Link: NYC police officer donates kidney to Kranepool

Nolan Ryan had a short, albeit storied, tenure with the New York Mets. In an interview with Newsday, Ryan recalls the 1969 World Series championship year and the impact his teammate and fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver had on him.

Podcast: Mets-Reds (05.10.1963)

The New York Mets played their first-ever game at Connie Mack Stadium on May 4, 1962. The Phillies held the Mets for a 6-5 win. Dallas Green, the future Mets manager, pitched seven innings, allowing one unearned run to get the win for Philadelphia. The loss was the Mets 15th in 18 games.

Link: Ryan remembers ’69, Seaver influence

Nolan Ryan had a short, albeit storied, tenure with the New York Mets. In an interview with Newsday, Ryan recalls the 1969 World Series championship year and the impact his teammate and fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver had on him.

Podcast: Mets-Phillies (05.04.1962)

The New York Mets played their first-ever game at Connie Mack Stadium on May 4, 1962. The Phillies held the Mets for a 6-5 win. Dallas Green, the future Mets manager, pitched seven innings, allowing one unearned run to get the win for Philadelphia. The loss was the Mets 15th in 18 games.

Link: Art Shamsky pushing to get Hodges into Hall of Fame

The 1969 Mets have representation in the Hall of Fame. But is it enough? Not according to many, many fans of that club, as well as actual team members. Now one player wants to elevate his efforts to enshrine that team’s manager, the late Gil Hodges.Art Shamsky, who played on the Mets from 1968 through 1971, will put together a committee to consider people from the “Golden Days Era” (1950 to 1969). Hodges has been considered by many of the committees, which feature Hall members as well as current team executives, historians and media folks, only to fall short.

Growing Up Mets

I grew up in Rahway, New Jersey. Life in my hometown was about as average as you could find in 1962. Rahway basically reflected the national average for race, religion, income and ethnicity for a community in small town America. It was a working-class city. Mothers were homemakers and fathers usually worked in one of the local factories. No group dominated and all groups were accepted, or at least tolerated. This American melting pot was reflected by my neighborhood and even more so by the young fellows who I called my friends.