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Notes In And Around The First Mets’ Game At The Houston Astrodome In 1965

July 28, 2019

It was early in the 1965 National League season ( April 27th), when the New York Mets made their first visit to the famed Houston Astrodome, aka “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Jack Fisher was the Mets’ starting pitcher, while Don Nottebart was the Houston hurler, throwing the game’s first pitch.

Roughly two years earlier, Nottebart pitched the first no-hit game in Houston Colt 45’s/Astros history in April 1963, six days after the great pitcher, Sandy Koufax, pitched the second, of four career no-hit games.

Five days before the game in Houston, the Dodgers with Sandy getting the win, handed Jack Fisher and the Mets, a tough (2-1) loss.

Mr. Fisher once told me about losing many tough games, as he battled pitching greats, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Juan Marichal. The game vs Nottebart was a tough team loss and no decision for Fisher, as again he pitched very well but did not get a victory.


The Houston Astrodome, pictured above. Tomorrow more notes from that Mets/Astros game at that venue.



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