Very! Box seat rails without 4th generation peeling paint. Love it!
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Last few, Tug's adventures in the Shea parking lot, including a nifty Mets ski hat.
Yeah, I'd make sure those "eBay" markings were made post scan and not on what I'm buying! YIKES!
Tug McGraw stalker photos to the highest bidder!
This is home now - Citi Field, capacity 41,800 - and every seat in this ballpark seemingly filled, some standees as well, anticipating a piece of history as delivered by Mike Pelfrey, the 25-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. Into a windup, his first pitch in the history of Citi Field, a fastball for a called strike to Jody Gerut. Gerut off to a .214 start with no homers and one RBI. - Howie Rose calls the very first pitch thrown at Citi Field, April 13, 2009
1973 World Series Game 4: Rusty Staub homers to give Mets 3-0 lead
10/17/73: The Mets take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Rusty Staub's home run
The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.
Saturday, June 28, 1975, Stengel rides out on a chariot (?) as DiMaggio, Kiner and Mays look on, in what would be his final Old Timer's Day and believed to be his final appearance at Shea Stadium; he passed away from cancer three months later at age 85.
Kiner and Mays would get a couple of safeties in the O.T. Game, but the AL would prevail 6-2. The Mets themselves won the regular contest over the Phillies 5-2, as Staub and Kingman each knocked in a couple, and Steve Carlton, in a subpar year, was bested by Randy Tate going all the way on a 4-hitter, in what was the best game of his short MLB career, which was only the 1975 season. Tate would improve to 3-6 with a 3.22 ERA after this effort, but would finish the campaign at 5-13/4.45 ERA and kick around in the minors for 3 more years, never to return.
11:25pm - today that's the 4th inning of Yankees-Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night baseball
First game (2:29):
Second game (7:23):
That's 9:52 of game time on a single ticket.
Too funny! Poor SOB...talk about bad timing...
Game length records:
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The best part about some photos in that set (which was talked about here before but I don't think that whole set was available before) is not only the historical import of the length of the 2 games, but Game 2 on that Sunday, May 31st, 1964, was only the second, and final, time that Willie Mays played shortstop in his career, and the photos represent the only known images of Mays in action at SS.
The first time was on August 13, 1963 in Cincinnati, when he switched from CF to SS for the bottom of the 8th inning with the Giants losing 4-0. He played only that half-inning at short, with no chances.
This game, after playing 9 innings in CF, he switched to SS for the 10th, with 9th inning pinch hitter Matty Alou going to CF (which is probably why the photographer was at the ready to snap some pics). Mays stayed at short until he switched back to CF for the 13th, and remained there the rest of the game.
Mays had only one "chance" at short, and it was right off the bat in the 10th - Charley Smith grounded it past Mays (as seen in the first two photos, the second a crop of the first) for a leadoff hit (Ron Herbel pitching). So was it a clean hit? Was Mays ill-prepared to make the play? We do see a cloud of dust in his wake, so if nothing else, Willie certainly hustled after it.
But, no harm no foul, as in the third photo Smith is about to be caught stealing second, with Mays backing up the play as 2B Chuck Hiller is about to apply the tag. In his 3 innings, Mays had no other plays, putouts or assists in what would be his last career stint at short.
More interesting tidbits:
- In what would almost be a week-long slump today, Mays went 1-10 in the game, and 2-13 on the day to drop his BA from .383 to .364.
- The Mets turned a triple play off the bat of Orlando Cepeda in the 14th.
- In Game 2 alone, Ed Kranepool led everyone with 26 putouts.
- Jim Hickman had a golden sombrero in Game 2 (4 strikeouts), but also had 2 hits.
- Hurling exploits: After pitching 2 innings in the first game, the Mets' Larry Bearnarth pitched 7 scoreless in the nightcap. Galen Cisco pitched a full 9 innings, 8 innings of shutout ball but tired in his last inning for the loss. And none other than HOF Gaylord Perry pitched 10 scoreless innings to get the win - legend has it this was the first game that he used his spitball in the majors.
- The 9 hour, 52 minute doubleheader, as cited above, still remains an MLB record.
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