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.
1969. A year filled with rich history. This morning I watched a replay, in real time, of Apollo 11 lifting off for the moon at 9:32 am Eastern Daylight Time. Fifty years ago, I watched on a black and white Zenith television set in my family’s den. Several days later, we watched on that Sunday night as two Americans set foot on the moon’s surface. This was the stuff that captivated kids growing up in the space age of the 1960’s.
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.
“Pitching is a physical art form, I think. I know that it’s going to be very difficult to find something that will supply me with as much fulfillment and satisfaction for another 25 years … Baseball is just so beautiful when it’s played right.”
Fox Sports has announced it will release a new Tom Seaver documentary titled “Seaver” on October 13. The film is produced and directed by Edward Burns.
According to the media release from Fox, the film “provides unique insight into Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver — a reclusive icon and his relationship with New York City.”
Burns, a lifelong Mets fan, worked closely with Seaver during the filming of the documentary. “Tom has always been one of my idols,” said Burns. “He’s also one of the complex and interesting characters to play the game. He’s a fascinating man … Few people know the real man.”
Burns added: “To Mets fans, he was our blue-collar hero, who gave 100 percent of himself every time he stepped on the mound. He was also one of the most intelligent athletes of the modern era, who strove for perfection in himself and all those around him. He couldn’t tolerate mediocrity. He never turned away from any confrontation, whether it was with someone at the plate, team management or the powerful New York media.”
According to Fox, the production will also feature never-before-seen footage from the Seaver’s family archives.
On July 4, 1972, New York Mets ace Tom Seaver took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres. After recording the first out, Padres outfielder Leron Lee singles to spoil the no-hit bid. Seaver induces Nate Colbert to hit into a game-ending double play.
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