New York Mets in History

Events in Sport

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  • 1880-09-29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 1884-10-23 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
  • 1884-10-25 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3
  • 1911-06-16 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn

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1955-01-07 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • 1961-03-14 George Weiss becomes President of NY Mets
  • 1961-10-10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • 1961-10-28 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
  • 1962-04-11 New York Mets make a losing debut
  • 1962-04-22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • 1962-04-23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 1962-06-30 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax no-hits NY Mets, 5-0
  • 1962-08-03 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games
  • 1962-09-30 NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1
  • 1963-04-01 NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
  • 1963-06-14 NY Met Duke Snider hits his 400th HR
  • 1963-06-23 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • 1963-08-09 NY Met Roger Craig's NL record-tying 18-game losing streak ends
  • 1963-08-17 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit for cycle
  • 1964-04-17 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1964-05-31 SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)
  • 1964-08-09 Bunning continues pitching perfectly to NY Mets until 2 outs in 5th, when Joe Christopher beats out a bunt. He totals 15 innings
  • 1964-08-15 Phillies triple-play NY Mets
  • 1964-09-01 Masanori Murakami is 1st Japanese player in majors (NY Mets)
  • 1965-04-24 NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager
  • 1965-06-14 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney no-hits NY Mets but loses in 11, 1-0
  • 1965-07-24 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets
  • 1965-09-03 Jim Hickman becomes 1st NY Met to hit 3 HRs in a game
  • 1965-10-02 Phillies' Chris Short strikes-out 18 NY Mets
  • 1966-04-22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4

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1966-06-07 NY Mets pass up Reggie Jackson to draft Steve Chilcott #1

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1967-04-20 NY Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
  • 1967-04-30 NY Met pitcher Tom Seaver wins hist 1st game
  • 1967-06-11 Chicago Cubs (7) & NY Mets (4) tie record of 11 HRs in a game
  • 1967-06-20 Phillies Larry Jackson beats NY Mets for 18th straight time
  • 1968-04-15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings

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1968-09-24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1969-04-08 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9

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1969-05-21 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1969-08-14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • 1969-09-10 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • 1969-09-15 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game
  • 1969-09-20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • 1969-09-24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • 1969-10-06 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • 1969-10-15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • 1969-10-16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • 1970-04-22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
  • 1970-04-22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • 1970-07-06 Baseball player NY Met Tommie Agee hits for the cycle
  • 1971-09-05 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet

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1972-05-14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1972-10-02 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0
  • 1973-07-08 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • 1973-09-21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games

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1973-10-08 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1973-10-10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • 1974-08-27 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • 1975-07-15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • 1975-07-21 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
  • 1975-09-01 NY Met Tom Seaver is 1st to strike out 200 in 8 consecutive seasons
  • 1975-09-26 Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM
  • 1975-11-12 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award
  • 1976-03-08 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China
  • 1977-06-15 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
  • 1980-05-13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets

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1980-06-03 NY Mets draft Darryl Strawberry, 18, #1

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1980-08-05 NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
  • 1980-09-30 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

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1981-08-14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1982-06-07 NY Mets draft Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell & Randy Myers
  • 1982-08-04 NY Met Joel Youngblood singles in Chicago day game, he is traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia night game
  • 1982-09-21 2,251 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1983-04-05 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment
  • 1983-09-20 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1984-06-04 NY Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1
  • 1984-09-12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251

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1984-09-25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1984-09-26 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1984-11-19 NY Met Dwight Gooden, 20, is youngest to be named NL Rookie of Year
  • 1985-09-03 NY Met Gary Carter hits 3 consecutive HRs in a game
  • 1985-09-04 NY Mets Gary Carter's 2 HRs ties record of 5 HRs in 2 games
  • 1986-10-02 NY Met Dwight Gooden is 1st to strike out 200 or more in 1st 3 seasons
  • 1986-10-15 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • 1986-10-27 NY Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series
  • 1986-11-14 Doubleday Publishing sells NY Mets to Nelson Doubleday & Fred Wilpon
  • 1987-03-14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl
  • 1987-06-22 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets
  • 1987-07-03 NY Met Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates Wally Backman & Lee Mazzilli for criticizing his play
  • 1987-08-16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • 1988-04-26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
  • 1988-07-26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • 1988-10-12 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3

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1989-01-29 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1885-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • 1890-07-30 Casey Stengel, baseball manager (Yankees (1949-60)/NY Met's 1st)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1903-02-05 Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1909-07-22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1913-08-28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1919-05-25 Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)
  • 1922-10-27 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates)/sportscaster (NY Mets)
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy

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1924-04-04 Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

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1927-03-19 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1927-09-25 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • 1930-05-04 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

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1931-05-06 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1933-07-20 Nelson Doubleday, publisher (Doubleday)/owner (NY Mets)
  • 1937-02-02 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941-11-13 Mel Stottlemyre, Wash, pitcher (NY Yankee)/pitching coach (NY Met)
  • 1942-12-23 Jerry Koosman, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1943-01-30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • 1944-06-30 Ron Swoboda, baseball outfielder/sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets)
  • 1944-11-17 Tom Seaver, American MLB pitcher (NY Met, 300 game winner, Cy Young '69 '73 '75), born in Fresno, California
  • 1946-10-06 Gary Gentry, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1949-02-12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1952-12-28 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Balt Orioles)

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1953-10-20 Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1954-04-08 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)

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1954-07-06 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1957-04-21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1957-12-17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1958-01-31 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • 1960-08-19 Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1960-09-17 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York

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1960-11-29 Howard Johnson, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
  • 1960-12-21 Roger McDowell, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1962-01-10 Jim Lindeman, US baseball outfielder (NY Mets)
  • 1962-01-13 Kevin Mitchell, US baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1962-02-19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-10-12 Sid Fernandez, pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-01-02 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963-02-10 Lenny Dykstra, centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1963-02-23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963-07-07 Lance Johnson, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1963-12-10 Doug Henry, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1964-11-16 Dwight Gooden, pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1965-10-23 Al Leiter, Toms River NJ, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets)
  • 1965-12-16 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1966-01-19 Anthony Young, US baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • 1966-02-27 Pete Smith, US baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets)
  • 1966-09-23 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • 1966-09-24 Bernard Gilkey, outfielder (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1966-10-28 Tim Bogar,infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966-11-07 Andy Tomberlin, Monroe NC, outfielder (NY Mets)
  • 1967-08-01 Gregg Jefferies, Burlingame CA, infielder (NY Mets, Royals, Phillies)
  • 1968-03-07 Jeff Kent, Bellflower CA, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1968-03-26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-04-19 Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1968-05-12 Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1968-05-24 Jerry Dipoto, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1968-06-08 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968-11-29 Pedro A Martinez, Villa Mella Dom Rep, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1969-05-27 Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1969-10-06 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970-02-10 Alberto Castillo, Dominican/US baseball catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1970-02-10 Bobby Jones, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-02-14 Kelly Stinnett, US baseball catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1970-12-03 Paul Byrd, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-06-03 Carl Everett, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-11-10 Butch Huskey, Anadarko OK, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1972-01-11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1972-03-29 Alex Ochoa, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-09-07 Jason Isringhausen, Alton IL, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1973-08-11 Edgardo Alfonzo, Sta Teresa Venezuela, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1982-12-20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia

Weddings in Sport

  • 1987-01-09 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • 2005-01-29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1957-05-09 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • 1969-02-02 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1969-10-22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday

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1972-04-02 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1975-10-04 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

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1997-09-09 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 2017-01-18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86