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December 17, 2012
40 Seasons Back: Pirates Take BP at Shea
For a change-of-pace, here's a glimpse at batting practice before the Mets hosted the Pirates at Shea Stadium on April 16th, 1972 -- just the second game from baseball's first-ever strike-shortened season.. I checked the numbers -- I recognize Jackie Hernandez (#2), Richie Hebner (#3) and Bob Robertson (#7). #44 is coach Frank Oceak. But I couldn't find Roberto Clemente anywhere in this scene -- can you spot him?
As for the game itself, Steve Blass outpitched Gary Gentry in Pittsburgh's 2-0 victory.