June 30, 1962.
In San Pedro de Macoris, a shortstop was born. Of course, the birth of a shortstop was essentially a daily occurrence in San Pedro de Macoris back in the day, so allow me to be a bit more specific: future Mets shortstop Tony Fernandez was born.
I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles was the number one song in America, and Hell is for Heroes was tops at the box office. (Hell is for Heroes is a WWII action flick that was apparently cast by a mental patient– it featured Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, and Bob Newhart.)
And in Los Angeles, the Dodgers were hosting the 20-52 Mets at their sparkling new stadium in Chavez Ravine.
A triple/single/walk/single/double/single sequence led to four Dodger runs and brought Casey to the mound to replace his starter.
Daviault pitched 7.1 innings in relief that day, allowing no further damage beyond a solo homer to Frank Howard. He did not get a win, but it was the longest and finest performance of a big-league career that amounted to 81 innings pitched, a 1-6 record, and a 6.22 ERA for those motley newborn Mets.
Koufax? Well, he went on to pitch the first of four career no-hitters on June 30, 1962, striking out 13 in the process…