Game Rewind: Mets @ Reds (07.21.1962)

Despite home runs from Frank Thomas and Marv Throneberry, the New York Mets dropped a 5-3 decision to the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in front of a sparse crowd of 8,381 fans.

Craig Anderson pitched a complete game but the Mets could not overcome Throneberry’s error in the fifth inning, giving Vada Pinson the opportunity to hit a two-out, two-run homer. The loss marked the Mets fifth straight loss to the Reds that season and the third straight game that a starting right-hander pitched a complete game and did not win (Jay Hook and Roger Craig did it the two previous nights).

The New York Times called the loss “another frustrating and futile” attempt. The Mets outhit the Reds 11-7 in the game, but were unable to manufacture runs against the Reds ace Bob Purkey, who improved to 15-3 on the season. He would go on to finish the season with a 23-5 mark and the highest winning percentage in the league.

“If we could only have gotten that fella some runs,” said Mets manager Casey Stengel after the game.

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National League baseball in New York was redefined on March 6, 1961 when the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. formally received a certificate of membership from leave president Warren Giles. Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs today, the case could be made that no other team has a more compelling franchise history than the New York Mets. From Casey Stengel to Yogi Berra, Marv Throneberry to Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Bobby Valentine, Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey, the Mets are loaded with character(s). Then there are the Amazin’ seasons — 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2006-2008 and 2015 — full of miracles, joy, hope and heartbreak. Mets Rewind is designed for that purpose: To share team history in a distinct and entertaining format. We hope you — the baseball fan — enjoy the content. We encourage you to share your memories.
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