John Sullivan, a catcher in 1967, is born.
Jim Dwyer, an outfielder in 1976, is born.
Bart Shirley, a second baseman in 1967, is born.
The Mets batting coach Rogers Hornsby dies of a heart attack in Chicago at the age of 66.
Ed Bauta, a pitcher in 1963-64, is born.
Roy Staiger, an infielder on the 1975-77 teams, is born.
Chuck Cottier, who coached in 1979, is born.
John DeMerit, an outfielder in 1962, is born.
Ralph Terry, a pitcher in 1966-67, is born.
Phil Mankowski, an infielder in 1980, is born.
The Mets sign pitchers Al Jackson, Roger Craig and Aubrey Gatewood, and infielder-outfielder Jim Hickman. The Mets also announce that they'll spend $300,000 to renovate their temporary home, the Polo Grounds.
General manager Johnny Murphy passes away after suffering a heart attack.
The Mets trade outfielder George Altman to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Billy Cowan.
Ron Herbel, a pitcher on the 1970 team, is born.
Don Zimmer, an infielder on the 1962 team, is born.
The Mets name Bob Scheffing general manager and vice president, succeeding the late Johnny Murphy.
The Mets coach Yogi Berra is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jesse Gonder, a catcher on the 1963-65 teams, is born.
Bill Graham, a pitcher on the 1967 team, is born.
Lindsey Nelson, the "Voice of the Mets" since 1962, announces that he will not return for the 1979 season.
The Mets announcer Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Pittsburgh Pirate slugger receives 273 votes.
The Mets coach Willie Mays is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
After a three-month auction, the Payson family sells the New York Mets to a group headed by publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday and Long Island businessman Fred Wilpon. The purchase price is estimated at $21.1 million -- the highest amount ever paid for an American professional sports franchise at the time.
The Mets' new owners are introduced to the New York media at a luncheon at Shea Stadium's Diamond Club. Nelson Doubleday is named the club's new chairman of the board, while Fred Wilpon is named club president and chief executive officer. The outgoing chairlady, Lorinda de Roulet, announces that she will have no position under the new Mets ownership group.
New York Yankees President Lee MacPhail says that the Yanks' move to Shea Stadium while their own park is being renovated is "practically settled but for the details."
Sergio Ferrer, an infielder on the 1978-79 teams, is born.
The Mets sign catcher Joe Ginsberg.
Nolan Ryan, a pitcher on the 1966 and 68-71 teams, is born.
The Mets acquire Johan Santana from the Twins in exchange for a package of four players.
New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner signs a bill that officially changes the name of the new structure in Queens from “Flushing Meadows Stadium” to “William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.”
The National League formally approves the sale of the New York Mets to a group headed by Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon.
Don Heffner, a coach from 1964-65, is born.
Mookie Wilson, an outfielder and coach, is born.
The Mets purchase pitcher Ron Taylor from Houston’s Oklahoma City farm team.
Francisco Estrada, a catcher in 1971, is born.
Len Randle, who played for the Mets from 1977-78, is born.
Ed Lynch, who pitched for the Mets in 1980, is born.
Ken Singleton, a slugging outfielder from Mount Vernon, N.Y., is signed to a Mets contract by scout Bubber Jonnard.
Mets pitching ace Tom Seaver signs a new contract for a reported $120,000 a year. The pact makes him the highest-paid player in New York baseball history and, at the age of 27, the youngest Major Leaguer ever to reach the $100,000-a-year plateau.
Roger Craig, who pitched for the Mets in 1962 and 1963, is born.
The Mets and the NFL Jets reach an agreement that will allow the Jets to remain at Shea Stadium. (The Jets had been making overtures to the brand-new Giants Stadium in New Jersey.)
The Mets’ pitchers and catchers assemble at St. Petersburg, Fla., for their first workout. (The Mets’ uniform is seen in public for the first time, as well. Its color scheme and design borrow features from each of New York’s modern Major League teams: Orange from the Giants, blue from the Dodgers and pinstripes from the Yankees.)
Mets manager Gil Hodges slips into uniform No. 14 for the first time five months after he suffered a heart attack in Atlanta. He greets the Mets in St. Petersburg.
Frank Cashen is named the club’s new general manager.
The Mets trade infielders Wayne Graham and Bobby Klaus and catcher Jim Schaffer to Philadelphia for first baseman Dick Stuart.
Ron Hunt, who played infield from 1963-66, is born.
Don Shaw, who pitched for the Mets from 1967-68, is born.
Ken Boswell, who played for the Mets from 1967-74, is born.
The Mets trade pitcher George Stone to Texas for pitcher Bill Hands.
The Mets purchase infielder Luis Alvarado from Detroit.
Sammy Taylor, who caught for the Mets from 1962-63, is born.
The Mets purchase infielder/outfielder Dave Kingman from San Francisco.
Mets pitching ace Tom Seaver begins a bitter Spring Training holdout. It’s the first in a series of events that will culminate in a trade to Cincinnati.
Chico Fernandez, an outfielder in 1963, is born.
Clyde McCullough, who coached on the 1963 team, is born.
Bob W. Johnson, an infielder in 1967, is born.
Jack Fisher, who pitched for the Mets from 1964-67, is born.
Danny Frisella, who pitched for the Mets from 1967-72, is born.
Tom Grieve, an outfielder in 1978, is born.
Outfielder Rusty Staub ends a holdout by signing a three-year contract worth $110,000 per year.
In their first foreign effort, the Mets lose to the Mexico City Red Devils, 6-4, on Suitcase Simpson’s three-run homer off Jack Fisher.
Ed Bouchee, who played first base on the 1962 team, is born.
Galen Cisco, who pitched from 1962-65, is born.
Former Mets manager Casey Stengel is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Meet The Mets,” the official Mets theme song, is introduced to the public by songwriters Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz.
In their first on-field competition of any kind, the Mets lose their exhibition opener, 8-0, to the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mets pitchers Jay Hook, Clem Labine and Craig Anderson combine to yield 12 hits, including home runs to Gene Oliver and Minnie Minoso.
Scoring four runs in the last two innings, the Mets chalk up their first victory of any kind, a 4-3 exhibition triumph over the Cardinals. Bob “Butterball” Botz is the winning pitcher, and Choo Choo Coleman belts a home run.
Dave Kingman belts two homers off Catfish Hunter in a 3-0 Mets exhibition victory over the Yankees. (The first homer is a 500-foot moon shot that causes Mickey Mantle to gasp, “I’ve never seen a ball hit further!”)
The Mets trade pitcher Mardie Cornejo to Detroit for pitcher Ed Glynn.
George Weiss becomes the Mets' first club president.
Pitcher Craig Swan ends months of negotiations by signing a five-year, $3 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in Mets history. In the space of 24 hours, the new Wilpon-Doubleday regime has signed the Mets’ two outstanding unsigned players: Swan and Joel Youngblood.
The New York State Assembly votes in favor of a bond issue allowing the building of a 55,000-seat municipal stadium in Flushing Meadows, near the site of the 1939-40 World’s Fair.
William Hunter, who pitched for the Mets in 1962 and 1964, is born.
Richie Ashburn, who pitched and played second base for the Mets in 1962, is born.
The Yankees announce their opposition to any plan that would enable the new National League expansion team to share Yankee Stadium with them until the new stadium in Queens is ready. It is now obvious that the new club will be housed at the Polo Grounds.
Tommy Davis, who played outfield and first base in 1971, is born.
Richie Ashburn’s ninth-inning RBI single gives the Mets a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Yankees in the first meeting ever between the two cross-town rivals.
The Mets trade infielder Bud Harrelson to Philadelphia for Minor League infielder Freddie Andrews.
Montreal Expos officials announce that outfielder Rusty Staub could go to the Mets “in the right kind of deal.”
Lee Mazzilli, who made his Mets debut in 1976, is born.
The Mets sell pitcher Buzz Capra to Atlanta.
The Mets trade pitcher Nino Espinosa to Philadelphia for infielders Richie Hebner and Jose Moreno.
The Mets purchase pitcher Frank Lary from Milwaukee.
The Mets trade catcher J.C. Martin to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Randy Bobb.
The Mets trade infielder Leo Foster to Boston for Minor League pitcher Jim Burton.
The Mets finish a historic two-game, season-opening set in Japan against the Cubs with a 5-1 victory after Benny Agbayani hits a pinch-hit grand slam in the 11th inning.
Rusty Staub is born.
The Mets are awarded negotiating rights with Tom Seaver after they, along with Philadelphia and Cleveland, match Atlanta’s original offer of $50,000. But it’s the Mets’ slip of paper that MLB Commissioner William Eckert picks out of a hat, thus giving the Mets a chance to sign the former No. 1 pick.
Gil Hodges, then the Mets manager, suffers a fatal heart attack after playing golf in Florida. He dies two days before his 48th birthday.
Tom Seaver and the Mets agree to a contract and the right-hander is assigned to Jacksonville of the International League.
Gil Hodges is born.
Tom Seaver makes his club-record 11th Opening Day start and combines with Doug Sisk for a 2-0 win vs. Philadelphia at Shea.
Darryl Strawberry cracks an Opening Day home run that hits the roof in Montreal. Kevin McReynolds adds four hits and three RBIs in New York’s 10-6 win.
Richie Hebner celebrates his first game as a Met by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs as New York wins its season opener, 10-6, at Chicago.
Dwight Gooden four-hits the Rockies in the first game in Colorado’s history in a 3-0 win. It was Doc’s first Opening Day shutout.
Masato Yoshii hurls seven shutout innings in his Major League debut in a 7-0 win vs. Pittsburgh.
Gil Hodges is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. The press is later summoned to Shea Stadium where the club announces that Yogi Berra has been given a two-year contract to manage the team and that the Mets acquired Rusty Staub from Montreal for Tim Foli, Ken Singleton and Mike Jorgensen.
Tom Seaver outduels Steve Carlton as the Mets top the Phillies, 3-0, on Opening Day at Shea.
Walt Terrell tops the Astros, 8-1, for the 1,500th regular season win in franchise history.
Donn Clendenon drives in the winning run as the Mets beat Pittsburgh, 5-4, in 11 innings to post their first Opening Day triumph. Ron Taylor picks up the win.
Willie Mays' RBI double in the ninth gives the Mets a 3-2 victory over the Phillies at Shea.
Dwight Gooden, 19, makes his Major League debut. Doc picks up the win in the 3-2 victory over Houston, working five innings with five strikeouts. Gooden became the third-youngest pitcher in club history.
Gary Carter belts two home runs to help the Mets top the Expos.
The Montreal Expos defeat the Mets, 11-10, on Opening Day at Shea despite a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning by Duffy Dyer.
Dave Kingman clocks his first home run as a Met and Joe Torre’s RBI single in the ninth lifts Tom Seaver to a 2-1 Opening Day triumph against the Phillies.
Ed Kranepool cracks a two-run shot in the ninth to give the Mets a 6-5 win over the Expos.
Steve Henderson’s pinch-hit grand slam propels New York to a 6-5 win over the Expos in the first game of a doubleheader.
Gary Carter collects his 1,000th career RBI in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Pirates at Shea.
Mike Piazza and Tsuyoshi Shinjo swat home runs, and behind Kevin Appier the Mets defeat the Braves, 9-4, as 53,640 fans watch the National League championship banner raised at Shea.
The Mets are scheduled to play their first regular-season game, but they are rained out in St. Louis.
Tommie Agee belts two home runs, including a monster shot to the left-field upper deck off the Expos’ Larry Jaster, the only fair ball in Shea's history to reach the upper deck. The spot is later marked with Agee’s number No. 20.
New York makes its first trip to Milwaukee since 1965 and falls to the Brewers, 5-3.
Before a crowd of 16,147 at Busch Stadium, the Mets fall, 11-4, to the Cardinals in the first regular-season game in franchise history. Gus Bell’s second-inning single is the first Mets hit and Gil Hodges collects the team’s first home run in the fourth inning. Roger Craig suffers the loss.
Rookie Jerry Koosman blanks the Dodgers, 4-0, on four hits.
Jerry Grote swats an 11th-inning home run to lift New York to a 1-0 win over the Reds at Shea.
Pinch-hitter Danny Heep draws a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 2-1 triumph over St. Louis at Shea. Roger McDowell is the winning pitcher in his Major League debut.
Upon returning home after their Opening Day loss at St. Louis, the Mets are given a ticker-tape parade and a City Hall reception.
New York establishes its fastest start in franchise history by winning, 2-1, at St. Louis. It is the Mets' fourth straight win to begin the season.
Ron Darling hurls a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over the Expos.
Rey Ordonez’s game-winning single in the 10th inning gives the Mets a 1-0 win over Atlanta.
National League baseball officially returns to New York as the Mets drop their home opener, 4-3, to the Pirates, before 12,447 fans at the Polo Grounds. Frank Thomas belts a home run and Sherman Jones suffers the loss on the mound for the Mets.
Tom Seaver pitches in his first Major League game. Seaver gets a no-decision as the Mets top Pittsburgh, 3-2, at Shea. Tom hurls 5 1/3 innings, allows six hits, two runs, four walks. He had eight strikeouts.
Darryl Strawberry hits a game-winning home run off John Franco to help the Mets down the Reds, 2-1.
Dwight Gooden swipes his first-ever base in a 5-3 win vs. Montreal.
Mike Piazza’s RBI double scores Jay Payton from first base in the top of the ninth as New York edges the Phillies, 2-1, at Veterans Stadium.
Citi Field opens its doors for the Mets’ first game in their new home. The Mets lost to the Padres.
In his second Major League at-bat, Ron Swoboda cracks a pinch-hit home run off Houston’s Turk Farrell. But the Mets fall to the Astros, 7-6, in 11 innings.
Left-handed pitcher Jerry Koosman makes his Major League debut with 2 2/3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief in a 5-1 loss to the Phillies.
Rookie Nolan Ryan shuts out Houston over 6 2/3 innings to earn his first big league win, 4-0.
A memorable day at Shea as the Mets receive their World Series rings and raise the world championship banner for the first time in franchise history.
Rey Ordonez collects four hits and begins a 14-game hitting streak in a 10-4 victory at Colorado.
Mike Piazza collects a career-high five hits, including two home runs, as New York outlasts Pittsburgh, 8-5.
The Mets and Astros tangle for 23 consecutive scoreless innings before Houston pushes across a run in the 24th inning to nip the Mets, 1-0, at the Astrodome in what was then the longest night game (in terms of innings) and the longest game played to a decision in National League history. Shortstop Al Weis’ error allowed the winning run to score, ending the contest at 1:37 a.m. local time. The Mets use a club record eight pitchers and Tommie Agee and Ron Swoboda both went 0-for-10.
Ed Kranepool’s two-run home run propels the Mets to a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Shea in Yogi Berra’s debut as New York’s skipper.
Dave Kingman belts a 550-foot home run off Chicago’s Tom Dettore to help lift the Mets past the Cubs, 10-8, at Wrigley Field.
A sold out Shea crowd witnesses history as President Clinton addresses the nation on Jackie Robinson Day. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, standing side by side Jackie’s widow, Rachel, declares that Major League Baseball is retiring No. 42 in tribute to his great achievements: “No. 42 will never again be issued by a Major League club to any player or other on-field personnel, other than those who are currently wearing it.”
One day before its official opening, the Mets’ new stadium is dedicated in a ceremony presided over by the man for whom the structure is named: attorney William A. Shea. Shea empties the contents of two bottles of water (one from the Harlem River and one from the Gowanus Canal) over the infield.
Jack Hamilton beats the Braves, 3-1, at Shea, as the Mets reach the .500 mark (1-1) for the first time ever.
Donn Clendenon’s fourth inning home run is the only run Tom Seaver needs in a 1-0, 14-strikeout victory over Pittsburgh at Shea.
Kevin Elster breaks Buddy Kerr’s National League record with his 69th consecutive errorless game at shortstop.
Robin Ventura collects six RBIs in a 12-9 win at Pittsburgh.
New York plays its first extra-inning affair in a 5-2 loss to Houston.
Shea Stadium opens its doors for the first time as 48,736 fans watch Pittsburgh edge the Mets, 4-3. Willie Stargell’s home run off Jack Fisher in the second is the first hit recorded at the stadium. Tim Harkness collects the first Mets hit at Shea with a third-inning single. Ron Hunt scores the first Mets run at Shea.
Jerry Koosman throws his second consecutive shutout and strikes out 10 as the Mets win in a home opener for the first time in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco.
Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Hernandez hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a 5-2 win vs. Philadelphia.
Gary Sheffield becomes the first player to hit his 500th home run in a Mets uniform when he goes deep off Milwaukee’s Mitch Stetter in a 5-4 win at Citi Field.
The Mets beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in 20 innings in St. Louis. It marks the team’s fourth-longest contest by innings and the first time the team won a game lasting 20 innings or longer.
Denny Doyle’s first-inning single is the only hit off Nolan Ryan, who beats the Phillies, 7-0, at Shea. Ryan strikes out 15 batters to tie the then-club record in his one-hit masterpiece.
Gary Gentry fires a one-hitter in a 5-2 win vs. Pittsburgh at Shea. Roberto Clemente’s triple in the sixth inning is the lone Pirates hit.
Dave Kingman blasts two home runs in a losing effort, 7-5, at Pittsburgh.
New York begins a franchise-record-tying 11-game winning streak with a victory over Philadelphia at Shea.
Ed Kranepool hits the first of his 118 home runs with a shot off Bob Shaw at the Polo Grounds in a 5-4 win over the Braves.
After dropping their first two games at Shea, the Mets finally christen their new ballpark with a win, a 6-0 triumph over the Pirates.
Tom Seaver tops St. Louis, 2-1. He outduels Bob Gibson in his first of three wins over Gibson that season.
New York pounds out 16 hits in a 14-0 win over the Reds.
Kevin Elster breaks the then-Major League record with his 73rd straight errorless game at shortstop.
Tom Seaver earns his first Major League victory, beating the Cubs, 6-1, at Shea. Seaver works 7 2/3 innings, allows eight hits and one run, with no walks and five strikeouts.
Warren Spahn hurls a brilliant complete-game, 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. He strikes out John Kennedy with the tying run on third for the final out.
Mookie Wilson goes 5-for-9 with four RBIs to help the Amazins sweep a doubleheader from the Pirates.
Melvin Mora cracks a 10th-inning home run to help New York nip the Brewers, 5-4, and sweep a three-game set at Shea.
Jesse Orosco is born.
Tom Seaver extends his consecutive scoreless streak to 26 2/3 innings (a then-club record) in beating Cincinnati, 5-2.
Gary Carter drives in four runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning, in a 6-5 win over the Pirates.
New York suffers its ninth straight loss to begin the season with a 4-3 setback vs. Pittsburgh. New York ties a record set by the 1918 Brooklyn Dodgers and 1919 Boston Braves for the worst start in Major League history.
Tom Seaver strikes outs out 19 batters, including the last 10 in a row, in a 2-1 win at Shea.
After being held scoreless for 26 consecutive innings, the Mets break through by scoring four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Phillies, 4-2.
After losing the first nine games in franchise history, the Mets notch their first ever win with a 9-1 rout of the Pirates at Forbes Field. Jay Hook was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete-game five-hitter. Hook also added a two-run single in the second inning. Bobby Gene Smith and Elio Chacon each added two RBIs.
Ron Hunt cracks New York’s first home run at Shea, an eighth-inning solo shot in a 5-1 loss to Chicago.
Ron Swoboda’s second pinch-hit home run in nine days is one of the key blows as the Mets erase an 8-2 eighth-inning deficit and beat the Giants, 9-8, in 11 innings.
Rusty Staub belts a grand slam off Bob Gibson as Tom Seaver picks up a 7-1 victory vs. St. Louis.
Bobby Bonilla homers from both sides of the plate and finishes with five RBIs in a 6-1 win vs. San Diego.
Todd Hundley hits two home runs and drives in five runs as New York pounds Cincinnati, 10-2.
Derek Bell goes 4-for-4 with four RBIs in a 15-8 win vs. the Cubs.
Carl Willey becomes the first Mets right-handed pitcher to hurl a shutout as he blanks the Cubs, 2-0. Ron Hunt cracks his first Major League home run in the contest.
Casey Stengel earns his 3,000th victory as a Major League manager with New York’s 7-6 win over the Giants.
Matt Franco drives in the lone run of the game with a ninth-inning infield single in New York’s 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.
Tom Seaver leads off the top of the 10th with a single and scores the winning run in a 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Rusty Staub hits two home runs as New York downs Houston, 5-2.
Dwight Gooden hurls a complete-game, five-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Houston at Shea.
Ron Darling wins his second ever game in relief with a scoreless inning in New York’s 8-5 win over Atlanta at Shea.
Keith Hernandez hits a grand slam and another home run and drives in a career-high seven runs to put him over the 1,000-RBI mark in a 13-4 drubbing at Atlanta.
Howard Johnson launches his 200th career home run in a 5-4 loss at Philadelphia.
Todd Hundley hits the only Mets Opening Day grand slam, but it’s not enough as New York falls to Colorado, 11-9 in 14 innings.
Playing indoors for the first time, the Mets fall apart in the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Houston Astrodome. In the ninth inning, Houston’s Eddie Kasko lifts an apparent game-ending fly ball to left. But Joe Christopher loses the ball in the roof and it falls for a game-winning two-run double in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss.
The Mets explode for six seventh-inning runs off Dave McNally to edge Montreal, 7-6.
Bruce Boisclair’s two-out, two-run double to right sparks the Mets to a 6-5 win over Atlanta.
Rickey Henderson swipes two bases against San Diego to give him 1,301 stolen bases in his career.
New York swats five home runs to beat the Phillies, 8-6, to win their first game at the Polo Grounds. Charlie Neal collects two hits, and Jim Hickman, Gil Hodges and Frank Thomas each have one.
Tug McGraw loses his first Major League decision as the Astros beat the Mets, 12-9. Lindsey Nelson describes the game from the gondola of the Astrodome, which is 208 feet above second base. At the pregame meeting at home plate with the umpires, Casey Stengel looks up and asks, “What if the ball hits my man Lindsey up there?” The umps confer and rule that the ball would be in play.
Darryl Strawberry blasts his first career grand slam as New York outlasts Pittsburgh, 5-4, in 18 innings.
Al Jackson becomes the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a shutout as he blanks the Phillies, 8-0. New York plates seven runs in the fourth inning to break the game open.
Roger Craig beats the Dodgers, 4-2, at the Polo Grounds. Craig would lose his next 18 decisions.
Ed Kranepool belts two home runs in a 2-0 victory at Montreal.
The Mets complete a four-game sweep in St. Louis by beating the Cardinals, 7-0, behind a three-hitter by Nolan Ryan and Danny Frisella.
Jerry Koosman shuts out the Braves, 1-0. Kooz went 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in April to earn National League Player of the Month honors.
Pete Rose clocks three home runs as the Reds double-up the Mets, 14-7, at Shea.
Ron Swoboda cracks a solo home run and Don Cardwell makes it stand up in a 1-0 victory vs. Philadelphia. Swoboda finishes the month with seven home runs and 16 RBIs.
John Stearns wallops his first Major League home run off Ray Burris in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs.
Dave Kingman cracks his 300th career home run at San Francisco.
Darryl Strawberry collects five hits, including a two-run home run, and drives in three runs in an 8-1 victory at Atlanta.
The Mets fall to Joey Jay and the Cincinnati Reds, 8-2, at the Polo Grounds, in their first home night game.
Yogi Berra pinch-hits in the eighth inning, marking his first appearance as a Met. Berra would ground out to first.
Tom Seaver strikes out 16 batters and surrenders a mere three hits in 12 innings of work. Unfortunately for the Mets, the Dodgers prevail, 2-1, in 14 innings.
Pete Falcone ties a Major League record by striking out the first six Philadelphia batters to face him. The Phillies nip New York, 2-1, at Shea in that contest.
Tim Teufel, Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth as Dwight Gooden tosses a shutout in an 11-0 win at Cincinnati.
Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon hit pinch-hit, back-to-back home runs in a 6-5 win over San Francisco at Shea. It's the first time in 16 years that a National League club has hit pinch-hit back-to-back home runs.
The Mets honor one of the game's greatest on Willie Mays Night at the Polo Grounds. In front of 49,431 fans, Duke Snider slugs two home runs, but New York falls, 5-3, to the Giants.
Lenny Dykstra's second Major League at-bat is a memorable one. Lenny cracks a two-run home run off Cincinnati's Mario Soto.
David Cone retires the first 16 San Francisco batters on May 3, 1991. Mike Felder's sixth-inning single broke up the no-hit bid in the Mets' 3-0 win.
Howard Johnson swipes his 200th stolen base. Hojo becomes the 16th player in Major League history to amass 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Eddie Murray hits his 400th career home run in a 7-0 win at Atlanta.
Jack Hamilton surrenders only one hit -- Ray Sadecki's bunt single in the third inning -- in a 9-0 win over St. Louis.
New York posts a pair of 3-2 wins over the Cubs. Tom Seaver and Tug McGraw each hurl a complete-game victory in the doubleheader sweep.
Todd Hundley blasts a pinch-hit grand slam at Montreal in a 5-1 victory.
John Franco records his 422nd career save in a 4-2 win vs. Arizona at Shea. Earlier that evening, Franco was elected the club's captain in a unanimous vote by the team.
Philadelphia's Jim Bunning chalks up his sixth straight complete-game victory over the Mets with a 1-0 win. Bunning also provides the lone run with a solo home run off Warren Spahn.
John Milner socks a home run in his third consecutive game to give New York a 6-4, 10-inning win over the Padres in the second game of a doubleheader.
Mike Piazza becomes the all-time home run leader as a catcher with his 352nd at home against San Francisco.
Hall of Famer Willie Mays is born.
New York records its first extra-inning win, beating the Phillies, 7-5, in 12 innings.
The first night game in Shea's history occurs as the Mets lose to the Reds, 12-4.
Pitcher Don Cardwell belts his 15th career Major League home run to pace the Mets to an 8-1 victory.
Darryl Strawberry goes 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his Major League debut vs. Nolan Ryan and the Houston Astros in a 10-1 defeat.
After trailing 6-0, the Mets rally to beat San Diego, 8-6, on Tommie Agee's two-run home run in the 10th inning.
The Mets and Reds tie a National League record by playing their third consecutive extra-inning affair. Cincinnati nips the Mets, 3-2, in 12 innings in that contest. New York was 1-2 in those three games.
Howard Johnson, who starts in left field, hits his first National League home run vs. Atlanta.
Dwight Gooden tosses a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win vs. Florida.
The Mets score seven runs in the third inning at Colorado and hang on for a 10-9 victory.
Rod Barajas hits the first walk-off home run in Citi Field history in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Giants.
New York's new National League club announces that the team nickname will be Mets. It was selected by club owner Mrs. Joan Payson. Other nominees were Islanders, Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros, Jets, Continentals and Avengers.
Ed Kranepool's RBI double in the ninth off Jack Baldschun gives the Mets a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.
Darryl Strawberry collects his first Major League hit and RBI in a 10-5 victory over Cincinnati at Shea.
Armando Benitez saves his first game as a Met in a 4-2 win over Arizona.
The Mets acquire fan favorite Marv Throneberry from Baltimore for a player to be named later. That player is catcher Hobie Landrith.
New York ties a then-club record by scoring eight runs in the fifth inning as the Mets pound San Francisco, 14-5, at Shea. Bobby Bonds hits an inside-the-park home run off Don Cardwell.
Rusty Staub's pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth downs the Giants, 6-5.
Lenny Dykstra robs Dave Parker of a home run to preserve a 2-1 win vs. Cincinnati at Shea.
Before an exhibition game at West Point, Casey Stengel slips and fractures his wrist.
New York acquires infielder Ed Charles from Kansas City for outfielder Larry Elliott and cash.
Tommie Agee cracks his first home run as a member of the Mets in a 5-1 win at Chicago.
Tom Seaver suffers his first loss after 16 consecutive wins. Montreal's Dan McGinn hurls a three-hit shutout as the Expos down New York, 3-0.
The Mets acquire baseball legend Willie Mays from the Giants for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash. Later that night, Tom Seaver wins the first game of a doubleheader against Los Angeles at Shea for his 100th career victory.
Dwight Gooden strikes out 15 Dodgers in seven innings and drives in four runs to tie the club record for a pitcher in a 9-4 win.
In a battle of Bobby Joneses, Colorado's Jones handed the Mets' Jones his first loss of the season.
Yogi Berra is born.
The Mets complete their first ever doubleheader sweep with a pair of dramatic wins. New York defeats the Braves, 3-2, in the first game on Hobie Landrith's ninth inning home run and the Mets capture the nightcap with an 8-7 win on Gil Hodges's ninth-inning home run.
Willie Mays dons a Mets uniform (No. 24) for the first time, but he doesn't get into the game as New York beats the Giants, 2-1, at Shea to start a club record-tying 11-game winning streak.
Ed Kranepool collects his 1,000th career hit at Chicago on May 12, 1974.
Mets manager Bobby Valentine is born.
Gary Gentry hurls 7 2/3 hitless innings against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the eighth, Ernie Banks lofts a fly ball to left. After a long run left fielder Dave Marshall can't hold on to the ball. The official scorer rules it a hit, the only one of the day for the Cubs as the Mets win, 4-0.
Nolan Ryan strikes out 14 Cincinnati Reds to set the then-club record for strikeouts in a game. "I threw nothing but fastballs the last two innings," said the 21-year-old.
In his first game in a Mets uniform, Willie Mays cracks a game-winning home run off Don Carrithers as New York tops San Francisco, 5-4.
Roger McDowell retires all 14 batters he faces and collects his first Major League win in a 3-1 win at Atlanta.
Edgardo Alfonzo ties a Major League record by being involved in four double plays as a third baseman vs. Houston.
Tom Seaver notches 15 strikeouts and surrenders just one hit in a 4-0 victory over Philadelphia. It was the Mets' third one-hitter in less than a month.
After winning his first five decisions to open the campaign, Jerry Koosman loses his first game of the year.
Mookie Wilson swipes his 200th career stolen base in the top of the fifth inning at Houston.
Gil Hodges swats the only inside-the-park home run of his career at the Polo Grounds as New York edges the Giants, 6-5, in 11 innings.
Darryl Strawberry belts his first Major League home run, a two-run shot in the fifth, in an 11-4 win at Pittsburgh.
John Franco appears in his 500th game as a member of the Mets.
John Milner collects five RBIs to pace the Mets to a 12-2 win over the Expos at Shea.
Tom Seaver becomes the first Mets pitcher to chalk up 2,000 career innings. Seaver does it in fine fashion with a 5-0 victory over Montreal.
Lenny Randle becomes the first player in franchise history to score five runs in one game as New York defeats Atlanta, 8-7, in 10 innings.
Todd Hundley hits a home run from each side of the plate and drives in a career-high seven runs in a 14-5 win at San Francisco.
The Mets score eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Colorado, 10-4. Takashi Kashiwada becomes the first Japanese pitcher to earn a win for New York in that contest.
Tommie Agee hits two home runs in a 7-4 victory at Montreal.
Three and half years after undergoing cancer surgery, Jackson Todd earns his first Major League win as the Mets top the Giants, 4-3.
Dallas Green was named the 15th manager in club history. Green took over for Jeff Torborg.
For the second time in eight days, the Mets sweep a doubleheader from the Braves. New York wins, 7-6, after scoring four runs in the ninth and 9-5 behind seventh inning home runs from Felix Mantilla, Frank Thomas and Charlie Neal. The Mets next win would come 17 days later.
Jack Hamilton swatted a grand slam, the second ever for a Mets pitcher, in an 11-9 loss to St. Louis.
Ed Charles cracks two home runs and Jerry Koosman beats the Pirates, 2-1.
Joe Torre collects four hits, including his first home run as a Met, in Cincinnati.
Richie Hebner's three-run, 10th-inning home run ties the game and Frank Taveras' 11th-inning single wins it as New York rallies to beat St. Louis, 8-7, at Shea. Neil Allen posts his first Major League victory in the contest.
The Mets begin a club record 17-game losing streak by falling to the Colt .45s, 3-2.
Tom Seaver three-hits the Braves in a 5-0 win, as the Mets reach the .500 mark (18-18) at the latest date in their history.
Willie Mays cracks his second game-winning home run of the week in a 4-3 triumph over Philadelphia. New York's 11th straight win gives the club its best start ever (25-7).
Mike Piazza hits his fourth home run in as many games in a 7-5 victory over Philadelphia.
Joe McEwing cracks two doubles and a home run off Randy Johnson to help New York to a 7-6 win over Arizona.
Gil Hodges leaves the Mets as a player and replaces Mickey Vernon as the manager of the Washington Senators.
New York records the 1,000th victory in franchise history as Jerry Koosman beats the Expos, 4-1.
George Foster becomes the first Met to steal home in 14 years vs. San Francisco.
Dwight Gooden cracks his sixth career home run to tie Tom Seaver's club record in a 6-1 victory vs. Atlanta.
Mike Piazza is acquired by the Mets from the Marlins in exchange for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz.
The Mets purchase outfielder Jimmy Piersall from Washington.
Fergie Jenkins beats the Mets, 2-1, at Chicago, to snap New York's 11-game winning streak.
Mookie Wilson registers his first career five-hit game, including a club-record 46th career triple in a 7-4 loss at San Diego.
Rusty Staub goes 5-for-9 in a 19-inning affair vs. Los Angeles. Ed Kranepool's two-run double plates the go-ahead runs as the Mets defeat the Dodgers, 7-3, to end the marathon.
David Cone hurls his second consecutive shutout. He defeated the Giants, 6-0. Five days earlier, Cone tossed a shutout over the Padres in an 8-0 win.
Al Weis cracks his first home run in three years as the Mets pound Atlanta, 9-1.
After Pirates left fielder Bill Robinson loses Joel Youngblood's fly ball in fog at Shea in the 11th inning of a 3-3 game, the contest is called on account of the fog.
The Mets score a then-club-record 19 runs as they pound Chicago, 19-1, at Wrigley Field. As legend has it, a fan called a New York newspaper that night and asked "How did the Mets do today?" "Well," the deskman at the paper answered, "They got 19 runs." "Great!" the fan replied. "Did they win?" The 18-run win is still the largest margin of victory in team history.
Wayne Garrett slugs a pinch-hit, ninth-inning three-run home run off Andy Messersmith to give Tom Seaver and the Mets a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers at Shea.
Skip Lockwood snaps his 14-game losing streak by beating the Pirates in relief, 10-8, at Shea. Skip's previous win came on June 13, 1978.
Wally Backman collects his first Major League home run, a three-run shot off Rick Camp, in a 6-4 win at Atlanta.
The Mets beat San Diego, 11-0, in what turns out to be Davey Johnson's last win as a Mets manager. His 595 victories are a club record.
The Mets lose to San Diego, 3-2, at Shea. New York will not lose again for another two weeks.
Meeting for the first time since their riotous playoff series, the Reds beat the Mets, 4-2, despite Bud Harrelson's home run off Fred Norman.
Wayne Garrett's pinch-hit three-run triple in the ninth lifts the Mets to a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.
Todd Zeile cracks two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Mets hit four home runs and outlast St. Louis, 12-8.
Bud Harrelson's RBI single in the 11th inning sparks New York to a 1-0 win over the Padres at Shea. The victory begins a club-record 11-game winning streak. Jerry Koosman sets a then-club record with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings of work in that contest.
The Mets plate six runs in the eighth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit and beat St. Louis, 6-5.
Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan each win in a doubleheader sweep of San Diego. Seaver wins 5-1, and Ryan strikes out 16 batters in a 2-1 victory.
Seaver belts his sixth career home run and strikes out 16 in a 5-2 win over San Francisco.
Bud Harrelson is named the 12th manager in Mets history after taking over for Davey Johnson.
The Dodgers return to New York for the first time and sweep a doubleheader from the Mets in front of 54,360 fans, the NL's largest crowd of the year. The Mets turn their first-ever triple play in the sixth inning of Game 2.
Tom Seaver beat the Giants at Shea to improve to 7-3. Seaver struck out eight in eight innings that day. Rod Gaspar hit a two-run home run in the eighth to tie the game, 3-3, and then Duffy Dyer delivered a pinch-hit RBI single for the winning run.
Jon Matlack fired a three-hit shutout to knock off Philadelphia, 6-0, at Shea. Matlack outdueled Steve Carlton. Rusty Staub went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in that contest.
The Mets scored six runs in the ninth inning, capped off by a pinch-hit grand slam by Todd Pratt, to top the Dodgers, 10-5, at Los Angeles.
The Mets and Giants play an unforgettable doubleheader before 57,037 fans at Shea. The Giants win the opener, 5-3, then take the nightcap, 8-6, in 23 innings. Joe Christopher launches a three-run home run off Bob Bolin to tie the game in the seventh inning for New York. The Mets turn a triple play in the 14th inning, but their luck runs out in the 23rd inning. With Galen Cisco working his ninth inning of relief, the Giants plate the winning run on Del Crandall's RBI double. Ed Kranepool, who played in all 32 innings on the day, states, "I wanted it to go a little longer. That way, I could say that I played a game that I started in May and ended in June"
New York manager Joe Frazier is dismissed and replaced by Joe Torre, who as a player-manager guides the Mets to a 6-2 win.
Kevin Elster belts a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Mets to a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles.
New York completes a three-game sweep of the Giants at Shea as Ron Swoboda's bases-loaded walk forces home the winning run in a 5-4 triumph.
John Stearns swats his first career grand slam in a 6-4 win over Montreal.
Hubie Brooks singles in the seventh inning vs. St. Louis to extend his hitting streak to a club-record 24 games.
The Mets beat Juan Marichal and the Giants, 5-2, at San Francisco. Charlie Williams earns his first Major League victory in that contest.
Eddie Murray slugs a grand slam in a 4-3 victory vs. San Francisco.
New York travels to Tampa Bay for the first time in club history and edges the Devil Rays, 5-3.
Ed Kranepool hits two home runs to pace the Mets and Tom Seaver to a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers. The Mets' sixth win in a row gives New York a 24-23 mark as the club is over .500 at the latest point in the season in club history.
Dave Kingman rips a three-run, 480-foot home run into Shea's parking lot off Ken Forsch in a 4-3 win over Houston.
Doug Flynn becomes the first Met in 13 years to collect two triples in a game as New York drubs Atlanta, 9-4.
With the No. 1 pick in the annual June draft, the Mets select 18-year-old Darryl Strawberry.
George Bamberger is replaced by Frank Howard as the team's manager.
Bobby Jones becomes the fastest Met to 10 wins (12 starts) in a 2-1 victory over Montreal.
New York edges the Dodgers, 1-0, in 15 innings to extend its winning streak to seven games. Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis misplays Wayne Garrett's single allowing Tommie Agee to score from first with the winning run. In the top of the 15th, second baseman Al Weis makes a dazzling defensive play, throwing out Billy Grabarkewitz at home to preserve the scoreless affair.
Dave Kingman becomes the second player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game. Kingman also sets the club mark with eight RBIs as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 11-0, at Los Angeles.
Against Sandy Koufax, Ron Hunt hits the Mets' first inside-the-park home run at Shea.
The Mets use their first pick in the June draft to select outfielder Lee Mazzilli, an 18-year-old from Brooklyn's Lincoln High School.
Joe Torre ups his record to 6-1 as the club's manager as the Mets sweep a doubleheader from the Phillies, 6-5 in 10 innings and 3-2. Torre inserts himself into the first game as a pinch-hitter and receives a long standing ovation from the Shea crowd.
New York rallies from six runs down to beat the Dodgers, 9-8, at Shea.
The Mets lose a doubleheader to Philadelphia, 2-0 and 2-1, to run their losing streak to 17 games.
New York explodes for eight runs in the second inning en route to a 9-4 win over Pittsburgh at Shea.
The Mets turn a triple play at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' Vance Law lines to Dave Magadan, who steps on first and throws to Kevin Elster to complete the triple play.
Mike Piazza cracks a home run off Roger Clemens and Bobby Bonilla adds two RBIs as the Mets beat the Yankees.
Duke Snider's three-run home run in the ninth inning off Diomedes Olivo gives the Mets a 3-2 win over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. On the same day, infielder Bud Harrelson is signed by the Mets by scout Roy Partee.
Lee Mazzilli records his 1,000th career hit.
Tsuyoshi Shinjo launches a solo home run in the ninth to give the Mets a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia. Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza hit back-to-back home runs earlier in the contest.
Jay Hook beats the Cubs, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader to end the Mets' 17-game losing streak.
Tom Seaver strikes out 14 Padres to tie Nolan Ryan's then-club record in a 3-2 victory at San Diego. The win is the Mets' 10th in a row.
Bud Harrelson collects his 1,000th career hit, a fifth-inning single off Jack Billingham.
Gil Hodges' No. 14 is officially retired during Old-Timers' Day ceremonies at Shea. Jon Matlack beats the Dodgers as Willie Mays hits his 655th career home run in a 4-2 victory in the game.
Darryl Strawberry slams his 200th career home run at Pittsburgh.
Jason Isringhausen hurls his first Major League shutout, a 6-0 win vs. Florida at Shea. Izzy strikes out a career-high 10 batters.
Mike Piazza belts a grand slam off Roger Clemens as the Mets clobber the Yankees, 12-2.
Tommie Agee belts two home runs and Cleon Jones adds another as New York wins its 11th straight game with a 9-4 victory over San Francisco.
Dave Kingman ends a 17-inning marathon with a two-run home run to give New York a 4-2 win over Montreal.
Keith Hernandez cracks two home runs to help the Mets pound the Cubs, 13-2.
Jose Reyes makes his Major League debut, going 2-for-4 with a double in a 9-7 loss at Texas.
Jonathon Niese tosses a one-hitter, retiring the final 21 batters, to beat the Padres, 3-0. Niese joins Tom Seaver as the only Mets pitcher to finish a game one batter from perfection.
The Mets and Cubs combine for 11 home runs in the second game of a doubleheader to set an NL record. Chicago prevails, 18-9, in that game.
Mike Jorgensen's two-out, grand slam home run in the 10th inning gives the Mets a 6-2 win over Los Angeles.
A forgettable night, as Philadelphia beats New York, 26-7, behind two home runs, including a grand slam, from Von Hayes in the first inning. It's the most runs and hits (27) ever allowed by the Mets.
The Mets scout Roy Partee signs a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher named Frank "Tug" McGraw.
Tom Seaver beats the Astros, 3-1, at the Astrodome. After the game, a tearful Seaver admits "This may very well be my last game as a Met." Three days later, Seaver is traded to Cincinnati.
New York scores 10 runs in the sixth inning, including Doug Flynn's three-run inside-the-park home run as the Mets rally to beat the Reds, 12-6, at Shea.
Rick Aguilera wins his Major League debut with two hitless innings in a 7-3 victory at Philadelphia.
The Mets collect 12 extra-base hits (eight doubles and four home runs) in a 19-8 win at Chicago. Dave Magaden goes 4-for-4 with six RBIs in the game.
The largest crowd in Shea Stadium history (57,175) watches Los Angeles sweep a doubleheader from the Mets.
Ken Singleton's 10th-inning sacrifice fly lifts New York to a 5-4 win over the Giants at Shea.
Hank Aaron cracks a 10th-inning home run to beat the Mets, 6-5.
Tom Seaver beats the Giants, 3-1, at Shea. Felix Millan hits a solo home run that just eludes left fielder Gary Matthews in the first inning. (Matthews had climbed the wall twice during that series to rob the Mets of home runs.)
The Mets sweep their first doubleheader in 17 tries, beating San Francisco by scores of 4-2 and 4-1.
Duke Snider hits the 400th home run of his career in a 10-3 win over Cincinnati at Crosley Field.
Jim Maloney of Cincinnati fires 10 innings of no-hit baseball and ties an NL record with 18 strikeouts, but Johnny Lewis cracks a solo home run in the 11th inning to lift the Mets to a 1-0 win.
Steve Henderson's two-out, three-run home run off Allen Ripley caps a five-run ninth inning and gives New York a 7-6 win.
The Yankees and Mets make their first ever transaction with each other. The Mets purchase pitcher Bob Friend from the Yankees.
New York acquires Donn Clendenon from Montreal for infielder Kevin Collins and Minor League pitchers Steve Renko, Jay Carden and Dave Colon.
The Mets trade Tom Seaver to Cincinnati for pitcher Pat Zachry, infielder Doug Flynn and outfielders Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Also on that date, the Mets acquire Bobby Valentine and pitcher Paul Siebert from San Diego for Dave Kingman.
The Mets acquire Keith Hernandez from St. Louis for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.
Dwight Gooden hurls a three-hit shutout in a 6-0 win vs. Houston.
The Mets tie a then-club record by hitting six home runs in an 11-3 win at Cincinnati. Edgardo Alfonzo, Matt Franco, Rickey Henderson (twice), John Olerud and Mike Piazza all go deep. Henderson belts his 74th leadoff home run in that contest.
The Mets beat San Diego, 10-2, on POW Night. The Mets honor 152 Vietnam prisoners of war. Jerry Koosman earns the win, and Willie Mays slugs a home run.
A tearful Tom Seaver, who was traded to Cincinnati a day earlier, empties his Shea Stadium locker.
New York outlasts Philadelphia, 15-11, after nearly squandering an 8-0 first inning lead.
The Mets defeat the Yankees, 6-0, in the first ever Interleague matchup between the two clubs. Dave Mlicki hurls the shutout, and Butch Huskey went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets' first ever designated hitter.
The Legend of Marvelous Marv Throneberry comes to fruition in the first game of a doubleheader in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. Throneberry belts what appears to be a two-run triple, but he's called out for failing to touch second base. When Casey Stengel bolts from the dugout to argue the call, first-base coach Cookie Lavagetto intercepted him and says "Don't argue, Case, he missed first base too."
Ron Hodges belts his first Major League home run to give New York a 3-1 over San Diego at Shea.
Dave Kingman cracks a solo home run off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning to lift the Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers.
Keith Hernandez goes 2-for-4 in his Mets debut at Montreal.
Willie Randolph is replaced by Jerry Manuel, who becomes the 19th manager in franchise history.
Hank Aaron clocks a grand slam to center field off Jay Hook as the Mets fall, 7-1, to Milwaukee.
Tom Seaver cracks a home run and hurls a five-hitter as the Mets nip the Reds, 2-1.
Manager Joe Torre formally retires as an active player.
Kevin McReynolds ties a Major League record with his 21st consecutive stolen base vs. Philadelphia.
Howard Johnson belts his fifth grand slam as a Met to tie the then club mark in a 7-5 win vs. Cincinnati.
Todd Hundley becomes the fourth Met to hit a home run from each side of the plate in an 11-3 triumph at Florida.
Turk Wendell becomes the first Met to win back-to-back games since Jesse Orosco in 1985 when he earns a 2-1 victory vs. Montreal.
Jerry Koosman's 8-2 victory over the Astros is his sixth in a row, tying the club mark set earlier in the year by Dick Selma.
Donn Clendenon blasts a home run to give the Mets a 6-5, 15-inning triumph over the Phillies.
George Foster ties a club record with five hits in an 8-5 win at St. Louis.
David Cone carries a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Steve Jeltz singles with two outs. Cone finishes with a two-hit, 6-0 shutout of the Phillies.
Dwight Gooden becomes the third-youngest pitcher to ever record 100 career victories in a 5-3 triumph over Montreal.
Tim Harkness' two-run single keys a five-run third inning as Jay Hook and Carl Willey combine to beat the Yankees, 6-2, in the first Mayor's Trophy Game before 52,430 at Yankee Stadium.
Nolan Ryan and the Mets best Bob Gibson and the Cardinals, 4-3, at Shea.
Keith Hernandez makes his Shea Stadium debut. Hernandez went 4-for-8 in the doubleheader vs. St. Louis, hitting a home run.
Philadelphia's Jim Bunning pitches the first complete perfect game in the National League since 1880, beating the Mets, 6-0.
Steve Henderson cracks his first Major League home run, a three-run shot to lift the Mets to a 5-2, 11-inning victory over the Braves.
Edgardo Alfonzo launches a two-run home run in the eighth inning to help New York top Pittsburgh, 3-2.
Al Jackson tosses the first one-hitter in Mets history, allowing only a single to Joe Amalfitano in the first inning in a 2-0 win over the Colt .45s in the first game on a doubleheader. The Mets commit a club record six errors in the second game, losing 16-3.
Arizona State pitcher Gary Gentry is signed to a contract by Mets scout Dee Fondy.
Claudell Washington sets a club record by blasting three home runs to help New York beat the Dodgers, 9-6.
Al Harazin resigns from his position as general manager.
John Franco passes Dave Righetti for the most saves by a left-handed pitcher when he notches his 253rd career save in a 5-2 win at Atlanta.
Orel Hershiser earns his 200th career victory in a 7-4 win in Montreal. Mike Piazza ties Hubie Brooks' club record by hitting in his 24th straight game.
Jimmy Piersall clocks a Dallas Green pitch for his 100th career home run. Piersall celebrates the feat by rounding the bases backward as the Mets shut out Philadelphia, 5-0, at the Polo Grounds.
The National League announces that Ron Hunt will be the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, becoming the first Met to be so honored.
Willie Mays collects his 3,252nd career hit, moving him into seventh place on the all-time list.
New York is blanked 1-0 and 4-0 by St. Louis. The Mets have now been shut out for 35 consecutive innings.
The Mets sweep a doubleheader from Philadelphia at Shea, winning 2-1 and 5-0 to move to within 4 1/2 games of first place. New York went 20-5 during their hot streak.
Tom Seaver yields seven runs, the most in his career, in an 11-0 loss to the Cardinals at Shea.
Jerry Koosman records his 100th career victory, a 5-1 win over St. Louis.
Claudell Washington belts his fourth home run in two games as the Mets top the Cubs, 6-5.
Tim Teufel laces a pinch-hit, two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.
The Mets complete a five-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with an 8-3 win. New York entered the series 2 1/2 games out of first place, but emerge 1 1/2 games ahead.
Jerry Grote ties a club record with three doubles in the first game of a doubleheader at Montreal.
Mike Phillips breaks out of a 0-for-22 slump by hitting for the cycle in a 7-4 win over the Cubs.
New York ties a Major League record by recording no assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia.
Tim Harkness swats a grand slam in the 14th inning off Chicago's Jim Brewer at the Polo Grounds to lift the Mets to an 8-6 triumph.
Rusty Staub ties Dave Philley's Major League record with his eighth straight pinch-hit in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Philadelphia.
Vince Coleman sets what is then a club record with four stolen bases at St. Louis.
The Mets scout Bubber Jonnard signs 17-year-old Ed Kranepool from James Monroe High School in the Bronx.
Richie Ashburn becomes the 39th player in Major League history to collect 2,500 hits when he singles in the fourth inning of a 6-5, 10-inning loss at Pittsburgh.
Jim Fregosi drives in five runs in a 7-4 win over Pittsburgh at Shea.
Mike Phillips homers for the third straight game as the Mets beat the Cubs, 13-3.
Anthony Young establishes a new Major League record with his 24th consecutive loss, a 5-3 setback at the hands of the Cardinals.
Nolan Ryan is signed by Mets scout Red Murff.
Chuck Hiller went 6-for-8 to help the Mets sweep a doubleheader from Milwaukee, 5-2 and 6-3.
Tom Seaver becomes the National League's second 10-game winner as he bests the Phillies, 3-2.
Casey Stengel makes his final appearance at Shea Stadium. Appearing at an Old-Timers' Day game, he watches the Mets beat Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 5-2.
Robin Ventura hits two home runs and drives in six runs as the Mets beat the Marlins, 10-6.
The Mets draw 16 walks and coast to a 10-4 victory over the Dodgers.
Tom Seaver becomes the winningest pitcher in club history, chalking up his 45th triumph in a 7-3 win over the Phillies at Shea. Seaver strikes out Willie Montanez for his 1,000th career strikeout.
Jon Matlack hurls a one-hitter in a 4-0 win over St. Louis. John Curtis' third-inning single is the lone blemish.
Jeromy Burnitz cracks his first Major League home run and scores the winning run in the 12th inning in a 10-9 triumph at Florida.
The Mets score nine runs in the final three innings rallying to beat Pittsburgh, 10-8.
Ron Swoboda is born.
Sandy Koufax hurls the first of his four career no-hitters, beating the Mets, 5-0.
The Mets beat the Pirates, 6-5. The final out of the game was Dave Parker crashing into John Stearns in a home-plate collision. Parker suffers a broken cheekbone, but Stearns hangs on to the ball.
Ron Darling hits a home run in his second straight start at Cincinnati. Darling joins Tom Seaver as the only Met to accomplish that feat.
The Mets tie a club record by scoring 10 runs in the eighth inning, rallying to beat Atlanta, 11-8. Edgardo Alfonzo ties the contest with a two-run single and Mike Piazza puts the Mets ahead to stay with a three-run home run.
Ron Hunt leads off the game with a single off Pittsburgh's Woodie Fryman but is then caught stealing. Fryman retires the next 26 Mets to face him en route to a one-hit, 12-0 victory.
John Milner cracks his second grand slam in six days as the Mets clobber the Cardinals, 13-0.
George Foster crushes his 300th career home run off Atlanta's Pete Falcone in the second game of a doubleheader.
Dwight Gooden breaks Tom Seaver's club mark for home runs by a pitcher when he swats his seventh career home run at Florida.
Ken Boswell's RBI single and Wayne Garrett's bases-loaded walk give New York a 6-4, 14-inning win at St. Louis. Tug McGraw works six scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Terry Leach tosses a two-hit, 5-0 shutout at Cincinnati.
Atlanta hands New York its worst shutout loss in team history, 16-0.
The Mets allow a then-club-record 19 runs as Bob Bailey's grand slam is the key blow in a 19-8 loss to the Expos.
Frank Viola hurls a five-hit, 12-0 shutout over the Astros.
Alex Ochoa hits for the cycle in a 10-6 victory over Philadelphia.
Tom Seaver loses his no-hit bid with one out in the ninth inning vs. San Diego. The Padres' Leron Lee breaks up the no-hitter, but Seaver hangs on for a one-hit, 2-0 shutout.
Jerry Grote strokes a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth inning off Tug McGraw to lift the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Phillies.
Lee Mazzilli cracks a grand slam and Pat Zachry twirls a two-hit shutout as New York beats Philadelphia, 4-0.
In perhaps one of the strangest games in club history, the Mets beat the Braves, 16-13, in 19 innings at Atlanta. Keith Hernandez hits for the cycle in that contest and Rick Camp, the Majors' worst hitter, cracks a two-run home run in the 18th inning to tie the game. Ron Darling picks up the win as New York plates five runs in the 19th and holds on for the victory. The game ends at 3:55 a.m., and the holiday fireworks follow.
Wally Backman drives in five runs as the Mets pound Houston, 13-2.
Cleon Jones, an outfielder from Plateau, Ala., is signed by Mets scout Julian Morgan.
Ron Swoboda smacks his 14th and 15th home runs of the year. The long ball total breaks Jim Hickman's 1962 rookie home run mark.
Tom Seaver extends his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 22 innings before the Mets fall to Philadelphia, 3-1.
Rod Kanehl becomes the first Met to belt a grand slam in a 10-3 victory over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. The milestone shot comes off Bobby Shantz. Gil Hodges also slugs his 370th career home run in that contest, passing Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner for the second-most home runs by a right-handed hitter in baseball history.
Phil Linz ties a club-record by collecting five hits in a game.
Tommie Agee hits for the cycle at Shea. Agee is only the second Met to accomplish that feat.
John Franco earns his 200th career save in a 2-1 victory at Philadelphia.
Ron Hunt went 1-for-3 (a single off California's Dean Chance) as the first New York starter in an All-Star Game. The National League prevails, 7-4, before 50,850 fans at Shea Stadium. It is the only time in franchise history that the Mets have hosted the Midsummer Classic.
New York pounds out 20 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Houston.
Jason Jacome becomes the first Met in 20 years to hurl a shutout in his second Major League start with a 3-0 victory at Los Angeles.
Stan Musial hits three home runs as St. Louis beats the Mets, 15-1, at the Polo Grounds.
Cleon Jones strokes a two-run double and Jerry Koosman beats the Cubs, 4-3, at Shea as the Mets pull within four games of first place.
Hank Aaron belts his 695th and 696th career home runs as Atlanta tops the Mets, 4-2, on July 8, 1973.
Despite tying a then-club record by issuing nine walks, Harry Parker beats the Padres, 2-1.
Joe Mclavine becomes execuitive VP of baseball operations.
The Mets trade pitcher Mardie Cornejo to Detroit for pitcher Ed Glynn.
Appearing in his seventh and final All-Star Game, the Mets' Duke Snider strikes out in his only at-bat in the National League's 5-3 win.
Batting for the first time in five weeks after suffering a glandular infection, Frank Thomas strokes a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win over St. Louis.
Ron Swoboda's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning gives the Mets a 5-4 triumph over Atlanta.
Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver combine to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the NL's 1-0 win in the All-Star Game. Koosman earns the save, and Jerry Grote went 0-for-2.
Tom Seaver hurls 8 1/3 perfect innings before Jimmy Qualls singles to break up his bid. Tom hangs on for a 4-0, one-hit shutout over the Cubs.
Board Chairman M. Donald Grant addresses the team prior to the game vs. Houston at Shea. Grant talks about confidence, faith and the club "believing in itself." Tug McGraw jumps to his feet and screams "Ya gotta believe, ya gotta believe." The Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Felix Millan's 12th-inning RBI single that night.
The National League formally adopts divisional play for the 1969 season. The Mets are placed in the Eastern Division along with Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Montreal.
Jon Matlack allows one hit (Tommy Helms' sixth-inning double) in shutting out the Astros, 1-0.
Pat Zachry picks up his first victory as a member of the Mets in a 2-1 triumph over the Expos.
The Mets have a then-franchise record four players on the National League's roster for the All-Star game in San Francisco. Dwight Gooden strikes out the side in the fifth to help the NL to a 3-1 win over the AL.
Tom Seaver becomes the first Mets pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game. Seaver earns the save, working a hitless 15th inning in a 2-1 National League victory at Anaheim.
Both Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver pitch in relief in a 9-8 loss at Atlanta.
Outfielder Darryl Strawberry, the nation's No. 1 draft pick, is signed to a contract by Mets scout Roger Jongewaard.
Gary Carter drives in seven runs and Sid Fernandez shuts out the Braves, 11-0.
Dwight Gooden becomes the second youngest pitcher to 1,500 strikeouts in a 4-3 victory over San Diego.
The Mets send a team-record six players to the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. David Wright hits a home run to get the National League on the board in the second, but the AL pulls out a 3-2 win.
Ron Hunt drops down a sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning to help the National League prevail, 2-1, in the All-Star Game at St. Louis.
Against the Dodgers, the Mets jump out to their fastest start in club history, scoring eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12-5 victory.
Gary Carter goes 1-for-3 in his eighth consecutive All-Star Game start, and David Cone retires all three batters he faces.
Tommie Agee cracks two home runs to help the Mets sweep the Expos, 4-3 and 9-7, at Shea. The Mets are just 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs.
New York is trailing the Cubs, 2-1, at Shea. In the sixth inning with Lenny Randle at the plate, the lights at Shea flicker off as New York City is plunged into darkness for two straight days in the city's historic blackout.
Lee Mazzilli collects six hits and drives in six runs as the Mets sweep St. Louis, 7-4 and 10-4.
Alex Ochoa belts a game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning, and Butch Huskey drives in five runs as the Mets erase a 6-0 deficit and rally to beat the Braves, 7-6.
Mike Piazza cracks his 300th career home run off Boston's Derek Lowe.
Johnny Murphy is born.
Tom Seaver strikes out four batters in three innings, Bud Harrelson collects two hits and Gil Hodges is the winning manager as the National League downs the AL, 5-4, in 12 innings.
The 1969 Miracle Mets are honored at Shea on the 10th anniversary of their fantastic season.
Dwight Gooden hurls a five-hit, 1-0 shutout at Houston.
Darryl Strawberry becomes the first NL player to start the All-Star Game during each of his first four full big league seasons.
Sid Fernandez establishes a new franchise record for strikeouts in a game by a left-handed pitcher with 16.
Mike Piazza blasts two home runs as the Mets top the Red Sox, 6-4.
Bobby Valentine records his 1,000th managerial win as Glendon Rusch and Armando Benitez combine on a one-hit, 2-0 shutout over the Red Sox.
Donn Clendenon is born.
Carl Willey becomes the first pitcher in club history to hit a home run \when he swats a grand slam in the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in a 14-5 victory over Houston.
Jon Matlack is named co-MVP (along with Chicago's Bill Madlock) as the National League doubles up the American League, 6-3, in the Midsummer Classic in Milwaukee.
Sid Fernandez becomes the first Hawaii-born All-Star when he strikes out the side (Brook Jacoby, Jim Rice and Don Mattingly), but the National League falls, 3-2, in the Midsummer Classic.
Ed Kranepool hits a home run in each game of a doubleheader at St. Louis.
Cleon Jones grounds into a triple play during a 9-4 loss to Houston.
Steve Henderson blasts his third game-winning home run in less than a month as the Mets top Pittsburgh, 5-3.
Sid Fernandez wins his Major League debut, 13-3, at Houston.
John Franco eclipses Jesse Orosco's club mark with his 118th Mets save in a 5-4 win vs. San Diego.
Steve Philips is named the club's new general manager.
Rickey Henderson swipes three bases, collects three hits and scores three runs in a 9-7 win at Tampa Bay.
The Mets tie a Major League record by hitting two grand slams in one inning when Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran go deep in the sixth. The Mets score a franchise-record 11 runs in the sixth in New York's 13-7 win over the Cubs.
Rusty Staub and John Milner each launch two-run home runs to highlight a seven-run, ninth-inning rally as the Mets beat the Braves, 8-7.
Lee Mazzilli belts the first All-Star home run by a Met and is credited with the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning at Seattle.
The Mets sweep back-to-back doubleheaders for the first time in the team history with a sweep of the Astros.
It is discovered that Rusty Staub has been playing with a broken bone in his right hand since June 3.
Craig Swan notches his first career save in an 8-3 victory at Los Angeles.
Jeff Kent swats two home runs in a 12-6 win at San Francisco.
Rickey Henderson cracks his 75th career leadoff home run to help the Mets edge Baltimore, 8-6.
Jay Hook becomes the first Mets pitcher to notch 10 strikeouts in a contest when he whiffs 10 Pirates in a 7-6 loss in 10 innings.
Joe Foy ties a club record with five hits in one game at San Francisco.
While diving for a fly ball, Dave Kingman tears a ligament in his left thumb. At the time Kingman had 32 home runs in 92 games and was ahead of Hack Wilson's then-NL mark of 56 home runs.
Roy Lee Jackson retires the last 19 batters to face him as New York pounds out 20 hits to rout the Reds.
The Mets head into the All-Star break at 53-39, 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs after splitting a doubleheader at Montreal.
Ed Kranepool becomes the franchise home run leader by cracking his 70th career home run in a 4-2 loss at Chicago.
George Theodore, Rusty Staub and Cleon Jones hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning off San Diego's Lowell Palmer in a 10-2 triumph.
Dave Kingman belts two home runs and drives in six as the Mets nip the Astros, 10-9.
Wally Backman ties a team mark with three doubles in an 11-inning, 3-2 win at Cincinnati.
Darryl Strawberry blasts two home runs, including a grand slam and has a career-high seven RBIs to help the Mets clobber the Braves, 16-4.
Willie Stargell's one-out, eighth-inning single breaks up Al Jackson's no-hit bid. Jackson finishes with a 1-0, two-hit victory at Pittsburgh.
In his first game in San Francisco since becoming a member of the Mets, Willie Mays cracks his 650th career home run to lift New York to a 3-1 win.
Joe Torre ties a Major League record by grounding into four double plays in a 4-2 loss to Houston.
Mike Torrez sets a dubious Mets record by walking 10 batters in a 6-1 loss at Cincinnati.
George Foster collects five RBIs in a 15-10 win vs. Atlanta.
David Wright makes his Major League debut, hitting seventh and starting at third base in a 5-4 win over Montreal.
Bob Friend twirls a 3-0 shutout over the Dodgers to extend the Mets' winning streak to seven games, their longest up to that time.
Tommie Agee belts two home runs as Tom Seaver tops the Cubs, 5-1.
Gary Carter plays third base and Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell appear in right field in a 14-inning, 6-3 triumph at Cincinnati.
Mookie Wilson collects his 1,000th career hit, a single, in the first game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia.
Starting left fielder Cleon Jones collects two hits and scores twice and Jerry Koosman hurls 1 2/3 scoreless innings as the National League defeats the American League, 9-3, in the All-Star Game at Washington.
Mets manager Yogi Berra guides the NL to a 7-2 All-Star Game win at Pittsburgh.
After the annual Old-Timers' Dinner at Toots Shor's, manager Casey Stengel falls and suffers a fractured hip. Stengel would never manage again, finishing his career with 1,905 victories.
Tommie Agee steals home in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 triumph over the Dodgers at Shea.
Tom Seaver becomes the first Mets pitcher to strike out 2,000 batters when he fans Dan Driessen in the second inning.
Dave Magadan ties the club mark by going 5-for-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader in a 7-4 win vs. Houston.
Mackey Sasser cracks two home runs to lift the Mets to a 7-4 victory at Philadelphia.
Sid Fernandez tosses a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win vs. San Diego.
Former manager Casey Stengel is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dave Marshall connects on a three-run pinch-hit home run to lift the Mets to a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.
Cleon Jones cracks the 1,000th home run in club history in the fourth inning off Houston's Ken Forsch.
Tug McGraw picks up a save in the National League's 4-3 win over the American League.
The Mets set a Major League record with their 20th consecutive road loss when they lose, 7-3, at Houston.
Wes Westrum is officially named interim Mets manager for the remainder of the season.
Cincinnati's Pete Rose extends his National League-record hitting streak to 39 games with a fifth-inning double off Nino Espinosa at Shea.
Mike Torrez tosses a 10-inning complete-game win and Mookie Wilson belts a home run to give New York a 2-1 victory over Atlanta.
Rico Brogna drives in four runs, including a game-winning home run, in a 10-9 victory at St. Louis.
Bob Apodaca retires 19 straight Expos en route to an 8-5 victory at Shea.
The Mets release Cleon Jones.
Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry and Kevin Mitchell hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a 5-1 win at Atlanta.
Bobby Bonilla belts home runs from each side of the plate in a 9-4 win vs. St. Louis.
Grant Roberts made his Major League debut surrendering six runs in 1 1/3 innings vs. Montreal, but the Mets rally to win, 9-8, in the first game of a doubleheader.
Donn Clendenon cracks two home runs and drives in a then-club-record seven runs in a 12-2 win over the Giants.
The Mets purchase Skip Lockwood from Oakland.
Chicago's Dave Kingman smashes three home runs (and has five in two games) against his former club, but the Mets hang on to win, 6-4. Neil Allen picks up his first Major League save.
Robin Ventura smacks a walk-off home run off former Met Turk Wendell in a 4-3 win.
Johnny Lewis goes 7-for-10 with two home runs as the Mets split a doubleheader at Chicago.
Nolan Ryan sets a then-club record with nine walks in a 3-1 loss vs. St. Louis.
Lee Mazzilli's over-the-shoulder catch of Brian Asselstine's drive to dead center field saves Mark Bomback's 2-1 victory over Atlanta.
Casey Stengel is born.
Gil Hodges walks out to left field and removes Cleon Jones for not hustling in the second game of a doubleheader. It is viewed as the turning point of the season for Jones, who ends the year on a tear.
Bubba Trammell hits a home run in his first at-bat with the Mets as New York tops St. Louis, 4-2, at Shea.
Bob Shaw beats the Cubs, 2-1, at Shea to complete the first winning month in club history (18-14).
Tommie Agee steals home for the fourth time in less than two years as the Mets top Chicago, 5-2.
Jesse Orosco wins both ends of a doubleheader vs. Pittsburgh. Orosco is victorious in Game 1, 7-6 in 12 innings, and captures the night cap with a 1-0 victory again in 12 innings.
Cleon Jones' RBI single in the 18th inning gives the Mets a 3-2 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader.
Felix Millan puts the finishing touches to an 18-game hitting streak as the Mets sweep Pittsburgh, 3-0 and 5-2 at Shea.
Steve Henderson christens Shea's new left-field bleacher area with a three-run, pinch-hit home run as the Mets rally to beat Houston, 5-4.
Kevin McReynolds hits for the cycle and has six RBIs in a 11-0 win over St. Louis.
David Cone becomes the first Mets pitcher to collect a pinch-hit when he singles in a 12-inning, 6-4 win at Montreal.
Al Leiter fans a career-high 15 batters in seven innings in a 5-4, 13-inning win at Chicago.
The Mets score a franchise-record six runs in the 10th inning to down Houston, 8-2 in 10 innings.
The Mets purchase Cal Koonce from the Chicago Cubs.
Cleon Jones becomes the first Met to collect 1,000 hits as he doubles off Jim Rooker in the Mets' 5-1 victory over the Pirates.
The Mets rally for three runs in the ninth inning to give Frank Viola his first National League win at St. Louis in a 4-3 triumph.
Frank Thomas swats two home runs vs. the Reds to give him six home runs in his last three games, a Major League record. Choo Choo Coleman, Charlie Neal and Marv Throneberry add home runs to give New York a franchise-tying five home runs in a game.
Jerry Grote cracks an 11th-inning home run to beat the Braves, 6-5, at Shea.
Ed Kranepool becomes the first Met to hit 100 career home runs, as his shot off Joe Kerrigan lifts New York to a 9-8 victory over Montreal.
George Foster drives in his 1,000th career run with a double, scoring Mookie Wilson, in a 2-1 win vs. Montreal.
Joe Pignatano (1929), Dallas Green (1934) and Cleon Jones (1942) all celebrate birthdays today.
Roger Craig ties an NL record with his 18th straight loss, a 2-1 setback at the hands of the Braves in Milwaukee.
Ron Swoboda slugs a three-run, pinch-hit home run to propel the Mets to a 8-6 triumph over the Giants.
Tommie Agee sets a then-club record with his 24th stolen base of the year vs. Chicago.
Danny Heep sets the club record with his fourth pinch-hit home run of the year in a 2-1 loss to Montreal.
Dwight Gooden earns his 11th straight victory with a 4-1 win over Chicago.
New York leaves 18 men on base and hits into six double plays during a 2-1, 17-inning loss to Atlanta.
With just 54 games left, the Mets are buried in the cellar in the NL East with a 48-60 record, 11 1/2 games out of first place. The Mets would end that season in Game 7 of the World Series.
Tug McGraw laces a three-run double as the Mets post a 10-4 win vs. Montreal.
Doug Flynn ties the Major League record and becomes the first Met to hit three triples in one game at Montreal.
Darryl Strawberry strokes three home runs to tie the franchise mark in a 7-2 win at Chicago.
Kevin Collins' first Major League home run, a three-run shot in the ninth inning, gives the Mets a 4-1 victory over the Astros.
New York begins its amazing stretch drive as Harry Parker beats the Cardinals, 10-3.
Mets manager Yogi Berra is dismissed and replaced by manager Roy McMillan.
Jim Hickman becomes the first Met to hit for the cycle in a 7-3 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds.
New York sets a then-club record for runs vs. the Braves, 20-6, at Atlanta. Ken Boswell is 4-for-5 with five RBIs, and Wayne Garrett and Donn Clendenon each drive home three runs in that contest.
Mets manager Yogi Berra is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Kurt Abbott hits a game-winning, 11th-inning home run to beat Houston, 6-5.
Bob Johnson smacks an 11th-inning home run off Jay Ritchie and propels the Mets to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta.
Tommie Agee ties a then-club mark with five hits in a 12-9 win over the Pirates.
Jerry Grote's RBI single off Andy Messersmith is the difference as Jon Matlack hurls a two-hit, 1-0 shutout vs. Los Angles.
WOR-TV interrupts the Mets telecast to broadcast the resignation speech of President Richard Nixon.
Jerry Grote collects his 1,000th Major League hit, a double off Jim Rooker, in the first inning of a 7-4 win at Pittsburgh.
Keith Hernandez pounds out five hits and drives in three runs in a 14-7 win at Montreal.
Tommie Agee is born.
Jim Hickman blasts a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to give New York a 7-3 victory over the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The triumph snaps Roger Craig's 18-game losing streak.
Jon Matlack is signed to a Mets contract by scout Ollie Vanek.
Joel Youngblood has five hits in a 10-3 victory over Montreal.
Mookie Wilson launches a three-run home run that caps a seven-run eighth inning in a 10-8 win.
In record 102-degree heat at Shea, Joe McEwing hits a solo home run to snap a 3-3 tie and lift the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Brewers.
Working in relief, Tug McGraw strikes out nine Padres in four innings to preserve a 6-4 Mets win.
Reliever Ken Sanders is forced to leave the game without throwing a pitch as catcher John Stearns' errant warm-up throw hits Sanders above the right eye. The game doesn't get much better as New York falls, 2-1, to the Dodgers.
Vince Coleman sets the team mark with five walks and Dwight Gooden collects a pinch-hit in a 4-2, 16-inning loss to Pittsburgh.
John Olerud belts two home runs as the Mets fall to Houston, 11-8.
Danny Frisella's first Major League win comes under a most unusual set of circumstances. Frisella hurls 6 2/3 innings vs. Pittsburgh at Shea then leaves the stadium in order catch a plane to California, where he has an Air National Guard meeting the next morning. By the time Don Shaw nails down the 3-2 win, Frisella is already en route to Kennedy Airport.
Mike Vail's hard slide into Padres second baseman Tito Fuentes sets off a full-scale brawl.
Terry Leach improves his record to 10-0 with a 6-2 triumph.
Gary Carter hits his 300th career home run in a 9-6 victory at Chicago.
In his last game as a player at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays went 0-for-4 as the Mets fall, 4-1.
John Milner hits an estimated 480-foot home run that clanks off the right-field scoreboard to help the Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-1.
Felix Millan and Pittsburgh catcher Ed Ott engage in a fight near second base and Millan suffers a broken collarbone and a separated shoulder virtually ending his Mets career as the Pirates sweep a doubleheader.
Houston completes a three-game sweep of the Mets with an 8-2 victory at the Astrodome. New York falls 9 1/2 games behind the front-running Cubs.
Former Mets president George Weiss dies at the age of 78.
Rick Aguilera strikes out eight and collects two hits as New York downs Philadelphia, 4-2.
Bobby Bonilla swats two home runs in a 9-5 loss at Philadelphia.
Al Leiter fans 12 and the Mets plate the only two runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth in a 2-0 victory vs. the Giants.
Al Jackson suffers a heart-breaking loss. Jackson hurls 15 innings (215 pitches), but loses to the Phillies, 3-1, on Mel Roach's two-run single in the 15th.
Jerry Koosman earns his 16th victory of the season in a 4-1 triumph over the Dodgers. With the win, Koosman ties the club record set by Tom Seaver the year before.
Lee Mazzilli scores five runs as New York clobbers the Braves, 18-5.
Tim Bogar goes 4-for-5 with two home runs, including an inside-the-park blast and drives in four runs to propel the Mets to a 9-5 win.
Edgardo Alfonzo slugs a grand slam as the Mets top St. Louis, 6-2.
Choo Choo Coleman delivers a pinch-hit home run against the Phillies, then later is lifted for Jim Hickman, who swats a pinch-hit home run.
Howard Johnson, Tom Paciorek and Gary Carter all belt home runs in the bottom of the first inning as the Mets roll to a 10-7 win vs. Philadelphia.
Robin Ventura cracks a grand slam and Kenny Rogers hurls the club's first complete game of the year as the Mets pound the Giants, 12-5.
The Mets sweep a doubleheader from Colorado, 7-5 and 4-3.
Tom Seaver and Jim McAndrews outduel the Padres to sweep a doubleheader, 2-0 and 2-1.
Tom Seaver extends his scoreless streak to 27 straight innings in beating the Dodgers, 6-0.
The Mets score a club-record 23 runs in a 23-10 win over the Cubs. Darryl Strawberry scores five runs and drives in five more in that game.
New York plays the first game of a historic series vs. the San Diego in Monterrey, Mexico. The Mets lose, 15-10, in a slugfest in that contest.
Edgardo Alfonzo belts a home run in the top of the 10th as New York nips the Padres, 4-3.
Hawk Taylor crushes a pinch-hit grand slam to propel the Mets to an 8-7 victory over Pittsburgh.
Buddy Harrelson hits his first Major League home run, an inside-the-park blast, in the first game of a doubleheader, a 6-5 win at Pittsburgh. It was a busy day for Tom Seaver, who started the opener, pitched two innings and got a no-decision and then relieved in the nightcap and lost the game on a Manny Mota RBI single.
Willie Mays hits the 660th and final home run of his illustrious career, a shot off Cincinnati's Don Gullett, in a 2-1 loss to the Reds at Shea.
Jerry Koosman comes out of the bullpen for the first time in three years to save Tom Seaver's 3-0 victory over the Giants.
Todd Zeile, Benny Agbayani, Robin Ventura and Mike Bordick all go deep as the Mets pound the Rockies, 13-2.
Stan Musial becomes the first opposing player to be given a night in his honor at Polo Grounds. The Cardinals sweep the Mets in a doubleheader on that day as "Stan the Man" goes 1-for-4.
Joe Christopher collects a then-club record 12 total bases with two triples, a double and home run as the Mets edge the Pirates, 7-3.
Willie Mays hits his eighth home run of the year and 654th of his career off Cincinnati's Tom Hall.
Buddy Harrelson returns to the lineup as the Mets rout the Reds, 12-1. The injury-riddled Mets now have all their regulars back -- just in time for the pennant drive.
David Cone strikes out 12 batters in a complete-game, 9-2 win at San Francisco.
Tommie Agee's 14-inning home run off Juan Marichal beats the Giants, 1-0, before 48,968 fans at Shea.
Bud Harrelson plays in his 54th consecutive errorless game, tying Don Kessinger's Major League record for shortstops but the Mets lose to Houston, 9-4.
Steve Garvey and Ron Cey crack ninth-inning home runs to wipe out a 5-2 lead and give the Dodgers a 6-5 win.
Jim McAndrew tosses a two-hit, 6-0 shutout in front of 48,414 fans at Shea.
Outfielder Lee Mazzilli is signed to a Mets contract by scout Al Harper.
Ron Hodges ties a Major League record with two doubles in an inning in a 7-2 triumph at San Francisco.
Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 in a 3-0 shutout against the Giants.
Howard Johnson becomes only the 32nd player in Major League history to record more than one season of 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a career.
New York halts its 13-game losing streak when Marv Throneberry cracks a three-run home run in the ninth inning in the second game of the doubleheader vs. Pittsburgh to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.
Cleon Jones crushes a ninth-inning home run to top San Diego, 2-1.
Jim Beauchamp celebrates his 33rd birthday by belting two home runs as the Mets double up the Astros, 4-2, at Shea.
Cincinnati's Tom Seaver makes his first Shea appearance since the trade. Seaver beats the Mets, 5-1, on six hits with 11 strikeouts.
Jane Jarvis concludes her brilliant 16-year career as the Mets' organist. The Mets send her out with a 5-0 victory over Houston.
Rusty Staub sets the Mets pinch-hit RBI record with his 18th in a 4-3 win at San Francisco.
Mike Piazza belts his 300th home run as a catcher and the Mets defeat Mike Hampton and the Rockies, 5-2.
Tug McGraw earns his first Major League victory, a 4-2, complete-game decision over the Cardinals.
Jim Beauchamp swats a home run and drives in four runs in a 4-2 win at Houston.
Dave Kingman's grand slam highlights a 7-4 come-from-behind win over the Reds.
Todd Hundley belts a home run to tie the Padres in the bottom of the ninth, and Carlos Baerga walks with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to win it, 9-8.
The Giants score twice in the ninth to top the Mets, 2-1.
Walt Terrell cracks a home run and hurls a complete game in an 8-3 win at San Diego on August 23, 1983.
Bobby Bonilla ties the club mark with a home run in his fourth straight game at San Diego.
Todd Hundley cracks a grand slam to lift New York to a 9-5 win over San Diego.
Eric Bruntlett turns an unassisted triple play on a Jeff Francoeur line drive to end the Phillies' 9-7 win over the Mets at Citi Field. It was the second unassisted triple play to end a game in Major League history.
On Gil Hodges Night at the Polo Grounds, the Mets post a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers.
The Mets defeat Don Sutton and the Dodgers, 7-4, at Shea before 48,435 fans. New York finishes the homestand 9-1 and shaves Chicago's lead from 9 1/2 games to 5.
Bud Harrelson steals his 100th career base, becoming the first Met to reach that mark.
Dave Kingman blasts a grand slam to beat the Giants in the first game of a doubleheader, 9-5. In the second game, Ed Halicki tosses a no-hitter to beat the Mets, 6-0.
Dwight Gooden blasts his fifth career home run in a 4-1 victory at San Francisco.
Fred Wilpon becomes the sole owner of the Mets, completing his purchase of Nelson Doubleday's half of the team.
Jerry Koosman beats San Francisco, 5-1, at Shea, despite a titanic home run by rookie Dave Kingman that clears the back wall of the bullpen.
At 20 years, nine months and nine days, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to win 20 games. It is also Doc's 14th straight win to set a club record.
The Mets score six runs off Randy Johnson in the first three innings to rout the Diamondbacks, 13-3.
The Mets beat Sandy Koufax for the first time club history with a 5-2 triumph over Los Angeles. Koufax was previously 13-0 against the Mets.
Jim McAndrew earns his first Major League win with a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals.
New York plates three runs in the ninth inning to rally to knock off the Astros, 5-4, at Shea.
Bobby Valentine succeeds Dallas Green as manager.
The Mets scout Red Murff signs pitcher Jerry Koosman.
Ron Hunt hits three doubles in a 9-2 loss vs. San Francisco.
Tom Seaver swats a home run as the Mets roll to a 13-6 win over the Braves.
Rusty Staub cracks his fifth grand slam in a 6-5 win vs. San Diego. The five grand slams set a club mark. It is New York's seventh straight one-run game (four wins and three losses).
Benny Ayala becomes the first Met to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat to propel the Mets to a 4-2 win against Houston at Shea.
Darryl Strawberry breaks Ron Swoboda's rookie home run mark with two home runs vs. San Francisco to give him 20 on the year.
The Mets sweep the Dodgers at Shea, 9-2 and 2-1, as Cleon Jones ends the nightcap with his second game-winning home run in a week.
Bruce Boisclair's first Major League home run lifts Jon Matlack to a 2-1 triumph over the Dodgers.
For the first time in Major League history two reigning Cy Young Award winners face off in a regular season matchup. Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser, 1-0, in that contest.
Willie Mays hits his 17th home run of the month (breaking Ralph Kiner's mark set in September 1949) as the Giants knock off the Mets, 8-3.
The Mets escape the cellar for the first time since June 25 as Jerry Koosman hurls a 3-0 shutout over San Diego.
New York's pitching staff hurls its fifth straight complete game as Jon Matlack beats the Dodgers, 6-1.
Tug McGraw is born.
Five weeks after breaking his hip, Casey Stengel formally announces his retirement as the manager of the Mets.
Bob Friend beats the Dodgers, 10-4 at Shea, in Sandy Koufax's final decision against the Mets. Koufax finished his brilliant career with a 17-2 mark vs. the club.
Jesse Orosco sets the club record with his 12th win in relief in a 3-2 triumph at Los Angeles.
Howard Johnson cracks a home run in a 9-3 win at LA to give him his second 30-homer, 30-steal season of his career.
David Cone strikes out the side in the fifth inning (Herm Winningham, Randy Myers and Mariano Duncan) on nine pitches.
The Mets annihilate the Astros, 17-1. Edgardo Alfonzo ties or sets four club marks by going 6-for-6 with three home runs, six runs scored and five RBIs.
Tom Seaver shuts out San Francisco, 8-0, to tie Jerry Koosman's franchise record of 19 victories.
Felix Millan collects his 127th single of the year to set the club mark for singles in a season.
New York trades Jerry Grote to Los Angeles for two Minor Leaguers-to-be-named later (pitcher Dan Smith and infielder Randy Rogers).
Tim Harkness' two-run home run in the 16th inning propels New York to a 6-4 win over the Braves at the Polo Grounds.
Surprise starter Tug McGraw beats the Braves, 3-0, in a five-hit effort. It is McGraw's first Major League complete game and final victory as a Met.
Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters eight years in a row. He earns his 20th win of the season.
Jesse Orosco saves both ends of a doubleheader vs. San Diego (7-4 and 10-6). Darryl Strawberry belts two home runs and adds six RBIs in those two games.
The Mets surpass 1 million fans in home paid attendance for the year as 19,273 watch New York split a doubleheader with the Reds at the Polo Grounds.
Casey Stengel's No. 37 is officially retired in a small, private ceremony at Shea Stadium.
Ken Boswell's three-run home run and Cleon Jones' two-run single help the Mets wipe out an 8-0 deficit and escape with an 11-8 victory at Houston.
A 7-4 loss at St. Louis is marred by a bench-clearing brawl between Felix Millan and the Cardinals' Tim McCarver.
Kevin Elster hits two home runs and Ron Darling tosses a five-hit, 8-0 shutout vs. Los Angeles.
Todd Hundley cracks a grand slam to lift the Mets to an 8-3 win at Chicago.
Jim Hickman becomes the first Met to hit three home runs in a game as New York posts a 6-3 win at St. Louis.
Tug McGraw wins his second game in as many nights as Bud Harrelson's RBI single in the ninth gives the Mets a 2-1 triumph over the Astros.
Jerry Koosman extends his scoreless streak to 29 consecutive innings by blanking the Phillies, 5-0.
Tom Seaver strikes out Philadelphia's Tommy Hutton for his ninth consecutive season of 200 or more strikeouts. Seaver defeats the Phillies, 1-0, in that contest.
John Stearns steals his 23rd base of the season, tying the National League record for most stolen bases by a catcher.
New York rallies for five runs in the ninth to beat the Phillies, 10-7.
Ray Sadecki beats the Cubs, 4-2, to complete a hot streak in which the Mets win seven in a row and 10 of 11 contests.
Gary Carter belts two home runs to give him five in his last two games and tie the Major League record at San Diego.
Rick Aguilera wins and swats a home run in a 5-4 win at Los Angeles.
Eddie Murray cracks his second grand slam as a member of the Mets at Cincinnati.
Mets scout Pete Gebrian signs a 19-year-old outfielder from Baltimore named Ron Swoboda.
Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher in club history to win 20 games as he beats the Phillies, 5-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. With the victory, New York pulls within 4 1/2 games of first place.
George Foster smacks a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth in a 6-5 win vs. the Phillies. That gives Jesse Orosco his ninth straight win.
Don Cardwell and Tug McGraw combine to scatter six hits as the duo shuts out the Phillies, 3-0, to help the Mets pull within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Cubs.
Tom Seaver hurls a two-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory over the Expos. He also registers his 18th hit of the season, establishing a new club mark for pitchers.
Jerry Koosman wins his 17th game of the season, beating the Pirates, 4-3.
Nolan Ryan chalks up a 9-3 win over Philadelphia at Shea. At this point, New York has won 18 of its last 24 games, and the Cubs have lost 10 out of 18.
Jerry Koosman's consecutive scoreless innings streak is snapped at 31 2/3 innings. Koosman's club-record streak still stands today.
Outfielder Lee Mazzilli is recalled from Jackson of the Texas League and grounds out in his first Major League at-bat.
John Stearns breaks the 75-year-old National League mark with his 24th stolen base of the year as a catcher in New York's 9-4 victory over the Expos.
Dwight Gooden tosses a one-hitter in a 10-0 shutout over Chicago. Keith Moorland collects an infield single for the Cubs' lone hit.
Gregg Jefferies belts two home runs and adds two doubles while driving in five runs.
Tommie Agee smacks a two-run home run in the third inning, then scores the winning run in the sixth by sliding under Randy Hundley's tag to give the Mets a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. Jerry Koosman strikes out 13 before 43,274 fans at Shea as the Mets pull within 1 1/2 games of first.
John Milner ties the then-club mark with five hits in a game.
In his second Major League at-bat, Lee Mazzilli cracks a three-run, pinch-hit home run off Darold Knowles to power New York to an 11-5 win over Chicago.
Ed Kranepool blasts his 118th and final home run as the Mets beat the Pirates, 3-2, in 15 innings.
Todd Hundley breaks the club mark for home runs with his 40th in a 6-2 win at Atlanta.
Craig Anderson loses his 16th straight game as the Mets commit five errors in a 4-3 defeat at Houston.
Tim Harkness sets a club record with three stolen bases in one game as the Mets edge the Phillies, 6-3.
Donn Clendenon and Art Shamsky belt home runs and Tom Seaver fires a five-hitter to beat Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs in front of 51,448 fans at Shea. With the win, the Mets sweep the three-game series and are just a half-game out of first place.
Gary Gentry beats the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 3-1, for his final victory as a Met.
Darryl Strawberry belts two home runs in a game for the fourth time on the season in an 11-5 win vs. Philadelphia.
In the eighth inning of a 4-2 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Carl Willey retires the three Alou brothers (Jesus, Matty and Felipe) in order.
After a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs, the Mets reach first place for the first time in franchise history. New York sweeps a doubleheader from the Expos, and Chicago falls, 6-2, to Philadelphia. The Mets lead the NL East by one full game and never look back.
Cleon Jones' RBI single in the 14th inning lifts the Mets to a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.
Ed Kranepool collects his 17th pinch-hit of the year, a new club record, with a single off Montreal's Don Carrithers.
Dave Kingman hits his first career inside-the-park home run at St. Louis.
Bake McBride scores all the way from first on pitcher Hank Webb's throwing error to give the Cardinals a 4-3, 25-inning victory over the Mets at Shea. The game was the third-longest night game in Major League history and took seven hours and four minutes to play. A total of 50 players saw action.
Dave Kingman collects his 34th home run of the season off Pittsburgh's Jerry Reuss to tie the club mark set by Frank Thomas.
Howard Johnson's stolen base at St. Louis gives him his first 30-30 season (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases).
John Olerud hits for the cycle in a 9-5 win vs. Montreal.
Mike Piazza goes 4-for-4, including his 35th home run of the year, in a 6-2 win vs. Los Angeles.
The Mets lose to the Giants, 6-0, on Duke Snider Night at the Polo Grounds.
Dick Selma strikes out 13 Braves, then a club record, in a 1-0, 10-inning victory over Milwaukee at Shea.
The Mets open up a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL East by sweeping a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, 1-0 and 1-0, as winning pitchers Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell drive in the lone runs. The two shutouts in a doubleheader is a franchise first.
Tug McGraw saves Jon Matlack's 3-2 victory at Philadelphia, pulling the surging Mets to within 2 1/2 games of first place.
Bob Gibson chalks up his 28th and final career victory against the Mets with a 12-5 triumph. No other pitcher has more wins against the Mets than Gibson.
Dwight Gooden notches 16 strikeouts in a 2-0 shutout over Pittsburgh. Doc's season strikeout total reaches 251, surpassing Herb Score's Major League rookie mark of 245.
Jerry Koosman shuts out the Pirates, 2-0, at Shea. It is his seventh shutout of the season, tying the NL rookie mark held by Irving Young of the 1905 Boston Braves and Grover Cleveland Alexander of the 1911 Philadelphia Phillies.
Ron Swoboda crushes a grand slam off Chuck Hartenstein, paving the way for Tom Seaver's 22nd victory of the year, in a 5-2 triumph at Pittsburgh.
The Mets outlast the Phillies, 11-6, as the two teams combine for 29 hits.
In his first Major League start, rookie Ed Lynch beats the Cubs, 4-2, to halt a 13-game losing streak.
Mike Fitzgerald becomes the second Met and 48th Major Leaguer to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat in a 5-1 victory at Philadelphia.
New York rallies for six runs in the ninth inning to tie the game vs. Montreal. Carl Everett's grand slam is the key blow. Bernard Gilkey launches a game-winning home run in the 11th to give New York a 9-6 win.
Cleon Jones plays in his first Major League game.
Pittsburgh's Steve Blass beats the Mets, 5-3, to halt a 10-game winning streak.
Nino Espinosa shuts out Philadelphia, 1-0. Espinosa also drives in the game's only run with a fifth-inning single off Steve Carlton.
Steve Henderson launches a three-run home run off Bruce Sutter to cap a four-run ninth inning as the Mets rally to beat the Cubs, 10-7, at Shea. Lee Mazzilli drives in five runs and chalks up his 116th stolen base to become the top base thief in Mets history.
Dave Cone and Jeff Innis combine on a one-hitter at St. Louis. Unfortunately, the Mets lose, 2-1.
Todd Hundley sets a Major League record with 41 home runs as a catcher in a 6-5, 12-inning win at Atlanta.
The Mets' first Banner Day is held between games of a doubleheader. The winning banner states, "This sign is in Favor of the Mets."
The Cardinals' Steve Carlton strikes out a then-Major League record 19 batters but loses to the Mets, 4-3, on a pair of Ron Swoboda homers.
Cleon Jones extends his hitting streak to a then-club record 23 games with a 10th-inning single off Carl Morton in a 5-4 loss to Montreal.
Despite John Milner's 17th home run of the year, which sets a club record for left-handed batters, the Mets lose, 9-3, to Chicago.
Keith Hernandez records his 2,000th career hit.
Tracy Stallard chalks up 10 strikeouts, a club record at the time, in a 4-0 win over the Giants' Gaylord Perry.
John Stephenson cracks two home runs in a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati.
Bud Harrelson hits two triples and steals home in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 5-4 triumph over San Francisco.
Jerry Grote's perfect RBI squeeze bunt gives the Mets a 4-3 win over the Cubs at Shea. With 13 games to play, the Mets are in fourth place, just 2 1/2 games out of first.
Del Unser's bases-loaded walk lifts New York to a 4-3, 18-inning win over the Expos at Shea.
Jerry Koosman becomes a 20-game winner for the first time in his career, chalking up 13 strikeouts in a 4-1 triumph vs. St. Louis.
The Mets lose, 10-3, to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium to fall 3 1/2 games out of first in the National League East with just 12 to play.
Rusty Staub establishes a new club record with his 98th RBI on the year vs. Chicago. Staub passes Donn Clendenon's 1970 mark and would finish the year with 105 RBIs.
The Mets clinch the NL East with a 4-2 win vs. the Cubs at Shea. Dwight Gooden hurls a complete game.
Baseball returns after six days following the Sept. 11 tragedy. Native New Yorker John Franco is the winning pitcher on his 41st birthday as the Mets beat the Pirates, 4-1, in a somber game in the Mets' first regular-season game at PNC Park.
In the final baseball game ever played at the Polo Grounds, New York is defeated by Philadelphia, 5-1, in front of just 1,752 fans.
Jon Matlack fires his fourth shutout of his rookie season in a 1-0 win over the Pirates at Shea.
With the Mets trailing, 4-1, in the ninth inning vs. Pittsburgh, Felix Millan drives in two runs with a triple, Ron Hodges adds an RBI single and Don Hahn laces a two-run single to bring the Mets to within 2 1/2 games of first place.
Rusty Staub belts a two-run home run to become the first Met to ever reach 100 RBIs, and Dave Kingman blasts his 35th home run of the year to break Frank Thomas' 1962 mark.
Mookie Wilson swats a game-winning, two-run home run to help lift the Mets to a 7-6 win at St. Louis. Jesse Orosco earns his first save with three innings of work.
Howard Johnson collects his 1,000th Major League hit off the Cubs' Greg Maddux.
Jose Valentin hits two home runs and the Mets blank the Marlins, 4-0, to clinch their first NL East title since 1988.
Cleon Jones swats two home runs to help the Mets down the Pirates, 7-3, at Shea. New York is just 1 1/2 games out of first with the victory.
Dave Kingman breaks his own club mark for home runs in a season with his 36th and 37th long balls.
Dwight Gooden earns his first professional save in a 5-2 win at Chicago.
Rey Ordonez hits his first Major League home run in a 7-2 triumph at Philadelphia.
The smallest crowd in Mets history (1,481) watches New York lose a pair to the Colt .45s at the Polo Grounds, 7-2 and 5-4 in 12 innings.
Pittsburgh's Bob Moose hurls a no-hitter in a 4-0 win at Shea. In that contest, New York also surpasses 2 million fans for the first time ever.
Tom Seaver strikes out 15 batters in a 4-1 triumph over Pittsburgh.
"The Ball-on-the-Wall Miracle" occurs at Shea. With the Mets one out away from defeat, Duffy Dyer slams a two-out, RBI double to tie the game. In the top of the 13th, with two outs and Richie Zisk on first, Dave August drills a ball to deep left field. The ball hits the pointed edge of the wall, bouncing straight up and directly into the glove of Cleon Jones, who wheels and throws to Wayne Garrett, whose relay throw nails Zisk at the plate to preserve the tie. Ron Hodges' RBI single in the bottom of the 13th propels the Mets to victory.
Lee Mazzilli crushes a two-out, two-run home run off Kent Tekulve in the ninth inning to beat the Pirates, 5-4.
David Cone fires a one-hit, 1-0 shutout vs. St. Louis at Shea.
Wes Westrum resigns as New York's manager. Salty Parker is named interim manager.
The Mets reduce the magic number for clinching the NL East title to four as they sweep Pittsburgh, 5-3 and 6-1, before 55,901 fans.
The Mets vault into first place as John Milner, Wayne Garrett and Rusty Staub belt home runs and Tom Seaver earns the victory in a 10-2 win.
Ron Gardenhire cracks a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to provide the Mets with a 2-1 win vs. Montreal.
Howard Johnson blasts a grand slam in a 7-1 win at Chicago. It is the team's record-setting seventh grand slam of the year.
In the first regular-season sporting event in New York since the terrorist attacks, baseball returns to Shea. Mike Piazza delivers a clutch two-run home run in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 3-2.
Al Jackson loses to the Cubs, 9-2, at the Polo Grounds for his 20th loss of the year. It is the 116th loss of the season, breaking the National League record previously held by the 1935 Boston Braves. Richie Ashburn plays an inning at second base and Ed Kranepool makes his Major League debut.
Tom Seaver beats the Cardinals, 3-1, for his 24th win of the season. The magic number is reduced to three.
Jon Matlack shuts out St. Louis, 2-0, to give New York a one-game lead in the NL East with seven games to play.
Mookie Wilson becomes the club's all-time career stolen-base leader with his 140th in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh.
The Mets clinch the NL East with a 3-1 victory over the Phillies at Shea. Ron Darling fires a complete game.
Ed Kranepool picks up his first Major League hit, a double off Don Elston in the eighth inning.
Tom Seaver chalks up his 16th win in a 1-0 triumph over Houston.
Bud Harrelson's RBI single in the 11th inning gives the Mets a 3-2 victory over St. Louis to clinch a tie for the NL East crown.
Manager Gil Hodges is rushed to Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta before the game after complaining of chest pains.
Donn Clendenon cracks two home runs and Gary Gentry tosses a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals. With the win, the Mets clinch the National League Eastern Division.
Richie Hebner smashes three doubles to tie the club mark as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-1.
Timo Perez hits an inside-the-park home run at Veterans Stadium as the Mets edge the Phillies, 3-2.
Cleon Jones drives home three runs as the Mets beat the Reds, 8-4, in the first game of a doubleheader. The victory enables the Mets to clinch ninth place, escaping the NL cellar for the first time in their history.
One day after clinching the NL East title, the Mets gather at Manhattan's Bellsound Studios and cut a record of 10 baseball songs.
Willie Mays says goodbye on "Willie Mays Night at Shea." Jerry Koosman then goes out and beats the Expos, 2-1, to put the Mets up by 1 1/2 games with five games left.
Darryl Strawberry drives in his 100th run of the season for the first time in his career vs. Pittsburgh.
Hall of Fame radio announcer Bob Murphy calls his last game after 42 years, a 3-1 Mets loss at home to Pittsburgh.
Manager Gil Hodges signs a three-year contract extension.
Tom Seaver hurls his third career one-hitter, allowing only a Vic Davalillo single in the seventh inning en route to a 3-1 victory over the Pirates at Shea.
The Mets and Phillies play a marathon, rain-soaked doubleheader at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies win the first game, 4-3, in 12 innings and the Mets take the nightcap, 3-2, also in 12 innings. The second contest doesn't end until 3:14 a.m.
Craig Swan beats the Cardinals, 3-1, and lowers his ERA to 2.43. Swan would lead the NL in ERA at the end of the year.
Dwight Gooden registers his club-record eighth shutout of the year in a 3-0 victory vs. Chicago.
Jeff Kent drives in five runs in a 9-3 win vs. Montreal.
The Mets sell pitcher Buzz Capra to Atlanta.
Tom Seaver wins his 10th consecutive game with a 1-0 victory over the Phillies. It is Seaver's 25th triumph of the year.
New York's hopes of repeating its miracle finish are dashed as they lose, 2-1, to the Pirates as Pittsburgh clinches the NL East. Also in that game, Ken Boswell's error ends his streak of 85 consecutive errorless games over the course of one season, a then-Major League record for second basemen.
John Milner slams two home runs, including his third grand slam of the year, a new club record, in a rain-shortened, 10-3 victory over Montreal.
Al Harazin takes over for Frank Cashen as the team's general manager.
New York clinches the NL Wild Card with a 6-2 win over the Braves at Shea. It is first time in club history that the Mets have qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years.
The Mets pound out a club-record 10 doubles in a 12-6 victory over the Expos.
The Mets turn a triple play in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader vs. the Cubs. It is their fourth triple play in club history.
Jerry Koosman completes his sensational rookie season with a 3-1 victory over the Phillies at Shea. Koosman finishes the year with 19 victories, seven shutouts and a 2.08 ERA, all new Mets records.
Ron Darling earns his first Major League win, a 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh.
Carlos Beltran hits his 41st home run of the season to tie the franchise record, originally set by Todd Hundley in 1996.
The Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, in Shea Stadium's final game and again deny the Mets a postseason berth.
Casey Stengel is named the first manager of the New York Mets.
The Mets post their 100th victory of the year, beating the Cubs, 6-5, in 12 innings.
Tom Seaver beats Pittsburgh, 1-0, for his 20th win of the season.
Casey Stengel dies of cancer.
Elliott Maddox ties the club mark with three doubles in an 8-7 victory over St. Louis.
Gary Carter hits a game-winning two-run home run in the top of the 10th to beat the Pirates, 9-7. It is Carter's 13th home run of the month.
David Cone throws a three-hit shutout in a 7-0 win vs. the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader.
Bobby Jones fires 10 shutout innings as the Mets nip the Cardinals, 1-0, in 17 innings.
Frank Thomas hits his 34th home run of the season to set a club record that stands until 1975.
The Mets finish the season 100-62, winners of 38 of their final 49 games.
Mike Cubbage is named the interim manager after Bud Harrelson is dismissed.
Omar Minaya is named executive vice president and general manager.
The Marlins score seven first-inning runs to beat the Mets, 8-1, in the season finale and deny the Mets a second straight postseason berth.
Buzz Capra, who pitched for the Mets from 1971-73, is born.
The Mets lose, 2-1, to the Dodgers in the final game of the season. New York uses a National League-record 54 players and a Major League-record 27 pitchers that year.
Cleon Jones swats a home run and Jerry Grote collects a two-run single as the Mets beat the Cubs, 6-4, to capture the National League East. Tug McGraw picks up his 25th save. The second game of the doubleheader is rained out, allowing the party to begin a little earlier than scheduled.
Joe McDonald replaces Bob Scheffing as general manager. Tom Seaver strikes out 14 Phillies to finish with 201 strikeouts to become the first NL pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in seven straight seasons.
Casey Stengel is introduced to the media as the first Mets manager.
The Mets lose twice on the day but finish the season with a 66-95 mark, their best in club history.
Montreal's Bill Stoneman no-hits the Mets, 7-0, at Jarry Park in the first game of a doubleheader.
Dwight Gooden beats St. Louis, 5-2, on the road for his 24th win of the 1985 season. The 10-strikeout complete game caps a spectacular season for "Dr. K" in which the 20-year-old finishes with a league best in ERA (1.53), wins, innings (276 2/3), strikeouts (268) and complete games (16). In the offseason, he becomes the youngest player to win the NL Cy Young Award.
New York belts five home runs (by George Altman, Joe Christopher, Bobby Klaus, Ed Kranepool and Charley Smith) in a 15-5 win over the Cardinals.
Tom Seaver earns his 21st win, beating the Expos, 5-2, in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Mets name Joe Frazier team manager.
60,000 fans pack Shea to see Pope John Paul II.
With the NL pennant on the line for the Cardinals, the Mets drop the season finale, 11-5, at St. Louis. A Mets victory would have created a three-way tie between the Cardinals, the Reds and the Phillies.
In a one-game playoff at Cincinnati with the National League Wild Card on the line, Al Leiter throws a two-hitter and the Mets beat the Reds, 5-0.The win sends the Mets to their fifth postseason appearance in team history.
The Mets relieve Omar Minaya of his duties as executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager. The club also announces that it will not pick up manager Jerry Manuel's 2011 option.
Playing in the season finale, the Mets beat Pittsburgh, 9-0, at Shea for their 108th victory of the year. The team sets franchise records for wins, home wins (55), road wins (53), home runs (148), batting average (.263) and attendance (2,762,417).
Home runs from Tommie Agee, Ken Boswell and Wayne Garrett help the Mets finish a sweep of Atlanta in the National League Championship Series.
Howard Johnson drives in his 117th run of the season in a 7-0 win at Philadelphia to finish with the league lead and set a franchise record.
The Mets use a three-run first inning to set the tone and complete a three-game, NLDS sweep of Los Angeles with a 9-5 victory in Game 3.
Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose spark a bench-clearing brawl in Game 3 of the NLCS at Shea. The spirited Mets beat the Reds, 9-2.
Bobby J. Jones throws a one-hitter to help the Mets beat the Giants, 4-0, and clinch the National League Divisional Series, three games to one.
Mike Scioscia hits a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to send Game 4 of the NLCS into extra innings. The Dodgers win and deny the Mets a 3-1 series lead. The Dodgers go on to win the pennant in seven games.
Todd Pratt hits a 10th-inning solo home run just over the leaping try of center fielder Steve Finley, and the Mets beat Arizona, 4-3, in Game 4 to close out the NLDS.
The National League expansion draft is held in Cincinnati, with the Mets selecting catcher Hobie Landrith with their first pick. By the end of the draft, New York has 22 players.
The Mets clinch their second National League pennant with a 7-2 win over Cincinnati in a decisive Game 5.
Gil Hodges is hired as the fourth manager in club history.
Lenny Dykstra's two-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning lifts the Mets to a 6-5 win in Game 3 of the NLCS vs. Houston.
Jeff Torborg signs a four-year contract to manage the team.
Donn Clendenon homers, Al Weis drives home a run with a clutch single and Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor combine on a two-hitter to give the Mets a 2-1 victory over Baltimore, enabling New York to tie the World Series at a game apiece.
Davey Johnson takes over as the club's manager.
The Mets host their first-ever World Series game at Shea. The Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-0, in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Tommie Agee hits a leadoff home run and makes two spectacular catches in the field.
The Mets clinch the third National League pennant in club history when they score three times in the 16th inning of Game 6 to beat Houston, 7-6.
Owners for the eight National League teams meet in Chicago and unanimously pass a resolution to expand the NL to 10 teams, with the newest franchises being placed in Houston and New York.
Jerry Koosman throws a five-hitter and the Mets beat Baltimore, 5-3, at Shea to finish off the Orioles in five games and win their first-ever World Series.
Mike Hampton earns his second win of the National League Championship Series, beating the Cardinals, 7-0, to earn the NLCS MVP and send the Mets to their fourth World Series.
Robin Ventura hits a ball over the fence with the bases loaded in the 15th inning aginst the Braves. The game-ending hit goes in the record books as a single and lifts the Mets to a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
RBI hits by John Milner and Don Hahn and the combined three-hit pitching of Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw give the Mets a 2-0 victory over the A's in Game 5 of the World Series at Shea. As the Series heads for Oakland, the Mets lead it three games to two.
The Mets acquire catcher Jerry Grote from Houston for a player to be named later.
New York climbs back from a 5-0 first inning deficit in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to take leads of 8-7 and 9-8. But the Mets eventually lose to the Braves, 10-9.
Despite a spectacular leaping grab by Endy Chavez in left field to rob Scott Rolen of a sixth-inning home run, the Mets fall to the Cardinals, 3-1, in Game 7 of the NLCS.
Sixteen days after an announcement that Joe Torre would not return as manager, George Bamberger is introduced as the new skipper.
Oakland wins Game 7 to deny the Mets their second World Series title.
First baseman Ed Kranepool officially declares his free agency, ending his 18-year Mets career.
Former Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson, who beat the Mets 28 times, more than any other hurler, joins New York as a coach.
The Mets release infielder Ed Charles.
Bill Buckner's error allows Ray Knight to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 and tie the World Series at three games apiece.
The Yankees beat the Mets, 4-2, in Game 5 of the World Series to clinch the title.
Jesse Orosco strikes out Marty Barrett swinging to save an 8-5 win in Game 7 over Boston and give the Mets their second World Series title.
Art Howe is named the 17th manager in team history, 27 days after his predecessor, Bobby Valentine, is dismissed.
Tom Seaver is named the NL Cy Young Award winner for the first time in his career. He finished the season 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA.
The Mets hire Sandy Alderson as the 12th general manager in team history.
Tom Seaver is voted the National League Cy Young Award winner for the second time in his career, becoming the first pitcher with fewer than 20 wins to take the prized award. He had a league-leading 2.08 ERA and 251 strikeouts.
The Mets trade infielder Richie Hebner to Detroit for outfielder Jerry Morales and infielder Phil Mankowski.
The Mets trade pitchers Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella to Atlanta for second baseman Felix Millan and pitcher George Stone.
Dick Sisler, who coached on the 1970-80 teams, is born.
Billy Connors, who pitched on the 1967-68 teams, is born.
Jose Moreno, an infielder on the 1980 team, is born.
Rick Herrscher, who played on the 1962 team, is born.
Willie Randolph is hired as the 18th manager in team history.
Jim Bethke, a pitcher on the 1965 team, is born.
Brock Pemberton, a first baseman on the 1974-75 teams, is born.
Seven members of the world champion Mets begin a two-week engagement with comedian Phil Foster at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Giving it the ol' soft shoe are Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones and Art Shamsky.
Dick Stuart, a first baseman on the 1966 team, is born.
Ed Kranepool, the Mets' first baseman from 1962-1979, is born. He spent his entire Major League career in Flushing.
The Mets trade infielder Bob Johnson to Cincinnati for outfielder Art Shamsky.
Mike Vail, an outfielder on the 1975-77 teams, is born.
Gus Mauch, the Mets' trainer since the team's inception, announces his retirement. Tom McKenna is named to replace Mauch.
Tom Seaver wins his third NL Cy Young Award after finishing the season 22-9 with a 2.38 ERA and 243 strikeouts.
The Liebmann Brewing Co., maker of Rheingold Beer, signs a five-year, $1 million contract to sponsor the Mets' radio and TV broadcasts.
Bing Devine takes over for George Weiss as team president and general manager.
Gus Bell, an outfielder on the 1962 team, is born.
At the grand opening of the team offices at 680 Fifth Avenue, the Mets unveil the official club logo. Designed by artist Ray Gotto, the emblem consists of an orange stitched baseball with a New York skyline in the background, and the script "Mets" and a white bridge in the foreground.
Tom Seaver is born.
The Mets sign catcher and future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra to a two-year contract as a player/coach.
Wes Westrum, who piloted the Mets during the absence of Casey Stengel, is officially named Mets manager for the 1966 season.
The Board of Directors of the New York Mets announces its intention to sell the team before the 1980 season.
Tom Seaver wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the first Mets player to win a major postseason award. Seaver finished his first season 16-13 with a 2.76 ERA.
Bill Almon, who played infield for the Mets in 1980 and 1987, is born.
Jon Matlack becomes the second Mets pitcher in history to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
The Mets get their second future Hall of Famer in less than a week when the team acquires left-hander Warren Spahn from Milwaukee.
The club introduces Terry Collins as the 20th manager in franchise history.
Bob Friend, who pitched on the 1966 team, is born.
The Mets transfer their Triple-A International League affiliate from Jacksonville, Fla., to Tidewater, Va.
Mets infielder Ron Hunt finishes second to Cincinnati second baseman Pete Rose in the voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Gil Hodges returns to the Mets as manager.
The Mets acquire outfielder Frank Thomas from Milwaukee for a player to be named later (outfielder Gus Bell).
The Mets acquire Tommy Davis from the Dodgers for Jim Hickman and Ron Hunt. Hickman was the last member of the team's original 22-player expansion draft class.
Craig Swan, who pitched for the Mets from 1973-1984, is born.
The Mets sign free-agent infielder/outfielder Elliott Maddox.
Bobby Bonilla and the Mets agree to terms on a five-year contract.
The Mets trade pitcher Tug McGraw and outfielders Dave Schneck and Don Hahn to Philadelphia for outfielder Del Unser, pitcher Mac Scarce and Minor League catcher John Stearns.
The Mets trade pitcher Kim Seaman and outfielder Tom Grieve to St. Louis for pitcher Pete Falcone.
Mrs. Lorinda de Roulet is named president of the Mets, succeeding her mother, the late Mrs. Joan Payson.
The Mets purchase infielder Tom Foli from San Francisco.
The Mets trade pitcher Jerry Koosman to Minnesota for pitcher Greg Field and a player to be named later (pitcher Jesse Orosco).
The Mets trade third baseman Roy Staiger to the New York Yankees for infielder Sergio Ferrer.
The Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three others to California for Jim Fregosi.
The Mets trade infielder Ted Martinez to St. Louis for infielder Jack Heidemann and outfielder Mike Vail.
The Mets acquire Gary Carter from the Expos in exchange for infielder Hubie Brooks, catcher Mike Fitzgerald, outfielder Herm Winningham and pitcher Floyd Youmans.
Tommy Davis and Jack Fisher headline a package sent to the White Sox in exchange for Tommie Agee and Al Weis.
The Mets and Pedro Martinez agree to terms on a four-year contract.
Mets pitcher Tom Seaver is named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Frank Taveras, who played shortstop for the Mets from 1979-81, is born.
The Mets trade pitcher Jim McAndrew to San Diego for pitcher Steve Simpson.
Dave Kingman, a Mets outfielder from 1975-77 and again from 1981-83, is born.
Elliott Maddox, a Mets outfielder from 1978-80, is born.
The Mets acquire left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton and Derek Bell from Houston for a package of three players.
Al Jackson, who pitched for the Mets from 1962-65 and again in 1968, is born.
Pitcher Ray Sadecki is born.
Johnny Murphy becomes the third general manager in franchise history when he replaces Bing Devine.
First baseman/outfielder John Milner is born.
The Mets name Harvey Haddix pitching coach.
Mets general manager Johnny Murphy suffers a heart attack at his home and is placed in intensive care at Roosevelt Hospital.