New York Mets in History

Events in Sport

  • 1880-09-29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 1884-10-25 1st "World Championship" Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: Providence Grays (NL) beat NY Mets (American Association), 12-2 in 6 innings for 3 game sweep; game abandoned because of bitter cold
  • 1961-03-14 Former New York Yankees general manager George Weiss becomes first President of New York Mets after MLB expansion franchise formed
  • 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

Sports History

1962-06-30 LA Dodgers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax no-hits New York Mets, 5-0; first of 4 career no-hitters thrown by Koufax

  • 1962-08-03 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games

Baseball Record

1962-09-02 St. Louis 1st baseman Stan Musial's records his 3,516th hit in Cards' 4-3 loss v NY Mets; overtakes Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list

  • 1962-09-30 NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1
  • 1963-04-01 NY Mets purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider from the LA Dodgers for $40,000; Snider had starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1947-57

Sports History

1963-04-11 Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn beats NY Mets, 6-1 for his 328th win; most by a left-hander in MLB history

  • 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
  • 1963-09-18 Final MLB game at Polo Grounds, New York City; 1,752 see Philadelphia Phillies defeat New York Mets 5-1
  • 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)

Baseball Record

1964-06-21 Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning hurls a perfect game as Philadelphia beats the New York Mets, 6-0 on Fathers Day at Shea Stadium

  • 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

Sports History

1964-09-01 SF Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets

  • 1965-06-14 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney no-hits New York Mets but loses in 11 innings, 1-0

Sports History

1965-07-24 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets

  • 1966-04-22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4

Sports History

1966-06-07 MLB Draft: New York Mets pass on Reggie Jackson to select Antelope Valley HS catcher Steve Chilcott #1

Baseball History

1967-04-20 NY Met pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 1st game, helps beat Cubs, 6-1

  • 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 at the Astrodome; starting pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Wilson pitch 10 and 9 innings respectively in game that lasts over 6 hours
  • 1968-06-01 St. Louis Cardinals side-arming left-hander Joe Hoerner ties NL record for most consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher, fanning the final 6 batters to earn a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets

Sports History

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

  • 1969-04-08 First Major League Baseball game featuring a Canadian team; Montréal Expos beats NY Mets, 11-10 at Shea Stadium; KC Royals, SD Padres and Seattle Pilots also win on debut
  • 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

Sports History

1969-09-15 MLB St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

  • 1969-09-20 MLB Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • 1969-09-24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • 1969-10-04 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • 1969-10-06 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0

Sports History

1969-10-15 Baltimore's Earl Weaver becomes first manager since 1935 to be ejected World Series game as his Orioles slump to a 2-1 Game 4 defeat to NY Mets at Shea Stadium

  • 1969-10-16 Baseball World Series: 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 at Shea Stadium for upset 4-1 series win; MVP: Mets 1B Donn Clendenon
  • 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
  • 1971-09-05 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • 1972-04-02 New York Mets manager Gil Hodges collapses just minutes after completing a round of golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, and dies of a heart attack

Baseball Record

1972-05-14 In Willie Mays' 1st game as New York Met, his homer beats San Francisco Giants, 5-4 (his former team of over 20 years), at Shea Stadium, New York

  • 1972-10-02 Montreal Expos' pitcher Bill Stoneman no-hits the New York Mets, 7 - 0 at Parc Jarry; first MLB no-hitter ever pitched in Canada
  • 1973-07-08 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • 1973-07-19 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)
  • 1973-09-21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games
  • 1973-09-25 New York Mets beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 on 'Willie Mays Night' at Shea Stadium, NYC

Sports History

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

  • 1973-10-10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • 1973-10-14 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland
  • 1973-10-21 Baseball World Series: defending champion Oakland A's beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to retain title; A's manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A's outfielder Reggie Jackson
  • 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 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver shuts out Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season
  • 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
  • 1977-06-15 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
  • 1979-01-23 NY/SF Giants / New York Mets center fielder Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1979-08-02 MLB New York Mets purchase contract of outfielder José Cardenal from Philadelphia Phillies between games of a double-header between the two teams
  • 1980-05-13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • 1980-09-30 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1981-05-05 16th and final MLB pre-season Mayor's Trophy Game prior to inter-league play; NY Mets beat NY Yankees, 4-1 to hold 8-7-1 edge

Sports History

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

  • 1981-10-03 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot

Sports History

1982-06-07 NY Mets draft Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell & Randy Myers

  • 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 MLB Draft: New York Mets take Mechanicsburg Area Senior HS outfielder Shawn Abner at #1
  • 1984-09-03 MLB St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter breaks his own NL record for saves in a season with his 45th in 7-3 win over NY Mets; record broken in 1991, by Lee Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1984-09-12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251

Baseball Record

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

  • 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 Mets catcher Gary Carter smashes 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-3 win v San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • 1985-09-04 NY Mets catcher Gary Carter's 2 HRs in a 9-2 win in San Diego ties MLB record of 5 HRs in 2 games
  • 1986-10-02 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden becomes first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first 3 seasons when he records 7 in 8-2 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1986-10-15 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • 1986-10-27 Baseball World Series: NY Mets win their second title; beat Boston Red Sox, 8-5 at Shea Stadium for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Mets infielder Ray Knight
  • 1986-11-14 Doubleday Publishing sells NY Mets to Nelson Doubleday and 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 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister
  • 1987-08-16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-10 at Wrigley Field, Chicago; Greg Maddox records the loss
  • 1988-04-04 MLB New York Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs, in a 10-6 win over Expos at Montreal
  • 1988-04-26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al López was 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
  • 1988-10-02 In a season ending 7-5 win in St. Louis, NY Mets' outfielder Kevin McReynolds establishes a MLB record swiping 21 bases without being caught stealing during the season
  • 1988-10-12 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3

Sports History

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

  • 1989-03-02 NY Mets stars Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry famously nearly come to blows in front of reporters and TV crews at spring training

Birthdays in Sport

Casey StengelCasey Stengel (1890-1975)

1890-07-30 American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1892-05-18 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1926-48), and Tony Award-winning singer (South Pacific), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1894-06-23 George Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60, 7 x World Series; NY Mets President 1961-66), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1902-01-09 Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1903-02-05 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 1904-06-03 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljubljana Opera, 1927; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1937-66), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1907-06-21 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1909-07-22 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1911-06-11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1916-03-01 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1917-06-04 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1919-05-25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1922-10-06 Joe Frazier, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles) and manager (NY Mets 1976–77), born in Liberty, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1922-10-27 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1923-02-10 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1930-05-04 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2017)

Willie MaysWillie Mays (92 years old)

1931-05-06 American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • 1931-07-16 Norm Sherry, American baseball catcher (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) and manager (California Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1936-01-09 Ralph Terry, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; World Series 1961, 62 [MVP]; NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians, NY Mets), born in Big Cabin, Oklahoma (d. 2022)
  • 1937-02-02 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937-05-10 Jim Hickman, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1970 Chicago Cubs; 1st NY Met to hit for cycle), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1941-10-16 Tim McCarver, American baseball catcher (World Series 1964, 67; MLB All-Star 1966, 67 St. Louis Cardinals) and broadcaster (NY Mets, ABC, CBS, FOX), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2023)

Mel StottlemyreMel Stottlemyre (1941-2019)

1941-11-13 American baseball pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees) and coach (5 x World Series; NY Mets, NY Yankees), born in Hazleton, Missouri

  • 1942-08-04 Cleon Jones, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, World Series 1969; New York Mets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1942-10-06 Jerry Grote, American MLB catcher for 16 seasons (mostly with NY Mets, including 1969 World Series title), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942-12-23 Jerry Koosman, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Appleton, Minnesota
  • 1943-01-30 Davey Johnson, American baseball second baseman (4 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1966, 70 Baltimore Orioles) and manager (World Series 1986 NY Mets), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1944-04-01 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1944-06-30 Ron Swoboda, American baseball outfielder and sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Tom SeaverTom Seaver (1944-2020)

1944-11-17 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star; NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago WS), born in Fresno, California [1]

  • 1946-10-06 Gary Gentry, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1946-12-15 Art Howe, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros) and manager (Houston Astros, Oakland A's, NY Mets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nolan RyanNolan Ryan (76 years old)

1947-01-31 American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]; World Series 1969 NY Mets; 8 x MLB All Star; California Angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers), born in Refugio, Texas

Dave KingmanDave Kingman (74 years old)

1948-12-21 American baseball utility, DH (3 × MLB All-Star; NL HR leader 1979, 82; NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Pendleton, Oregon

  • 1949-02-12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1951-08-21 John Stearns, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1977, 79, 80, 82; New York Mets), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2022)
  • 1952-12-28 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)

Keith HernandezKeith Hernandez (69 years old)

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

  • 1954-04-08 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), born in Culver City, California (d. 2012)

Willie RandolphWillie Randolph (68 years old)

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

  • 1955-02-07 Charlie Puleo, American MLB pitcher (NY Mets, Atlanta Braves), born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1955-03-25 Lee Mazzilli, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1979, NY Mets; World Series 1986, Pittsburgh Pirates), manager (Baltimore Orioles) and coach (World Series 2000, NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957-04-21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1957-12-17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1958-04-29 Gary Cohen, American sports broadcaster (NY Mets: SNY, WPIX; Seton Hall basketball: WNYM), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960-08-19 Ron Darling, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1960-09-17 John Franco, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York

Howard JohnsonHoward Johnson (62 years old)

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

  • 1960-12-21 Roger McDowell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961-09-22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder, 1985-97, NL Rookie of the Year, 6X NL stolen base leader, 2X All-Star (St. Louis Cardinals; New York Mets, and 4 other teams), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962-02-19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, American baseball player (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962-10-12 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-02-10 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1963-02-23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963-07-07 Lance Johnson, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1963-12-10 Doug Henry, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California

Dwight GoodenDwight Gooden (58 years old)

1964-11-16 American baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All-Star; NL Cy Young Award, Triple Crown 1985 NY Mets; no-hitter 1996 NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida

  • 1965-03-12 Shawn Gilbert, American former MLB player (New York Mets), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1965-10-23 Al Leiter, American pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets), born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • 1965-12-16 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1966-01-19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas

Tom GlavineTom Glavine (57 years old)

1966-03-25 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1991, 98; World Series MVP 1995; 10 x MLB All Star; Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Concord, Massachusetts

  • 1966-05-01 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1966-09-23 Pete Harnisch, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1991 Houston Astros; Baltimore Orioles, NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds), born in Commack, New York
  • 1966-09-24 Bernard Gilkey, American MLB 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, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1967-08-01 Gregg Jefferies, American infielder (NY Mets, Royals, Phillies), born in Burlingame, California
  • 1968-03-07 Jeff Kent, American MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1968-03-26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • 1968-04-19 Brent Mayne, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1968-05-24 Jerry Dipoto, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1968-06-08 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968-09-04 Mike Piazza, American Baseball HOF catcher (12 x MLB All-Star; 10 x Silver Slugger; LA Dodgers, NY Mets), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 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 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970-02-14 Kelly Stinnett, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1971-06-03 Carl Everett, American MLB outfielder (NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1971-11-10 Butch Huskey, American baseball infielder (NY Mets), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma
  • 1972-01-11 Rey Ordonez, Cuban-American baseball infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1972-09-07 Jason Isringhausen, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brighton, Illinois
  • 1972-11-03 Armando Benitez, Dominican baseball pitcher (NL saves leader 2004; MLB All Star 2003, 04; NY Mets, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins), born in Ramón Santana, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1973-08-11 Edgardo Alfonzo, Venezualan MLB infielder, 1995-2006 (NY Mets; San Francisco Giants, and 2 other teams), born in Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1974-10-29 R. A. Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1979-03-13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (4 × MLB All-Star; AL Cy Young 2004, 06; Triple Crown 2006; Gold Glove 2007; no-hitter 2012; Minnesota Twins, NY Mets), born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • 1981-05-08 John Maine, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Fredericksburg, Virgini
  • 1982-12-20 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1991-05-01 Marcus Stroman, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2019; Gold Glove 2017; Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets), born in Medford, New York
  • 1993-03-01 Michael Conforto, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2017; New York Mets), born in Seattle, Washington

Weddings in Sport

  • 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

Divorces in Sport

Darryl Strawberry

1987-01-29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • 1957-05-09 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1926-48), and Tony Award-winning singer (South Pacific), dies at 64
  • 1971-04-19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • 1972-08-13 George Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60, 7 x World Series; NY Mets President 1961-66), dies at 78

Casey StengelCasey Stengel (1890-1975)

1975-09-29 American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), dies of cancer at 85

  • 1975-10-04 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • 1984-12-15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljubljana Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1991-10-30 William Shea, American lawyer (instrumental in NY Mets establishment; Shea Stadium), dies from a stroke at 84
  • 1995-06-10 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 76
  • 1997-09-02 Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera manager, 1950-72), dies of complication of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 95
  • 2004-10-23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2007-01-27 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90
  • 2011-02-15 Joe Frazier, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles) and manager (NY Mets 1976–77), dies at 88
  • 2012-02-16 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), dies from brain tumor at 57
  • 2014-02-06 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2014-08-15 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), dies at 105
  • 2016-06-25 Jim Hickman, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1970 Chicago Cubs; 1st NY Met to hit for cycle), dies at 79
  • 2017-01-18 Roberta Peters [Peterman], American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 2018-03-29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73

Mel StottlemyreMel Stottlemyre (1941-2019)

2019-01-13 American baseball pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees) and coach (5 x World Series; NY Mets, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 77

Tom SeaverTom Seaver (1944-2020)

2020-08-31 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star; NY Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago WS), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

  • 2021-03-08 Norm Sherry, American baseball catcher (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets) and manager (California Angels), dies at 89
  • 2022-03-16 Ralph Terry, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; World Series 1961, 62 [MVP]; NY Yankees, KC Athletics, Cleveland Indians, NY Mets), dies at 86
  • 2022-09-15 John Stearns, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1977, 79, 80, 82; New York Mets), dies from prostate cancer at 71
  • 2023-02-16 Tim McCarver, American baseball catcher (World Series 1964, 67; MLB All-Star 1966, 67 St. Louis Cardinals) and broadcaster (NY Mets, ABC, CBS, FOX), dies of heart failure at 81 [1]