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Mets Manager Casey Stengel closely studies the action during a 1963 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the New York Mets

Mets Manager Casey Stengel closely studies the action during a 1963 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the New York Mets

Mets rookie Darryl Strawberry signs autographs for fans before a 1983 game against the Pirates. (Manny Millan/SI) 

Mets rookie Darryl Strawberry signs autographs for fans before a 1983 game against the Pirates. (Manny Millan/SI) 

Mets hurler Tom Seaver delivers a pitch during the 1969 World Series against Baltimore. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Mets hurler Tom Seaver delivers a pitch during the 1969 World Series against Baltimore. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

Mets first baseman Ike Davis takes batting practice during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Julio Cortez/AP)

LEADING OFF: The Best Photos of the Week

Mets first baseman Ike Davis takes batting practice during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Julio Cortez/AP)
LEADING OFF: The Best Photos of the Week

On this day in 2000, the Yankees extended their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games after defeating the Mets, 6-5. The game was overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. The eagerly awaited at-bat, due to the Rocket’s beaning of the Mets’ superstar in July, results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.  (AP)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Roger Clemens | Memorable Sports Feuds

On this day in 2000, the Yankees extended their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games after defeating the Mets, 6-5. The game was overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. The eagerly awaited at-bat, due to the Rocket’s beaning of the Mets’ superstar in July, results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.  (AP)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Roger Clemens | Memorable Sports Feuds

David Wright gets his 1,419th hit as a Met, setting the all-time franchise record, during Wednesday’s game against the Pirates. New York defeated Pittsburgh 6-0 behind seven strong innings from Jeremy Hefner. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) 

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York Mets
CORCORAN: Updated pennant race standings

David Wright gets his 1,419th hit as a Met, setting the all-time franchise record, during Wednesday’s game against the Pirates. New York defeated Pittsburgh 6-0 behind seven strong innings from Jeremy Hefner. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) 
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the New York MetsCORCORAN: Updated pennant race standings

On Sept. 27, one of the great treasures in modern sports - Keith Hernadez’s mustache - will cease to exist. The legendary Mets first baseman announced that he’ll have his whiskers shaved outside Citi Field before the Mets’ final home game of the season. The event will raise money for the Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center, which aids Alzheimer’s disease patients and others with dementia. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI, AP, Bobby Bank/Getty Images, AP)

GALLERY: Memorable Mustaches In Sports

On Sept. 27, one of the great treasures in modern sports - Keith Hernadez’s mustache - will cease to exist. The legendary Mets first baseman announced that he’ll have his whiskers shaved outside Citi Field before the Mets’ final home game of the season. The event will raise money for the Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center, which aids Alzheimer’s disease patients and others with dementia. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI, AP, Bobby Bank/Getty Images, AP)
GALLERY: Memorable Mustaches In Sports

Members of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after defeating the Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. The second half of the baseball season starts on Friday. Who will wind up celebrating after the 2012 World Series? (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

VERDUCCI: Handing out my annual Midseason Awards
CORCORAN: Biggest first-half surprises | Top storylines

Members of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after defeating the Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series. The second half of the baseball season starts on Friday. Who will wind up celebrating after the 2012 World Series? (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
VERDUCCI: Handing out my annual Midseason AwardsCORCORAN: Biggest first-half surprises | Top storylines

R.A. Dickey continues to be the biggest surprise of the 2012 MLB season. The Mets knuckleballer became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters as he struck out 13 in New York’s 5-0 victory over Baltimore on Monday. Dickey, 37, is tied for the major league lead in ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three). (Simon Bruty/SI)

MACK: Despite numbers, Dickey poor fantasy pitcher

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R.A. Dickey continues to be the biggest surprise of the 2012 MLB season. The Mets knuckleballer became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters as he struck out 13 in New York’s 5-0 victory over Baltimore on Monday. Dickey, 37, is tied for the major league lead in ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three). (Simon Bruty/SI)
MACK: Despite numbers, Dickey poor fantasy pitcher
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Johan Santana celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cardinals on Friday. Santana became the first pitcher in Mets history to hurl a no-hitter as the Mets cruised to a 8-0 victory. (Mike Strobe/SI)

GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters By Team


Johan Santana celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cardinals on Friday. Santana became the first pitcher in Mets history to hurl a no-hitter as the Mets cruised to a 8-0 victory. (Mike Strobe/SI) 
GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters By Team

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Willie Mays pose for a photo at Shea Stadium in 1972. Mays is celebrating his 81st birthday on Sunday.  (Jerry Siskind/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Willie Mays 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Willie Mays pose for a photo at Shea Stadium in 1972. Mays is celebrating his 81st birthday on Sunday.  (Jerry Siskind/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Willie Mays 

Lenny Dykstra (4) celebrates with teammates Rick Aguilera, Bob Ojeda and Dwight Gooden after defeating the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Is another World Series in their future? (Ronald C. Modra /SI)

GALLERY: Remembering the 1986 World Series
CORCORAN: Five thoughts on a wild opening weekend

Lenny Dykstra (4) celebrates with teammates Rick Aguilera, Bob Ojeda and Dwight Gooden after defeating the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Is another World Series in their future? (Ronald C. Modra /SI)
GALLERY: Remembering the 1986 World SeriesCORCORAN: Five thoughts on a wild opening weekend

Today is Darryl Strawberry’s 50th birthday. The eight time all-star won four World Series championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999) and retired with 335 career home runs and 1,000 RBIs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Darryl Strawberry

Today is Darryl Strawberry’s 50th birthday. The eight time all-star won four World Series championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999) and retired with 335 career home runs and 1,000 RBIs. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Darryl Strawberry

Mets third baseman David Wright sports a Denard Robinson jersey at a Mets spring training practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Wright, a Virginia Tech fan, made a bet with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon that the Hokies would beat the Wolverines in the Sugar Bowl. Michigan won 23-20.  (AP)

LEMIRE: Struggling Bay looking for comeback year with Mets
CORCORAN: Can Santana bounce back? | Vets with something to prove

Mets third baseman David Wright sports a Denard Robinson jersey at a Mets spring training practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Wright, a Virginia Tech fan, made a bet with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon that the Hokies would beat the Wolverines in the Sugar Bowl. Michigan won 23-20.  (AP)
LEMIRE: Struggling Bay looking for comeback year with MetsCORCORAN: Can Santana bounce back? | Vets with something to prove

Keith Hernandez enjoys a dugout cigarette during a 1987 game. As SI.com’s Adrian Dater writes, many athletes and coaches once regularly puffed away during games and pitched tobacco products. Today, few athletes smoke and those who do keep it out of the spotlight. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Smoking In Sports
DATER: When smoking ruled the NHL

Keith Hernandez enjoys a dugout cigarette during a 1987 game. As SI.com’s Adrian Dater writes, many athletes and coaches once regularly puffed away during games and pitched tobacco products. Today, few athletes smoke and those who do keep it out of the spotlight. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Smoking In SportsDATER: When smoking ruled the NHL