Today in History: April 25


1962: After winning their first game in franchise history two days earlier, the New York Mets returned to the struggle, dropping a 7-1 decision to the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Richie Ashburn led off the game with a single and scored on a fielder’s choice two batters later. The Mets only mustered four hits in the game. If you have some free time, and the desire, you can listen to the game in its entirety on iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Podcast Network or streaming on demand below.

1967: Tom Seaver returned to the mound for his third career start and recording his second major league win, a 2-1 decision over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. On a windy and muddy day, Seaver took a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning, but Seaver walked the leadoff hitter. After getting two outs, Seaver had reduced Ron Santo to a single strike. But Santo hit a ground ball that Bud Harrelson misplayed allowing the tying run to score. The Mets regained the lead in the 10th inning and Seaver closed it out the Cubs for his second win in three major league starts.

1984: In a 2-1 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium, Dwight Gooden becomes the first teenager to strike out ten batters in a major league game since Bert Blyleven accomplished the feat with the Minnesota Twins (1970). Gooden, at age 19, goes on to lead the National League in strikeouts (276).

2012: David Wright becomes the New York Mets all-time RBI leader (735) when he hits a two-run home run in a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Wright passes Darryl Strawberry’s franchise mark with his sixth-inning blast off Mark Buehrle. He finished his career with 970 RBI which places him No. 1 in RBI in franchise history.

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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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