'Mets win the ballgame'

Mets centerfielder Lenny Dykstraswings through his bottom of

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Mets centerfielder Lenny Dykstraswings through his bottom of the ninth, two-run homer against Dave Smith of the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Mets won, 6-5, on Dykstra's home run. (Oct. 11, 1986) (Credit: AP)

How Newsday covered NLCS Game 3 on Oct. 11, 1986.

With a one-handed swing at a Dave Smith forkball that didn't fork, Len Dykstra created an implausible ending to a rather implausible game.

His dramatic two-run, ninth-inning home run was the ultimate blow in the Mets' electric 6-5 victory over the Astros yesterday at Shea Stadium.

The home run climaxed a double-jolted comeback...

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