And, here’s another missed no-hitter in Mets’ lore. On this date in 1970, Gary Gentry threw 7.2 hitless innings in Wrigley Field when Ernie Banks hit a fly ball to left. Dave Marshall gave chase, but dropped the ball. Banks received benefit of the hometown scoring and was given a hit and Gentry was denied his shot at baseball immortality.
Gentry won 13 games for the Mets as a rookie in 1969 as the third starter behind Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.
Gentry pitched a four-hit shutout on Sept. 24 of that year to beat the Cardinals in the game that clinched the NL East. Gentry also beat Baltimore in Game 3 of the World Series.
On a side note, Nolan Ryan relieved Gentry for the save in what would become his only World Series appearance during his 27-year career.
Gentry pitched three more seasons with the Mets but was traded to the Braves in 1972. He sustained an elbow injury and was done in 1975 with a career 46-49 record.
After his release by the Braves, Gentry tried to return with the Mets, but that didn’t work out. Gentry did come back and was part of the closing ceremonies for Shea Stadium.