Friday, September 26, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, September 26, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAiLY Page Nine
NEW YORK - The Shea Stad-
ium playing field looked yesterday
like the pock-marked, crater-rid-
dled surface of the moon. But
there wasn't even an American
flag flying to note the historic
Someone stole that, too.
In one of the most incredibleC
souvenir snatching safaris in
Shea Stadium was stripped of
everything that wasn't tacked
Met fans wreak havoc
"It usually takes up tour hours
to clean up. This time it'll take
us four days."
Fortunately, the Mets are head-
ed for Philadelphia before the
field has to be used again Monday
night for the Mayor's Trophy
Game against those once formid-
able rivals from another borough,
the New York Yankees.
The American flag will be re-
York's baseball fans because of
the ineptness represented by such
as Mary Throneberry, the intre-
pid first baseman-outfielder who
turned a triple into a single bet-
ter than anyone in baseball.
AND IT REACHED its crescendo
at 9:07 p.m. EDT, Sept. 24, 1969,
when young Gary Gentry got
Joe Torre to ground into a game-
ending doubleplay. Then it be-
gan. It lasted some three hours,
and it required the 300 police on
hand, plus reinforcements, to fin-
ally end it.
Even the courtly United Nations
was concerned - and enthralled
- about the New York Mets, once
underdeveloped but now suddenly
"I love them," said Privado G.
Jimenez, Ambassador Extraordin-
ary and Plenipotentiary from the
Philippines, who also upholds his
country's interest at the world
forum. "Every time I can, I al-
ways watch them."
Even the Soviet Union acknow-
ledges the profit-making team.
"We're No. 1" said a member
of the Soviet delegation as the
Mets were negotiating the clinch-
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down - and a number of things placed, the center field walls will
that were - after the New York be repainted, the field will be re-
Mets clinched the National League sodded, the batting cage will be
East pennant Wednesday night. refitted but nothing likely will
recapture the moment that spawn-
BUTYETEDA al asquet (IIae otlrt o r t f !
THE SCENE, some 12 hours af-
ter the mass revelry that didn't
end until some three hours of
hysteria had passed, was viewed
yesterday by head groundkeeper
John McCarthy with almost total
disbelief as he stood on the dug-
out steps, his hands jammed in
his orange nylon windbreaker.
"I've been in this business since
1956," McCarthy said, "and I've
seen more people get hurt and
I've seen more violence. But I've
never seen damage to a field to
The damage was clear to see,
the field cleared of the dancing,
jumping, howling, screaming fans
who had poured out of the stands
in celebration after the Mets 6-0
victory over St. Louis and stormed
the field, scaled the walls, climb-
ed the scoreboard in exhiliration.
They celebrated by stealing the
American flag in center field and
climbing a light tower on which
was placed one of their own ban-
ners. They celebrated by scribbling
the center field walls with graffiti
of the affectionate "Love T h e
THEY CELEBRATED by litter-
ing the playing surface with pap-
ers, programs, ice cream contain-
ers, beer cans. They celebrated by
ripping up 1,000 to 1,500 feet of
sod from the playing surface and
leaving it pockmarked with crat-
They celebrated by breaking
three wheels off the batting cage
and stripping the netting off it.
They celebrated by tearing up the
all-weather matting in the coach-
es' boxes behind first and third
base. They celebrated by taking
piece of the scoreboard.
ed the storm.
It had been building since 1962
when the Mets came into exist-
ence, taken to the hearts of New
BUT YESTERDAY all was quiet. (tksgt otlrt u tf
Manager Gil Hodges was at his
Brooklyn home, his phone off the
hook. Undoubtedly his two aces,
Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman,
will be the keys to a challenge for
the National League pennant
against the Western winner.
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