Tommie Agee doubles, homers and has two RBI and Jerry Koosman fires a complete game as the New York Mets defeat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, at Shea Stadium. The win tightens the race in the National League Eastern division.
Willie Mays breaks Ralph Kiner’s record for home runs in a month when he hits his 17th home run of the month,a three run shot, off New York Mets starter Jack Fisher. Coincidentally, Kiner calls the HR as a New York Mets broadcaster. The Giants go on to beat the Mets 8-3 at Shea Stadium.
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.
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.