Met Memos – April 15, 1965

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April 15, 1965

Casey Stengel counsels rookie Ron Swoboda in spring action. Apparently the Ol' Perfesser's advice paid dividends when Swoboda's extra-inning pinch-hit single defeated Houston, 6-5.
* The Mets kept the 37,999 fans in attendance for their home opener on the edge of their seats as they defeated the Dodgers, 2-1, in their first ever Opening Day win. It appeared the Mets had given the game away in the eighth when pinch-runner Nate Oliver scored from third to tie the game on an Al Jackson balk. However, the Dodgers returned the favor in the bottom of the ninth as Jim Brewer walked in the winning run. The attendance was a drop from the 48,736 that witnessed them play the Pirates in the Shea Stadium inaugural a year ago.

* 3B Charley Smith, who is tabbed as a poor fielder, appears on his way to overcoming the stigma. Smith made two sensational plays in the 4th inning of New York’s 9-3 loss to Houston on April 15. Diving headlong to his left, Smith stabbed Al Spangler’s liner with Joe Morgan on third. The ball was jarred from his glove as he fell, but Smith retrived it in time to throw out Spangler.

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