Wilmer Flores is stronger than dirt

“When we’re all gone and Suhboda [sic] stays and he commences to hit balls over buildings, who says he won’t lead this club to ten or a dozen pennants?” – Casey Stengel, spring training, 1965 The Mets, sudden winners and the current innamorata of New York City, have never lacked for “folk heroes” – players who were taken into the collective bosom of the fan base...
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A “Perfect” Father’s Day At Shea

On June 20, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jim Bunning threw a perfect game against the New York Mets in the second game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. With his wife and children in the stands, here’s what happened … By the eighth inning 32,904 Mets fans were cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies, for pitcher Jim Bunning. On Father’s Day 1964, the Phillies...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Gas House Gang, Part 3

This is part three, the final conclusion, in what is a very special mini-series exploring the St. Louis Cardinals’ “Gas House Gang”. You can read part one here, and part two here. The story continues… “The most rabid, vituperative, hysterical rooter in the world, the Brooklyn fan, will troop across the bridge by the thousands, bringing cowbells, sirens, razzberries...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets’ Good Start, With Witnesses

It’s been quite the couple of days, hasn’t it? Only nine games into the shiny, new season and Mets fans have already seen a month’s worth of action, seems like. A little over a week ago came the surprise series win over the Nationals. Then came the equally surprising 1-2 stumble against the Braves in Atlanta. In the first two games of that series, fans’ worst fears were...
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Let's Win One For The Gipper !

These Yankees are fighters.They don't go out with a whimper, but with a bang.Sure, Cashman has created another phoney set of hopes and expectations.True, the " I'm not cheap" brothers failed to invest in the future.But, dammit, these Yankees are going down to Tampa ( St. Petersburg, actually ), to take on the last, but not least, of their AL East division rivals.  And they are going...
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Book review: The good, bad and ugly of Billy Martin, baseball’s ‘flawed genius’

An excerpt from my Chicago Tribune review of Bill Pennington’s fine book. Highly recommended. ****** In the epilogue, Pennington writes that a case could be made that Billy Martin merits consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant work as a manager. Yet as the book’s title points out, Martin was a “flawed genius” with many demons that probably kept him from...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Opening Day Roster and Lineup Challenges

“They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as a way of keeping the club going. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.”  ~ Casey Stengel Here is the official Opening Day roster followed by a look at today’s potential lineup. Starting Lineup 1. Juan Lagares, CF 2. Curtis Granderson, RF 3. David Wright, 3B...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

UTN News TWISH (February 23-29)

February 23th 1934 - Casey Stengel becomes manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1968 – Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first NBA player to score 25,000 points. 1985 – Hot-headed University of Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight infamously throws a chair across the court during a game. Birthdays 1937 – Tom Osborne: The legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach won 3 national titles...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A Mets Owner For The Ages

Mrs. Payson spearheaded the return of National League baseball to New York. The Mets posted on Twitter this morning, that on this date in 1903, Mets co-founder and the first female owner in Major League Baseball, Joan Whitney Payson, was born. One SNY feature, the only one I consider to be worth watching, is Mets Yearbook. In one particular episode, the year was 1963, they showed...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Braves' McDowell work magic again with Rodriguez or Wang?

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future, is a line has been credited to Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and two of baseball's most quotable philosophers, Yogi Berra and Casey Stengel. Whoever said it first, they've got a point. But in the middle of the winter, what else do we have to go off of besides projections? Steamer's forecast of the Braves' offense isn...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

My New Year’s Eve baseball beliefs, remembrances and opinions

Here we are on the last day of December. Everyone is filled with happy thoughts about the promise of a new year. Throw out the old and welcome the new. It’s the way it’s always been. My belief is we should always welcome the new. Yet at the same time we should always celebrate that which is old and – most importantly – good. In that spirit, here are old baseball items that...
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1965 Casey Stengel

1965 TOPPS PUSH-PULL CASEY STENGEL Topps produced a wide variety of non-sport sets throughout the ’50s and ’60s. If you had an itch for cars, planes, space, flags, Elvis, The Beatles, Batman, or Hopalong Cassidy, the company was there to scratch it. On occasion, a baseball star or two would slip into these sets. Babe Ruth found his way into both the 1963 Valentine Foldees issue...
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks have enough to bury the Bears, but will this formula conquer The Cardinal?

Can’t anybody here play this game? Mark Helfrich channels Casey Stengel as the Oregon defense gets rolled for 560 yards and 41 points in a win over Cal. The loosey-goosey defensive effort worked in Levi’s Stadium, but the going will be tougher against Stanford and Utah (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports photo). Oregon used a big-play offense and special teams dominance to beat...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

50 years later: Jim Bunning's Father's Day perfect game

Jim Bunning is the father of nine children, so why wouldn't it be the native of Southgate, Ky. to do something extraordinary, something that had never been accomplished before, and has not been accomplished since on Father's Day, the defining moment of a Hall of Fame pitching career. Bunning pitched a perfect game on Father's Day -- June 21, 1964. He was wearing a Philadelphia Phillies...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Piersall Touches Them All… Backwards

Jim Piersall is one of dozens of major leaguers who played with the Mets at the tail end of his career. And, what a memorable career it was. He wasn’t always spectacular, but he was entertaining, such as on this date in 1963 while with the Mets he celebrated his 100th career homer by rounding the bases backwards. PIERSALL: Magical Mystery Tour The MLB odds couldn’t have predicted...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Six original Mets you’ve never heard of

I was doing some research last week on the first original Met to pass away. I had thought it was Hall-of-Famer and original Mets’ Hitting Coach, Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby, however was the second original Met to pass away. He died on January 5, 1963. Fellow coach, Red Kress was actually the first original Met to pass away. He died on November 29, 1962. This all led to some side...
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

BRAVES BANTER: Fredi was right about frightful defense

BOSTON — The best offense is a good defense. The defense of the Atlanta Braves is just plain offensive. As Casey Stengel said of the error-prone original Mets in 1962, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” Half a century later, Fredi Gonzalez is echoing those same sentiments. Nobody can blame Fredi Gonzalez from feeling frustrated with his fielders His Braves looked worse...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Joba Chamberlain Presents Teammates with Zubaz

I believe it was famed New York Yankees skipper Casey Stengel who, in 1927, once uttered the now-legendary phrase…”a team that wears baggy elastic-waisted pants together, stays together.” And while I might have the year wrong, it’s an adage that remains true today.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…a handful of Chamberlain’s teammates wearing Zubaz. What a crew...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Remembering Shea: An Amazin’ Icon Passes

For the next three days, we’re going back and picking out some of our favorite posts that celebrate the great memories of Shea Stadium. We begin with this post, originally written by me on February 10, 2008. From the very first day that Shea Stadium opened its gates and embraced their new team, the New York Mets, Karl Ehrhardt became a fixture at almost every game from 1964 through...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Postseason W-L Added to Manager Records –

Example: Casey Stengel Managerial Record - Added a couple of columns showing the manager postseason W-L records.
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Mets Promotion Days and Special Offers!

The New York Mets announced that Free Shirt Friday and Family Sunday will lead the lineup of special offers and new attractions throughout the season at Citi Field. The Mets will host the third year of post-game concerts and added a third Fireworks Night to the schedule. 2014 Promo Days Free Shirt Fridays Every fan in attendance on 12 Friday home dates will receive a uniquely designed...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

What Your Baseball Position Says About You

“Tell me what position a man plays, and I can describe his hobbies, his personal life and the current state of his sock drawer.” – Casey Stengel OK, Casey Stengel never
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking Down The Platoon Advantage in Major League Baseball

Back in the days of Casey Stengel and Earl Weaver, the platoon was commonly used. It was very successful as far as offensive production was concerned, using two players who received a good amount of playing time at the same position. There are many different types of platoons, they include: right-handed hitter versus left-handed hitter, fastball hitter versus off speed pitch hitter...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee Greats – Phil Rizzuto

CHAD RACHMAN/AP Most people would agree that the greatest shortstop in Yankees history is Derek Jeter. But, arguably the greatest shortstop in Yankees history before Derek was Phil Rizzuto. Phil Rizzuto was born on September 25, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. His birth name was Fiero Francis Rizzuto. He later had his name legally changed to Philip Francis Rizzuto. Phil attended and graduated...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Flashback: A Death In The Mets Family

An MMO Flashback remembering the passing of beloved and iconic Mets organist, Jane Jarvis, who passed away on this day in 2010. Enjoy…When one thinks back to the Mets of the 1960’s and 70’s, certain images come to mind: Casey Stengel, Tom Seaver, Tug McGraw pounding his glove on his leg, black cats, Miracles, fans ripping up the field and so forth.Off the field, however, there...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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