METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE JUNE 1, 1962 GAME:
June 17, 2005
After 56 months, the Giants return to the Polo Grounds to take on the Mets. Former Brooklyn/LA Dodger Roger Craig starts for New York, and just two batters into the game he is down 1-0 on a Willie McCovey home run.
McCovey, who just missed playing home games in the Polo Grounds by a year and a half, is so in love with the old ballpark that he hits another homer off Craig, this one a two-run shot, in his second at bat. Then in the fifth, Willie Mays gives the crowd something to see as he hits his first Polo Grounds home run in five seasons.
The Mets got on the board in the bottom of the sixth thanks to Rod Kanehl's first major league home run. But the Giants broke it open with five in the seventh to take a 9-1 lead, thanks mainly to a grand slam by Jim Davenport off Willard Hunter.
A two-run homer by Felix Mantilla capped a five- run rally for the Mets in the last of the eighth, but Stu Miller came in to shut the door on the Mets in the ninth, even though they did get the tying run to the plate with two outs. Miller retired Frank Thomas on a groundout and the Giants won in their return to Manhattan.