Top Ten Shea Stadium Moments
The final game in Yankee Stadium occurred Sunday night, and it was covered with fanfare and press rarely seen for the closing of a sports field. Similarly, Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets since 1964, is also in its final days. The last regular season game to be played at Shea is set for Sunday, against a team in just its 15th season of existence, the Florida Marlins. Simply put: do not expect national lamentations to accompany these final days of Shea.
But that does not mean we cannot look back at the Top Ten Shea Stadium Moments, including black cats, a grand slam that was counted as a single, and Beatles.
Before we begin the countdown, those that weren't quite memorable enough to make the top ten:
April 22, 1970: Tom Seaver sets a major-league record by striking out ten consecutive batters – the last ten – bringing his total for the game to a record-tying 19.
December 16, 1973: O.J. Simpson gains 200 yards on 34 carries to become the first NFL running back to top 2000 yards rushing for a season.
October 11, 1986: Second-year centerfielder Lenny Dykstra hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 6-5 win over Houston in game 3 of the NLCS.
October 9, 1988: The Mets are three outs from a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLCS when Mike Scioscia homers off of Dwight Gooden to tie the game in the ninth. Los Angeles won the game in 12 innings, and the series in seven games.
September 30, 2007: In the last game of the season, Tom Glavine gives up seven earned runs in one-third of an inning as the Mets complete an ignominious collapse, losing to Florida 8-1. The Mets failed to make the playoffs despite having a seven-game divisional lead with 17 to play.