» May 21, 1981: In what is billed as the greatest college pitching duel ever takes place in the first round of the NCAA as Yale's Ron Darling and St. John's Frank Viola match zeroes through 11 innings. Darling allows no hits while striking out 16. In the 12th, St. John's Steve Scafa hits an opposite field scratch single, then steals 2B and 3B. The next batter reaches on an error and, when he tries to steal 2B, Scafa breaks for home scoring the only run. St. John's wins, 10.
» June 8, 1981: The Seattle Mariners take Oral Roberts University righthander Mike Moore with the first pick overall in the annual amateur draft. The Cubs take Wichita State's Joe Carter with the 2nd pick while the Angels take Dick Schofield, son of a former major leaguer, with the 3rd pick. The Mets take Terry Blocker with the 4th and Toronto takes Matt Williams with the #5. San Diego selects Kevin McReynolds with #6 and use their 3rd round pick to take San Diego State outfielder Tony Gwynn. Later in the day the San Diego Clippers will select Gwynn in the 10th round of the NBA draft. The Yankees use their first round pick to take Stanford QB John Elway while the Ranger pick Yale's Ron Darling with #9. Darling is the 4th Ivy Leaguer to be picked in the 1st round. The Braves fare worst in the draft as their #1 pick Jay Roberts will never hit above .208 in the minors, and no other picks make it to the bigs.
» April 1, 1982: The Mets ship popular OF Lee Mazzilli to the Rangers for minor league pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell.
» May 9, 1984:
Umpire Joe West ejects two television cameramen from Shea Stadium when they allow the Mets to view replays of a controversial play at the plate in which Hubie Brooks is called out. The Mets beat Atlanta, 31, with Ron Darling getting the win.
» August 7, 1984:
The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Mets, winning 86 and 84. Rick Sutcliffe (91) beats Ron Darling (10-5) in the opener, benefiting from a 6-run 5th inning. Keith Moreland hits a 3-run home run and Ron Cey a 2-run shot in the 5th. A 5-run 4th in game two propels Chicago to the win for reliever Tim Stoddard. Lee Smith notches his 25th save.
» August 19, 1985: The Mets move into 1st place in the National League East with a 10 win over the Expos. Ron Darling, with relief help from Roger McDowell, is the winner.
» October 1, 1985: In the first game of a 3-game showdown between the Mets and Cardinals, Ron Darling and John Tudor each pitch 10 shutout innings before Darryl Strawberry belts a titanic home run off reliever Ken Dayley. The Mets' 10, 11-inning win cuts the Cardinals' lead in the National League East to two games.
» July 19, 1986: Mets players Ron Darling, Tim Teufel, Bob Ojeda, and Rick Aguilera are arrested following an early-morning fight with off-duty police officers working as security guards outside a Houston bar, but are all released in time for their Astros game that evening. On January 26th Darling and Teufel will be fined $200 while charges against Ojeda and Aguilera will be dropped.
» June 28, 1987:
Pinch hitter Greg Gross breaks up Ron Darling's no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the 8th inning and two Philley rallies beat the Mets 54.
» September 11, 1987: Howard Johnson steals his 30th base of the season in the Mets 64, 10-inning loss to the Cardinals, becoming the 8th player ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season. Mets starter Ron Darling tears ligaments in his thumb while fielding a Vince Coleman bunt during the game and will miss the rest of the season.
» July 15, 1991:
Mets trade P Ron Darling and minor league P Mike Thomas to the Expos in exchange for P Tim Burke.
» July 31, 1991:
The Expos trade recently acquired P Ron Darling to the A's for two minor league pitchers.
» June 10, 1992: At Milwaukee, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2,852nd at bat, and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2,537), then Babe Ruth (2,580), Harmon Killebrew (2,584) and Eddie Mathews (2,811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (63).
» September 26, 1992:
Greg Vaughns HR in the 6th is the difference in the Brewers 21 win over the A's. Milwaukee's Pat Listach draws a walk after taking 17 pitches from As starter Ron Darling. He's cut down stealing. Reliever Jesse Orosco is the winner over his former Met teammate.