1, 2007 Busch Stadium II
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 1
anesti
April 1, 2007
Very solid start to the season. Crisp hitting, solid defense and Glavine, wellm he was classic Glavine. Couldn't have asked for a better Opening Day.

John T Greenpoint
April 1, 2007

What a great defensive display the Mets showed tonight. 4 Double plays, an outstanding diving catch by Moises Alou in left! Everyone in the lineup had at least 1 hit. Tom Glavine was just brilliant on the mound with 6 strong innings. I still don't understand why Willie Randolph insists on bringing in Billy Wagner in the game with a big lead? He obviously is not comfortable with it! Thought it was going to get interesting there for a moment in the ninth! Where was this game when we needed it most in game 7 last year? Hopefully this will be the start of dominating this National League! Mets seemed to play with a chip on their shoulders tonight! GREAT WIN!

April 3, 2007 Busch Stadium II
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 1
John T Greenpoint
April 4, 2007
DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE! Three more Double Plays in this game; that's 7 in 2 games. Man is this team strong up the middle! El Duque was masterful not only with his arm but his clutch 2-run bases loaded double in the sixth inning.

April 4, 2007 Busch Stadium II
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 0
John T Greenpoint
April 4, 2007
This game was a flashback to the 86 season when the Mets went into St.Louis and swept the Cardinals in a 4-game series. This time it's only a 3 game series sweep but nevertheless the Mets came out and pounded the Cardinals. What a great pitching performance by John Maine! 7 innings 1 hit 2 walks and struck out 6. Maybe this is our year? After tonight's game it sure looks like it will be!

June 25, 2007 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
henry (metsjets) Indictor
March 31, 2010
I'm surprised nobody else made a comment about this game. It didn't look like the Mets would win this game because they didn't get much hits. But Shawn Green hit one out and I was just jumping up and down.

June 26, 2007 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 3
Shickhaus Franks
October 26, 2008
Went to the game at the last minute because my good friend Joe had 3 extra tickets. Got to our seats 15 minutes before 1st pitch and except for Lo Duca's home run and the PA system playing "The Curly Shuffle", there was little to write home about. Although Joe and another friend of his left after the 8th; I stayed until the last out and got home at 1 AM and I had to wake up at 6 AM for work. By the way, I was yelling for Omar Minaya to send Scott Schowenweis down to New Orleans, then Binghamton, then St. Lucie, then Savannah and then Brooklyn after he gave up that gopher ball to a scrub named Brendan Ryan who was only batting .227 at the time. UGH!

July 26, 2008 Shea Stadium
St. Louis Cardinals 10, Mets 8
Andy S.
October 6, 2008
After being a Mets fan for well over 20 years, I finally made my first trip to Shea Stadium for this contest. I've seen many Mets games in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Miami, but never at Shea. So I get a chance in the final year of the stadium, as my brother got me tickets to the game. I flew up to Pennsylvania from Florida and I felt like a little kid, excited with anticipation. The day finally came and it started and ended rough. Journeyman Brandon Knight got the start and looked very journeymanlike in the first, allowing four runs. But the Mets immediately responded with two in the bottom half of the first, and from there it was a see-saw battle. All 14 innings worth. I screamed at the top of my lungs during every Mets highlight, and there were many. Carlos Delgado hitting a pair of long bombs, Fernando Tatis hitting a home run that Cardinal centerfielder Rick Ankiel is still convinced he caught. As he leapt at the fence, and came down...a nervous hush came over the crowd. Did he catch it? When he slammed the ground with his glove, the crowd let out a monstrous roar. The game was tied at 8 in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had several opportunities in the extra innings to win it, but couldn't come through with the big hit. Everybody's favorite whipping boy Aaron Heilman came into the game in the 12th and was effective for the first two innings. He retired two batters in the 14th and with one on and two outs, he fell behind Albert Pujols 2-0. I kept thinking...it's OK, just pitch around him and go after Ankiel. Sure enough, a fat fastball was grooved and Pujols did his thing. Mets went meekly in the 14th, but all in all I had a wonderful time.

July 27, 2008 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, St. Louis Cardinals 1
gharian price
September 2, 2008
Great game! Johan Santana's first complete game of the season for my beloved Mets. David Wright, Fernando Tatis, and Ramon Castro all homer. Started off pouring rain but barely even drizzled during the game. Could be my last game in person at Shea. Shea Stadium, I will never forget you!

April 23, 2009 Busch Stadium II
St. Louis Cardinals 12, Mets 8
Walter
April 24, 2009
UGH!! The Mets scored a bunch of runs, but the awful pitching spoiled the game. What is going on with this team?? I'M GETTING VERY WORRIED!!

June 22, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 6, St. Louis Cardinals 4
ABK
June 23, 2009
Great win for the Mets! Redding pitched a nice game against a very good lineup that has been bashing the ball. Santos, Castillo, Cora, and Murphy all with clutch hits. Stokes came through with a huge performance getting Pujols to hit into an inning ending dp. Bad News about Beltran, but the way the Mets won this game is the way they are going to have to win games until the regulars come back. Nice to see guys come up with clutch performances. Hopefully Mets can keep it up. As bad is it may seem, we are only 1.5 games back in the division.

June 23, 2009 Citi Field
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Mets 0
ABK
June 24, 2009
Mets lineup was dominated in this game. Piniero shut them down from the get go. This is a tough time for the Mets. How much can we really expect from this team with all the injuries? I am proud of the way they are battling in some of these games, but I am also trying to be realistic. If the Phillies get hot, then I think the Mets are in serious trouble. The wildcard may be tough as well with Colorado, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and the Cubs all in contention. I still believe this Mets team has a chance, but it is going to be tough. If they make the playoffs this year, it would be an AMAZIN story!!

June 24, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 11, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Shickhaus Franks
July 9, 2009
My 3rd visit to Citi Field (my friend had an extra ticket) and I am a perfect 3-0. Sat in the Promenade level 527 row 15 of 17 which is steep but not as high as the mountain once known as the Upper Deck at Shea. Enjoyed a rare blowout win by the Mets as they beat the Redbirds 11-0 and I saw Nick Evans hit his 1st major league home run.

June 25, 2009 Citi Field
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2
ABK
June 26, 2009
Great Win for the Mets! Santana with a gutsy performance as I believe he is back to his old self again. Most importantly the Mets had a chance to win this series and they got the job done. Nice to see Evans get some clutch hits in the last two days. Let's hope he can be a spark for the Mets. All in all a nice win for a team that needs it. Despite all the injuries we are now only a 1/2 game out of the division. You Gotta Believe!!!

April 17, 2010 Busch Stadium II
Mets 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Adam
April 18, 2010
W: Fransisco Rodriguez (?) L: Joe Mather (what) S: Mike Pelfrey (!)

This is pretty much two games (2.2, in fact) - one that was a pitcher's duel; and one in which the Mets and Cardinals tried to one-up each other in blowing the game.

Shickhaus Franks
April 24, 2010

Unbelievable game that started after 4:00 PM (New York time) and ended at around 11:00 PM (NYT) and I watched all 20 innings!! Plus it's the fourth Mets regular season game to go at least 20 innings and the first that they ever WON!!

While watching I was constantly thinking of the late comic George Carlin's "Baseball vs Football" (the only clean bit he ever did in his career) where he said: "Baseball has NO time limit: We don't know when it's gonna end, we might have extra innings where football is rigidly timed even if we have to go to sudden death."

The only negative was the game was on FOX 5 with Kenny Albert and Tim McCarver but thank goodness Joe "The Jerk" Buck was nowhere near the booth!!

Ed K
June 16, 2010

One result of this game was that Mike Pelfrey temporarily led the team in wins AND saves.

Being able to recall the Met losses in their 25, 24, and 23 inning games, it was nice to see them win this one even though Tony LaRussa almost handed it to them on a silver platter - letting a pitcher hit twice with the bases loaded and using two non-pitchers to pitch .

Tim McCarver kept comparing it to the 19-inning win on July 4th in 1985 but this was more of a pitchers duel until the last three innings which were truly bizarre when the Cards brought in non-pitchers to pitch.

It was rather amusing to have the announcers report the final scores of night games while this game was still in progress.

April 18, 2010 Busch Stadium II
St. Louis Cardinals 5, Mets 3
ABK
April 19, 2010
Tough loss for the Mets. Outside of the 2nd inning they did absolutely nothing against Wainwright. Maine was his usual self having tons of base runners and a 100+ pitch count into the 5th inning. The guy is flat out dead weight and the Mets would be foolish to sign him to any type of long term deal. I love the fact that Pelfrey, Perez, and Santana had great starts in the previous 3 games. This is a discovery year for the Mets to determine who they should keep for the long run and who needs to go. Let's bring up the young guys like Ike Davis and others and see what they can do already.

July 19, 2011 Citi Field
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2
Shickhaus Franks
August 31, 2011
Sat in section 337 for this game where I spewed my venom towards the Stepson of Bucky BLEEPING Dent aka Yadier BLEEPING Molina. I also yelled at St. Louis Steroid #5 for coming back so soon from a broken wrist (courtesy of the LaRussa Law Office/Pharmacy). They also toned down the Pepsi Max T-Shirt launch in the wake of the tragedy at the Texas Rangers game. Devil Hernandez worked 3rd base and I made sure that I yelled "Hey Angel, your buddy MONGO McMichael says HELLO." Lance Berkman slams a tape measure dinger onto the Shea bridge but the Mets pull out the close win on a warm but NOT humid Tuesday Night at Citi Field.

June 1, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 8, St. Louis Cardinals 0
originalmets 62
June 2, 2012
After 51 years and so many near misses, Johan Santana finally throws the first Met's no-no. And how ironic that Carlos Beltran almost gets the first hit but the ball is ruled foul. What makes it really special is that my son Jonathan is there to see it happen. Congraluations Johan for a great performance.

Mark
June 2, 2012

UNREAL EVERYONE! A Mets NO NO! 51 years of waiting, great pitchers, they got the monkey off their back! Thanx Johan Santana!

ABK
June 2, 2012

As a long time Met fan I am so happy to see them get their first no hitter in franchise history. I am even happier that it was done by Johan Santana whom in my opinion is the definition of class and professionalism. Every player on this roster needs to learn as much as he can from Santana and the way he conducts himself on and off the field. I have never heard the guy complain once about run support or blown saves. He simply is a true professional. Congrats Johan. You are the best.

Quality Met
June 2, 2012

Congratulations, Johan! The first Met to pitch a no-hitter. It's been a long time in coming.

This moment, in my opinion, is part of an ongoing process of Mets events never before experienced. At the end of the 2011 season, Jose Reyes became the first player in team history to win a batting title. Three days before this game, Omar Quintanilla came the team's first player with a Q at the beginning of his last name (no big thing, maybe, but still a Mets first.) And now Johan's no-hitter, striking out the World Series MVP to end it. A lot of great new things are coming to Citi Field that never came about at Shea Stadium.

What will be the Mets' next "first"? Well, the team has never had a player win the National League MVP Award. Perhaps we'll see this happen soon!

Eman39
June 2, 2012

Congrats to Johan Santana and the NY Mets and us fans for finally experiencing the joy of a no hitter. It's awesome being a Mets fan today.

Stu Baron
June 2, 2012

Watching today's game with the Mets now having pitched a no-hitter, I have a surreal sense of not knowing what to do with myself. I wonder if Red Sox fans felt anything like this after their team won the 2004 World Series, or White Sox fans after their team won in 2005.

Interesting comment by Gary Cohen that last night was a cathartic moment for Mets fans that helped ease the pain of the last 5 1/2 years going back to 2006, because Adam Wainwright, Carlos Beltran, and Yadier Molina were all involved.

Mark Heaney
June 2, 2012

Johan! What a class act. A warrior on the mound. Saluted the fans then said he did it for us. Tears in my eyes. A lifetime of waiting. Got to watch with my boys (9 and 10). Baseball is life!

Shickhaus Franks
June 4, 2012

In the words of Crosby, Stills and Nash: "It's been a long time coming". I've been on cloud 9 ever since the last out. It's like signing up for a cooking lesson and your teacher is Rachael Ray, it's like you're at the beach and the woman that asks you to rub suntan lotion on her looks like Aunt Meg from the movie "Hall Pass" etc. Big props for the Mets defense for playing a crisp game especially Mike Baxter and for most of you IGNORANT WORSHIPERS OF THE 27TH FEDERATED CHURCH OF SATAN IN THE BRONX who have said that it was a one-hitter; I HAVE THIS TO SAY: DEAL WITH IT, GET OVER IT, AND GO RUN OUT ON A SIX LANE HIGHWAY BLINDFOLDED AND THEN SOME!!!!!! Viva Santana!!!!!

Hot Foot
June 7, 2012

What an amazing ride this game was at the end. Baxter's legendary catch off Molina's drive in the seventh inning will live forever in our hearts. In the eighth, there were those weird plays that Quintanilla was involved in, the first that Nieuwenhuis caught, and the second one that Murphy caught to end the eighth. That play was just crazy to listen to on the radio, because Howie said Quintanilla caught it, then he corrected himself and said Murphy actually did.

The ninth inning was even more unreal. I thought it was over when Holliday hit that broken-bat liner to Torres, but Torres got it. I thought it was over when Craig hit that looper to Nieuwenhuis, but it was out number two. I thought it was over when the count on Freese went to 3-0. Johan fought back. He threw a strike down the middle, induced a foul grounder that had the Mets one strike away, and then got him swinging to make history.

What a moment that was. I just couldn't believe my own ears. Howie was at the top of his game. His call said it all: "Put it in the books! In the History books!" Classic.

What a game. There really are no words to describe it.

Anthony Reccoppa
June 7, 2012

It took 51 years to get a no hitter, and the baseball gods made it near perfect. For one, it was at home for real fans to witness. 2. It was against a long time rival who has broken our hearts many times. (1985, 1987, 2006 seasons for staters.) Also remember that in 1962, the Cardinals gave us our first loss in our first game ever. 3. The game was a real Met broadcast on SNY, and WFAN radio with REAL Mets broadcasters calling the final pitch. (Howie and Gary of course) 4. Finally... It was Johan Santana coming of a near career-ending surgery to gut it through.

RA Dickey rules
June 15, 2012

I never was happier than that game. I had no expectations from this season. This game gave me hope. Johan and Dickey are an amazing 1-2 punch. Why not this year??

Shickhaus Franks
July 6, 2012

More on the no-no: Howie on WFAN was ahead of Gary on SNY due to the 7 second delay and Gary's call of "IT HAS HAPPENED" will be giving me goosebumps for the rest of my life!!




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