Mets Rewind Timeline

The 1985 season included a lot of hope. It was the coming of age season for Dwight Gooden; the debut of Gary Carter; and Len Dykstra’s arrival to New York. The Mets improved from the year before (1984), finished the season 98-64 record. But 98 wasn’t enough. The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League East title on the final Saturday of the season.

March 28

Sidd Finch
Sports Illustrated April Fool’s edition tricks the nation as author George Plimpton weaves a fictitious tale of Sidd Finch, a Mets rookie phenom who throws a 168-mph fastball.

April 9

Carter hits Opening Day walk-off HR
The Mets' offseason acquisition of Gary Carter pays immediate dividends on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. In his first game with New York, the 31-year old All-star catcher hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to give his new team a 6-5 victory over St. Louis.

May 8

Lynch records his first MLB shutout
New York Mets pitcher Ed Lynch recorded his first MLB shutout, a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. During the game, The Three Stooges version of “The Curley Shuffle” played on the Diamond Vision at Shea Stadium. The team requested it be played at every home game.

June 11

Mets suffer worst loss in franchise history
Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. Hayes hits a leadoff homer and a grand slam. The Phillies rout the Mets 26-7 at Veteran’s Stadium.

November 18

Gooden wins 1985 Cy Young Award
Dwight Gooden wins the Cy Young Award to become the youngest pitcher in National league history to win the coveted honor.

July 16

Mays, Mantle, Snider and DiMaggio shine in Old Timers Game
At the annual Old-Timers Day at Shea Stadium, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider and Joe DiMaggio make a rare appearance together as they walk through the center field gates.

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