Game Rewind: 1973 World Series

On August 14, 1973 the New York Mets were 8 1/2 games behind and in last place in the National League East with a record of 52-65. The Mets finished August winning 10 of 16 followed by a September run of 19-8 to win the division with a record of 82-79.

After beating the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Championship Series (3-2), the Mets matched the up with the defending champion Oakland Athletics, who were hunting a third straight title. The series went back-and-forth from Oakland to New York and the Mets took a 3-2 Series lead after Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combined to pitch a three-hit shutout in Game 5 at Shea Stadium.

Mets manager decided to start Tom Seaver on short rest in Game 6, a decision that still haunts Mets fans today. Despite pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs, Catfish Hunter stymied the Mets offense, allowing just a single run. Darold Knowles and Rollie Fingers held New York scoreless the final two innings to give the A’s a 3-1 win and forcing a Game 7.

The Athletics beat up Jon Matlack, scoring four runs in the third inning. The Mets offense never got on track and the A’s would go on to win Game 7 by a score of 5-2 to win their third straight World Series title.

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GAME 1: OCTOBER 13, 1973

New York Mets – 1
Oakland Athletics – 2
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GAME 2: OCTOBER 14, 1973

New York Mets – 10
Oakland Athletics – 7
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GAME 3: OCTOBER 16, 1973

Oakland Athletics – 3
New York Mets – 2
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GAME 4: OCTOBER 17, 1973

Oakland Athletics – 1
New York Mets – 6
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GAME 5: OCTOBER 18, 1973

Oakland Athletics – 0
New York Mets – 2
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GAME 6: OCTOBER 20, 1973

New York Mets – 1
Oakland Athletics – 3
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GAME 7: OCTOBER 21, 1973

New York Mets – 2
Oakland Athletics – 5
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