'73 MFC series 3 hits candy stores today.
Yikes. I just noticed there's no price on the wax. I guess back then they gave 'em away for free, and only to mom & pop candy stores.
A good solid design that was an about face from the oddities of 1971 & '72.
Years later, during the baseball card boom of the mid 80's, I would go to a card show and make that Mays mine again for 5 bucks. I still have that card.
As much as I dig the 73 Topps Mays I had to make a Fantazy one. On his Topps card Willie looks like he smelling a bad fart. Lets get him flashing that beautiful smile.
If you would have told me (before the season started) that Seaver would lose 10 games and Kooz would lose 15 and we would still make it to the World Series I'd a said nooo waaay. I'm still somewhat mystified.
But this was one of those years the N.L. east crown was within reach of at least 3 teams all season. And the Mets weren't really one of those after April, with the Cubs, Cards, and Pirates all passing the lead around. At the All-Star break New York was in last place with even the Phillies and Expos ahead of them.
Nope, if you told me mid season that we were going to the World Series I would not have believed it.
We were kind of sleepwalking along with the team but this woke us up. In a season wherein the players took line drives to the skull, violently ran into each other and didn't seem to be going anywhere except the N.L. east basement, this got our attention.
Tug said : "You gotta believe."
You gotta believe. Over and over. Running around from locker to locker, getting in players faces, getting in Grants face. YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!!!
He said later that the outburst was a byproduct of advice he was given by some self help guru.
You see, Tug started out '73 hot, with 5 saves and a 1.59 ERA in April, but he lost his footing and ability soon after and was pitching the worst stretch of his career. No one could figure out what was wrong, least of all him. So seeking help was a good thing, and it would become a legendary thing down the line. But not right away. As far as us believing, we weren't buying any of that. The team had legs but they all were broken early on. The Mets were, however, on the mend.
On September 20th a certain ball would bounce off a certain wall, having nothing to do whatsoever with Tugger.
that was it. We believed.
He returned to help the Mets down the stretch and in the N.L.C.S. vs. the Cincinnati Reds batted .300.
In the World Series Cleon would hit .286, homering in game two, a 12 inning affair that the Mets would win. Whether he was doing good or bad as far as Met fans were concerned, Cleon Jones was a fixture, a home grown All-Star.
He was traded to the Atlanta Braves on April 4, 1975 for Leo Foster.
Thank you SJN0072002
The Old Timers Day at Shea was always an event that fans loved for the obvious reasons. And here was The Yankee Clipper and The Say Hey Kid on the same field. But Willie had not yet retired, and he would show Joe (whose mere presence stole the show) that he could still cut it out there with this awesome catch during the regularly scheduled contest.
If anyone has a request for a '73 Met I may have missed feel free to contact me.
The New York Mets Encyclopedia By Peter C. Bjarkman provided information.
The MFC 2014 Season Set
Coming up next on April 18th: Mets vs. Pirates season series Fantazy cards: September 17th to 21st 1973. The most important series of the season.