New York Mets
From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every New York Mets fan. Don’t wait to make your visit to Cooperstown to take the Hall of Fame Starting Nine challenge.
Pedro Martínez: 3,000th K Jersey
Wearing this Mets jersey on Sept. 3, 2007, Pedro Martínez struck out Cincinnati’s Aaron Harang to become just the 15th hurler to log 3,000 career strikeouts. The game was his first of the 2007 season, and his first since undergoing shoulder surgery in October of 2006.
Tom Seaver: 19-Strikeout Game Cap
On April 22, 1970, Mets pitcher Tom Seaver wore this cap and wore out Padres batters, striking out a then-National League record 19 batters in the game and ending the contest by whiffing 10 straight, a record not matched until over half a century later.
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Dwight Gooden: Rookie Jersey
Dwight Gooden wore this Mets jersey in 1984, when he set a modern-day rookie record with 276 strikeouts and won National League Rookie of the Year honors. The next season, “Doc” earned pitching’s Triple Crown, winning 24 games, striking out 268 batters and posting a 1.53 earned run average.
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Tommie Agee: World Series Glove
In Game 3 of the 1969 Fall Classic, Mets center fielder Tommie Agee used this glove to make a pair of run-saving catches. Along with his lead-off homer in the bottom of the first, Agee helped secure victory as the “Miracle Mets” rolled to their first World Championship title.
Ray Knight: 1986 World Series Helmet
Just two days after jubilantly scoring the winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, New York’s Ray Knight wore this helmet in Game 7 when he hit a seventh-inning solo home run to break a 3-3 tie and give the Mets a lead over the Red Sox that they would not relinquish.
David Wright: Final Game Helmet
No one collected more hits or more walks with the Mets than the club’s beloved third baseman, David Wright. He wore this helmet when he reached base for a club-record 2,584th and final time, a first-inning walk in his big league finale, Sept. 29, 2018. Your Team Today
Johan Santana: No-hitter ball
The Mets played their first 8,019 regular season games without pitching a no-hitter. But on June 1, 2012, Johan Santana held the visiting St. Louis Cardinals hitless and registered the first “no-no” in franchise history. This ball comes from that momentous game.
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Pete Alonso: Rookie Batting Gloves
Donning these batting gloves in the bottom of the third inning on September 28, 2019, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashed his 53rd homer of the season, breaking the single-season rookie record previously held by Aaron Judge. Alonso went on to earn NL Rookie of the Year honors. Your Team Today
Casey Stengel: Retired Number
On Sept. 2, 1965, Casey Stengel became the first member of the Mets to have his uniform number retired. This number 37 circle honoring the club’s first manager hung in the left field corner at Shea Stadium for decades. Library Atrium
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