September 3, 1965: Hickman Hits Three Home Runs
|Date: September 3, 1965|
|Mets starter: Dick Selma|
|Winning pitcher: Dick Selma|
|Key player(s): Jim Hickman, Gordon Richardson|
|Key play: Hickman's three home runs|
The Mets and Cardinals met each other on a Friday night in St. Louis. Riding the wave of three home runs by Jim Hickman and four hitless innings of relief from Gordon Richardson, the Mets earned a 6-3 victory.
In the second inning, Hickman came to bat against Cardinals' starter Ray Sadecki. Jim hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Roy McMillan got a two-out single in the third to score Dick Selma for a second New York run.
The Mets' lead was increased to three runs on Hickman's second homer in the top of the fourth. The Cardinals cut the lead to 3-2 when Bill White connected for a two-run homer off Selma in the bottom of the inning.
With one out in the sixth, Ron Swoboda drew a walk. Hickman came up and blasted his third home run off Sadecki to become the first Met ever to have a three-homer game and make the score 5-2.
Selma ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed three singles to start the inning, the last of which was by Ken Boyer to drive in a run. Richardson came in to relieve Selma and stopped further damage.
In the seventh, Charley Smith singled home McMillan for the Mets' sixth run. Richardson then shut down the Cardinals, retiring the last eight batters he faced to solidify the win for the Mets.
- Hickman led off the eighth inning with a chance at a record-tying fourth home run. It didn't happen, but he did get a single off St. Louis reliever Nelson Briles.