Yes, there was Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee had good years. The 1969 Miracle Mets weren’t void of marquee players.
However, they were also a team comprised of role players. Donn Clendenon was a late season addition. Ron Swoboda, Ed Kranepool and Al Weis had their moments.
On this day in 1969, Ken Boswell and Wayne Garrett – two guys probably not recognizable if they chose to take the subway to Shea Stadium – contributed in a 6-4, 14-inning victory at St. Louis.
Boswell singled in a run in the 14th against Ron Willis and Garrett drew a bases-loaded walk. They combined to go 6-for-13 with five RBI and three runs scored.
Koosman started and worked 7.2 innings and Tug McGraw pitched six innings in relief to pick up the win.
It was one of those games I had forgotten, but fit in with the wildness and uniqueness of the early Mets. This time they came out on the winning end.
LEWIS: Beats Maloney.
On this date in 1965, Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney threw a gem against the Mets with ten innings of no-hit ball and 18 strikeouts. The Mets’ only baserunner came on a leadoff walk to Ed Kranepool in the second. Maloney came out for the 11th inning and gave up a homer to Johnny Lewis, the first batter he faced. He also gave up a single to Roy McMillan later in the inning.
Frank Lary pitched eight scoreless innings for the Mets that day, giving up five hits and walking one.
Among the notables who played in that game were Pete Rose, Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson for the Reds, and Kranepool and Ron Swoboda for the Mets.
ON DECK: Let’s forget about Santana for this year.
The Mets have hit four homers since May 22, a span of 17 games. On this date in 1967, the Mets and Cubs combined for 11 homers in the second game of a doubleheader, won 18-10 by Chicago. The Mets hit four that afternoon.
Bob Johnson, Jerry Buchek, Ron Swoboda and Jerry Grote all went deep for the Mets.
The Cubs broke the game open with seven runs in the third and scored in all but two innings.