THE List: 10 Most Memorable Mets Home Runs

Tommie Agee (10/14/69)
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Game 3 of the 1969 World Series was one for the ages for Agee. He is best remembered for those two sensational catches that saved five runs in a 5-0 win. But he also led off the game with a home run, setting the tone for the rest of the game, letting the Orioles know there was no way to stop this miracle.

Al Weis (10/16/69)
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Weis’ 1969 regular season stats were not what you’d call impressive — .215, 2 home runs, 23 RBIs. Nowadays he probably wouldn’t make the post-season roster. Not only did he make the team, he played in all five World Series game, hitting .455. His solo home run in the 7th inning of Game 5 tied the game at 3, helping propel the Mets to their first World Series title. 

Dave Kingman (take your pick)
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You can’t talk about Mets home runs without talking about Dave Kingman. He used to regularly launch homers over the bullpen at Shea and into the parking lot, a feat not often accomplished. He played on some pretty awful Mets teams, so none of his home runs was particularly historic, but they all were certainly long and memorable. Kingman was just really fun to watch — even when he struck out, which was often.

Darryl Strawberry (10/1/85)
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This was the situation — with just 6 games left in the season, the Mets were 3 games behind the Cardinals in the NL East, and traveled to St. Louis for a 3 game series. They needed a sweep, so the tension began before the game even started. It only increased as Game 1 was scoreless into the 11th inning. Strawberry stepped up and hit a monster shot to right that slammed into a digital clock on the scoreboard. The Mets won the game 1-0 — one of the most tense, exciting games in Mets history.

Lenny Dykstra (10/11/86)
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Pivotal Game 3 of the 1986 playoffs against the Astros at Shea. The Mets were down by a run in the bottom of the 9th, on the verge of going down 2 games to 1, when Lenny Dykstra hit a two-run homer to give the Mets a 6-5 win. It gave the Mets a 2-1 series lead, which they would go on to win in 6 games.

Todd Pratt (10/9/99)
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Pratt was the Mets backup catcher who was only in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks because superstar catcher Mike Piazza was out with a bad thumb. So when he came to bat with the score tied 3-3 in the 10th inning, nothing much was expected of him. But he launched a long fly to dead center field that Steve Finley couldn’t come down with (although for a few heart-stopping seconds we all thought he did) that gave the Mets the 3-1 series win. 

Robin Ventura (10/17/99)
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Pratt played a role in the greatest homer/non-homer in baseball history. It was 3-3, bottom of the 15th inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves. Ventura stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He proceeded to hit a grand slam to right center to win the game. But did he? Pratt, the runner on first, intercepted Ventura as he tried to round the bases. The rest of the team piled on, and Ventura never did make it to second. He was credited with a single and an RBI. But the Mets still won the game, and the term “Grand Single” was born.

Mike Piazza (6/30/00)
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With the Mets down 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th, most fans were chalking this up as another loss to the hated Braves. But not the players. They mounted a comeback that saw them score 10 runs in the inning, capped off by a 3-run home run by Piazza. Then-manager Bobby Valentine called it “one of the most unlikely things I’ve ever seen.” 

Mike Piazza (9/21/01)
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A year later, Piazza hit an even more memorable, important home run. With the New York City still reeling from 9/11, the Mets hosted the Braves in the first sporting event since that horrible day. The Mets were down 2-1 in the 8th, when Piazza slammed a 2-run homer. The Mets won 3-2, and the city had something to feel good about for the first time in 2 weeks. 

Mo Vaughn (6/26/02)
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Mo Vaughn’s time as a Met was less than memorable, but one moment does stand out. He slammed a home run to right field that hit midway up that big old hulking scoreboard, right into a Budweiser ad. It was estimated at 505 feet. Gary Cohen called it probably the longest he’d ever seen at Shea, and he probably saw most of them.

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7 thoughts on “THE List: 10 Most Memorable Mets Home Runs

  • November 24, 2009 at 7:59 am
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    Speaking of Kingman, I remember watching a game on WOR back in the “day” where the Mets were at Wrigley vs the Cubs and he hit one out of the stadium that smacked onto the porch and front door of a home across the street….. AND an old lady came out onto the porch to see what the cause of the noise was. If they had ESPN back then, this moment probably would have been replayed about a million times!

    I loved Kingman. He was the only reason to watch the Mets back then. I am pretty sure he is the only Met to ever hit three homers in a game (vs LA).

  • November 24, 2009 at 8:10 am
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    I know you’ve got your 10 top homeruns but who could ever forget Ron Swoboda’s 2 – 2 run homers vs Steve Carlton on a night in 1969 when Carlton strikes out 18 (I think, could have been 17) Mets to set the NL record for most K’s in a game and the Mets win 4-3!

    Also in 1969, Al Weis hits 2 Homers all season as you stated above, but both homeruns were game winners vs the Cubs in July!!

    When you consider how the Mets won games that year it is even more unbelievable 40 years later!!

  • November 24, 2009 at 10:01 am
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    Back in the mid-60’s I was at Shea with my uncle and a rookie named Swoboda hit two homers that day. The second shot cleared the bullpen, it was almost 500 feet. Only Mo’s homer may have been longer. I also remember being at a Mayor’s trophy game and Pepitone hit one off the scoreboard. It was a tremendous shot.

  • November 25, 2009 at 7:07 am
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    Nice list, but (respectfully) I’d name these the most “important to the franchise,” not the most “memorable” HR’s.

    For me, Piazza’s 9/21/01 HR would be much higher on a “memorable” list, only because it was tied into so much more than the game itself. How often does the opposing team (especially the division rivals), applaud a go-ahead HR, and say they are happy that the Mets won the game for the city?

  • April 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm
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    Countin the Kingman entry, I was present for 7 of them.

  • December 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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    The two that I would say are the most impactful would be Piazza (2001) Dykstra(1986), however, they are so chosen for different sentiments. Piazza’s blast was a National response. Dykstra was most unlikely to rip something down the line and out to win the game. He did……..awesome!

    I thought Finley had it if we are confessing.

    Hoegy

  • December 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    My daughter and I saw Sheffield hit his 500th and were a section away. Not a cataclysmic Met moment. However, it was 5-0-0 and most importantly I continued the generational love of the Met game. She is not a sports fan but will go to a Met game anytime!

    LGM

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