METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 25, 1971 GAME:
March 5, 2002
At 9 years old, this was the first baseball game I ever attended. My brother and I won the tickets by getting new subscribers for our paper route. We took a bus ride from the suburbs of NJ to Shea Stadium along with a group of other paper carriers.
I remember seeing the Shea Stadium field from the stands for the first time and being awestruck by the sight of it. The seats were way up in the upper deck, but if my memory serves me correctly, I believe Koosman struck out Willie Mays 3 times in this game.
I have been a Mets fan ever since.
August 2, 2003
This was my first Met game at Shea too. I was 8 and lived on Staten Island. My 17-year-old sister and I took the ferry and then the subway out to Shea. We got tickets at the game, which in 1971 meant you were in the upper deck, though we were directly behind home plate, which wasn't bad.
From that high up behind the action, though, it looked to my inexperienced eyes like every fly ball and pop-up was coming our way!
I remember Koosman pitching very well; I don't remember him striking out Willie Mays three times, but I recall being very excited that I was actually seeing Willie (about whom my mother, an old New York Giants fan, used to talk about endlessly) in the flesh.
I DO have a clear recollection that Ed Kranepool hit a three-run homer in the middle innings.
May 22, 2004
To clear up some confusion on some earlier posts about this game...
Jerry Koosman did pitch very well, giving up just one run (on the fifth homer of rookie Dave Kingman's career) and three hits while striking out eight, including fanning Willie Mays three times.
Ed Kranepool hit a homer in the fourth inning, but it was a solo homer leading off. The Mets did score three times in the inning thanks in part to two passed balls by Dick Dietz. Gaylord Perry was the starter and loser for the Giants. And the fact that Perry was pitching explains the two passed balls!!
July 13, 2004
Kingman's drive, 500-foot homer off Jerry Koosman landed on the roof of a bus parked behind the left field bullpen.
It was the bus that got us back home to Brooklyn after the game and many doobs. The bus driver appeared to be as loose as we were!