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Mets Surpass Last Season’s Victory Total

Aug. 24, 1963 - The greatest New York Met team ever assembled proved its claim to that title today by posting its 41st victory of the season at Wrigley Field. Carl Willey’s 6-hit pitching produced a 5-0 decision over the Chicago Cubs and broke all club records for collective success. Last year’s victory total of 40 was surpassed, and a record for winning percentage was assured. Even if the Mets (41-87) lose all their remaining games, they will finish with a 41-121 mark, which is .253. The 1962 Mets had 2 games rained out and finished with 40-120, which is .250. The Mets purchased Willey from the Braves for $40,000 in April, and this must rank as one of their best deals. He is fully recovered from a sore shoulder that kept him out of action for a month until last week and has a fine shot at the club record of 10 victories, set last year by Roger Craig. Today against the Cubs, Willey was in complete command. He walked no one, and all the hits off him came with two out. Only one man reached third. It the second time Willey shut out the Cubs this year.


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