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.
Neil Allen was born in Kansas City, Kansas. Allen was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1979, with the New York Mets. He eventually became the Amazin’s closer. Unwilling to part with Allen in a trade, the Mets sent Jeff Reardon to the Expos. Reardon would go on to save 152 games for…
In a move that stuns New York Mets fans, the Chicago White Sox draft pitcher Tom Seaver as compensation for losing Type A free agent Dennis Lamp to the Blue Jays. The Mets left Seaver off their protected list, foolishly assuming that no team would select the aging star. He will win his 300th game in a White Sox uniform…
Happy 69th birthday to Jon Matlack of the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. Matlack, the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year, compiled 1,023 strikeouts and a 3.03 ERA in a seven-year run as one of the “Big Three” pitchers the New York Mets were built around in the 1970s, along with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.
Tom Seaver agrees to a new contract with the Mets, completing a trade that sends him back to New York from Cincinnati. The Reds receive pitcher Charlie Puleo and minor leaguers Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice for the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Tom Terrific will go 9-14 with a 3.55 ERA in 1983 for the Amazins’