On this date in Padres history, Tom Seaver, former New York Mets pitcher and Cy Young Award winner in 1970, embarrassed San Diego by striking out 19 batters, tying the major league record at the time. Seaver got to the mark after retiring the final 10 Padres to take the plate.
The Mets won the game 2-1 at Shea Stadium, the former home of the franchise in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Teammate Jerry Grote made his own little bit of history on the same day by setting the major league record for putouts in a game for a catcher with 10.
Seaver was eventually inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1992 following his retirement in 1986. Grote, who retired in 1981, caught every inning for the Met’s first two World Series appearances and made two more World Series appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers.