Paying $4 to see the Mets beat the Reds in 1973

Mets fans left Shea Stadium happy on August 19, 1973, with New York squeaking past Cincinnati 2-1 that Sunday afternoon.

The official program and scorecard for the series lists ticket prices that year: general admission seats went for $1.30 each, with box seats running an astounding $4. That’s equivalent to $20 today, adjusted for inflation.

The program also explains how fans could get to and from Shea by taking the “IRT Main Street Flushing Train” (better known as the 7 today) or the “GG” from Jackson Heights.

This wasn’t the last time the Mets met up with the Reds in 1973. They duked it out again in the playoffs—a series notorious for an all-out brawl that started with Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson and ended with a team pile-on.

New York won the NLCS, but lost to Oakland in the World Series.

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2 Responses to “Paying $4 to see the Mets beat the Reds in 1973”

  1. T.J. Connick Says:

    Add 70 cents for a couple of subway tokens.

    Counterclockwise on the cover: Seaver, Staub, Matlack and Mays.

    Koosman went nine. Harrelson, the unlikely star at the plate, got half the home team’s hits with a pair of doubles, scored their first run, and knocked in the winning run in the eighth. A Mays sacrifice fly scored Buddy in the first, but a Mays error in the fifth led to the sole run by the visitors.

    The whole thing was over in an hour and fifty-three minutes, with 33,598 on hand instead of sitting home and watching it for free on Channel 9.

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