Jon Matlack fired a complete game beating the Houston Astros, 4-2, at Shea Stadium. Matlack, who would win the National League Rookie of the Year honors, struck out eight Astros in the win.
The New York Mets pounded Los Angeles Dodgers starter Claude Osteen score three runs in the first and two more in the second inning on their way to a 7-5 win at Shea Stadium.
The New York Mets snap a 3-3 eighth inning tie, scoring three runs on consecutive RBI single from Rod Kanehl, Gene Woodling and pitcher Jay Hook on their way to a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at The Polo Grounds.
John Sadak had resigned himself that he would never get to call a single inning of Major League Baseball. Then, early this year, after 15 years calling minor league baseball, he got “the call” from the New York Mets.
Vic Black’s time in New York was rewarding, but way too short. We had the opportunity to catch up with Black from his hometown in Amarillo, Texas. He discusses growing up and not having a lot of interest in baseball, how that changed, getting drafted and eventually traded to New York and pitching on the biggest stage in the world.
On August 14, 1973 the New York Mets were 8 1/2 games behind and in last place in the National League East with a record of 52-65. The Mets finished August winning 10 of 16 followed by a September run of 19-8 to win the division with a record of 82-79.
Ed Kranepool was born and raised in The Bronx. After graduating from James Monroe High School, where he broke Hall of Famer Hank Greenburg’s all-time home run record, Kranepool was signed by baseball’s new National League franchise — The New York Mets. At 17 years old, he received a $75,000 signing bonus.