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This Date In Mets History

Birthdays, trades, memorable games, free agent acquisitions, and all of the other memorable Mets moments for every day of the year.

Bruce Bennett

January

1 — Happy Birthday, Fernando Tatis
2 — David Cone Is Born… To Win
3 — Bobby Bonilla Is Sent Packing For Good
4 — Darryl Gets the Kiss of Death from the HOF
5 — Tug McGraw Passes Away
6 — Alomar Disappoints Mets Fans, HOF Voters
7 — HOF Voters Think Tom Is Most Terrific of All
8 — Gary Carter Is Voted Into The Hall Of Fame
9 — Carlos…Beltran Agrees To Come To Shea
10 — Big Pelf Signs A Big Contract
11 — Baseball Welcomes the DH, Mets Shrug
12 — The Man of Steal Slides into Cooperstown
13 — It’s Kevin Mitchell’s Birthday
14 — A Big Day for Big Pelf
15 — Tom Robson Was Born To Teach, Not Do
16 — Tim Teufel Shuffles Into Town
17 — Willie Harris Leaps At Chance To Play In New York
18 — No Mets Get the Hall of Fame Call
19 — Yogi’s Induction Wait Is Finally Over
20 — Midnight Massacre II: The Re-Massacring
21 — Mets Initiate Three-Way, No One Ends Up Happy
22 — Cardinals’ Bernard Gilkey Comes East
23 — Kiner Finally Gets His Korner In The Hall Of Fame
24 — The Amazins Get A Badly Needed Change Of Ownership
25 — Shea Stadium Organist Jane Jarvis Passes Away
26 — MLB Balks at Balk Rule Changes, Mets Rejoice
27 — Angel Berroa and Mozart Share a Birthday, Little Else
28 — Ken Singleton vs. Rusty Staub Deathmatch
29 — Rule Change Puts Keith Hernandez In The Record Books
30 — Davey Johnson Celebrates A Milestone
31 — Ralph Kiner Signs On To Call Mets Games

February

1 — Johan Signs on the Dotted Line
2 — Johan Officially Becomes a Met
3 — Lucas Duda Turns 27
4 — Shea What? The Mets New Home Gets a New Name
5 — Joan Payson, The Real Mrs. Met, Is Born
6 — Amazins Reel In Marlins’ Al Leiter
7 — Endy Chavez Leaps Into The World
8 — Todd Zeile, Take Two
9 — Happy Birthday Mookie!
10 — Lenny Dykstra Is Another Year Older, Hopefully Wiser
11 — Mets Say Good Knight and Good Luck to Ray
12 — Meet Keith Hernandez, TV Star
13 — David Cone Decides To Give It One More Shot
14 — It’s Lima TimeÉ Followed By Livan Time
15 — Izzy Becomes a Met Again
16 — Rest in Peace, Kid
17 — Happy Birthday to Roger Craig
18 — Birthdays for Shawn Estes et al.
19 — Meet The Newly Minted Mets
20 — Amazins Pick Up A Bullpen Arm And A Bat
21 — Tom Gets A Terrific Raise
22 — Putz Gets Older, Dick Stuart Gets Acquired
23 — Did You Know the Mets Will Be Paying Bobby Bonilla until His 72nd Birthday?
24 — Steady Eddie’s Birthday, Barajas Acquired
25 — It’s Ed Lynch’s Birthday
26 — Kevin Plawecki Celebrates His First Birthday As A Prospect
27 — The Sacrifice Fly Is Introduced; Wright, Carter, And Hojo Excel At It
28 — In 1981, Brian Bannister Is Born And Dave Kingman Returns
29 — Happy birthday, Terrence Long!

March

1 — Seaver Won’t Take Mound, Johan Happily Returns to I…
2 — Seaver Almost Brings the Heat for Hot ’Lanta
3 — Jorge Julio’s Birthday, City Won’t Present Giants with a New Stadium
4 — Several Birthdays, Darren Oliver Beats Jordan One-on-One
5 — Birthday Greetings To “Crash” Hessman And The “Wrong” Kevin Brown
6 — Hope Springs Eternal During Early Spring Training Gam…s
7 — Jeff Kent comes Into The World With A Scowl
8 — Casey Stengel Gets the Bronz…
9 — Meet the Mets Penned, Agee Beaned
10 — The ’62 Mets Make Their Spring Training Debut
11 — Mets PIITB for the First Time, Birthdays Hefner, Ellis
12 — Mike Piazza Gets Drilled, Goes After Guillermo Mota
13 — Happy Birthday To Johan Santana
14 — George Weiss Becomes The Team’s First President
15 — Ignore the Ides of March
16 — Shea Hey! NY State Assembly Approves Mets New Home
17 — Mets Go Green, Sign Honorary Irishman Tim O’Perez
18 — Hello Super Joe, Sayonara Luis Castillo
19 — Major setbacks for two-thirds of ‘Generation K’
20 — Yankees tell new NL franchise ‘Not in OUR house’
21 — It’s the big 5Ð0 for Brooklyn’s own Shawon Dunston
22 — First Mets-Yanks matchup, Ike’s birthday, and the no-no that wasn’t
23 — Bud Harrelson departs, Fernando Tatis arrives
24 — Alomar and Bay acquired, though not how you’d expect
25 — Birthdays for Maz and Glav
26 — Mackey Sasser brings a solid bat and off-putting quirk to town
27 — Mixed bag of wheeling and dealing brings mixed results
28 — Word of a Seaver trade is blowing in the wind
29 — Hampton and the 2000 Mets come alive in Japan
30 — Benny and the Mets come up huge in Japan
31 — A long Opening Day’s journey into Opening Night

April

1 — Pads pound Mets in their first Opening Day matchup
2 — Reds spoil Davey Johnson’s managerial debut in 198…
3 — Amazins get off to a good start in 2006
4 — Darryl Strawberry hits the roof in Montreal
5 — Tom Seaver goes to eleven
6 — Staub, making sense
7 — Dr. K makes his first house call in Houston
8 — Mets inaugurate the Expos, Gary Carter’s birthday
9 — Defending NL champs win 2001 home opener
10 — Tommie Agee reaches the upper deck
11 — Amazins play, and (sigh) lose, their very first game
12 — Mets Trade For Pete Harnisch
12 — Mets get a parade, Paul Lo Duca’s birthday
13 — Tom Seaver makes a terrific-ish debut
14 — Kooz debuts, Ryan wins first, and Franco saves #400
15 — MLB holds the first Jackie Robinson Day at Shea
16 — Shea Stadium Christened
16 — It’s a double-header double-whammy for the Amazin…
17 — Shea Stadium Opens For Business
17 — New York hosts Pittsburgh in first Shea Stadium home opener
18 — Happy Birthday Rico Brogna
18 — Ryan’s express rolls over Philadelphia for first career shutout
19 — Seven Homers And Frank Viola’s Birthday
19 — Mets win at Shea for the first time, Frankie V’s birthday
20 — Tom Seaver wins his first game
21 — Jesse Orosco’s birthday, ’86 Mets start to roll
22 — Let’s just rename this feature Seaver Avenue, you guys
23 — Ike Davis Goes Yard And The Mets Win Their First Game Ever
23 — The Amazins notch their very first win
24 — Casey Fined, Beltran Blamed For First Time Ever
24 — A bomb and a bunt knock the Rox’s socks off
25 — David Wright becomes the team’s all-time leader in RBIs
26 — Keith Hernandez’s 1000th RBI, Dante Bichette Ruins Opening Day
26 — Keith reaches 1,000 career RBIs, Mike hits 400th homer
27 — Ryan sets K record, Yogi unretires to join Amazins
28 — Tug’s first decision, Dillon Gee turns 27
29 — ranco records career saves number 1 and 300
30 — Al Leiter defeats his 30th different team

May

1 — Seaver’s and Gooden’s double-digit strikeout games have batters crying “Mayday!”
2 — Al Jackson pitches a gem in Cincinnati
3 — David takes Atlanta to the Cone Zone
4 — Highs and lows galore during the Swingin’ 60s
5 — Piazza sets record for homers by a catcher
6 — Say Hey! It’s Willie Mays’s birthday
7 — Valdespin’s first major league hit is a game-winning home run
8 — New York’s new National League franchise gets its name
9 — Marvelous Marv, Cameramen Ejected, And Jerry Buchek’s Birthday
9 — 1986 Amazins continue to dominate, led by stealth ace Bob Ojeda
10 — Rickey’s ready to play, but the ’pen is appaLOLlingly bad
11 — Mets Trade For Willie Mays, Bobby Joneses Square Off
11 — Mets celebrate Mays Day, Seaver wins 100th game
12 — Yogi Berra’s birthday, Beltran blasts three versus Rockies
13 — Bobby V. turns 63, Rickey gets released
14 — Willie Mays Homers In First Game With Mets
14 — Willie Mays hits game-winning homer in his Mets debut
15 — Pat Mahomes beats Phillies in his Shea debut
16 — Darryl Strawberry hits his first big league home run
17 — Steve Trachsel and Mike Pelfrey are extra Traschel-like and Pelfrey-esque
18 — It’s Nelson Figueroa’s birthday
19 — David’s all Wright and Mo’s all wrong in walk-off win
20 — Robin rocks Brewers for a pair of slams
21 — Memorable games for pitchers Seaver, Koo, Darling and Viola
22 — Mets Trade For Mike Piazza
22 — Dennis Cook’s back-to-back pickoffs highlight win on ‘Mike Piazza Eve’
23 — Mike Piazza makes his debut with the Amazins
24 — Long night in L.A. for Tom, Rusty, and the Mets
25 — A mist ending for the Mets and Pirates in ’79
26 — The Wilpons play Let’s (nearly) Make a Deal
27 — Mets and Big Pelf go for record-setting win versus Phillies
28 — El Duque wins in his debut with Amazins
29 — Bud Harrelson takes over as manager
30 — Dropped pop-up keeps Amazins on top by six games
31 — A long day’s journey into night into day and then into another night

June

1 — Johan Santana is THE man, throws first no-hitter in team history
2 — Mets draft a can’t-miss prospect who winds up missing
3 — Mets draft Darryl, Gregg Jefferies, and others
4 — Dave Kingman homers three times in rout of Dodgers
5 — Three coaches are fired after flameout against Yankees
6 — The Mets trounce Roger Clemens and the Yankees, 7–2, on national TV
7 — Mets draft Matt Harvery and many, many others
8 — Mets pick Nolan Ryan and others in first-ever MLB draft
9 — Mets honor Gil Hodges on Old Timer’s Day, but Willie Mays steals the game
10 — Mets play two extra-inning games, actually win both
11 — Clutch home runs give Amazins an “inside out” victory
12 — Luis Castillo’s gaffe drops game into Yankees’ lap
13 — R.A. Dickey comes within one play of a no-hitter
14 — Duke Snider joins the 400 home run club
15 — Mets wave goodbye to Seaver, hello to Hernandez
16 — Calvin Schiraldi’s birthday and other LOLpen antics
17 — Omar ends the Willie/won’t he speculation by firing manager Randolph
18 — Dickey does it again, pitches second-straight one-hitter
19 — Hurlers pitch in with some memorable victories over the years
20 — Four balls fly out of Shea for high-flying Amazins
21 — Mets treat Jim Bunning to a perfect Father’s Day
22 — Tom Terrific calls it a career
23 — Ron Hunt becomes the Mets first All-Star Game starter
24 — Koosman wins 100th game, Mets help right a social wrong
25 — Carlos Delgado is born…with a big bat in his hands
26 — The ship comes in for several port-side swingers over the years
27 — The Amazins sign 17-year-old Ed Kranepool
28 — Two Mets icons reach the end of the road
29 — Seaver becomes Mets all-time wins leader, John Rocker returns
30 — Koufax no-hits Mets, No-han shuts out Dodgers

July

1 — Gooden and Foster go deep for milestone Met home runs
2 — Extra-innings win in 1969 is more mettle than miracle
3 — Amazins ride Alex Ochoa’s cycle to a win over Phillies
4 — A long (K)night’s journey into day ends in triumph for the Amazins
5 — Cleon Jones signed, Swoboda sets rookie home run record
6 — Hot Rod hits first Mets grand slam, Orosco shines at ’83 All-Star Game
7 — Shea hosts ’64 All-Star Game, Ron Hunt makes home fans happy
8 — John Stearns and Bobby Jones make their All-Star debuts
9 — George Stone’s Birthday And Jerry Koosman “Saves” The 1968 All-Star Game
9 — More than terrific, Tom Seaver is nearly perfect
10 — Trading For Jeff Francoeur And Matt Franco Wins It Against Mariano Rivera
10 — Matt Franco strikes a killer blow against the Yankees
11 — Mets Invade 2006 All-Star Game, Sign Fernando Martinez And Ruben Tejada
11 — Take me out to the brawl game: Kid and Sid wow the crowd
12 — Dwight Gooden Struggles In 1988 All-Star Game And Dick Rusteck’s Birthday
12 — Doc, Darryl, and the Kid start the ’88 All-Star Game
13 — Mike Piazza’s 300th Home Run And The 1977 Blackout, Shea-style
13 — David dominates All-Star play, Piazza hits 300th career homer
14 — Robin Ventura’s Birthday, Bobby Valentine’s 1,000th Win
14 — Tom’s terrific in 1970 All-Star Game, Robin Ventura’s birthday
15 — Ron Darling Traded Away, Donn Clendenon’s Birthday
15 — Lefty Mets dominate Midsummer Classic, Ron Darling traded
16 — Armando Benitez Traded, Norm Sherry’s Birthday
16 — Ain’t it grand? Two slams key 11-run inning in 13–7 win
17 — Bad Luck in ’69, Warren Spahn Released, the Gil Hodges Bridge
17 — Lee Mazzilli's home run ties All-Star Game for NL squad
18 — Grand Slams for Beltran and Piazza, Beastly Baby Born in Brooklyn
18 — Two events set the stage for the birth of a new New York franchise
19 — Cooter-gate and Kingman’s Run
19 — Last call for four Mets at Cooter's
20 — Brett Butler’s Big Day, Nelson Doubleday’s B-Day
20 — Former owner Nelson Doubleday turns 80
21 — So Close to Two No-Nos, Man Walks on the F’ng Moon
21 — David Wright debuts, Mets almost throw/become victims of a no-hitter
22 — Doc Goes to Rehab, Fight Knight in Cincy
22 — Mets and Reds play basebrawl during Fight Knight in Cincy
23 — Miracle Met All-Stars, Kenny Rogers Roasted
23 — Jose Reyes has a big day...several, actually
24 — Agee Steals Home, the Awful Early ’90s, Keppinger for Gotay
24 — Dickey knuckles under to his top Cy Young Award rival
25 — Stengel’s Last Stand, Bullpen Bdays for Wagner and Mota
25 — Damn, that was a memorable call by Bob Murphy
26 — Johnny Maine outduels Mark Prior, Other Teams Do Historic Things
26 — Mookie makes the Mets walk-off winners
27 — Bill Shea’s Power Play, Turn Ahead the Clock Night
27 — Carter and Murray inducted into Hall of Fame, Turn Ahead the Clock Night at Shea
28 — A Rare W for AY, Alderson Plays Wheeler Dealer
28 — Beltran trade sets stage for future Wonderful Wheeler Days
29 — Valent’s Fine Day, The Feast of St. Carlos
29 — Valent hits for the cycle, Carlos Baerga acquired
30 — The Old Perfessor Gets Older, Kazmir for Zambrano Happens
30 — You could look it up: It's Casey Stengel's birthday
31 — Duaner’s Cab Ride, Viola Comes to Queens
31 — What the hail? Sanchez says farewell to season after taxi mishap

August

1 — A Comedy of Errors, Mookie Migrates North of the Border
1 — Amazins take big twin bill from Bucs en route to pennant
2 — Cleon’s 1,000th Hit, Happy Birthday to Koo
2 — Koo runnings, Viola makes sweet music in Mets debut
3 — Steady Eddie Does Steady Things, Maz Comes Back
3 — Milestone home runs for Thomas and Kranepool, RIP Bob Murphy
4 — A Two Team, Two-Hit Day for Youngblood, Birthdays Galore
4 — Youngblood's a hit in two cities, Doc wins 11th in a row
5 — The 1973 Mets Nadir, Trifectas Abound
6 — The Mets Bid Farewell to Berra, Balks, Balks, Balks
7 — Kirk Turns 25, Can Rent a Car More Cheaply
8 — Mariner Lefthander Perez Was Once a Met
9 — Let There Be Artificial Light
10 — Glavine’s Teeth Bite It, Vince Coleman Is Patient
11 — K-Rod Punches Old Man, The Kid Knocks Out #300
12 — Baseball Loses the 1994 Season, Benny Loses Track of Outs
13 — Dickey’s First One-Hitter, Piazza Party on Italian Night
14 — No No-hitter for Pedro, 3.000 Career Slugging
15 — Shea, Jude; The Fool on the Hill is 32
16 — Strawberry’s 11 Bases is the Mets’ 23 Runs
17 — Buddy’s First Home Run, The Say Hey Kid’s Last
18 — Agee Inducted into Mets Hall, Birthday Misches for Pat
19 — Giants Vote to Go West, Ron Darling’s Birthday
20 — Doc Ks 200+, HoJo Goes 30/30
21 — Red, White, and Seaver; Bolt v. Reyes
22 — Delgado’s 400th
23 — Inside the Unassisted Triple Home Run Play
24 — Mets Leave Their Bats in San Francisco, Jacob Jacks Record-Setting Blast
25 — Santana Shut Down, Wagner Knows a New Place
26 — Bobby V Era Begins, Popping a Cap in the Braves
27 — Ayala Homers in First At-Bat, Brian McRae Shows League-Average Aging Skills
28 — Viola the Virtuoso, Ray Knight in Shining Armor
29 — Like the Marx Brothers in Room Service
30 — The Greatest Offensive Performance in Mets History
31 — A Tough Month at the Office, Birthdays Abound

September

1 — Tom Seaver Is the Franchise
2 — Stengel’s Number Retired, No Birthday Cake for Marvelous Marv
3 — Gentleman Jim Strikes Thrice, Swan Spreads His Wings
4 — Power Catchers: Carter’s Big-Time ‘85, Piazza’s B-Day
5 — Tejada Homers, Mets Explode
6 — Ollie at Ollie’s Best
7 — Kooz’s Streak Concludes, Maz Makes His Debut
8 — No Hits for the Mets, No Fun for Butch Huskey
9 — Mets Clinch First Winning Record, Carlos y Carlos Go Long
10 — Miracle Mets Play Two, Win Two, Take First Place
11 — Nolan Ryan’s Debut, Olerud’s Cycle
12 — The Amazin’ Jets
13 — Who?
14 — Cleon’s Debut, Mets Jocks Rock with MTV
15 — Banner Day Begins, Swoboda Socks a Pair
16 — 20 Wins for Koosman, 20 Triples for Johnson
17 — The Bad Guys Win the Division, John Franco’s Birthday
18 — Pulling Out of the Polo Grounds
19 — Wes Westrum by the Wayside, Keith Slams, Otzi
20 — Seaver whiffs 15, Happy Bay Day
21 — Mike Piazza’s Defining Met Moment
22 — Steady Eddie’s First Hit, Backman’s B-Day
23 — Miracle Mets Reduce Magic Number to One
24 — Miracle Mets Clinch, Bernard’s Birthday
25 — 90,000 Seats at Shea?
26 — New Mets City
27 — 2000 Mets Clinch the Wild Card
28 — 2008 Mets Shea Goodbye to Their Home, Postseason Hopes
29 — Stengelese Becomes a Dead Language
30 — A Day of Record-Setting, Season-Ending Defeats

October

1 — The ’73 Mets Clinch, Abe (and Others) Beame with Joy
2 — After Eight Great Years, Mike Piazza Moves on
3 — Zeile’s Parting Shot
4 — Omar and Jerry Get the Sack
5 — Fonzie Makes a Grand Postseason Debut
6 — Mets Sweep Braves to Make It to the ’69 Series
7 — Mets Sweep Dodgers, Make a Bubbly Mess of Their Visiting Clubhouse
8 — San Fran Can’t Keep Up with Bobby Jones
9 — Deep in the Heart of Texas
10 — You… you… and you… You’re Mets now
11 — The Mets are in the World Series
12 — Mets Find Orel Surgery Rather Painful
13 — For the Mets, October 13 Proves Unlucky
14 — Mets Beat AL Opponents Thanks to Fielding Good and Bad
15 — Mets Have a Sweet 16 Party at the Astrodome
16 — The 1969 Mets are World Champions
17 — Grand Slam Single
18 — The ‘06 Mets Beat Chris Carpenter
19 — Two Amazin’ Seasons End in Heartbreak
20 — Seaver Comes Up Just Short in Game Six of the ‘73 Series
21 — Timo Perez Learns Baseball Is a Game of Inches in Subway Series Opener
22 — Piazza and Clemens Square Off for Round Two in Game Two
23 — The Sox Pull Ahead
24 — Mets Halt the Yankee Express
25 — 1986, Game Six
26 — Yanks Derail Mets’ Hopes of Salvaging a Subway Series Win
27 — 86 Mets Eight-Six the Red Sox to Win World Series
28 — Mets Break Ground on a New Home in Queens
29 — Cy Young Voters Think Tom’s Terrific
30 — 2012 NLCS MVP, Birthday Boy
31 — Seaver Wins His 2nd Cy Young

November

1 — Goodbye Gary Gentry, Hello George Stone
2 — Met Pitchers Go Oh-Fer-Three in ‘76 Cy Young Vote
3 — Bud Harrelson Throws a $250 Punch
4 — Mets Meet the Free Agency Era
5 — Straw Stirs Up the Mets’ Offseason Plans
6 — Bud Selig Moves The Brewers To The National League, Doing The Mets A Huge Favor In The Process
7 — Rick Reed Overcomes Controversy to Help Put the Mets Back in Contention
8 — Fonzie Gave Mets Fans Many Happy Days
9 — Mets Exhume Grant’s Tomb
10 — Omar Minaya Lobby for Birthday
11 — Bobby Bo Returns, Wipes Smiles off of Faces
12 — Tom Terrific Hits Cy Young Trifecta
13 — A Plan Is Hatched That Will Lead to the Birth of the Mets
14 — Devine Intervention Gets The Ball Rolling On Building Of Miracle Mets
15 — Darryl Strawberry Finishes Second In MVP Voting To Kirk Gibso…
16 — Mets Meet Their New Logo
17 — Happy Birthday to the Franchise
18 — Cy Young Pays Doc a House Call
19 — Mets Hit the Auction Block
20 — Seaver and Gooden Earn Top Rookie Honors 17 Seasons Apart
21 — Agee Turns Leather Into Gold
22 — Terry Collins Takes The Helm In The Post-Madoff Era
23 — Mets Make Debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
24 — Mets Add Delgado, Form Carlos y Carlos
25 — Kaz Says Sayonara to the States
26 — Rose Hustles Ron Hunt Out of ROY Award
27 — Mets Complete Trade for Manager Gil Hodges
28 — Casey Stengel’s Successor Is Born
29 — Howard Johnson Is Born… With a Bat In His Hands
30 — Blast Call for Thrilledge

December

1 — Mets Get Freaky in Three-Way Deal
2 — Mets Buy Third Basemen in Bulk
3 — Mets Stop Believing, Trade Tug McGraw
4 — Mister Huskey Goes to Washington (Seattle, That Is)
5 — What the Hall? ÒFameÓ Eludes Hodges Again
6 — Now Pitching For The Mets, John Franco
7 — Howard Johnson Relocates to New York
8 — Lefties Come, Lefties Go
9 — Bidding for Hampton Hits a Rocky Mountain High
10 — Mets Bust Blocks with Three Massive Trades
11 — It’s a Big ‘Caught Stealing’ for Bernie Madoff
12 — Some Big Bats Come and Go
13 — Good Move: The Mets Sign Rickey Henderson
14 — Mets Sign One Dog for Two Years
15 — Hello Pedro, Farewell Fonzie
16 — Homecomings for Tom and Rusty
17 — Bobby O’s Birthday
18 — Mr. Orsulak, A Regular Joe, Comes To Shea
19 — Chip Ambres Is Born And Destiny Awaits
20 — David Wright Is Born To Be A Met
21 — Here Comes the Sun God
22 — Endy Rises Above the Rest
23 — Hampton Comes Alive
24 — Happy Birthday to Ginter and Taveras
25 — Happy Birthday (And Merry Christmas) To Little Al Jackson
26 —
27 — Mo Vaughn Signs Fat Deal To Play At Shea
28 — Happy Birthday Benny Agbayani
29 — Bay Day (And Nobody’s Celebratin’)
30 — Remembering Johnny Murphy
31 — Rick Aguilera Born…and That’s It