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SHAMSKY: ON MCGRAW BEING A CHARACTER
Art Shamsky shares a humorous story about Mets teammate Tug McGraw during a spring training game.
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SHAMSKY: ON HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH AGEE
Art Shamsky discusses his relationship with Mets teammate Tommie Agee, including his last-minute role in Agee’s wedding.
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CATCH-PHRASE IN A GLOVE
As soon as Tug McGraw became a Met in 1965, he performed both on the mound and in dugout stump speeches. McGraw was central in rallying the Mets in 1973 with his “Ya Gotta Believe!” catch phrase, as N ...
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JERRY’S JACKET FROM ’73
Jerry Koosman wore this warm-up jacket in 1973 as the Mets made another run for the postseason. He kicked off April with four straight wins, then won six of his final seven decisions at the end of the ...
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TAG AT THE PLATE, 1978
Baserunners beware of this “Bad Dude.” The 1978 Mets yearbook featured starting backstop John Stearns stretching for a tag at home. Stearns, who was coming off an All-Star season, earned the nickname ...
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A PRESIDENTIAL FIRST PITCH
The 1970 All-Star Game was officially underway after President Richard Nixon tossed out the ceremonial first pitch while Gil Hodges looked on, grinning. Though a particular fan of the Washington Senat ...
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THE COMMISH DUELING WITH QUICK DRAW MCGRAW
MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn donned a Mets cap as he set up a practice drill for Tug McGraw. In addition to hurling pitches, McGraw was also responsible for fielding on the mound. In nine seasons in Ne ...
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KRANEPOOL AMAZIN’ FROM THE BEGINNING
A teenaged Ed Kranepool came up with lousy Mets teams in the franchise’s opening years, but he created bright moments. After the Mets started the 1963 season with eight straight losses, Kranepool hit ...
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SEAVER STRONG STRAIGHT OUT OF THE GATE
The Mets introduced Tom Seaver to The Show at the start of the 1967 season. Seaver recorded his first career win on April 20, a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs at home. He notched 5 strikeouts in 7 ...
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KOOSMAN RECORDS WINNING ROOKIE SEASON
Although he made several appearances the year prior, Jerry Koosman played his full rookie season in 1968. Kooz earned his first career win in his first start on April 11, a 4-0 complete game shutout a ...