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METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF GAMES FROM THE 1970 SEASON
April 7, 1970 Forbes Field
Mets 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Kevin
August 17, 2001
First Opening Day win in Mets history.

Mike Dolitsky
October 5, 2006

As Kevin points out, this was the first time the Mets ever won on Opening Day. I wonder if any other professional sports franchise won a World Championship before they won an Opening Day game?

CJ
November 28, 2014

This was the final opening day at old Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

April 17, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Philadelphia Phillies 0
buddy3
October 13, 2008
This was a great day for Bud Harrelson. He hit a home run in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The homer was his first one that ever went out of the park (he had an inside-the- parker a few years earlier) and the only one of his six as a Met that he ever hit at Shea Stadium.

Buddy didn't stop there. In the third, he hit a triple that scored Tommie Agee, then scored himself when Joe Foy doubled. The Mets got three runs in the inning.

Tom Seaver, pretty much, took care of the rest. He pitched a shutout, scattering eight hits, but the day really belonged to Buddy. He provided the offensive charge with some slugging, which didn't come from him too often.

April 18, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
george
March 24, 2002
First MLB game I ever attended. Sat in nosebleeds behind the plate and could still hear Nolan Ryan warming up in the bullpen before the game. BANG! Struck out 17. Only hit by Johnny Briggs, a flare in the fourth. No one else even got good wood on a foul ball. After game stopped with wife and signed about 200 autographs including my glove. Duffy Dyer,who caught game also autographed glove. To this day he was the nicest pro athlete I have ever met. His wife who stood and waited smiling patiently was just as nice (and a major hottie!)

Jesse Wassner
January 4, 2003

This was also my first game. I remember walking into the stadium even before the game began, with the whole croud cheering "Lets go Mets." I rember being upset because my father made us leave early to beat the traffic and the Mets scored another run!

Fan 5/31/64 - 8/11/94
March 25, 2005

Hey anyone else remember this? After about 1,500 AB's, Derrell McKinley Harrelson hits his first HR over the fence. He had one in '67, but it was an inside the parker as Al Luplow (just sold by the Mets to the Pirates) argued that the ball was foul. Buddy would use this as springboard to go on and blast 4 more as a Met. His total of 6 lifetime Mets HR's matched Seaver's 6, except Seaver hit 6 more with the Reds and Harrelson hit only one more (forgot with who). Can someone confirm this event?

buddy3
September 6, 2008

Fan, you're off by one day. The home run Buddy hit was the previous day. It was the only one he ever hit at Shea Stadium. His lone non-Mets homer came as a Texas Ranger in 1980.

This day belonged to Nolan Ryan. He struck out 15 batters and pitched a one-hitter for his first major league shutout. It was as a sign of things to come. It's too bad those things didn't come with Nolan in a Mets' uniform.

April 22, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, San Diego Padres 1
mets69fan
April 22, 2002
I was lucky enough to be home, sick from school on this day, and watched on channel 9 as Tom pitched an absolute gem.

He struck out 19 Padres, which was the all-time MLB record, and most notably, he struck out the last ten in a row!!! You had the feeling that if the game had kept going he would've struck out even more.

It shocks me to see that San Diego scored a run that day. Possibly the most dominant, overpowering performance by the greatest Met of all.

Howie
July 22, 2002

This game was played during a week I had off from college; in a few weeks the entire term would be truncated because of the rippling effects of the Kent State incident. But on this day, I recall doing homework in my room and listening to the game on the radio. It was amazing- Tom had so many strikeouts in this game, and then to have fanned the 10 guys in a row to end it. What a performance!!!! The fact that it was San Diego, an expansion team in their 2nd year out of the gate, didn't seem to matter. They had guys like Ferrara and Gaston, and Tom struck them out along with all the others. A real gem. At this point, I felt sure we were going to win another pennant. So much for feelings.

Slink
September 25, 2002

I can still clearly remember listening to this game on my transistor radio and rooting Seaver on as he piled on the strikeouts. 10 in a row! Seaver was even exciting over the radio.

Ernie
September 30, 2002

The only historical game I have witnessed in person. Took a school trip from Wade J.H.S 117 (Bx.) which turned out to be the first Earth Day of all things. Seaver was simply dominant that day. I believe a SD player hit a homer that day. From the 6th inning on probably the most dominant pitching performance I have seen! A MLB record of 10 consecutive K's.

Bill Cohen
November 10, 2002

My friend Howard L. and I went to the game and sat in box seats on the loge deck. Contrary to what the other comment said, the game was not televised.

Seaver gave up 2 hits, one was a homer to Al Ferrara.. I beleive the other hit was by Mike Corkins, the S.D. pitcher.

It was during passover, and being a good Jewish boy, we threw the buns away and just ate the hot dogs with our hands.

Tom's strikeouts by inning:

2 1 2 2 1 2 3 3 3=19

johnmn55
January 23, 2003

April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day, and, surprisingly, the school district in which I was a 4th grader gave us the day off. I prevailed on my father to take me to this weekday afternoon game, despite my mother's protests about burning gasoline on Earth Day. The crowd was only 7,000, so we got Field Box seats on the first base side. The drama of what Seaver did not develop until very late, because it was the last 10 that he struck out (a record that still stands?). At the end of eight, they announced on the scoreboard that he had set a team record with 16 strikeouts. In the 9th, you just knew no one was going to touch him. I don't remember whether they announced anything about the 10 straight. They might well have. In any event, we knew he had to get the last guy for a record, whether it was 19 or the 10. My best friend was so excited he was waiting for me in my driveway when we got home.

Jimmy
August 8, 2003

My friend's Dad took us to the game because we had Easter Vacation and no school. We walked up and like the previous poster bought field boxes on the first base side for $4.00! I remember Al Ferrara hitting the HR. My most vivid memory was the 9th inning with everyone in the stadium standing on their seats as Tom struck out the side for the 3rd inning in a row.

Mr T
March 10, 2004

My college pal Paul and I ditched school (CCNY) for this classic. As games went, this one was rather lackluster with not much offense to speak of. Of course this game was not about offensive sparks, but pitching superlatives. Of couse we're talking about Seaver's 19 punch outs against the Padres. What I remember most was that while Tom had a lot of early stikeouts, it became clear that to reach 19 he would have to strike out the side for not only the 7th inning, but the 8th and 9th as well. And he did. Unreal. To be sure, this was for the ages.

David S
September 15, 2004

As a kid, I went to so many day games at Shea that I lost count, but this one was AMAZIN! It was Easter vacation, so my dad got my sis and I box seats for the game from a work contact. Tom Terrific was my favorite player, of course, and I was keeping score. In the late innings, everyone started noticing that our scorecards were reading K,K,K,K,K,...In the end, Seaver struck out 19, including the last 10 in a row. The perspective of time makes the latter feat stand out as one of the wonders of baseball history. In an age in which starters are on pitch counts, and rarely pitch past the 6th or 7th inning, I can't imagine any pitcher today being able to get more and more untouchable deep into the late innings, like Tom Seaver was on this April afternoon. The most amazing pitching performance I've ever seen, period! And I was blessed to be there at Shea that day!

Tom "Tommie" Clark
December 14, 2004

Contrary to what Mr. Cohen wrote, the game was indeed televised that day. And Seaver defined the term "rising fastball" with his thrilling performance.

William M. Franz
April 2, 2007

I was 8 years old, and Tom Seaver was already my one-and-only hero. My dad knew it and found me when the game was in the 5th inning. Seaver was so unique! As I came in the room first thing you look for is the marks on his right leg and the "hop." He already had a double mark and it may be my imagination but I recall just the beginning of a third. Immediately you knew he was strong and it was Seaver vs Seaver, there was really nobody else on the field that mattered.

The "hop" that day was unique. On days he was average Seaver you got a baby hop. On the days he was strong you got a hop as he came into his fielding stance and a second one forward toward the batter from the momentum of his leg drive. That second hop took him to the perimeter of the dirt on the mound.

In the last three innings of this game, his momentum carried him to the grass in front of the mound a good yard. It was beautiful to watch as even Seaver himself could not repeat such mechanics but a few times in 20 years. We watched and commented on the distance he went after each pitch, how his release point was as far from 60 feet 6 inches as you will ever see and the movement on his rising fastball that was on the black and unhittable. In the 9th, we witnessed perfection.

God I wish they sold games like that; it is a shame you cannot share it with today's kids

Ed K
November 4, 2007

Note also that Jerry Grote set a Mets record with 20 putouts in this game. I do not recall what the putout other than the Seaver strikeouts was.

originalmets
July 16, 2008

At the recent All-Star Fan Fest, my wife bought for me a painting of Tom Seaver pitching in the ninth inning of this game with the scoreboard in the background showing the score, lineups (with Joe Foy at 3rd) the Rheingold sign and the message board announcing the Wunderkind's accomplishment. Though the missus does not want to put it up this is priceless.

Mark W
August 18, 2011

I was lucky enough to attend this game. It was a class trip with Mr. Schuler from JHS#7 on Staten Island. What a great class trip, to watch Seaver strike out 19.

May 1, 1970 Jack Murphy Stadium
Mets 2, San Diego Padres 1
Bob P
June 19, 2004
Two weeks after striking out 19 Padres at Shea, Tom Seaver struck out "only" 10 Padres in this game at San Diego.

Seaver improved to 5-0 with a four-hitter. The only San Diego run came on a sixth inning homer by SS Steve Huntz, who finished his career with a lifetime .206 batting average and 16 home runs. Former Met Chris Cannizzaro was the starting catcher for the Padres.

Donn Clendenon drove in both Mets runs with a bases-loaded single in the fourth off Irvington, NJ native Al Santorini.

Wally D
October 5, 2006

A year earlier Seaver struck out 14 Padres in a 3- 2 Met victory that was also played in San Diego. Al Santorini was also the tough luck loser in that game as well.

May 5, 1970 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Mets 0
Feat Fan
July 4, 2004
We went to this one, it was a weeknight game. Some of my favorite baseball names were part of this one.

I remember filling in the scoresheet names like Von Joshua, Sandy Vance, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bill Sudakis, Andy Kosco, Joe Foy and Nolan Ryan.

For some reason, the speedy young Dodger leadoff hitter, Joshua impressed us. Might have been a nice running catch or a baserunning deal but this game and his play stayed with me.

Joshua put together a few good years and was a similar but not as good version of another great sounding name, Al Bumbry!

But,say hey, What's In A Name?

May 7, 1970 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Mets 4
Joel
August 12, 2003
I saw this game on TV. Wes Parker of the Dodgers hits for the cycle in this game.

Bob P
September 3, 2003

Parker's triple to complete the cycle came in the tenth inning and drove in the winning run. He had doubled in the second, grounded out in the fourth, homered leading off the seventh, and singled in the eighth.

Ed K
April 1, 2014

Parker became the first opponent ever to hit for the cycle against the Mets in this game. Only Ray Rankford (9-15-91) and Vladimir Guerrero (9-14- 03) have done so since.

May 8, 1970 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 7, Mets 1
Fred Sprague
January 16, 2002
My first Met game! My Dad and Mom got me tickets for my birthday. We sat in the loge section on the first base side.

I remember bobby bonds hitting an inside-the-park homer, and Willie Mays hitting 1 or 2 HRs.

Other tidbits: There was an anti-war protest in the first inning near where Gentry was pitching. The two protesters were removed from the field pretty quickly. Also, the Knicks won the NBA championship that night, which got a big hand when it was flashed on the scoreboard.

Bob P
June 22, 2004

Bobby Bonds had an inside-the-park homer leading off the eighth inning off Don Cardwell. Willie Mays hit two outside-the-park homers off starter Gary Gentry, who suffered his first loss of the 1970 season.

Giants RHP Miguel Puente picked up the first--and only--win of his major league career. It was also his first--and only--complete game. Puente lost his shutout on an eighth inning homer by Ken Boswell. Puente finished his career with a record of 1-3 and an ERA of 8.20 in 18.2 innings.

karmine1969
March 28, 2013

Biggest highlight of this game was when the scoreboard flashed that NY Knicks had defeated the LA Lakers for NBA Championship.

May 9, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 14, San Francisco Giants 5
E McMahon
June 23, 2003
First Mets game I ever attended -- with a busload of other high school kids from Katonah, NY; several of of the guys got sick-drunk on Rheingold Beer at the park. Beautiful Saturday afternoon -- a day after the Knicks' big NBA championship victory. Big crowd -- I think it was also a Game of the Week on NBC.

Joel
September 4, 2003

I went to this game with two other friends. The Mets really kicked butt in this game. Art Shamsky I think hit a couple of HR's and Dave Marshall who came over from the Giants in the winter trade of 1969 along with Ray Sadecki had 2 or 3 hits.

Bob P
September 11, 2003

Joel, kicked butt is right! The Mets pounded out 15 hits and drew 11 walks in this game!

The score was tied 4-4 when the Mets scored eight runs in the bottom of the 5th, sending fourteen men to the plate with nine hits and two walks. Ironically, both walks were by Joe Foy, and two of the outs in the inning came on Duffy Dyer strikeouts. Dyer was called out on strikes for the first and third outs of the inning.

Art Shamsky had only one home run in the game, but he also had a single and a double (both the single and double came in the 8-run inning), drove in 3 runs and scored twice. Dave Marshall had three singles and drove in four runs. Bud Harrelson also had 3 hits and Joe Foy and Tommie agee each walked three times.

Don L
November 28, 2014

My first game ever at Shea. My dear father took me and we sat in the Mezzanine on the first base side. Remember how amazing it was to see the Mets score 14 runs against a very good Giants team. Lived in The Bronx, but my Dad was a National League guy, so I became a Mets fan. Thanks Dad for all the wonderful hours we spent watching ballgames together.

May 10, 1970 Shea Stadium
San Francisco Giants 11, Mets 7
Bob P
May 13, 2006
It's Mother's Day at Shea and the 36,000-plus in attendance are treated to a pitching matchup between two future Hall of Famers, Juan Marichal and Nolan Ryan.

Of course, the final score is 11-7!

The Giants bang out 14 hits, and Ryan leaves with one out in the fourth, allowing seven runs and seven hits plus two walks.

The Mets also knock Marichal around for six runs and seven hits in the first three innings, including homers by Shamsky, Garrett, and Clendenon. But Marichal settles down and allows just one run and three hits the rest of the way for a complete game victory---his first win of the season---despite allowing seven runs, ten hits, and the three homers.

Willie McCovey had a two-run homer in the third off Ryan, then had a fourth inning grand slam off Tug McGraw.

Victor
February 6, 2013

I can still picture Clendenon's soaring homer. But what made the game memorable for us was that it was Mother's Day: as I remember, the Mets gave women, at the gate, batting helmets with plastic flowers on the top. I don't know how we got my step-mother there, but her resentment about it lasted until Labor Day. Until finding this excellent site, I remembered her scowl and all the homers but not the starting pitchers, or that the McCovey grand slam was off McGraw.

May 15, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 4, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Bob P
May 16, 2003
Tom Seaver pitched another near-masterpiece this night at Connie Mack Stadium as he allowed just one hit, a third inning single to right by Phils' catcher Mike Compton, and struck out 15 batters.

An oddity in the game: in the top of the second, with one out and Ron Swoboda on first, Joe Foy hit a fly ball to center field, but Oscar Gamble dropped the ball. However, Swoboda went back to first thinking the ball was caught, and Foy passed him between first and second. Foy was called out and Swoboda returned to first.

One footnote on Compton: he was the Jimmy Qualls of 1970. Qualls, who broke up Seaver's perfecto on July 9, 1969, finished his major league career with 31 base hits. Compton finished his career with 18.

May 22, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 4
Bob P
June 23, 2004
In their first 1970 appearance at Shea following the wild and bitter 1969 pennant race, the Cubs jumped all over Jerry Koosman early and held on to beat the Mets, 6-4.

Kooz was on the ropes from the start as Don Kessinger led off with an infield hit and after an infield out Billy Williams reached on an Al Weis error. Ron Santo hit a sac fly to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead, and then Jim Hickman folowed with his sixth homer of the year to make it 3-0.

A Glenn Beckert single made it 4-0 in the second and the Mets got one back in the bottom of the second with the help of two Cubs errors. The Mets got two more back in the third off Ken Holtzman but they had those runs in plus the bases loaded and one out, but Jerry Grote and Al Weis couldn't get the tying run in.

The Cubs got two more in the fifth and then Donn Clendenon homered to make it 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth. But Jim Colborn came in to relieve Holtzman and held the Mets to just one hit over the last 4.1 innings, at one point retiring eleven in a row.

Bill L
May 13, 2008

This was my first major league game; I was 8 years old. I remember sitting by third base in the loge level. I remember Hickman hitting a HR to put the Mets down 3-0. I remember my dad getting up to buy me and my cousin Barry Mets batting helmets (which I believe were either $.50 or $.75) and while dad was getting the helmets, the guy right in front of us caught a foul ball. Like the cliches go - I will never forget how green the grass was at Shea that night and how vivid and colorful everything was the moment we walked through the portals. I also remember the torrential downpour and that the puddles in the parking lot almost came up to my knees.

May 23, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 14, Mets 8
Bob P
February 16, 2005
The Cubs again gained a measure of revenge from last year's fadeout by taking the second game of this four-game series at Shea after winning the night before to start the series.

In this game, the Cubs jumped all over Gary Gentry after the Mets scored a run in the bottom of the first. The Cubs scored three in the second and three more in the third. When Gentry loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, Gil Hodges called to the bullpen for Don Cardwell, but Cardwell walked Jim Hickman to force in a run, then allowed a bases-clearing double to Johnny Callison. An RBI single by Ferguson Jenkins made it 11-1 Cubs.

The Mets scored at least one run in every inning from the fourth on, but still fell short by six runs.

Of the eighteen batters in the starting lineup, only one did not reach base at least once: Gary Gentry, who was 0-for-1.

The heart of the Cub lineup--Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jim Hickman--combined for five hits, six walks, and ten runs scored.

May 24, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Chicago Cubs 1
The big H
October 5, 2006
A note about this game is that it was part of a doubleheader where Ryan and Seaver were the starters. I am making this note in the part of the split that the Mets won. This was a one admission double header that featured the only two players to come through the Mets system to go to the Hall of Fame.(Hopefully one day this will no longer be true) The only Met memory I had about the game that Ryan won and Seaver lost. I also remember Cub Manager Leo Durocher arguing a call with the Umpire and seeing his eyes popping out of his head. I was sitting up in the top deck at Shea, but his eyes were so popped out of the sockets I could clearly see the whites of his eyes all the way up there.

May 31, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Houston Astros 3
Ron Bedry
June 19, 2004
I sat in a box right behind the Astros' dugout, with two school chums on a sunny day at Shea. One of my high school teachers provided the transportation, but he had to sit in the bleachers. Whenever Ron Swoboda batted, we chanted, "Dubcek, Swoboda! Dubcek Swoboda!" (There was some sort of rebellion going on in Czechoslovakia, and those were the names of the leaders.) My most vivid memory of the game was in the end of the nightcap, watching poor Astros' pitcher Denny Lemaster walking back to the dugout after losing the game in extra innings. You could see by the grimace on his face that it had been a bad day for him; he was the starter in the first game of the doubleheader, and credited with the loss in that one, too!

June 4, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 1
Feat Fan
June 14, 2004
Pat Jarvis goes the distance. Rico "Beeg Boy" Carty hits home run number 15 and is hitting an incredible .435! He maintains this torrid pace throughout June making it to June 10 with a .420 average before tailing off. He will wind up with an incredible .366 mark.

Imagine this hard hitting free swinger in Coors Field? .400 a strong probability!

June 13, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Atlanta Braves 1
Mark Miller
June 7, 2001
This was the first Met game I ever attended. I was 8 years old and in 2nd grade - my brother took me (a 3 hour drive from Troy, NY) and from then on - I was a Met fan forever. I will never forget seeing Henry Aaron in person for the first time. Great database!

June 14, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Atlanta Braves 5
Arthur Quint
February 1, 2013
One of my earlier memories of attending a Met game at Shea Stadium. Quite a collection of HOFers, Cepeda, Aaron, and Seaver in this game. But the personal highlight is my Dad catching a foul ball off the bat of Tommie Agee in the fourth inning.

June 19, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 13, Philadelphia Phillies 3
Scott Reid
March 2, 2003
What do you think I would remember most?

--That the Mets won 13 to 3? NO. --That TWO great pitchers started the game Jim Bunning and Tom Seaver? NO. --That Seaver struck out 11 and walked NONE! NO. --That Wayne Garrett almost hit for the cycle (he needed a double)? NO. (I had to look this up...I don't have that good a memory!)

What I remember most is hearing MY name announced as a batter in a major league game!

Scott Reid played (barely) for the Phillies and as a matter of fact I didn't even know "I" was a player until this day at Shea.

All of a sudden Reid is in the game replacing Larry Hisle in RF. When he came to bat later and "my" name was announced, my friend said to "get up" (meaning get up to bat). I still didn't get it until he said look in your program and sure enough...there "I" was.

I was only 7 at the time, so this was a major thrill and the only time (until I became an adult and the Mets pissed me off later [but that's another story]) that I rooted for an enemy of the Mets to do well. Well..."I" went 0-4, reaching on an error...but it was a thrill never the less.

Years later friends of mine who were baseball card collectors game me a copy of "my" card (worth about .01 today I guess!). I tracked down the "real" Scott and sent him a letter with my story. He was nice enough to autograph the card for me and send me a picture.

So...that's my story about June 19, 1970...just another ordinary day at Shea...except for me and my namesake!

Dan Harned
September 18, 2005

This particular game date is very memorable to me because I was hit with a foul ball off the bat of Wayne Garrett (the same Wayne Garrett who almost hit for the cycle that day as previously mentioned). I was not seriously hurt but I did receive a bat (curiously, it was a Duffy Dyer bat - I guess the equipment person just grabbed whatever was available). The bruises were gone quickly but I still have the bat!

Andy Friedman
October 19, 2011

I remember being at this game 11 days before I turned 10. It was so much fun to see the Mets score so many runs and I thought at the time every game was like that.

June 20, 1970 Shea Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 2, Mets 1
DAVE SISTARO
June 17, 2003
This was my 1st game ever. My dad took me and we had upper deck seats. I remember Oscar Gamble dropping a fly ball and almost dropping another which was the last out of the game. I'm trying to find a boxscore of this game. I was 7 years old.

Bob P
June 26, 2003

Dave, the boxscore and play-by-play for the game are on www.retrosheet.org. Please e-mail me if you need help.

Gamble dropped a fly ball hit by Al Weis in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and Ron Swoboda on first base. Swoboda came around to score the only Mets run of the game.

The last out of the game is listed as "Swoboda lined to Browne." Byron Browne was playing RF in the game while Oscar Gamble played center. Cleon Jones made the second out of the ninth inning by flying to Gamble, so it could have been the second out you are thinking of, unless it was Browne instead of Gamble who almost dropped the ball.

You have a great memory! Thanks for sharing!

June 22, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 5
BobR
September 16, 2007
The day this game was played, my parents bought me a graduation gift - a radio/cassette player. I popped in a tape and recorded the game from the third inning on. The Mets were behind 3-0 but came roaring back, winning on homers by Agee and Clendenon.

I recently found that old cassette, still in fine condition, and digitized it. I've been listening to it today on my computer. It's a wonderful record of the Mets of that era and of Kiner, Murphy and Nelson. What a wonderful team of broadcasters they were. Hearing Murphy's bubbly voice and Nelson's smooth professionalism is always a treat. I'm so glad I made and kept this recording!

June 24, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 5
Doug Wulf
August 25, 2002
This was the first time I ever saw the Mets play. A doubleheader in Chicago, with the Mets taking both games. I believe this was also the day Ken Singleton made his Major League debut. I've wondered in recent years if this was the only time when two present or future 300 game winners ever started and won both games of a doubleheader for the same team. I still have the scorecard from the first game, won by Seaver.

June 24, 1970 Wrigley Field
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Bob P
June 22, 2004
This was the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley and was the first major league game for Ken Singleton. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a game started by RHP Archie Reynolds.

Nolan Ryan pitched seven innings and allowed just one hit, a Don Kessinger single leading off the bottom of the first. Kessinger stole second and came around to score on two infield outs. But that was all the offense the Cubs could manage. After Kessinger's single Ryan retired six in a row, walked two consecutive batters, then retired the next fifteen Cubs. He came out after seven innings in which he struck out only two (Cubs first baseman Willie Smith K'd twice).

Ryan also had two hits that helped keep Met rallies alive.

June 29, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
rich edwards.
March 13, 2002
Fantastic pitching duel between Seaver and Blass. I believe it was 1-1 going into the ninth, Pirates scored in top of the inning. Mets tied it and had Al Weis their fastest runner on third. A deep fly was hit to Clemente in right. He made an unreal throw on the fly to the plate that Weis barely beat. It shouldn't have even been close but he had a terrific arm. He also had a very slow walk. It took him about 5 minutes to reach the dugout.

Bob P
May 26, 2004

It was 1-1 going to the ninth; Tom Seaver vs Steve Blass. Seaver gave up only two hits over the first eight innings, and both of them came in the fifth when Willie Stargell doubled and Gene Alley singled him home.

But Tom gave up three singles in the ninth and the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, Ken Singleton led off with a hit and Art Shamsky followed with another, and the Mets had runners at the corners with nobody out. Al Weis pinch-ran for Shamsky, and Dave Marshall singled to tie the game, then veteran lefty Joe Gibbon came in and hit Ken Boswell to load the bases. After Cleon Jones pinch-hit and made an out, Donn Clendenon batted for Jerry Grote and hit a sac fly off Orlando Pena for the 3-2 win as described by Rich Edwards above.

Ken Boswell was on base four times in the game with two singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

July 2, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Philadelphia Phillies 6, Mets 1
Bob P
September 12, 2004
In the 6,000th game played at Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils score six runs in the eighth off Gary Gentry, Ron Taylor, and Tug McGraw. The six run inning stops a scoreless streak of 53 consecutive innings for the Phillies. Jim Bunning gets the win, and the Phils also win game two of the doubleheader, dropping the Mets into a first place tie with the idle Pirates.

July 4, 1970 Connie Mack Stadium
Mets 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Bob P
February 21, 2005
Saturday night, July 4 in Philadelphia...the fourth game of a five-game series. Tom Seaver and Grant Jackson were the starters, and both gave up two runs in the first inning. The Mets runs came on a two run homer by Donn Clendenon, and the Phils tied it up on a two-run double by Don Money.

The Mets regained the lead for good in the fourth when Jerry Grote singled to drive in two runs, and they added three more in the sixth on RBI singles by Seaver, Agee, and Harrelson.

Meanwhile, Seaver allowed just one hit after the first inning, and that was a third inning single by Oscar Gamble. Tom retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced, with the only two baserunners coming on walks.

Seaver improved to 13-5 with the win but went just 5-7 the rest of the season.

Grant Jackson fell to 1-7 with the loss on his way to a 5-15 season. At this point in his young career, Jackson had a record of 19-35. When he retired after the 1982 season his career record was 86-75.

July 6, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 10, St. Louis Cardinals 3
Bob P
January 27, 2004
After popping out to lead of the bottom of the first, Tommie Agee hits for the cycle.

Tommie singled in the third, hit a three-run homer in the fourth, had an RBI double in the fifth, and tripled in the seventh. The Mets had 17 hits off five Cardinal pitchers.

July 7, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3
James Caldwell
June 14, 2004
I was at this game and here is what I remember - Cards' Mike Torrez was issuing an intentional walk and a teenager behind us yelled "wild pitch" and sure enough the pitch got by the catcher and the Met on 3rd base scored! Also, my favorite, Ron Swoboda, came in the game late and won it in the bottom of the ninth with a bases-loaded walk!! Imagine Rocky waiting out a walk in that situation! Also Al Hrabosky, later of Mad Hungarian fame with the Royals, pitched that night as an unknown rookie, and I remember thinking what an unusual last name.

July 8, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5
Chris Perry
September 11, 2002
This is the first game I ever went to. Sadecki beat Nelson Briles. I recall Ken Singleton hitting a mammoth home run. I also recall Frank Linzy coming in for St. Louis and throwing gas on the fire during a Met rally.

Steve K
July 13, 2008

First game I ever went to also! Singleton not only hit a home run, he nearly whacked my mom with a foul ball in the mezzanine in another at bat.

July 9, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 7, Montreal Expos 1
Mark Freedman
December 26, 2005
Ah, yes. My second ever Mets game (I was 9), and the first with my family. This was the game Tom Seaver hit his first major league home run.

Also, right before Ron Swoboda's grand slam, my brother wanted to go to the bathroom. The rest of us (me, my father and mother) said to wait a minute -- the bases were loaded!

That grand slam was almost ruined by the fact that because the ball barely made it over the fence (I believe it was right-center field), Don Clendenon was headed back towards first at the moment Swoboda made it to first, and he almost passed him rounding first.

I'll never forget this game.

Ed K
November 8, 2006

Jerry Grote set what was then a Met record with his 8th consecutive hit his first time up in this game. He had three hits at the end of the July 7th game, 4 straight hits on July 8th, and a lead-off hit in this game.

July 10, 1970 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 9, Mets 7
Frank
August 12, 2003
This was the first game I ever attended in my life. I haven't been able to find it in all these years. Too bad you can't get the boxscore. I remember it was just before I turned 8 years old and it was on a Friday night at home against the Expos. I remember going with my uncle and three of his friends. I remembered the game being something like 10-9 Montreal. Oh well, 9-7. The Mets had men on base in the bottom of the 9th. It was quite exciting. Thanks for your great site!!

Bob P
September 4, 2003

Frank, the boxscore and play-by-play are available on retrosheet.org. Please e-mail me if you need more information.

As for the game, Ken Singleton gave the Mets an early lead but Coco Laboy was a one-man show for the Expos. Laboy drove in 4 runs in the first 5 innings with two doubles and a single, and Montreal led 6-1 going to the bottom of the 5th. The teams traded single runs over the next few innings and it was 7-3 Expos going to the bottom of the eighth.

RBI singles by Wayne Garrett and Jerry Grote followed by an infield out by Joe Foy made it a 7- 6 game but Tommie Agee flied out with the tying run at third and two outs in the eighth.

The Expos added two runs in the top of the ninth on a squeeze bunt and a bases loaded walk and they led 9-6 in the bottom of the ninth. But the Mets loaded the bases with no one out in the ninth for Donn Clendenon and it looked like they could do some damage. Unfortunately, Donn grounded into a 6-4-3 DP and then Wayne Garrett was called out on strikes, and the Expos had a 9- 7 win.

July 11, 1970 Shea Stadium
Montreal Expos 6, Mets 2
BOB MARTE
September 21, 2009
It was my 10th birthday and it was the first Met game I ever went to. I took the 7 train to the game with my best friend Jimmy Smith. We sat in the upper deck of the left field corner. I remember a number of home runs getting hit, in particular the two by Rusty Staub. I also remember the Mets struggled offensively in the game. A Met fan who was sitting next to me teased me when he overheard me asking my friend how do they figure out how many people are here. He turned and said to me, "They count the number of ears and divide by two."

July 18, 1970 Dodger Stadium
Mets 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Hyenas7
April 4, 2002
This is the first baseball game I ever attended. I was 9 1/2 years old, and had first become aware of baseball -- and first become a Met fan --during the 1969 World Series, nine months before.

My family and I lived in New York City but spent the summer of 1970 in Santa Ana, CA. I attended this game at Dodger Stadium with a man named Chuck. At the time Chuck was working with my Dad for Nawal, a conglomerate of NBC and Walt Disney. Nawal was producing the first "Disney on Parade", and my dad was the company manager.

This game involved a classic Mets come-from-behind win. Their bats were dormant most of the game, but they rallied from 3-1 deficit for 1 4-3 win. I was one of the only fans at the quiet Dodger stadium cheering during the comeback.

Chris Bryant
February 14, 2005

I was there,too.I had to make up my mind who to root for because I liked both teams. In the 5th, I think it was, the Mets pulled a classic "you take it, no you take it" play where three players let an easy pop fall in. Classic Mets except this was the new Mets and they came back.

July 21, 1970 Jack Murphy Stadium
Mets 3, San Diego Padres 0
Ed K
July 22, 2003
Interesting game in San Diego.

Clay Kirby no-hit the Mets for eight innings but was losing 1-0. The San Diego manager went for the win and pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the eighth. San Diego didn't score and their bullpen lost the no-hitter in the top of the ninth when the Mets scored twice and went on to the 3-0 victory.

I recall listening to the game on the radio while in bed. Lots of dabate about whether the manager did the right thing in the days after the game.

Feat Fan
April 22, 2004

Hot summer day in NYC for this 15 year old. I ate a chicken hero that didn't agree with me and was up all night feeling ill. Remember Jim McAndrew besting Clay Kirby who was removed by manager Preston Gomez despite throwing a no hitter, he was trailing 1-0 at the time. Given the sad state of the lowly 2nd year Padres, what was he thinking?

July 24, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Bob
September 23, 2002
This one was a real nail-biter...Singer vs Koosman. In the bottom of the 10th, with two outs and the bases loaded, Tommie Agee stole home with Cleon up!

Feat Fan
April 12, 2004

In the bottom of the tenth, Tug McGraw singled to cf. Tommie Agee tried to bunt him over, but bunted too hard. Wes Parker fielded the bunt and fired to 2b only to have Billy Grabarkewitz drop the ball. Al Weis ran for McGraw at 2b and got picked off. Agee stole 2b and went to 3b on a wild pitch while Bud Harrelson struck out and Ken Singleton walked. Donn Clendenon batted for Mike Jorgensen and also walked to fill the bases. With the count on Cleon Jones 1-1, Agee stole home to win the game.

Dave Shaw
October 15, 2008

The crowd numbered around 54,000 this night. I remember Agee's game-winning SB and then crossing paths with announcer Bob Murphy as we headed toward the parking lots. Years later I was supposed to interview Murph at the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fall, but he was too sick to travel to North Carolina. He left us shortly afterward.

Ed K
June 16, 2009

To date, this is the only walk-off steal of home plate by a Met.

July 25, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Kenny M
October 13, 2003
Other than being a run-of-the-mill regular season game won by the Mets 6-4, two interesting events occurred. Dave Marshall basically won the game in bottom of 7th with a pinch-hit 3-run home run to put Mets ahead to stay. But far more interesting was the great cover photograph of the 1971 Mets Yearbook of Manny Mota sliding into Jerry Grote...this occurred in this game during an action-packed Dodger 6th inning...Mota was attempting an inside-the-park homer on an RBI triple to right when Swoboda hit Garrett (playing 2B that day) on cut-off, who threw home to nail Mota at the plate.

Kenny M
October 13, 2003

Two interesting events occured in this game. First, in the top of the 6th Inning, the Dodgers had a busy offensive inning, highlighted by a great play at the plate. After Grabarkewitz led off with a double, Manny Mota had an RBI triple to right and attempted an inside-the-park homer...Wayne Garrett (playing 2B that day) made a relay to Grote the plate and nailed Mota. A photographer captured this play at the plate, and the photo became the shot we all know that is the cover of the 1971 Mets yearbook. That cover occurred in this game. The second event of interest is Dave Marshall-- who hit for Frisella in the 7th-- hitting a pinch- hit 3-run homer which put the Mets ahead to stay.

July 26, 1970 Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Mets 3
The Big H
November 6, 2005
Take a look at the box score. Wayne Garrett hit two home runs but was still pinch hit for. He wasn't taken out because of injury etc. It was a pure lefty righty switch! Two home runs and still pinch hit for! So much for being on a roll!

July 27, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, San Francisco Giants 3
Jim Snedeker
April 22, 2002
My first Mets' game! My first game ever was in 1969, where I saw the Yankees at the Stadium play the Royals. Yanks won, 3-2. I remember seeing Joe Pepitone in the parking lot with his shirt unbuttoned down to his fly, and his hairy chest. Meanwhile he had a girl on each arm. Someone asked him for an autograph, and he said he'd be back in two minutes. He of course never came back.

But I digress. I became a Met fan instead of a Yankee fan because I was under the impression that the National League was superior to the American League. They still call it the junior curcuit, right? Anyway, Seaver went all the way in this one. And Joe Foy and Cleon Jones hit back-to-back home runs. What a great way to begin my fandom!

Bob P
May 26, 2004

Joe Foy and Cleon Jones both homered in this game but Foy's was a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the second, and Jones hit his leading off the bottom of the fourth.

Seaver pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, including a Bobby Bonds homer, and four walks. He struck out six, including ringing up Willie Mays three times.

July 28, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 12, San Francisco Giants 2
Bob P
January 31, 2004
Donn Clendenon set a club record with seven RBIs. He had a sac fly in the first, and three-run homers in the third and fourth.

Bud Harrelson was 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs.

The win leaves the Mets in second place, one game behind the Pirates in the NL East.

Philip Cohen
May 10, 2013

This was the first baseball game I went to as a child (9 years old) with my Dad and sister. I remembered the score and of course Clendenon's two 3-run home runs. A very fond memory for me. I forgot that Jim McAndrew pitched that night - a nice complete game.

August 1, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, San Diego Padres 2
Tom Sullivan
December 29, 2008
Dad and I got free mezzanine tickets from a neighbor. Seaver was in control from the start, fanning 13 Padres in a 4-2 win. Ollie Brown got around on him for 2-run shot. He fanned Nate Colbert 4 times. Cleon Jones popped a 3-run shot into the visitors bullpen. In April of that year, Tom Terrific struck out 19 Padres at Shea, the last 10 in a row! San Diego was a second-year expansion club with a dreadful lineup. However 32 whiffs in 18 innings is impressive.

August 2, 1970 Shea Stadium
San Diego Padres 3, Mets 0
Deadmet
August 20, 2004
This was my first Met game. I was 8. It was the banner day doubleheader. I with everyone else who brought a banner walked the warning track around the field between games. I remember passing in front of the Mets dugout and seeing Gil Hodges and Ron Swoboda. A huge thrill for me! Too bad we lost both games. Poor Jim McAndrew. That guy pitched his heart out always and never could have a winning record.

Johnny O
December 10, 2006

Sunday, August 2, 1970 was the date of my first Met games at Shea Stadium. It was a Sunny Banner Day doubleheader against the San Diego Padres. The Mets lost both games. I remember Ron Taylor pitching in both games. My father and I sat in the Mezzanine section right over the Mets bullpen. Between games I remember a drunk Hispanic man yelling down to Jerry Grote for an autograph. Jerry Grote told him "&*$@ you." The man later broke a Mets replica batting helmet that he had purchased for his son by banging it on the seats. I remember the smell of cheap cigar smoke, and my ears ringing for days after the game!

August 3, 1970 Shea Stadium
Chicago Cubs 6, Mets 1
Jimmy Met
June 19, 2004
Think this was my first game. All I remember was Joe Pepitone making a crazy shoestring catch.

August 4, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0
Jim
July 25, 2001
This was the first game that my father took me to see (I had been to a couple other games with my older brother). We sat in the Loge section just past third base, and I remember being amazed at how loud the sound was when Ryan's fastball hit the catcher's glove. There were also numerous foul balls off Ryan that went way up into the upper deck behind home plate (not all that common at Shea). Unfortunately my mother threw out all of my programs years later so I don't have all of the stats (I know he struck out between 12 and 16, but can't remember the exact number) If anyone has, or knows where I can find a copy of the boxscore, please email me.

Stephen Cadwallader
October 29, 2001

Hello! On Saturday night I heard Billy Crystal state the date of the first major league baseball game that he ever saw. This made me curious about what the date was for my first major league baseball game. Thanks to your website I have been able to determine that it was this game. August 4, 1970. I would have been 8 years old at that time. My father took myself and my cousin to this game. It was on a Tuesday afternoon, and Nolan Ryan threw a three-hit shutout. I remember that our car overheated in one of the tunnels after the game and we just barely made it out the other end before it stopped running. My father bought me a Mets cap that day, which is unfortunately long gone. I saved that ticket stub for many years, but now it is gone also and I don't have any momentos from that day.

Steve Cadwallader Cadwalladers@Citadel.edu

August 8, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 12, Pittsburgh Pirates 9
KD
August 6, 2013
First game I ever saw at the ballpark. I remember it was the longest 9-inning game in the league that year. 4 hours and 10 minutes....no rain delays. Clemente hit one out... Pirates lost but a great game.

Dan Harrison
February 12, 2013

My first game. Roberto hit one out.

August 9, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Mets 3
Feat Fan
July 13, 2004
At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there. The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 83. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing four runs in six innings, allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out 10.

August 10, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Mets 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Bob P
May 16, 2003
This game was delayed about half an hour because the lights would not come on at the almost-brand-new Three Rivers Stadium!

August 11, 1970 Riverfront Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 8, Mets 1
David White
January 21, 2009
This was the first Major League game I ever attended. I was 10 years old. I lived in southern Indiana about 2 hours from Cincinnati. I became a huge Reds fan in '69 but quickly became caught up in the excitement of the "Miracle Mets" in the playoff and World Series that season.

In 1970, I remember that Riverfront Stadium was new and opened in June. (Would something like that happen today with a stadium opening during a season? Doubt it.) They completed construction so the All-Star game could be held there.

Regarding that August 11 game, I distinctly remembered, all these years, that the big three sticks for the Reds (Lee May, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench) each hit a home run. Perez' was a grand slam and the Reds site tells me that the slam was the first upper-deck home run in Riverfront Stadium. I also remember that Pete Rose doubled and slid head-first into second base safely on the play.

Other than that, most of my memories are of my awe at the (what I perceived as) the big city of Cincinnati, the stadium, and just being there with my parents and sister.

And, oh yes, I remember feeling that the Mets were like gods since they had won the prior World Series. It would take some frustrating years in the early 70's rooting for the Reds to win one; they finally did it '75, and for good measure, another in '76.

Aug. 11 1970 is one of the most memorable days of my life. Glad to share it with you.

August 15, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Atlanta Braves 3, Mets 2
Peter P
September 11, 2005
I'll never forget listening to this game on the radio. Mets are in Atlanta and are leading, 2-1. Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, 2 outs. Tom Seaver is pitching and has two strikes on the batter, Bob Tillman. Seaver throws and Tillman swings (strike 3) but the ball goes past Jerry Grote and to the backstop. Tony Gonzalez scores from third, and somehow Rico Carty also comes in, and the game is over.

(Thanks to Retrosheet for the Atlanta players' names)

August 16, 1970 Fulton County Stadium
Mets 2, Atlanta Braves 1
Herman
September 21, 2009
Seaver was 17-6 going in to this game, better than the same point of 1969. (He finished 9-0.) He finished 1970 1-6. This was a major cause of the Mets not catching the Pirates. For some unknown reason, Seaver went into a funk. Maybe being a power pitcher he ran out of gas for the rest of 1970? I think somehow Seaver and Grote got pitches mixed up? I listened to the game on radio and was a very confused 10-year-old. This was really the end of any chance of winning the East title, even though they stayed close to the Bucs during the next month.

August 19, 1970 Shea Stadium
Houston Astros 9, Mets 4
Stuart Michaels
October 11, 2009
I was 6 years old. ust beginning to like and understand baseball. This was my very first of many trips to Shea Stadium. From the start I always loved the Mets.

Stuart Michaels
January 24, 2010

I would like to add to my memory of being 6 years old going to my first Mets game. My father drove us to the game in his 1966 Galaxie 500. As we are on the Grand Central Parkway and as we got closer he told me look out the window. There it was: this huge stadium with those blue and orange speckles on the outside. I was in such awe of the stadium. Shea Stadium will always be my favorite stadium. I will never forget that moment when I was 6.

Mike T
November 28, 2014

Just picked up for my collection a signed scorecard from this game. Signed by Dan Frisella, Dave Marshall and Jerry Grote. Good stuff.

August 21, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Cincinnati Reds 1
Mike Minetti
October 10, 2003
This was my very first major league game. Will never forget riding the escalator up and catching my first glimpse of that beautiful green grass. Koosman shuts down the Big Red Machine. What a thrill for an 11 year old. Thank you Uncle Barney!

August 22, 1970 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 3, Mets 2
DJ Johnny M.
August 9, 2002
One of my first Met games. I was 12. My dad decided to drive to the game (from NJ). We got lost somehow in Brooklyn, then somehow wound up in the Bronx and finally got to Shea in the 4th inning just in time to see Jim McAndrew give up 2 runs to the Reds. It was Camera Day at Shea and I bought my "Insta-matic" with lots of extra film but since we arrived late, Camera Day festivities were finished so I used up all the film on pictures of the game. Since we were sitting way up in the General Admission seats (nose-bleed country!, the players looked about the size of ants. It was shameful to hear Tug getting booed for giving up the winning run to the Reds but it was a beautiful cool, breezy sunny day at a young Shea Stadium in the greatest city in the world so all was not lost. We got home without a problem!

David Pecoraro
November 28, 2014

My first major league game - I was 10. We sat in the Press Box. We took Camera Day photos, but for some reason they weren't developed for a over a decade. Somehow they actually came out. It was interesting looking back at what Shea looked like back then.

August 23, 1970 Shea Stadium
Cincinnati Reds 7, Mets 5
Richard Citron
August 5, 2004
This was the second game of a doubleheader that I never thought would take place. I attended Shea that day and remember that the first game was delayed by rain for almost two and a half hours. The Mets won the first game on a bases loaded walk. There also was a rain delay between the first and second games. In the second game, I believe that Don Gullett made his major league debut. He was outstanding, striking out batter after batter.

It was so late that I could not stay for the end of the second game. I remember taking the subway and arriving home after 11PM. It was a long but memorable day.

Bob P
August 20, 2004

Richard, you have a great memory! The first game of this doubleheader did end on a bases loaded walk by Joe Foy, and it capped off a three run rally in the ninth inning. The Mets were down, 4- 2 but got a run on two singles and an error, and then tied it up on an RBI single by Art Shamsky. After Wayne Gaarrett was intentioanlly walked Ron Swoboda struck out, but Foy came through with the "walk-off walk" to win the game.

In game two, the Mets had an early 5-2 lead with Seaver on the mound. The Reds came back to make it 5-4, and then took the lead on a two out pinch- homer by utilityman Jimmy Stewart in the seventh. It was Stewart's only home run of the 1970 season and the eighth and final home run of his career.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the sixth, rookie Don Gullett had come on in relief for the Reds (by the way, Gullet had been with the team all season, so this was not his first game). Gullett wound up pitching the last four innings and retired all twelve batters he faced. This is how it went:

Sixth inning: struck out the side. Seventh inning: struck out the side. Eighth inning: Two foulouts.

Michael SanPietro
August 23, 2006

I was 7 years old and made my mother wait for several hours until they called the game. They started playing around 3:30 and my mother loved Seaver and we watched about 5 or 6 innings of the second game after moving to field level seats. That was the only time they let you sit anywhere without a ticket. I guess because of all the rain and sparse crowd by that time. This site is enabling me to piece memories together and sure is great. All I remembered was august 1970, Reds, and rain.

Mark Heaney
November 26, 2012

Someone posted home video footage of this doubleheader on YouTube. I followed along with the scorecards and it is the actual game. I can't post the link here but search YouTube for 1969 Mets or email me.

August 27, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Atlanta Braves 1
Ed
May 31, 2007
My first-ever major league ballgame -- I was nearly 8 years old. We schmeared an usher and sat in the loge. I remember that Art Shamsky ran into the RF fence and knocked the wind out of himself in the late innings. Jim MacAndrew pitched the complete game. I watched my dad keep score.

September 7, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Montreal Expos 4
Tom Joyce
November 23, 2001
My first Mets game! My memories:

I had never seen a game in color before -- only on a B&W television ... the color of the grass and the stadium blew me away when I walked up the ramp.

Tommie Agee hit two home runs ... he was my favorite Met as a kid.

Ahhhh ....

September 7, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 5, Montreal Expos 1
Bob P
August 8, 2004
The Mets swept the Expos in this Labor Day doubleheader while the Pirates split their doubleheader with the Cubs. So the Mets closed to within 1.5 games of first place.

In game one, the Mets were behind 4-0 going to the bottom of the seventh. But they scored two in the seventh and three more in the eighth. The winning run came on a Jerry Grote single a few batters after Cleon Jones had tied it with a two- run homer.

In game two, the Mets put up a five-spot in the bottom of the second on a three-run homer by Tommie Agee and a two-RBI double by Donn Clendenon. Jim McAndrew coasted to his ninth win of the year, allowing just six hits in the complete game victory.

September 10, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 2
frank sessa
July 13, 2008
This is my first Met game I don't remember much about it. I was 10 years old. I read about it and found out the winning run scored in the fourteenth inning on a Cleon Jones triple I am a big time Mets fan. I have been to so many other games since then.

September 12, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 3, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Larry Rosenblatt
November 27, 2003
This was my first Mets game ever. I was 7 yrs. old. I had cut out proof of purchase labels from snack foods and sent them in, and got 2 tickets for me and my Dad. Jim McAndrew pitched a shutout, and I wore my Mets uniform to the game and sat in the upper deck. I would love to find a ticket stub from this glorius day!

Glenn-Troy NY
February 15, 2011

This was my first Met game also. Got tickets from Howards Clothes store in Colonie Center mall. Sat in the yellow seats but way past 1st base. I didn't care, it was my first game. In 2003 was able to meet Jerry Reuss's son when he played for the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy NY. Told him how I saw his dad pitch in the 1st pro game I ever went to.

September 18, 1970 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 3, Mets 2
Joel
September 3, 2003
The last game I ever went to with my father. A rain delay, Clemente not playing, Jose Pagan and Bob Robertson hit HR's for the Bucs and Steve Blass is the winner.

September 19, 1970 Shea Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 2, Mets 1
Pete
February 17, 2005
I was at this game and was 12 years old at the time. We sat in the last row in the corner of the left field bleachers. The stadium was packed. I clearly remember Ed Kranepool pinch hitting in the late innings and driving one that the centerfielder caught with his back against the wall. It was painful to watch the Mets lose another big game. If I recall correctly, the only Met run scored on a double play. Still, it was great to be at the game.

Bob P
February 25, 2005

Pete, great memory!! The Mets were 2.5 games out with 12 games remaining when this game started. The Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Roberto Clemente doubled home a run with two outs in the third and Willie Stargell followed with a single to drive in Clemente.

The Mets did indeed score their only run on a DP. They loaded the bases in the sixth with no one out on a single by Clendenon and walks given up by Luke Walker to Swoboda and Foy. John Lamb came in the game and got Jerrt Grote to ground into a 6-4-3 the n Bud Harrelson flied out.

Ed Kranepool came up as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of the ninth and flied out to center. Tommie Agee followed with a single, but veteran Joe Gibbon came in the game and got pinch hitter Leroy Stanton--in his third major league at bat--to ground into the game-ending double play.

The teams split a doubleheader the next day and that meant the Mets were 3.5 games out (4 in the loss column) with just nine games left. The Mets were still alive because they were going to Pittsburgh the next weekend. But the Pirates swept them, winning three one-run games.

September 20, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 1
mike clancy
May 26, 2002
I was at this double header as a 14 year old seeing my favorite team- the Pirates (sorry) for the first time. Roberto Clements made a spectacular sliding catch into the tarp along the right field line in game one and Willie Stargell hit a home run in game two.

Arthur Quint
February 1, 2013

I too attended the game and remember Clemente's catch well. I think there is a picture of the catch if you Google Clemente.

Koosman was lights-out in the opener. Seaver faltered in the nightcap and would end the season 18-12 after starting at 14-5.

September 25, 1970 Three Rivers Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Mets 3
Bob P
February 2, 2004
The Mets head into this three game weekend series in Pittsburgh 2.5 games behind the Pirates with seven games to go.

The Pirates are up, 2-0, going to the seventh. Ken Boswell leads off with a walk and then Jerry Grote singles him to third. The Pirates go to the bullpen, as Dave Giusti replaces Bob Moose. Bud Harrelson strikes out, but pinch-hitter Ed Kranepool singles to drive in a run. Tommie Agee singles and the bases are loaded. Wayne Garrett walks to tie the game, but the Pirates then bring in veteran Mudcat Grant, who gets Cleon to ground into a double play.

In the bottom of the seventh, Dean Chance makes one of his three appearances in a Met uniform and gives up a single, wild pitch, and sac bunt. Tug McGraw comes in and with two outs, Matty Alou singles to give the Pirates another lead.

In the top of the eighth, LF Willie Stargell throws out Boswell trying to score from second on a two-out single by Harrelson. Stargell then singles in the bottom of the eighth to give the Pirates a 2-run cushion.

In the ninth, Ron Swoboda drew a walk to lead off, Tommie Agee doubled him home, and pinch- hitter Joe Foy walked, putting runners at first and second with nobody out. But Cleon Jones flied out, and then Art Shamsky struck out while Agee was thrown out trying to steal third, and the game and season were over.

The Pirates went on to sweep the series, winning all three games by one run, and clinch the NL East.

September 28, 1970 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Paul
May 31, 2007
If I remember correctly, didn't Stanton hit a triple and then nearly get knocked unconscious by the relay throw? Gaspar then pinch-ran. I was 7 years old, don't ask me how I remember this!






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