Search

REDS AND METS IN A ROLE-REVERSAL DRAMA

Oct. 15, 1973
Oct. 15, 1973

Table of Contents
Oct. 15, 1973

Ramming
The Glen
Choo Choo
Big Things
People
College Football
Golf
Rule 12
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

REDS AND METS IN A ROLE-REVERSAL DRAMA

In the National League the hitless wonders were matched against the wondrous hitters, but neither the Mets nor the Reds seemed content with the stereotyping as they switched roles in a dizzy melodrama. Ever the savior, the Reds' Johnny Bench touched off hosannas (left) in the first game with a ninth-inning homer. Coupled with teammate Pete Rose's eighth-inning clout, it smashed the hopes of the Mets' Tom Seaver 2-1. But the supposedly powerless New Yorkers roused themselves the next day behind lefthander Jon Matlack and scored an astonishing five runs—to the Reds' none—as the pennant turned slowly in the wind.

This is an article from the Oct. 15, 1973 issue Original Layout

Pitching is what the Mets had plenty of, and after Tom Seaver's 13-strikeout opening defeat, John Mat-lack served up zeroes in an overpowering two-hitter.

Rival leaders Yogi and Sparky spar verbally before the main event.

THREE PHOTOS