The Yankees, who finished with a 99-63 record, fire Yogi Berra after the team drops the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games. The 39-year-old Berra will join the crosstown Mets as a coach, becoming team’s the manager in 1972, following Gil Hodges’ unexpected death in spring training.
In one of the worst deals in franchise history, the Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for six time All-Star third baseman Jim Fregosi. The fireballer from Texas will set the all-time strikeout record (5,714) and will be elected to the Hall of Fame, while their new 30-year-old infielder (.232, 5, 32) plays less than two full seasons in New York, providing little help for the team.
The Mets purchase outfielder Richie Ashburn from the Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who will be the club’s first-ever representative on the National League All-Star team, will be given a boat after being named the Most Valuable Player of the last-place team. Unfortunately, the boat will sink before he ever uses it.
The Mets send right-handed starter Walt Terrell to the Tigers in exchange for infielder Howard Johnson. HoJo will spend nine years with the Mets and will return to the organization to become a minor league manager and big league coach.
Benny Agbayani’s 13th inning home run ends the longest LDS game ever played, 5 hours and 22 minutes. The dramatic homer by the Mets outfielder, who was voted the 36th greatest athlete from Hawaii by Sports Illustrated, gives New York a 3-2 victory and 2-1 series advantage over the Giants.
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At Citi Field, Luis Hernandez falls to the ground in obvious pain when he fouls a ball off his right foot, and after a lengthy discussion, dismisses the team trainer to resume his turn at-bat. The Mets second baseman hits a home run on the next pitch he sees, but severely limps going around the bases, reminiscent of Kirk Gibson, barely making it home due to the broken foot that will end his season.
After a shaky one-inning relief performance, in which he gives up the go-ahead run, Anthony Young’s record-setting 27-game losing streak comes to an abrupt end when the Mets score twice in the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off victory over Florida at Shea Stadium. “That wasn’t even a big monkey that was on my back. It was a zoo. The guys treated it like I had won a World Series game for them.”
The infamous streak, which covered a span of 81 appearances over two seasons, included 14 losses as a starter and 13 as a reliever.
Tommie Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
Rod Kanehl, appearing as a pinch-hitter, hits the first grand slam in Mets history, going deep off Bobby Shantz in the eight inning of the team’s 10-3 victory ov St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. Kanehl’s shot comes in the 79th game of the franchise’s existence.
Alan Zinter, a product of the University of Arizona, is selected by the Mets in the first round of the amateur draft, 24th pick overall. The collegiate catcher will not play in his first major league game until 13 years later when he makes his debut with Houston as a 34-year-old pinch-hitter in 2002.