METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JULY 15, 1963 GAME:Feat Fan
August 13, 2004
Carl Willey is the first Mets pitcher to hit a grandslam home run. His blast was off of Colt's 45 starter Kenny Johnson. Only one other Met hurler would replicate this feat 4 years later. That would turn out to be Jack Hamilton.
July 6, 2012
I remember my brother got tickets for this game and we drove to the Polo Grounds from Brooklyn, which was daring for working class kids in 1963, and parked on a street along Coogan's Bluff and descended down into the Grounds which was interesting since I has never entered a ballpark in this fashion before. Although Hemingway said all good writing starts with geography, I digress. What I remember about the games was that the METS and .45s traded laughers and in the first game while intentionally walking Jim Hickman they tried to sneak pitch him with the catcher ducking back in but he smoked the pitch to deep left center and a run scored on the sac fly. We had seat behind the plate so it was startling to see this maneuver and had never seen it before and I can recall only seeing it once since. Loved Jim Hickman and he went on to have a solid career with he Cubs and Dodgers in better line-ups than in '63.
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