This Date In Mets History: April 17 - Shea Stadium Opens For Business

The early days of Shea Stadium. (Flickr user rbglasson)

On April 17, 1964, the Mets played their first ever game in a ballpark built just for them, dropping Shea Stadium's inaugural home opener 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. 50,312 watched Mets starter Jack Fisher carry a 3-2 lead into the seventh, only to have reliever Ed Bauta blow the save and eventually lose the game in the ninth.

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Games Of Note

On April 17, 1970, shortstop Bud Harrelson clubbed a home run against the Phillies, which is noteworthy only because Harrelson hit a scant seven homers in 5,516 career plate appearances. He hit as many home runs as Nolan Ryan pitched no-hitters. He hit five fewer home runs than Rey Ordonez.

On April 17, 2006, Pedro Martinez won his 200th big league game as the Mets beat the Braves, 4-3. Martinez struck out eight over 6.2 innings while Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner secured the victory.

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