METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 1, 1973 GAME:Peter C.
October 13, 2005
This was a very exciting night for this 9 year old. Not only was it the first doubleheader I attended but also the first time I got to see Tom Seaver pitch in person. He was overwhelming as he shutout the dreaded Lumber Company on 4 hits, striking out 5 in the first 2 innings on his way to 11 for the game against 0 walks. What I had forgotten about this first game of the twinighter was that Steve Blass started for the Pirates. Looking at the boxscore you can see how he was struggling with what would become known as "Steve Blass Disease." Five walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch in an inning and two thirds. In 1972 Steve Blass walked 84 batters over 249 innings. In 1973 he walked 84 in 88 innings and also hit 12 batters. His ERA ballooned from 2.49 to 9.85.
February 1, 2013
How could we mention the August 1, 1973 doubleheader with the Pirates without mentioning the 2 home runs hit by John "The Hammer" Milner (RIP Hammer) in the 2nd game of the doubleheader? Pretty exciting for a 12 year old.
August 1, 2013
To Pop Pops and Rita in heaven. Forty years ago today you took me to this doubleheader. All these years later, it is still one of my best memories of the Mets. Thank you.
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