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September 24th

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1968 Mets manager Gil Hodges, during a game against the Braves in Atlanta, suffers a mild heart attack. The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.
1969 In the inaugural season of divisional play, the Mets clinch the first-ever National League East title. Gary Gentry fires a four-hitter, blanking the Cardinals, 6-0, in front of a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd, which spills onto the field en masse after the game to celebrate their team's amazing accomplishment.
1975 Tom Seaver learns the adage the "third time's the charm" isn't always true when he loses his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the third time in his career. After striking out Don Kessinger and Rick Monday, rookie outfielder Joe Wallis, playing in his 15th career game, singles to right field for the Cubs' first hit off the Mets' starter in the Wrigley Field contest.
1991 With his 37th homer of the season, Howard Johnson establishes a new NL record for round-trippers by a switch-hitter when he goes deep off Bob Walk in the Mets' 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. HoJo, who will extend the mark, finishing the season with 38 home runs, had set the previous mark in 1987.
2011 Dillon Gee becomes the first Mets rookie to win 13 games in a season in 27 years when New York defeats Washington, 6-3. In 1984, Dwight Gooden compiled a 17-9 record as a freshman in 31 starts for the team.
2014 Twins' hurler Phil Hughes loses a $500,000 bonus when he doesn't return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay, falling an out short of the 210 innings needed to trigger a contract incentive worth a half-a-million bucks. The Minnesota right-hander, who held Arizona to one run over eight innings, finishes his first year with the team with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark for a starter in the history of the game, surpassing Bret Saberhagen's record of an 11.00 K/BB ratio accomplished with the 1994 Mets.

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