On June 23, 1963, New York Mets’ outfielder Jimmy Piersall celebrates his 100th career home run by running in the correct order, but bases backward. Piersall’s stunt angers Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dallas Green and Commissioner Ford Frick. The Mets will hand Jimmy his walking papers two days later by Casey Stengel.

The Mets’ outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider’s 400th round-tripper received.

Game Ticket 

Game Played: Sunday, June 23, 1963 (D) at Polo Grounds V
Time of Game: 2:34
Attendance: unknown

Line Score

PHI N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 2 2
NY N 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 x – 5 10 0

Umpires: HP – Umpires: HP – Frank Secory, 1B – Bill Jackowski, 2B – Paul Pryor, 3B – Vinnie Smith

Box Score

Line Ups
Philadelphia Phillies
1. Taylor 2b
2. Callison rf
3. Gonzalez cf
4. Sievers 1b
5. Demeter lf
6. Dalrymple c
7. Wine ss
8. Amaro 3b
9. Green p

New York Mets

Piersall cf
Harkness 1b
Hunt 2b
Snider lf
Kranepool rf
Coleman c
Neal 3b
Moran ss
Willey p

 

 

Play by Play
PHILLIES 1ST: Taylor popped to first in foul territory; Callison
lined to left; Gonzalez lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Phillies 0, Mets 0.

METS 1ST: Piersall singled to right; Harkness struck out;
Piersall was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop); Hunt
singled to center; Snider singled to center [Hunt to third];
Kranepool grounded out (first to second to pitcher); 0 R, 3 H, 0
E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 0.

PHILLIES 2ND: Sievers lined to third; Demeter struck out;
Dalrymple flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies
0, Mets 0.

METS 2ND: Coleman singled to center; Neal forced Coleman
(pitcher to shortstop); Moran forced Neal (third to second);
Willey struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 0.

PHILLIES 3RD: Wine popped to catcher in foul territory; Amaro
flied out to left; Green struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Phillies 0, Mets 0.

METS 3RD: Piersall flied out to center; Harkness walked; Hunt
walked [Harkness to second]; Snider singled to right [Harkness
scored, Hunt to third]; Kranepool struck out while Hunt was
caught stealing home (catcher to shortstop to catcher); 1 R, 1
H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 1.

PHILLIES 4TH: Taylor struck out; Callison tripled to center;
Gonzalez reached on a fielder’s choice [Callison out at home
(shortstop to catcher)]; Sievers flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 1.

METS 4TH: Coleman singled to center; Neal flied out to right;
Moran walked [Coleman to second]; Willey grounded into a double
play (second to shortstop to first) [Moran out at second]; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 1.

PHILLIES 5TH: Demeter grounded out (first unassisted); Dalrymple
was hit by a pitch; Wine flied out to right; Amaro popped to
third in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets
1.

METS 5TH: Piersall homered; Jim Piersall’s 100th homer; he
ran backwards to 1B and all the way around; Harkness
grounded out (first to pitcher); Hunt grounded out (pitcher to
first); Snider was called out on strikes; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Phillies 0, Mets 2.

PHILLIES 6TH: TORRE BATTED FOR GREEN; Torre struck out; Taylor
tripled to right; Callison grounded out (pitcher to first);
Gonzalez grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 2.

METS 6TH: SHORT REPLACED TORRE (PITCHING); Kranepool popped to
third in foul territory; Coleman grounded out (first
unassisted); Neal singled to right; Moran walked [Neal to
second]; Short threw a wild pitch [Neal to third, Moran to
second]; BOOZER REPLACED SHORT (PITCHING); Willey struck out; 0
R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 2.

PHILLIES 7TH: Sievers popped to first in foul territory; Demeter
popped to third; Dalrymple popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 2.

METS 7TH: Piersall was called out on strikes; Harkness walked;
Harkness stole second; Hunt grounded out (catcher to first);
Snider was walked intentionally; KANEHL RAN FOR SNIDER; BENNETT
REPLACED BOOZER (PITCHING); HICKMAN BATTED FOR KRANEPOOL;
Bennett threw a wild pitch [Harkness to third, Kanehl to
second]; Hickman reached on an error by Amaro [Harkness scored
(unearned) (no RBI), Kanehl to third, Hickman to first]; THOMAS
BATTED FOR COLEMAN; BALDSCHUN REPLACED DALRYMPLE (PITCHING);
OLDIS REPLACED BENNETT (PLAYING C ); Thomas singled to center
[Kanehl scored (unearned), Hickman to third]; JACKSON RAN FOR
THOMAS; Baldschun threw a wild pitch [Hickman scored (unearned),
Jackson to second]; Neal was called out on strikes; 3 R (0 ER),
1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 5.

PHILLIES 8TH: HICKMAN STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); KANEHL STAYED
IN GAME (PLAYING LF); SHERRY REPLACED JACKSON (PLAYING C ); Wine
grounded out (shortstop to first); Amaro popped to catcher in
foul territory; Oldis was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 5.

METS 8TH: Moran was called out on strikes; Willey reached on an
error by Wine [Willey to first]; Piersall doubled to right
[Willey to third]; Harkness struck out; Hunt struck out; 0 R, 1
H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 5.

PHILLIES 9TH: Taylor struck out; Callison grounded out
(shortstop to first); Gonzalez grounded out (pitcher to first);
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Mets 5.