Game Rewind: Mets-Dodgers (05.19.1963)

On May 19, 1963, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers had a classic pitcher’s duel at Dodger Stadium.

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Dodgers scored on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Davis in the first inning. After that run, it was all Sandy Koufax and Roger Craig. Both pitchers posted one zero after another as the lone run held up to give Dodgers a 1-0 win.

Koufax pitched a complete game two-hitter for the win. The Mets lone hits included a Ron Hunt single in the fourth inning and a single by Craig in the sixth inning.

The Mets would also lose the second game of the twinbill, 4-2, in 10 innings on Frank Howard’s walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning off Mets reliever Ken MacKenzie.

Over his 12-year career (1955-1966), Koufax dominated the Mets. In 162 innings pitched vs. the Mets (1962-1966) Koufax compiled a 17-2 record with a 1.44 ERA and struck out 173. He also no hit the Mets on June 30, 1962.

You can stream to the entire radio broadcast of the game with legendary Mets radio team Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner below or take with you and listen on demand by subscribing to the MetsRewind iTunes podcast.

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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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