In 1969, Tommie Agee hits a pair of homers to lead the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of Montreal, 4-3 and 9-7, at Shea.
The good old days when doubleheaders were a part of schedule…not scheduled when there are rainouts.
I went to my first doubleheader on July 20, 1969…the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I lived in Dover, Delaware and my father took me and my younger brother to Philadelphia to Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium to see the Phillies play the Cubs.
Cubs won both games by scores of 1-0 and 6-1. They had Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ken Holtzman, Randy Hundley, Don Kessinger, Glen Beckert, Paul Popovich and of course Billy Williams and the Phillies had Cookie Rojas, Don Money, Larry Hisle, Dick Allen, Rick Wise, Tony Taylor,Woody Fryman…
I remember when the announcement came that they had landed on the Moon, the game was stopped and everyone stood and sang God Bless America.
I was 8.
To Jeff: Great, great story. Those are the best moments. It reminded me of when the US beat Russia in the hockey game. I was at a high school basketball game and everybody started chanting.-JD
Dick Schaap and Paul Zimmerman’s “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place” says the Garcia Company sponsored a fly casting demonstration between games. The first fisherman tried to cast a foam ball from home to first, he missed. The second fisherman tried casting home to second base, he missed. The third tried to cast a ball from home over the outfield wall, he succeeded!! The crowd cheered.
To Dan: I absolutely loved that book. I once met Schaap and told him I had that book. He said, ``so you’re the one who bought it.’’ Not by the sound of it.-JD
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