Shea Stadium is in bedlam, as New York Mets fans go wild following the Mets spectacular triumph over the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series! + Nolan Ryan with the Mets.

5/13/2006 10:36 AM

1973 Topps 1971 Topps

5/13/2006 10:46 AM

1972 Topps 1972 Topps In Action

5/13/2006 10:52 AM

2001 Upper Deck Legends of New York 1974 Topps

5/13/2006 10:59 AM

Amos Otis

5/13/2006 11:06 AM
I like the Amos Otis card.
5/13/2006 11:09 AM

Wayne Garrett Joe Pignatano at Wrigley Field

5/13/2006 11:25 AM

Kiki Cuyler at Wrigley in the 1920's, for comparison with the Mets Joe Pignatano at Wrigley Field

5/13/2006 12:27 PM
Ken Boswell was my favorite Met....I was from NJ and was eight during the '69 season. I eventually went to the University of Texas at Austin in Ken's home town. After college I lived in Austin for a while, and in 1987, I unexpectedly bumped into him at "Chevrolet Country"...He was a sales manager or something after retiring as an Astro...I couldn't believe it! I wound up buying the Blazer he was driving at the time- but not before wearing his World Series ring and talking about his friends- Art Shamsky and Ron Swoboda. He was great to me and I'll never forget the time I got to spend with my childhood baseball hero...
5/13/2006 9:22 PM
All the 1969 Mets used steroids.
5/14/2006 3:47 AM

The 1969 Chicago Cubs were my team when I was eight years old, they were nearly amazing.

I am tipping my cap to the Mets, and their fans. I am guessing my esteemed colleague Arlen may be dealing differently with the heartache from that 1969 season.

5/15/2006 6:36 AM

1969 Chicago Cubs Topps Team Poster ( to Right, Top to Bottom ) OF - Adolpho Phillips, 2B - Glenn Beckert, C - Randy Hundley, P - Bill Hands, P - Fergie Jenkins, 1B - Ernie Banks, SS - Don Kessinger, 3B - Ron Santo, OF - Jim Hickman, P - Ken Holtzman, OF - Billy Williams

1969 New York Mets Topps Team Poster ( to Right, Top to Bottom ) 2B - Ken Boswell, P - Tom Seaver, OF - Cleon Jones, OF - Ron Swoboda, C - Jerry Grote, OF - Tommie Agee, 1B- Ed Kranepool, 3B - Ed Charles, P - Jerry Koosman, P - Jim McAndrew, SS - Bud Harrelson

5/15/2006 6:58 AM
Quote: Originally Posted By ceez on 3/11/2006

in "69 , we win the Wildcard with 97 victories but lose a 5 game series to the 101 win eventual W.S champ St. Louis Cardinals 3-1

'70 , we again , win the W.C with the same amoint of wins , 97

the 1st Rd , we beat the 114 win Chicago Cubs 3-2

NLCS , we take out the 91 win S.F Giants 4 -3

W.S , a subway series! Mets vs. Yankees....we win 4-2


'71 we came out gangbusters , but were eventually passed in the standings by both Atlanta and Pittsburgh before turning it on late to win the W.C for the 3rd year in a row with a 98-64 record

1st rd , we beat the 94 win L.A Dodgers 3-1

NLCS , we lose a heartbreaking series to the 90 win Cincinatti Reds , who go on to lose the W.S in heartbreaking fashion themselves...we were up 3-2 but lost the series 4-3 when we twice couldnt convert series winning double plays between Harrelson and Morgan....I'm still bitter

'72 , only 2 games out of the W.C spot w/ 20 games to go , injuries , fatigue and bullpen woes strike hard and the team fizzles , misses the playoffs for the 1st time even with a nice 92-70 record

'73 , we add 3B Bob Bailey , Hank Aaron , Reggie Cleveland , Jerry Bell and Roger Moret

we go on to dominate the regular season with a 107-55 record , we're #2 in team era and #1 in runs scored , 2B Joe Morgan wins the league MVP

in a reverse situation of the 1970 1st rd series vs. the cubs , they beat us most disapointing moment on wifs

the papers dubbed us " the N.Y Mess"


1st qtr - after a sluggish start , the team turns it on and grabs 1st place at 25-15...Koosman 7-0 2.19era
Bob Bailey .323 5hr 33rbi

2nd qtr - we build a 10 gm lead over the rest of the division and then blow it as the pen ( most notably McGraw) cant hold leads....we go 23-18 but are 1 gm behind a scorching hot Atlanta

we have 4 all-stars
Morgan .303 11hr 50rbi 39sb
c/1b Earl Williams 11hr 50rbi
Jerry Koosman 10-2
Tug McGraw!?!?!?!? 19svs 6.21era

3rd qtr - we acquire a new closer in Roger Nelson but it doesnt matter , this team is burnt out , we're tired and unmotivated , we go 16-20 and are now 10gms behind Atlanta and 6 behind WC leading L.A

4th qtr - 18-27...we limp to a 82-80 record

the lineup

2B Joe Morgan - the '73MVP backs it up with another fine year , .285 .404 24hr 93rbi 83sb
CF Amos Otis - another great year in the 2 spot , didnt hit as many homers as '73 .286 .351 12hr 86rbi 22sb
LF Ken Singleton - lost his '73 power stroke as well but still produced .283 .387 10hr 101rbi
3B Bob Bailey - starting to show his age .273 .390 14hr 94rbi
RF Hank Aaron - the hr king still had some gas in the tank .283 21hr 79rbi
1B Earl Williams - only 14rbi in the 2nd half .279 14hr 64rbi
C Jerry Grote - great defensively, if only he could hit better.230 3hr 32rbi
SS Bud Harrelson - his glove is steady , his bat is killin the teams rallies .177 0hr! 18rbi!!


a strong group

1B Norm Cash accepted the backup role and excelled .282 .398 5hr 36rbi
OF Andy Kosco .288 .348 4hr 31rbi
SS larry Lintz 35rbi 38sb


Tom Seaver 12-10 3.05era 1.20whip - snakebitten all year!!
Jerry Koosman 18-11 3.48era - went 11-11 after a 7-0 start
Mike Cuellar 19-12 3.35era - with a better bottom of the batting order , these 3 guys coulda carried us to another championship...what a waste
Reggie Cleveland 2-8 4.76era - MAJOR DISAPOINTMENT
Roger Moret 8-13 4.38era - picked up Clevelands slack but shouldnt've been in that position


Longrelief - Charlie Williams 8-7 7.33era and mac scarce 1-0 7.71era SUCKED!

Setup - Jerry Bell 5-8 3.74era was o.k...he's retiring for '75
ramon Hernandez 8-5 3.70era , also just o.k

Closer - 1st half was McGraw 1-6 19svs 5.21era teh syck
2nd half Roger Nelson 15svs 4.88era.....not much better

so , in hindsight , less power and weaker batting avg's + a sh*t pen = our 1974 downfall

hopefully 1975 , people will be fresh and ready to make another serious run
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5/16/2006 9:50 PM

I saw a movie recently, " Frequency " , where events in the 1969 Mets World Series were important to the plot. An Al Weiss Home Run in Game 5 was an improbable event predicted by Dennis Quaid's character testifying to a Police Detective played by Andre Braugher.
Trivia for Frequency (2000) from The Internet Movie Database ( IMDB )

On April 25, 2000, the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds played a game wearing their 1969 uniforms to promote the film.
All of the World Series facts were true in this film. The Mets Cleon Jones really did get hit on the shoe with a pitched ball. At first the umpire didn't award him first base but when Mets Manager Gil Hodges showed him the shoe polish on the ball the umpire changed his call and awarded him first base. It became known as the "Shoe Polish Incident".
The Orioles grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning of Game 5, but Koosman shut the door after that. In the bottom of the sixth, Cleon Jones was struck on the foot by a Cuellar pitch -- shoe polish on the ball proved it -- and scored moments later when Clendenon blasted his third homer of the Series. Al Weis homered to tie the game one inning later, and in the eighth, two Met doubles and two Orioles throwing errors gave New York two more runs. The final was New York 5, Baltimore 3, and the National Leaguers had won the World Series.

8/23/2006 4:20 AM

Cleon Jones

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