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MLB: Mets Top Yanks in Exhibition Game

Mar. 22, 1962 - Sometime in the distant future, there may be an all-New York world series between the Mets and the Yankees. Until this phenomenon comes to pass, what happened today will stand high among the achievements in the history of the new National League club, which beat the world champion Yankees, 4-3, with a dramatic ninth-inning rally in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crossing paths on a diamond for the first time since one was dismissed as manager and the other became his successor, Casey Stengel and Ralph Houk met in front of the dugout and shook hands. Then, as rival managers, they tried their utmost to outmaneuver each other in this exhibition game. First blood was drawn by Stengel, the 72-year-old leader of the Mets. He won the game by pinch-hitting Richie Ashburn for Howie Nunn. Ashburn lashed a single off the first pitch he saw and scored Joe Christopher for the winning run.


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