Mark Simon, researcher and writer at Sports Info Solutions, has compiled his list of the Best Mets Pitching Performances by decade.
On September 17, 1986, the New York Mets magic number was one. Dwight Gooden was the starting pitcher against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium. The Mets were at home, their ace on the mound … what could go wrong? On this day, not a thing.
On July 9, 1969, Mets ace Tom Seaver carried a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium. After retiring Cubs catcher Randy Hundley on an attempted bunt, Seaver faced off against Jimmy Qualls, a light-hitting rookie utility player.
On July 4, 1972, New York Mets ace Tom Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. After recording the first out, Padres outfielder Leron Lee singles to spoil the no-hit bid. Seaver induces Nate Colbert to hit into a game-ending double play.
The Mets and Cubs battle into the 14th inning when Mets first baseman Tim Harkness hits a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning at the Polo Grounds.
The New York Mets jumped out to a first-inning three run lead when Felix Mantilla delivered a three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Don Drysdale, but the Mets couldn’t hold the lead, falling 5-4 at the Polo Grounds.
Jim Maloney was nearly unhittable, for 10 innings at least. On June 14, 1965, Maloney faced the New York Mets in front of a modest crowd of 5,989 fans at Crosley Field and baffled Mets hitters into extra innings.
Tom Seaver strikes out 13 Cincinnati Reds in a 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 1973 National League Championship Series at Riverfront Stadium.
On April 24, 1965, Casey Stengel recorded his 3,000th career win as a manager when the New York Mets rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-6, at Candlestick Park.
The New York Mets recorded their first win in franchise history on this day, 9-1, at Forbes Field. The mets scored nine runs, pounded out 14 hits and Jay Hook fired a five-hit complete game for the win.