Rusty Tillman played for seven major league organizations (New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers), including making his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 1982.
Despite a pair of home runs by Frank Thomas, the New York Mets dropped a 9-4 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies at The Polo Grounds. Both of Thomas’ home runs came off Phillies starter Art Mahaffey, who pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, five hits and 12 strikeouts.
Erik Sherman, co-author of After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets, joins me on the podcast. We discuss Dwight Gooden’s recent struggles, meeting Tom Seaver and his experience writing about Mets history.
Despite home runs from Frank Thomas and Marv Throneberry, the New York Mets dropped a 5-3 decision to the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in front of a sparse crowd of 8,381 fans.
The New York Mets carried a 6-4 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals going to the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals battered Mets reliever Bill Wakefield in an 11-run inning. The Cards would go on to win the game, 15-7, at Busch Stadium.