Tommie Agee’s epic Shea Stadium blast
For the last one on the list, we are going to go way-way back for this one. I’m talking all the way back to April 10th, 1969. It was an afternoon game against the Montreal Expos and in the second inning a player named Tommie Agee came up to bat.
The game was not recorded since it was not televised at the time but Agee hit a home run of more than 480 feet into the upper deck. The ball was the only ball ever hit into the upper deck at Shea Stadium.
No video proof from the time, all we have were players from the game that spoke about it after the game as well as a painted logo in the seats of Shea Stadium to where his ball hit.
I remember going to Shea as a kid and asking what that sign was for and everyone kept saying that was the Tommie Agee long shot.
Ron Swoboda of the Mets was quoted in the following day’s Daily News saying Agee’s home run would have “hit the bus in the parking lot if it hadn’t hit the seats…it just seemed to hang up there so long.”
Records were broken, big games were won, fans were happy and much more. I am lucky enough to say I watched the majority of these moments on television and felt every inch of excitement as every other Mets fan did. Here’s to hoping to see more moments like these very soon.