METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 12, 1962 GAME:
May 3, 2002
Casey Stengel sent in pitcher Ken McKenzie, a Yale graduate, to save the win. Before he left the mound he said to McKenzie, "Make believe your playing the Harvards"
May 13, 2006
Warren Spahn took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the ninth at the Polo Grounds. Gil Hodges led off with an infield single. After retiring the next two batters, Spahn only had to retire Hobie Landrith, a lefty hitter to come away with the complete game win. But Landrith hit his first and only home run as a Met and New York took game one of the doubleheader, 3-2. It was the first one- run victory for the Mets and the sixth win overall in their short history.
July 2, 2011
Hobie's homer was the first walk-off homer in Mets history. In the nightcap, Gil Hodges had the second walk-off homer in Mets history.
July 6, 2012
I attended with my grandfather, my father, and my brother (a Braves and Spahn fan). Landrith's game-winning homer off Spahn was right down the right field line, a very short home run in the Polo Grounds. (It was those same dimensions that allowed Mel Ott to hit over 300 homers in that stadium). It was interesting in retrospect that Casey put in a lefty as a pinch hitter against the lefty Spahn (feeling that would work best in facing a screwball). Seeing 5% of the Mets wins that first season on a single day (their first doubleheader victory ever), not to mention two walk-off homers, made me a Mets fan for life.
June 24, 2013
It was also the first homer by a Met catcher in history.