Saturday, April 11, 2015

April 11, 1962: Stan The Man Ties Mel Ott's Runs Scored Record

     On April 11, 1962, Stan Musial tied New York Giants legend Mel Ott's all time runs scored record by scoring his 1,859th in an 11-4 win over the Mets on Opening Day in St. Louis. The game was the first regular season game in the history of the Mets organization, but it would be remembered far more for what the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer did at the dish with a 3 for 3 performance that included, a couple of ribbies and a run scored as well. Musial shared the spotlight with Julian Javier who recorded four hits in four trips, Bill White who knocked in three, and Larry Jackson who went the distance in the Redbird victory. However, it was Musial's name that grabbed the headlines, as he proved he still had gas left in the tank by tying Ott's record that had been set in 1947.

     Musial had stuck yet another feather in his cap by tying the mark, which meant he owned or shared 38 different National League records. He then set his sights on Honus Wagner's National League hit record of 3,340. Just 27 away from that mark, The Man said with a smile "Let's get that one real quick. Two hits at a time. You never know when fate might step in." That '62 season was something special for Musial. His numbers had been in declining for several seasons, however, he ripped out a .330 average, knocked in 82, and blasted 19 homers. One season later he hung up the spikes and called it a career. At the time of his retirement he held or shared 29 National League records, 17 Major League records, and 9 All Star game records.

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