July 28, 1962 - The Mets won their second game in a little over 24 hours today. Gene Woodling struck the critical blow, a pinch-hit, 2-run homer, as Casey Stengel’s men whipped the Cardinals in St. Louis, 9-8, before 17,179 irritated fans at Busch Stadium. It was a nice present for Stengel, whose 73rd birthday was celebrated after the game at a party conducted by the Mets’ front office. Actually, Casey’s birthday is Monday, but that is an open date for all but All-Star players, so the Mets decided to hold the celebration early. Before beating the Redbirds for the second time in 3 games of a 5-game series — they split a doubleheader last night — the New Yorkers lost a 3-0 lead and fell behind, 5-3. Woodling’s homer in the fifth put the Mets ahead to stay.