THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Wednesday, July 9, 1969
Tom Seaver flirts with perfection
With one out in the ninth inning against the Cubs, Tom Seaver had a perfect game broken up by a Jim Qualls single to center. Seaver then induced two pop-ups to end the game, settling for a one-hitter in the Mets' 4-0 victory before 50,709 at Shea Stadium. The 24-year-old struck out 11 and improved to 14-3 on the year, but came just short of what would have been the franchise's first no-hitter. Seaver finished the season 25-7 with a 2.21 ERA and earned his first Cy Young award. He again came within two outs of a no-hitter with the Mets in 1972. He did accomplish the feat in 1978 while pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.