METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE MAY 7, 1976 GAME:
July 13, 2002
I was down from upstate with a group from my high school, and this was my first Mets game. In fact it was my first trip to the big city, but this was my favorite part. It was a duel between Randy Jones, who after a great start was anointed the Cy Young winner by August, and Koosman, who finished second in the voting despite arguably superior stats after a great second half. This was the first of two times that Kooz beat Jones at Shea this season.
Kong hit two home runs, but my most vivid memory was Koosman fanning McCovey. Stretch took a huge swing on strike three with the game still on the line, and Shea was rocking.
July 16, 2002
I was 10 yrs old. My brother was 8. Our dad took us to this Friday night game and on the way to the game a huge thunderstorm hit around 6pm. We were dismayed and thought the game would be postponed. To our delight the skies cleared and it was a beautiful night made all the better watching my favorite players, Dave Kingman hit 2 home runs..
August 8, 2004
Just to clarify an earlier post: Dave Kingman had two homers in this game--a two-run shot in the first off Randy Jones, and a three-run shot in the eighth off Mike Dupree. Jerry Koosman drove in the other Met run.
Kooz did indeed strike out Willie McCovey in this game, but big Stretch was called out on strikes for the first out of the sixth inning with a runner on second and the Mets leading, 3-1. Dave Winfield got the RBI two batters later to make it 3-2. Winfield had three of the Padres' six hits that night.