On June 17, 1962, At the Polo Grounds, during the first inning of the first game of a twin bill Chicago Cubs outfielder Lou Brock hits a 460-foot home run into the right field bleachers off Al Jackson. Known more for his speed than power, Brock becomes only the second player to reach that section of seats at the Polo Grounds. Joe Adcock was the first. The Cubs will sweep the New York Mets, 8 – 7 and 4 – 3.
In the Same game in a play that is emblematic of the struggling Mets, first baseman Marv Throneberry’s apparent first inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. When New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by the umpire, according to legend, “Don’t bother arguing, Casey, he missed first base, too.”