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7/16/2008 01:04:00 PM

Top Five Moments in Shea History

Few World Series moments are as memorable as the Mets' comeback victory in Game 6 of the 1986 Fall Classic.
Was "Rocky V" really necessary?
John Iacono/SI
By Richard Deitsch, SI.com

With Billy Joel playing the last two concerts at Shea Stadium this week -- titled "The Last Play at Shea" -- we thought the time was right to offer SI.com's top five moments in Shea Stadium history:

1. Oct 16, 1969: The Miracle Mets captured the franchise's first World Series title with a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Here's how New York Times writer Joseph Durso had it the following day: "The Mets entered the promised land yesterday after seven years of wandering through the wilderness of baseball."

2. Oct. 25, 1986: Another miracle. Down to their last out, the Mets rallied with three straight singles, a wild pitch, and a Mookie Wilson grounder toward Bill Buckner. You know the rest.

3. Sept. 21, 2001: After a pregame tribute to the victims who died in the World Trade Center attacks, Mike Piazza hit an eighth inning, game-winning homer against Atlanta to lift the Mets to victory in a game that marked baseball's return to the city for the first time since the terrorist attacks. Said Piazza afterward: "I'm just so happy I gave the people something to cheer. There was a lot of emotion. It was just a surreal sort of energy out there. I'm just so proud to be a part of it tonight."

4. Dec. 29, 1968: The Jets advanced to Super Bowl III with 27-23 win over the Raiders in the American Football League Championship. Quarterback Joe Namath tossed three touchdowns. Two weeks later, Namath and Co. shocked the world with a 16-7 win over the Colts.

5. Aug 15, 1965: Meet the Beatles: The lads from Liverpool were at their Beatlemania heights when they played thir first U.S. concert in front of 53,275 at Shea. It was the first U.S. concert to be held at a major outdoor stadium and set records for attendance and revenue.

Honorable Mention: Oct 12 & 13, 1982: The Who and The Clash perform on back-to-back nights
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Posted: July 16, 2008 3:58 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
Two questions, Mr. Deitsch:

1. How could you possibly forget games 6 and 7 of the 1986 World Series?

2. Do you even check the photo captions? Rocky V has absolutely nothing to do with this column.

Your colleague Lang Whitaker's inattention to detail must have rubbed off on you.
Posted: July 16, 2008 4:01 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
Mr. Deitsch, I just reread the column. Ignore the game 6 portion of question number 1.

Apparently Lang Whitaker has rubbed off on me too.
Posted: July 16, 2008 5:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous

Posted: July 17, 2008 10:03 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pretty accurate list, though for sheer drama it's hard not to have Game 6 of the 1986 series as #1. Game 5 of the 1969 series wasn't as intense. Anyway, I still think game 6 in 86 should be referred to as 'the Bob Stanley' game. Your next list should be those who should be remembered as goats, but aren't.
Posted: July 17, 2008 10:38 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I remember the Jets AFL championship game... the late recovery of a lateral, that was run back for what would have been a TD (couldn't avance them back then) and the DB then heaving the ball into the elated stands.
Posted: July 17, 2008 1:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No OJ's 2000 yards?
Posted: July 17, 2008 5:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
May 14, 1972 - Willie Mays returns to play baseball for a New York team, hitting the game winning home run against the Giants
Posted: July 17, 2008 7:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the 2006 NLCS; Wainwright completley baffles Beltran on three straight pitches to clinch the NL Pennant on their way to the 2006 World Series.
Posted: July 18, 2008 10:11 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Sort of silly one, but I was at the game in the late 80's or early 90's when Dion James of the Braves lofted a pop-fly to left that hit (and killed) a bird. not something you see every day
Posted: July 18, 2008 11:22 AM   by Anonymous Mike
Shea Stadium was the first place Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant

....nuff said
Posted: July 18, 2008 12:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I wopuld have to include Tom Seaver's near perfect game on July 6th, 1969. Jimmy Qualls of the Cubs singled with one out in the ninth to break up the perfect game. Everyone was cheering and crying for Tom.

The game showed that the Mets could compete with the division leading Cubbies and it was a turning point to make their move on the Cubs on their way to the World Championship.
Posted: August 3, 2008 11:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Beatles come in first at everything. You didn't get that memo?
June 21st, 1964 ... Father's Day ... Jim Bunning of the Phillies tosses a perfect game at the Mets. A famous early Shea moment...
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