Let's play 4! 2 doubleheaders, 1 city

May 27th, 2021

After rainouts on Wednesday with both teams playing at home, the Mets and Yankees each hosted doubleheaders at home on Thursday -- the Mets against the Rockies, the Yankees against the Blue Jays.

And if you want to count the Mets' High-A affiliate, make it a total of six games in New York City. The Brooklyn Cyclones were rained out on Wednesday night at Maimonides Park and played a twin bill against the Aberdeen IronBirds, starting at 6 p.m. ET.

It was just the fourth time that the Mets and Yankees both played doubleheaders at home on the same day and the fifth time in the Expansion Era (since 1961) that the same city has played host to two twin-bills on the same day. Before that, scheduled doubleheaders were even more common.

Here’s a look at the times there were four games in the same city on a single day in the Expansion Era.

September 13, 2008: New York -- Braves at Mets, Rays at Yankees
Each of the four teams playing in New York City won a game on this September day in 2008, with both the Mets and Yankees splitting their doubleheaders. In Queens, the Braves won Game 1 thanks to an eighth-inning rally against Mets starter Johan Santana and relievers Scott Schoeneweis and Brian Stokes. The Mets took Game 2 behind homers from David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, coupled with eight shutout innings from Jon Niese. In the Bronx, the Rays won Game 1 behind eight scoreless innings from James Shields, but the Yankees took Game 2 as Mariano Rivera held off a ninth-inning rally.

April 13, 1997: New York -- Giants at Mets, Athletics at Yankees
The Giants swept the doubleheader against the Mets, winning Game 1, 5-1, thanks to three runs in the first inning on a Barry Bonds RBI single and a Jeff Kent two-run homer. In Game 2, they scored two runs in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch on a walk and a groundout to go up 7-4 in an eventual 7-6 win. The Yankees won Game 1 behind homers from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter, while the A’s took Game 2, in a game that included two RBIs from Scott Brosius, who would be traded to the Yankees after the season.

September 21, 1982: New York -- Expos at Mets, Indians at Yankees
Both of these doubleheaders were split, too. The Mets won Game 1 in the 10th inning on a Ron Gardenhire walk-off home run. It was the second of Gardenhire’s four career homers. The Expos won Game 2 behind a complete-game effort from Scott Sanderson, who also plated a run on a third-inning double. The Indians won Game 1 with four runs in the top of the ninth off Rudy May and Goose Gossage. The Yankees won Game 2 behind a complete game from Dave Righetti and a go-ahead sac fly from Jerry Mumphrey.

June 21, 1961: Chicago -- Dodgers at Cubs, Indians at White Sox
The Dodgers swept at Wrigley Field, winning Game 1 thanks to strong pitching from Stan Williams and Game 2 behind Johnny Podres. Larry Sherry finished off each game for Los Angeles, throwing two-thirds of an inning in the first game and 3 1/3 innings in the second. On the South Side, the White Sox swept, scoring a combined 26 runs. They scored 15 in the first game, including seven RBIs from Roy Sievers and four from Minnie Minoso. They won despite just a two-inning start from Frank Baumann, who yielded to Don Larsen for the final seven innings. Larsen also knocked in a run in the fourth. In the second game, it was 11 runs for the White Sox, with Al Smith leading the way with four RBIs and Sievers and Luis Aparicio each chipping in two, while Juan Pizarro went the distance.