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MLB – 1969 – Special Feature The Amazing Mets Unsung Hero SS Al Weis – As Told By Mel Allen

DOG ASIDE:

Albert John Weis (born April 2, 1938) is a former Major League Baseball player….who was a light-hitting infielder with only seven career home runs….and funny enough, he is best remembered for a dramatic home run hit in game five of the 1969 World Series….who was a switch hitter until the end of the 1968 season….after which he batted exclusively right-handed. 

Although Mets manager Gil Hodges acquired Weis primarily for his glove…. he earned the dubious distinction of being the player whose error ended the longest game by time in Major League Baseball history on April 15, 1968….which was in his Mets debut that In the bottom of the 24th inning against the Houston Astros in the Astrodome….Weis allowed Bob Aspromonte’s bases-loaded ground ball to go through his legs….scoring Norm Miller with the lone run of the game.  For the season, Weis batted .172 with one home run and twelve RBIs….while backing up Bud Harrelson and Ken Boswell at the middle infield positions….then Weis developed the flair for the dramatic home runs during the 1969 season….when on July 15, and facing the first place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field….he hit a three run home run off former Met Dick Selma to lead the second place Mets to a 5-4 victory….after which Weis hit his 2nd of two home runs for the season the following day….and the Mets won again to close the gap to just four games in the National League East.

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