COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For the second time in the 36-year history of the annual Hall of Fame Game, rain cut the contest short, and the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers played six innings to finish in a 4-4 tie.
The Mets took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh when Bruce Bosclair hit a solo home run, but it began raining and the game was called, the score reverted to the last complete inning.
Designated hitter Milt May gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a solo home run, but the Mets would come back to tie it in the next inning when Tom Grieve also hit a solo shot.
In the bottom of the third, Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker walked for the Tigers, then May doubled, scoring Trammel. Whitaker scored on a Jason Thompson single to give Detroit a two-run lead.
New York retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Ron Hodges drew a walk, and Frank Pignatano singled, then Lenny Randle hit a three-run home run to put the Mets up 4-3.
May hit his second home run of the day to knot the score at four, and the game was called in the top of the seventh after a scoreless sixth inning.
Randle led all Mets hitters with a run scored, two hits and three RBI, and May’s two home runs and RBI double accounted for three of the four Tiger runs.
The teams line up along the first and third base lines before the game. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)