Our search for the yo la tengo moment continues. Fifty years ago today, above-the-title stars Richie Ashburn, Frank Thomas and Elio Chacon once more are together in the starting lineup, as the Mets fall to the Cubs. Thomas makes an error in left field, and later in the game throws out Lou Brock attempting to stretch a single into a double. Could either of these plays be our holy grail? It takes a big man to admit he doesn’t know. I don’t know.
What I do know is that pitching for the Cubs was Don Cardwell, who would later be an important part of the Miracle Mets of 1969. And speaking of World Series victories (and an era of more painstaking documentation), have you seen this yet?