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Mets/Tigers Exhibition, Gates Brown/Carl Willey

March 9, 2018

The exhibition baseball game today between the Mets and Tigers in Lakeland Florida brings back a memory of a game between the teams I believe in the same city.

In a game I remember listening to via the Mets’ radio network, a line drive hit by pinch hitting great, Gates Brown (he hit .390 in very limited at bats for the World Champion ’68 Tigers) broke the jaw, of Mets’ pitcher Carl Willey.

Willey was part of some great Milwaukee Braves’ teams and was the starting pitcher in the second game of the Braves’ best of three, unscheduled playoff series for the 1959 National League Pennant.

The Dodgers won the game and series and eventually the World Series. Willey was not involved in the game 2 decision.


Lolich won three games, including the decisive 7th game, for the Tigers in the 1968 World Series.

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