— Days Without Shea —


Loge13 reader Bob sent us this great artifact from his archives.

Going through my stuff I came upon this ticket stub, which told a melancholy tale.

  June 7, 1977 was the day I graduated from Queens College, and as part of the celebration I went to Shea with a friend to see the Mets play the Reds.  Tom Seaver was the starter, and he was throwing bullets - the Reds couldn't touch him.  The final score was 8-0. 

But a dark cloud was hanging over Shea.....

For some weeks, Seaver and the Mets management - mainly M. Donald Grant - were feuding over Seaver's salary.  Just eight days after this game was played, Seaver was traded to the Reds.  I didn't know it that night, but I had seen Seaver's last game as a Met in Shea Stadium.

The Mets finished a dismal 64-98 that season, and wouldn't begin to recover until the team was sold in the 1980s.  Seaver did return to the Mets for just one season - 1983 - but then went to the White Sox. 

He was the greatest Met of all, but his era was over.  My graduation day was a milestone in more ways than one.  No wonder Mr. Met was crying.....

Note: $1.50 to sit in the “upper unreserved” area.

Thanks Bob!

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