METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 17, 1964 GAME:
September 9, 2004
Before 48,736 fans the Pirates defeat the Mets 4– 3 in the first game played at Shea Stadium. Bob Friend is the winner over Cuban righty Ed Bauta. Friend was also the winning pitcher in the last game ever played at the Polo Grounds before the Giants moved west.
September 1, 2004
This was the first game played at Shea Stadium. Among the firsts in this game were:
First batter-Dick Schofield (he popped out). First pitch thrown- Jack Fisher. First hit, run, home run, and RBI-Willie Stargell. First single- Bob Bailey. First double-Ron Hunt. First stolen base-Joe Christopher. First sac bunt-Bob Friend. First hit batsman-Jim Hickman by Bob Friend. First winning pitcher-Bob Friend. First losing pitcher-Ed Bauta.
October 5, 2006
Was at the first game at Shea in 1964, April 17th. Had seats behind home plate, loge reserved.
I remember Willie Stargell hit the first HR, a line drive to right field.
Was able to get a Larry Bearnarth autograph before the game at the Mets dugout. A photographer took the photo of me and Larry Bearnarth and was published in the NY Herald Tribune on April 17th or 18th, 1964. Really would like to get a copy of these papers. If any one has a copy, please let me know.
Alex Tamborrino firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2008
On the 44th anniversary, and mere months now before its demise, Jack Fisher, Ron Hunt and Tim Harkness returned to Shea to pull the Shea Stadium Final Countdown from #74 to #73.
Shea Stadium 4/17/1964 to hopefully sometime in late October 2008.