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  • Mister B.
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    Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
    Yes, was supposed to be 4 games at Chicago on the final weekend, Fri Sep 28, Sat Sep 29 (2) and Sun Sep 30 - and both Friday AND Saturday were washed out, so doubleheaders were set up for Sunday and Monday.

    Meanwhile, the second place Pirates kept losing and were 2 out with only 2 themselves to play by the time the Mets and Cubs finally played some ball on Sunday.

    Mets only had to win 1 of 4 to tie, so after splitting Sunday they clinched that tie, so even with the Bucs finally winning one they only needed one win themselves Monday - and the Mets won Game 1 to cancel Game 2 and move on to the NLCS.

    What's really crazy about that 1973 NL East scramble is that 5 teams were still in it on Sunday - and the Cubs themselves were only 4 out before the two final doubleheaders at home. So if they swept the 4 against the Mets at home, they would've tied the Amazins. Unfortunately that wouldn't have been enough, because with all other results the same, the .500 Cardinals would've won the East at 81-81, with the Mets, Pirates and Cubs all finishing 80-82, 1 game out.

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    I believe they were supposed to play the whole doubleheader regardless, not just if they lost Game 1. There was a low-key between-games celebration going on after clinching, because they were supposed to be playing Game 2 shortly. However there was a light drizzle outside and at some point during the clubhouse celebration on camera, an announcement was made that Game 2 was "rained out" which was preposterous but welcomed by everyone. The players let out a cheer and then the festivities went into high gear.

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  • alpineinc
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    Originally posted by WillMissShea View Post
    Wow, great info! I can look it up but didn't 1973 end similar? I think it rained all week in Chicago and the Met's had to play back to back double headers. I think it rained during the games as well and the Met's, having clinched, didn't need to play the 4th game. So they didn't. Which is why they ended up with only 161 games played.
    Yes, was supposed to be 4 games at Chicago on the final weekend, Fri Sep 28, Sat Sep 29 (2) and Sun Sep 30 - and both Friday AND Saturday were washed out, so doubleheaders were set up for Sunday and Monday.

    Meanwhile, the second place Pirates kept losing and were 2 out with only 2 themselves to play by the time the Mets and Cubs finally played some ball on Sunday.

    Mets only had to win 1 of 4 to tie, so after splitting Sunday they clinched that tie, so even with the Bucs finally winning one they only needed one win themselves Monday - and the Mets won Game 1 to cancel Game 2 and move on to the NLCS.

    What's really crazy about that 1973 NL East scramble is that 5 teams were still in it on Sunday - and the Cubs themselves were only 4 out before the two final doubleheaders at home. So if they swept the 4 against the Mets at home, they would've tied the Amazins. Unfortunately that wouldn't have been enough, because with all other results the same, the .500 Cardinals would've won the East at 81-81, with the Mets, Pirates and Cubs all finishing 80-82, 1 game out.

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  • sheagoodbye1010
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    [QUOTE=WillMissShea;2522826]Haven't seen this posted before. I wonder what these guys were doing at Shea on 1/31/1973. Maybe heading to spring training? These are those funky Met's wool caps that Tug McGraw was seen with earlier in the thread. Don't remember people wearing them. Funny how in the dead of winter the bullpen cart is still around!

    I recall those "funky" hats (winter wool hat with a brim) were the give-away for Fan Appreciation Day (September 1972)

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  • WillMissShea
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    Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
    Yep, and lost 3 of 4.

    Interestingly, they then did it again to finish the season, on Oct 2 and 3 against the Phillies. Lost 3 of 4 of those too. Oct 2 Game 1 they lost 6-0 to Jim Bunning, striking out 10, then an 18 inning 0-0 tie with Chris Short striking out 18 to tie the record, but called because of a Saturday night curfew. So 27 innings, 28 Ks, no Met runs. Then on Oct 3 they lost 3-1, 3-1 (one in 13) to close the season. 4 games, 2 days, 49 innings, 2 runs. Tough way to close out 1965!
    Wow, great info! I can look it up but didn't 1973 end similar? I think it rained all week in Chicago and the Met's had to play back to back double headers. I think it rained during the games as well and the Met's, having clinched, didn't need to play the 4th game. So they didn't. Which is why they ended up with only 161 games played.

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  • alpineinc
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    Originally posted by WillMissShea View Post
    TWO FOR THE MONEY DEP'T
    RAINED OUT HOUSTON DOUBLEHEADER
    OF JULY 11 RESCHEDULED FOR PAIR
    OF SHEA TWIN BILLS WITH ASTROS-
    TUES. AUG. 31-TWI-NIGHTER
    WED SEPT. 1-DOUBLEHEADER

    So the Met's played 4 games in two days? Not something you see very often.
    Yep, and lost 3 of 4.

    Interestingly, they then did it again to finish the season, on Oct 2 and 3 against the Phillies. Lost 3 of 4 of those too. Oct 2 Game 1 they lost 6-0 to Jim Bunning, striking out 10, then an 18 inning 0-0 tie with Chris Short striking out 18 to tie the record, but called because of a Saturday night curfew. So 27 innings, 28 Ks, no Met runs. Then on Oct 3 they lost 3-1, 3-1 (one in 13) to close the season. 4 games, 2 days, 49 innings, 2 runs. Tough way to close out 1965!

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  • WillMissShea
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    TWO FOR THE MONEY DEP'T
    RAINED OUT HOUSTON DOUBLEHEADER
    OF JULY 11 RESCHEDULED FOR PAIR
    OF SHEA TWIN BILLS WITH ASTROS-
    TUES. AUG. 31-TWI-NIGHTER
    WED SEPT. 1-DOUBLEHEADER

    So the Met's played 4 games in two days? Not something you see very often.

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  • Mongoose
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    Originally posted by dstoffa View Post
    And what may amaze people today is that all those people in the Upper Deck didn't help themselves to a free upgrade during garbage time... Not even to Upper Box Seats...
    Probably because there weren't obstructions and disappearing outfield corners everywhere, like Coupon Field.

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  • dstoffa
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    Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
    Saturday, August 7, 1965, Cubs in town, 12,766 on hand, Galen Cisco vs. the Cubs' Bill Faul.
    And what may amaze people today is that all those people in the Upper Deck didn't help themselves to a free upgrade during garbage time... Not even to Upper Box Seats...

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  • alpineinc
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    Saturday, August 7, 1965, Cubs in town, 12,766 on hand, Galen Cisco vs. the Cubs' Bill Faul. Johnny Lewis would line hard to Faul for the first out, knocking him out of the game with future Met Cal Koonce taking over. Koonce and Co. would hold the Amazins to one run as Chicago won, 7-1 - Cubs had only 3 hits, but Billy Williams went 2-5 with a 2-run double in the 5th and a 3 run HR (125th of his career) in the 7th to put it away. Chicago remained in 8th place after the win, with the Mets falling to a far-and-away league worst 34-76, 13 games behind the 9th place Astros.

    Be sure to check out the HUGE size links underneath each pic (too big to imbed here) for close ups, especially of the first shot, with ushers, pennants, other cool stuff!

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    Top of the 3rd inning, 2 outs and the Cubs' Don Landrum up, who Cisco would strike out to end the half inning.

    Scoreboard reads:

    TWO FOR THE MONEY DEP'T
    RAINED OUT HOUSTON DOUBLEHEADER
    OF JULY 11 RESCHEDULED FOR PAIR
    OF SHEA TWIN BILLS WITH ASTROS-
    TUES. AUG. 31-TWI-NIGHTER
    WED SEPT. 1-DOUBLEHEADER

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    HUGE size


    August day at old Shea

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    HUGE size
    Last edited by alpineinc; 12-15-2015, 05:49 PM.

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  • alpineinc
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    <- Great pic! Did a little sleuthing, and turns out Tug and the others signed new contracts for 1973 on that date (and welcomed brand new Met Felix Millan into the fold). With the signing, McGraw became the "highest-paid relief pitcher in baseball history" with his exorbitant $75,000 contract. Ya Gotta Believe!

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  • WillMissShea
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    Yogi and some of the guys

    Haven't seen this posted before. I wonder what these guys were doing at Shea on 1/31/1973. Maybe heading to spring training? These are those funky Met's wool caps that Tug McGraw was seen with earlier in the thread. Don't remember people wearing them. Funny how in the dead of winter the bullpen cart is still around!






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  • Gary Dunaier
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    Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
    Shriners, July 1964, possibly here before.
    Jason Antos' Shea Stadium (NY) (Images of Baseball) has a number of photos from that event... however, most are the same view, taken from the same vantage point. If you're not a Shriner and wouldn't know the significance, they're essentially the same photo.

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  • Matt The Hammer
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    Now that was a good video!

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  • Blue387
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    WS1986 Gm7: Fans tumble as temporary wall comes down
    10/27/86: Fans down the right field line take a tumble as the temporary wall on auxiliary seating comes apart

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  • Blue387
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    [email protected]: Murphy connects for his first MLB homer
    8/9/08: Daniel Murphy puts two on the board with a two-run homer to left, recording his first Major League home run

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