METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 4, 1969 GAME:
October 17, 2000
If this is the right one I think that Jack DiLauro started and threw at least nine shutout innings - clearly the finest game of his brief career - does anyone remember who was on the mound for LA?
May 28, 2002
RG, I was at the game (in fact all 3 of those Dodger games) and I think Claude Osteen was the starter. Remember Willie Davis allowing a fly ball single get past him for a triple in the 12th allowing the winning run to score?
June 5, 2003
To clear up some confusion, it was Bill Singer who started this one for the Dodgers. Singer had a perfect game for six innings before Bud Harrelson led off the seventh with a single. The only other hit Singer allowed in the nine innings he pitched was a pinch-single by Art Shamsky in the bottom of the 9th. Singer didn’t walk a batter (he hit Wayne Garrett in the 7th), and he struck out ten.
But Jack DiLauro was pretty good this night too. DiLauro allowed a leadoff first inning double to Bill Russell and a second inning double by Ted Sizemore, then did not allow another hit over his last 7.2 innings, retiring the last 19 batters he faced!
The Mets won the game 1-0 in the bottom of the 15th when Willie Davis misplayed Wayne Garrett’s single and Tommie Agee scored from first. The Mets had just four hits and two walks in 15 innings yet still won the game!
March 28, 2004
I seem to recall that Al Weis made a remarkable play to keep it a scoreless game. He was playing 2B and there was a ground ball that DiLauro nicked. Weis changed directions, fielded the ball behind the pitchers' mound and threw home for a bang-bang tag play.
Does anybody remember that or have more details? To my mind -- if my memory is correct -- it was the best play I'd seen by a middle IF until Ozzie Smith's barehand play in his rookie season.
April 20, 2004
Donnie, I watched part of the game and I remember reading about the play the next day, although I did not see it live. It was described as an unbelievable play and it kept the game scoreless. What is significant is that it came in the middle of the Mets big winning streak in early June that set the stage for the rest of the season. Retrosheet.org has the box score and PBP description.
November 25, 2007
This was one of my first games as a Mets fan. And... the seats were free; we redeemed coupons cut from milk cartons during the school year, and got seats in right field...fair territory...upper deck! I made my father stay through all fifteen innings, even though he had to be up to work the next morning. I remember seeing the ball go past Willie Davis and roll to the wall....same feeling of glee 17 years later with Mookie and Buckner. I also remember Ron Swoboda having a terrible night, yet taking the time to yell up to us when we called down to him. I'll miss Shea.
August 9, 2010
The great play by Al Weis happened in the 15th inning. He barehanded Willie Davis's ground ball that pitcher Ron Taylor got his glove on. Weis threw home to Grote, nailing Billy Grabarkewitz at the plate. It was a great play by Weis that exemplified what the rest of the Mets' season would be like.
Davis helped the Mets even further in the bottom of the inning, misplaying Wayne Garrett's single to allow Tommie Agee to score from first. Very exciting win!
April 1, 2014
After the passing of the Great Ralph Kiner, I bought "Kiner's Korner" and just finished reading his summary of the play. I sure wish I could see a video of it. I was 4 at the time and didn't really know what I was watching until about the 1971 season.