I am a Mets fan from Day One. My first live Mets experience was a double header (anyone remember those?) vs. St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The Mets won the opener on a two-run pinch home run by the legendary Marvelous Marv Throneberry. I was hooked...thanks, Dad!
Off to the best start in their history, the red-hot Mets won their sixth game in a row on this date in 1986, defeating the Reds 2-1 and improving to 19-4 to stay five games ahead of the Expos.
One year ago today, Jordany Valdespin collected his first major league hit: a pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the ninth off elite closer Jonathan Papelbon that turned a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 win. It was an unlikely victory in many ways.
Backed by a 16-hit attack, Al Leiter finally triumphed over his number one NL nemesis, the Arizona Diamondbacks, on this date in 2002. More significantly, the 10-1 victory made the Met lefty the first pitcher to beat all 30 teams in the majors.
Remembering some uplifting Mets wins over the years, plus celebrating birthdays with Brad Clontz, Blaine Beatty, and Tony Phillips.
A surprise ending generated one of the Mets’ most memorable happy recaps on April 24, 2007. Plus, happy birthday to the best all-around player in Mets history.
On April 23, 1962, the 0–9 Mets beat the 10–0 Pirates in Pittsburgh for the new franchise’s first ever win. Two singles, a wild pitch, and a pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the first...
At Shea Stadium on this date in 1970, 23-year-old Nolan Ryan showed why the Mets were both intrigued and frustrated by his powerful right arm. Plus Rico Brogna, Doug Flynn, and others celebrate birthdays,
Willie Stargell hit the first home run, and thereby drove in and scored the first run, in the history of Shea Stadium on this date in 1964. Gary Sheffield hits his 500th home run. Gary Bennett turns 41.
With a double-header scheduled against the Rockies today, one wonders if Terry Collins may be having a flashback. The Mets dropped their second consecutive rain-induced twin-bill on this date in 2011, completing an 0–7 week.
The Mets played their first official National League game on April 11, 1962. The sloppy 11-4 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis set the tone for a historically bad inaugural season.
In the second inning of a game against the Montreal Expos on April 10, 1969, Tommie Agee hit a home run into the upper deck in left field at Shea Stadium. It would remain the longest home run to reach the seats in the ballpark’s 46-year history.
Ralph Kiner did the honors, raising the National League championship banner over Shea Stadium, as more than 53,000 Mets fans welcomed home the franchise’s first pennant winners in 14 years on this date in 2001.
Davey Johnson made an inauspicious debut as a major league manager on this date in 1984, as his Mets lost to the Reds in Cincinnati, 8-1. That game snapped New York’s 14-year Opening Day win streak.
The Tom Seaver trade rumors began in earnest on this date in 1976 when a number of media sources reported a trade brewing that would send Tom Terrific to the Dodgers for fellow right-hander Don Sutton.
Much to David Letterman’s chagrin, the Mets on this date 26 years ago dispatched backup catcher Ed Hearn to the Royals along with pitcher Rick Anderson for David Cone. Also, Timo Perez was traded to the White Sox for Matt Ginter.
One of the most fascinating and frustrating players to ever don the blue and orange was acquired on this date in 1988 when the Mets sent first baseman Randy Milligan to the Pirates for lefty-swinging catcher Mackey Sasser.
Bob Murphy was fond of saying, "Baseball is a game of redeeming features." Few Mets players know that better than Brooklyn native Shawon Dunston, who celebrates his 50th birthday today.
The New York Yankees made the official announcement on March 20, 1961, that put the kibosh on any ideas the newly minted National League expansion team may have had about playing its home games at Yankee Stadium. Enter: the Polo Grounds.
On March 19, 1996, Bill Pulsipher, who had left the previous night’s game with discomfort in his pitching arm, underwent an MRI test that showed a strained tendon in his left elbow.