Juan Marichal was awesome to watch with that high leg kick and fall-off-the-table breaking ball. He always fell short of Sandy Koufax in notoriety during that era, but was an ace nonetheless, on a par with Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale.
For the most part, Marichal had his way with the Mets, going 26-8 with a 2.13 ERA. That dominance included nine shutouts and 26 complete games.
Marichal also struck out 241 Mets while walking just 44.
However, on this day in 1971, the Mets beat him 5-2 in San Francisco.
The Mets got three hits from Bud Harrelson and two each from Tommie Agee, Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool and Duffy Dyer.