The New York Mets purchase veteran OF Duke Snider from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Snider, one of the most popular players in the New York area, starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1957. The future Hall of Famer will hit 14 home runs for the Mets in ’63.
1984 After failing to trade him, the New York Mets give veteran slugger Dave Kingman his release. Kingman hit .198 with 13 home runs last year, but finds a new home as DH for the Oakland Athletics, hitting 35 home runs in 1984, ranking second in the American League.
1968 The New York Mets and Houston Astros play the longest game in NL history. The 6-hour and 6-minute contest, in which each team has 79 at-bats and 11 hits, ends in the 24th inning as Bob Aspromonte’s grounder goes through the legs of shortstop Al Weis as the Astros win, 1 – 0.
Warren Spahn’s Opening Day 6-1 victory over the Mets is the 328th win of his career. The Braves hurler moves ahead of Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest MLB left-hander. Except for Duke Snider’s home run, no Mets get past second base.
1965 Following his doctor’s advice, Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the Mets. He will head up Mets scouting in California. The 75-year-old Stengel has been in professional baseball since 1910.
1975 It was not his defining game for certain, but Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
Mets SS Kevin Elster and Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone end their MLB record errorless game streaks at their positions on the same day. Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error while Cerone had played 159.
It is a sad day in baseball history as Mets manager and former Brooklyn Dodgers standout, Gil Hodges, dies of a heart attack at West Palm Beach, Florida, two days shy of his 48th birthday and two weeks before MLB Opening Day. Yogi Berra is named the new manager of the Mets.