The 1986 Major League Baseball Game 1 kickoff to the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets verses the Houston Astros brings back some “mighty fine” memories of Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile….who was responsible for recording the entire 2300 hour video library seen here at ImaSportsphile….cuz Bone Daddy saw the entire 6 game series…..which he still today says it was the greatest baseball series he had ever seen…..even though he has seen several 7 game series.
Anyway, there are “a bunch” of stories surrounding Bone Daddy’s seeing this entire series live…..of which my favorites are regarding our “boys from Texas” taking on the Big Apple…..and more specifically, Mets fans at Shea Stadium. I have written many stories about his trip to NYC….which i will be posting in our L E’s Stories section…..but suffice to say…..fun was had by all.
Game 1 was held at the Houston Astrodome on October 8th at 7:30 pm CST in front of 44,131 Astro fans….in a game that lasted 2:56 and played on “astro-turf”.
Game 1 featured a pitching duel between eventual NLCS Most Valuable Player Astros P Mike Scott and the Mets’ young ace Dwight Gooden…..as Scott allowed just five hits and walked one while striking out 14 in a complete-game effort as the host Astros prevailed 1–0…..whereas, Gooden allowed one run in his seven innings….while getting Scott to ground into a double play to end an Astros threat in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Houston first baseman Glenn Davis hit a long home run leading off the second inning….which produced the game’s lone run. Scott struck out Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez to escape a jam in the top of the eighth. With one out in the top of the ninth, Darryl Strawberry singled, stole second and reached third on a Mookie Wilson ground out….however, Scott struck out Ray Knight to end the complete game shutout victory.