METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 28, 1979 GAME:
October 14, 2006
There was nothing memorable about this game, except that it was televised in an uncommon way for its time. The game was covered nationally by NBC and was shown on the New York NBC affiliate, Channel 4.
Back then, a game on national TV was not aired on the national station in the market of the teams playing. Local coverage was provided by the stations that usually carried the teams' games. Normally, WOR-TV Channel 9 would have carried this game for the New York audience and NBC for the rest of the country.
But on this day, Channel 9 showed a hockey playoff game between the Islanders and Rangers instead of the Mets. Therefore, the local blackout was lifted and the game was shown on Channel 4 for New Yorkers.
Watching your team via a national, and not local, broadcast was rare at this time. With this game, an exception was made.