Wednesday, December 24, 2008


OK, Mets fans. Your answer to yesterday's quiz question, about the pitcher who no-hit the Mets in the 1969 season is...
d)Bob Moose

He may be the least famous of the pitchers pictured yesterday, but he was the only one in the group who no-hit the Mets. On September 20, 1969 at Shea, in front of a crowd of 38,000, Moose stifled the Mets, 4-0, allowing just three walks over nine innings. Moose elevated his record to 12-3, besting Mets’ starter, Gary Gentry. Moose would win a career-high 14 games that year. In a bizarre note, the Pirates scored three of their four runs on wild pitches. The Mets’ loss gave them a 91-61 record on the season. New York would win nine of its last 10 regular season games en route to its World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Here are details on the other pitchers offered as choices...

a)Steve Carlton
For whatever reason, the Mets historically had the Hall of Famer’s number. No other team beat Carlton more often in his career than New York, as Carlton’s lifetime record against the orange-and-blue was 30-36. In a 1969 start against the Mets, as a Cardinal – just five days before Moose’s no-hitter – Carlton recorded a then-National League record 19 strikeouts – only to be done in by two Ron Swoboda home runs and lose, 4-3.

b)Don Wilson
He was the Astros’ first star pitcher, running up a double-figures win total from his first full season in 1967 until his last, in 1974. Wilson was an All Star in 1971 and threw two scoreless innings. In 1969, Wilson went 16-12, including a 2-1 mark against the Mets. But neither of his victories was a no-hitter.

c)Juan Marichal
The Dominican Dandy himself, a Hall of Famer, long dominated the Mets in his career, going 26-8. In 1969, in an August 19 game at Shea, he shutout the Mets through 13.1 innings while striking out 13 – until Tommie Agee blasted a home run off of him for a 1-0 Mets walkoff win. Don’t even ask how many pitches Marichal threw in that game, as those stats didn’t yet appear in box scores.

Watch for the new Mets Trivia Question, which will appear later today.

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