METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 24, 1972 GAME:
April 2, 2003
I recall seeing this game at Shea Stadium with my family, when I was eight years old. The game matched up Tom Seaver vs. Steve Carlton, the two best National League pitchers of the 1970's. This was the season where Carlton had one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher, when he went 27-10 pitching for a last-place team. However, Seaver bested Carlton on this day. I recall that the Phillies got their only run on a home run, but I do not remember who hit it.
April 6, 2003
Ken, thanks to the spectauclar website retrosheet.com, the answer to your question is: Future Mets coach Bill Robinson hit the homer off Seaver.
Agee led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Carlton, and the game went along 1-0 until Robinson came up with one out in the 7th and hit his 6th homer of the season. The Mets regained the lead on an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th when Lute Barnes (there's a name for those of us old enough to remember!) grounded out. Tug came in to pitch get the last two outs for the save.
Carlton allowed 1 earned run and 7 hits, no walks, and struck out 9 in 8 innings. Seaver allowed five hits and two walks, and struck out six for his 19th win of the year.
The game was played in a brisk one hour and fifty three minutes. Those were the days.
April 16, 2003
Thanks Bob, for the information. The box scores for 1972 weren't up here the last time I checked this site.
Somehow I recall the Phillies home run because my father took some home movies at the game, and I recall seeing that he recorded the Phillies player hitting the ball over the wall and rounding the bases. I don't think he recorded the Agee home run, probably because the game was starting and we had just gotten into our seats.
It was Fan Appreciation Day because it was the Mets' last home game of the season, and I recall that the Mets gave away ceramic mugs to fans. I remember seeing lots of broken mugs on the concrete floors and ramps at Shea because some people had dropped them. Didn't they have (unbreakable) plastic mugs and cups back then, which would have been better to give away to fans?
According to the box score, the Mets must have scored their second run on a sacrifice fly by Lute Barnes, not a groundout.