Mets Rewind Timeline

Despite a number of changes on and off the field, the 1976 New York Mets fall short of a postseason bid, finishing 86-76 under new manager Joe Frazier.

April 5

Mets sign Seaver to three-year deal
In a deal negotiated in the groundskeeper's office under the third base stands at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Tom Seaver agrees to a three-year contract with the Mets. The pact makes 'Tom Terrific', who posted a 25-9 last season while leading the league in strikeouts with 243, the first hurler in baseball history to earn $200,000.

June 4

Kingman hits three HRs vs. Dodgers
Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a two-run HR and two three-run homers and drives in eight runs, a new franchise record in a 11-0 win. Kingman, who struck out to end the game the night before against the Cubs, destroyed his locker and its contents. All three HRs came on the first pitch of each at-bat, two against Burt Hooten and one against Al Downing.

June 13

Mets record first DH sweep in franchise history
The Mets sweep the Giants in a doubleheader at Candlestick Park, 4-2 and 4-1. The pair of wins mark the first time in 17 tries that the Mets won two games on the same day.

June 17

Kingman blasts walkoff HR in 1-0 win
Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer off Charlie Hough to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 14 innings.

Read about the Mets as we dig deeper into memorable moments in franchise history, including games, player profiles and the record books.