Partial Mets-Dodgers telecast from 1972

Last night I started writing a post but it quickly got shuffled sideways once Facebook friend Mark Mariniello posted a video from the 1972 season. It’s listed as the NBC Game of the Week on July 9th, 1972 – innings four through six – but that’s not what it is. This is a Sunday game and I think it’s a Dodgers telecast with a Mets TV feed. Whatever it is, sit back and enjoy!

There are just so, so many things to talk about but you really need to watch it yourself. In a way it’s a little sad because you see how crisp the games used to be played. But it’s a great reminder of what used to be standard. Here are a few of many things that jump out at me.

Tom Seaver pitching to Duffy Dyer!
Maury Wills playing SS because Bill Russell is away on military duty
The announcer pointing out that Seaver is 13-2 lifetime against the Dodgers
Mets starting outfield of Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones and Rusty Staub all out with injuries.
Dodger backstop Duke Sims apparently catching with a cap, not a helmet.
A not-yet-morbidly-obese John McSherry as the home plate umpire
Willie Mays batting leadoff and not getting cheated with his swings
Dugout shots of Yogi Berra and Walter Alston
Out of town scores and mentions of doubleheaders, Denny McLain getting pounded and Hank Aaron hitting his 657th lifetime homer.
Which first baseman had bigger sideburns — Wes Parker or Ed Kranepool?
Tug McGraw warming up in the pen
Bonus coverage of the top of the 7th inning and Vin Scully on the mike.
A basket catch by Mays
Paid attendance of 50,084 and 139,000-plus for the three-game set.

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I think I was at the Saturday game. My oldest brother would take me to games and he was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan so we’d always see the Dodgers. And Jim McAndrew pitched the day before. Somehow it seems we always saw McAndrew…