METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE APRIL 12, 1965 GAME:
August 12, 2003
Opening day. I remember that Starting LA pitcher Don Drysdale hit a home run in this game.
June 23, 2004
As Joel said in August 2003, Don Drysdale hit a two-run homer in this game off Al Jackson as the Mets continued their Opening Day misery, losing to the Dodgers, 6-1 at Shea.
June 19, 2004
Don Drysdale slugs his 2nd opening day homer, this one a 2-run shot off New York's Al Jackson. LA wins 6–1 at Shea Stadium.
It was a Tuesday season opener, I rushed home from school to watch the last few innings.
Fred of Nyack
June 27, 2005
There was a guy with a bullhorn at this game, yelling stuff like "THIS IS IT DRYSDALE!" "WE'RE GONNA GET YOU NOW, DRYSDALE." Somehow he managed to last most of the game without getting tossed or at least disposed of his bullhorn.
Ron Swoboda talks about this game in Peter Golenback's worthy but uneven oral history of the Mets "AMAZIN'S." It was his first day in the bigs and he sat on the bench never dreaming that he would be called on to pinch hit. When Casey came down the dugout he tried to make himself as small as he could. Wonderful, funny stuff.
Starting pitcher AL JACKSON gets my vote as most under-rated Met in their history. Ron Hunt, who the Associated Press voted as the best 2nd baseman in either league over the winter did not start due to a hand injury from handball.
There exists a great posed photo of the entire starting lineup in batting order, on the steps of the dugout listening to Casey.
This is the first game ever in which the uniforms have numbers on the front (lower left) something that lasts to this day.