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Mets Lose, Ashburn Recovered

Sept. 4, 1962 - Richie Ashburn (pictured left with Jay Hook), who crashed against a wall in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Pirates and played the last four innings while suffering from temporary amnesia, appeared completely recovered today. He went in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and singled. The Mets lost the game, 5-1. The 35-year-old outfielder, who navigated through the last four innings yesterday on reflex and courage, said he still had no recollection of events following the crash. He smacked against the right-field wall while trying to catch Bill Mazeroski’s looping fly. The collision apparently had not affected Richie’s sense of humor. “The way we’ve been going,” he said, “maybe it’s too bad I didn’t forget the whole year.” The last-place Mets currently have a record of 35-106.

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