METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 4, 1971 GAME:
April 19, 2002
One of many Hank Aaron games I try to attend. This a Saturday night game featuring Zoilo Versalles as the starting Braves SS.
My best friend and I are forced to buy seats away from each other. No one will trade us, even though we're in the same row! Teed off, hot and being 15, we split in the third inning as Jumbo Nash is soft tossing and head to Flushing Meadow Park to hang out and party. We return to Shea later that week for Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie concert.
July 23, 2002
This was the first game that I ever attended. It was a shame that Seaver got no run support that day. But then again, run support was scarce back then
December 27, 2004
The Mets lost again on this July 4 Sunday afternoon, to fall to 0-4 in the month of July. It was a sign of things to come as the Mets started July 1971 in second place, just two games behind the Pirates. They finished the month in fourth place, 11.5 games out of first, thanks to a 9-20 record in July.
In this game Henry Aaron hit his 23rd homer of the year on his way to 47. It was number 615 of his career. Aaron broke a scoreless tie with a one-out solo homer in the third off Tom Seaver, and the Braves added another run later in the inning on an RBI single by Sonny Jackson. They might have had more but Mike Lum was picked off third base by Jerry Grote for the second out of the inning and then Seaver struck out Marty Perez.
The Braves also left the bases loaded in the sixth, as Tom didn't have his best stuff in this game, allowing nine hits in six innings. Tom left the game in the bottom of the sixth as the Mets loaded the bases with two outs and Gil Hodges decided to send up Donn Clendenon as a pinch- hitter, but Donn popped to second.
The Mets had nine hits (all singles) and four walks off Phil Niekro but coundn't get a run in.