1985: Dwight Gooden throws a complete-game, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2. Gooden become the seventh pitcher in MLB history to finish the season leading both leagues in wins (24), ERA (1.53), and strikeouts (268).
1986: Facing his final batter of the regular season, Dwight Gooden records his 200th strikeout in the eighth inning of an 8-2 win over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium. Gooden is the first pitcher in history to strikeout 200+ batters in each of his first three seasons.
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1961: Casey Stengel comes out of retirement to manage the Mets. In three-plus years as manager, Stengel compiles 175 wins and 404 losses (.302).
1988: Kevin McReynolds sets an MLB record when he steals his 21 consecutive base without getting caught stealing.
1999: New York Mets pitcher Rick Reed strikes out 12 Pittsburgh Pirates on his was to a complete game three-hit shutout at Shea Stadium. The win places the Mets into a tie for the NL Wild Card with the Reds with one game left in the season.
2005: During the seventh inning stretch, the Mets halt play for eight minutes as the Shea Stadium crowd pays tribute to Mike Piazza, who will be a free agent at seasons end. The Mets show a video montage of Piazza’s highlights during his eight seasons in New York.