April 6, 1971: Opening Day in the Snow

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Date: April 6, 1971
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 4
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Donn Clendenon
Key play: Clendenon's single in 1st

The weather was unseasonably cold for Opening Day at Shea Stadium. As the Mets and Expos tried to start the new season, snow was falling from the sky. The conditions worsened and the game was discontinued after five innings. Ahead 4-2, the Mets had a snow-shortened victory.

In the first two innings, the Mets scored three times against Montreal starter Carl Morton. Donn Clendenon's two-out single in the first scored Bud Harrelson for the first run of the game. Jerry Grote doubled home Bob Aspromonte and later scored on Tommie Agee's single for two more runs in the second. The Expos got two runs back in the third on Ron Fairly's bases loaded single off Tom Seaver that scored Boots Day and Rusty Staub.

Clendenon led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to right field. Donn moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Aspromonte. The Mets then loaded the bases, but Morton retired Agee and Harrelson with no further scoring.

Seaver and Morton each pitched a perfect fifth inning before the game was stopped. The snow got heavier, creating a situation that was non-suitable for baseball. After 1 hour and 36 minutes, the Mets had a season-opening win for the second year in a row.