Sports Throwback Thursday: First Subway Series Game

It’s Part 2 of Sports Throwback Thursday! We’ll take it back to 1997—the First Subway Series Game between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

There were 56,178 fans in attendance on June 16, 1997, to watch up close the first subway series game. Gary Thorne, Tim McCarver, and Ralph Kiner were the broadcasting team for this game. The trio was magnificent working together. Dave Mlicki took on Andy Pettitte.

Dave Mlicki was the star of this game. He had the fun of his life. He pitched his first career complete game shutout against the defending champions.

The offense gave him support. First baseman John Olerud was an underrated player. He drove in three runs. Left fielder Bernard Gilkey went 2 for 3, designated hitter Butch Huskey and third baseman Matt Franco combined for four hits. Mets won 6-0.

The subway series is not as entertaining as it used to be. From 1998 through 2001, the Mets and Yankees had some battles, but the one that stood out the most was the game-winning hit by Matt Franco against Mariano Rivera in 1999. 

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