Wednesday, July 9, 1969
In a year when the Mets would ultimately overtake the Chicago Cubs for first place and go on to win an improbable World Series, one July day involved a meeting between the two teams at Shea Stadium which will live in memories forever.
The Mets, who had never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter (and still haven’t to this day), sent ace pitcher Tom Seaver to the mound. Seaver retired the first 25 Cubs to face him in the game. With one out in the top of the ninth inning at Shea Stadium, a little-known rookie named Jim Qualls would hit a lazy fly ball to the outfield which would fall in untouched for Chicago’s only hit of the game. Seaver would get the next two men out, completing what is now referrred to as the “near-perfect” game.