June 12, 1977: Seaver's Last Game Before Trade

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Date: June 12, 1977
Mets starter: Tom Seaver
Mets: 3
Astros: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver
Key player(s): Tom Seaver, Lenny Randle
Key play: Randle's RBI single, Bannister's wild pitch, Howe's fly out in 9th

The Mets and Astros faced each other in the final game of a four-game series at the Astrodome. Tom Seaver, with trade rumors all around him, squared off against Floyd Bannister in what many thought would be his last game in a Mets' uniform. Tom pitched a complete game as the Mets defeated the Astros, 3-1.

The Mets fell behind in the first inning. Jose Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to score Cesar Cedeno to give Houston a 1-0 lead. The score remained this way for the next six innings as Seaver and Bannister allowed only seven hits between them up to the end of the seventh.

Felix Millan led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. Seaver sacrificed Felix to second. Lenny Randle then hit a single to bring home Millan with the tying run and later scored on Bannister's wild pitch to put the Mets ahead, 2-1.

John Stearns hit a double off Houston reliever Gene Pentz to score Mike Vail in the ninth. In the bottom half of the inning, Houston had two runners on base with two out against Seaver. Art Howe then hit a long fly ball to left field that Dave Kingman caught on the warning track, giving Seaver and the Mets the victory.

The rumors turned out to be valid as Seaver was traded three days later to the Cincinnati Reds.

Notes

  • The 1986 video documentary An Amazin' Era: The New York Mets incorrectly states that this was Seaver's 191st win as a Met. It was actually his 189th in regular season play and 192nd with post-season games included.