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300 Words Or Less: Mets That Wore 42: From Famous To Infamous

300 Words Or Less: Mets That Wore 42: From Famous To Infamous
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What does memorable ex-Met reliever Roger McDowell share with infamous former Met pitcher Hank Webb?

They’re among nine Mets that wore No. 42. Again on April 15, each major leaguer donned 42, honoring Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodger debut.

The first Met sporting 42 was Larry Elliot, an outfielder who totaled just 14 homers with the club in 1964 and 1966. In July of ’64, Elliot uncharacteristically homered in four straight games, and in five of six games.

Ron Taylor led the Mets in saves four straight years, including 13 for the 1969 world champions.

Chuck Taylor, no relation to Ron, was a Met reliever in 1972. As an Expo the following year, he fanned Met Willie Mays in Montreal in the Hall of Famer’s final regular season at-bat ever.

Webb’s errant pickoff throw in 1974 allowed Bake McBride to score from first in the 25th inning for a 4-3 Cardinals win at Shea Stadium.

Ron Hodges was a Mets backup catcher for ten years. In 1973, Dave Augustine’s apparent Pirate homerun bounced off the top of Shea’s left field wall, right to Cleon Jones. His relay to Hodges via Wayne Garrett nailed Richie Zisk at home during a 4-3 Met win in 13 innings.

 

On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call

On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Veteran announcer Joe Tolleson has called a host of sports events in his career, from the Olympics to the NHL. However what he may be known best for is h...

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I’ve been covering thoroughbred racing in general, and the Triple Crown, in particular, as a sportswriter/editor and blogger for close to 45 years, and during tha...

300 Words Or Less: Puff Basketball’s Mysterious Disappearance

300 Words Or Less: Puff Basketball’s Mysterious Disappearance
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What ever happened to Puff Basketball?

A friend recently tweeted, suggesting the 1992 Olympic Dream Team practices were the greatest games never seen publicly. Ah, bu...

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How ironic that Type 1 Diabetes sufferer Buddy Carlyle registered the save in that season opening, 3-1 Mets win at Washington, because as Jackie Gleason famously use...

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How ironic that Type 1 Diabetes sufferer Buddy Carlyle registered the save in that season opening, 3-1 Mets win at Washington, because as Jackie Gleason famously use...

300 Words Or Less: Mullin And St. John’s Perfect Together

300 Words Or Less: Mullin And St. John’s Perfect Together
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some of those tunes still stick in my head.

As a kid, my mom often played record albums from one of her favorites, Barbra Streisand, including the song, Sam You’ve Ma...

What Does 52-3 Victory Over Pleasantville Say About Buena Baseball Team?

What Does 52-3 Victory Over Pleasantville Say About Buena Baseball Team?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey’s high school baseball mercy rules say that five innings of a game have to be played, even if the score has gotten severely out of hand.

Buena beat Pleasantvi...

Wrestling Diva: 5 Reasons Our AJ Lee (April Mendez) Retired

Wrestling Diva: 5 Reasons Our AJ Lee (April Mendez) Retired
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

April Mendez, better known as A.J. Lee, joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 2009.  Mendez, born in Union City, began getting a featured role in WWE in late 201...

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