Today in Mets’ History: Matlack throws one-hitter.

On this date in 1973, the Mets’ Jon Matlack threw a one-hit shutout at Shea Stadium over the Houston Astros, 1-0.

Tommy Helms doubled in the sixth for Houston’s only hit, and Duffy Dyer’s double drove in Rusty Staub for the game’s only run.

With the victory, the Mets improved to 36-46, sixth place in the National League East, 12 games off the pace.

It was a different time then, but the message is the same. Those Mets didn’t give up on the season and reached the World Series. The road is different today, but looking  back history tells us good things can still happen in this season.

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2 thoughts on “Today in Mets’ History: Matlack throws one-hitter.

  1. jon was one of my faorite mets back in the day. He was a long tall lefty with a big leg kick and he kept up the Seavers and koozmans. I still remeber how he humbled the big red machine on no runs and 2 hits with the mets down 1-0 in a five game playoff in that year. He lost too many 2-1 and 1-0 games in his time. of course the mc Donald and his puppet gm decicided it would be get a good idea to trade matlack and john milner away for hotdog first basemaen willie Montenexz and tom grieve who were total trash, but what the hell they had just pulled off a great haul for seaver and kingman a few months before.

  2. John you should post this story on MetsMerized.

    I think it would be appreciated from those who think we can still make a run for it the second half and it would be scoffed at by the faithless.

    Great story and it applies today – you never know..and it’s not like this is a bad team and completely unrealistic. The hardest part right now is holding the fort until the other guys come back. Mets are 10 games over .500 since April 21 and that’s pretty long sample.