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Amazin’ Look Back, July 22, 1973: Mets Top Astros in Pre-Break Success

All-Star Tom Seaver led the Mets into the midsummer Break in style, dominating the Houston Astros in a 3-2 series-clinching victory at the Astrodome. Seaver came up on the winning side for the visiting New Yorkers, while Jerry Reuss was the loser for Leo Durocher’s club.


Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; New York Mets former player Tom Seaver throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Millan got the ball rolling in the top of the first with a one-out double, and he came in to score almost immediately on Rusty Staub’s RBI double. A run-scoring single by Cleon Jones quickly made it 2-0 for the visitors.

Houston managed runs off Seaver in the first and sixth to tie the game at 2-2, but that tie was broken in the top of the seventh on the bat skills of Seaver himself: Wayne Garrett singled and Bud Harrelson walked to bring the Franchise to the plate. A double steal later, the Mets had runners on second and third with one out, allowing Yogi Berra to play small ball for the go-ahead run: Tom’s terrific sacrifice bunt plated Garrett and put his team up 3-2.

The extra run was just enough for Seaver, who with the help of a Cesar Cedeno double play in the eighth cruised to a complete-game victory, striking out nine ‘Stros on the way to his 11th W of the season.

The starting lineups for today’s first-half finale were as follows:

New York Mets


Houston Astros

1 Willie Mays CF 1 Roger Metzger SS
2 Felix Millan 2B 2 Tommy Helms 2B
3 Rusty Staub RF 3 Cesar Cedeno CF
4 Cleon Jones LF 4 Bob Watson LF
5 John Milner 1B 5 Doug Rader 3B
6 Jerry Grote C 6 Lee May 1B
7 Wayne Garrett 3B 7 Jim Wynn RF
8 Bud Harrelson SS 8 Johnny Edwards C
9 Tom Seaver P 9 Jerry Reuss P


While Seaver and Willie Mays make the trip to Kansas City for the 40th annual Midsummer Classic, the rest of the Mets will have three days to refuel for a second-half run. With any luck, their 42-51 record at the Break is the type of thing to make them say to the rest of the league: “we’ve got them RIGHT where we want them!”

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Topics: 1973 Mets Tribute, New York Mets, Tom Seaver

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