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1964 Dedication of Shea Stadium Commemorative Program

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Quote: Originally Posted By cleonjones on 8/23/2007
thanks, looks like a good league! how do you post pictures on here?
Quote: Originally Posted By skonley on 7/25/2007
upload it to an image hosting site such as Image Shack, then you can hot link it
Posting pictures in your WhatifSports Messages or, How to have a Hotlink in your WhatIFSports Post

When you find a picture you want to post, you can right-click the photo, the bottom term on the drop down list will be properties.
When you click the properties you will want to highlight the URL address

Right Click the highlighted address e.g


In the message posting box, choose where you want to post your picture, click the Add Image button, ,14th of 15th button to right.

Explorer User Prompt will pop up - Script Prompt: Enter the web address of the image
The space will already have http:// , you will paste the address you copied from the properties http:// can be deleted, or you can just copy adresses without the http://


click ok, that should do it.

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Quote: Originally Posted By CYBERMETS on 1/15/2008

Another member of the Amazin' 69 Mets has passed on.
Don Cardwell has died at age 72....joining Cal Koonce, Tommie Agee and Donn Clendenon on the Flushing Meadows Field of Dreams.

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02/14/2005 8:00 AM ET Jones found escape in baseball
Longtime Met grew up in baseball-rich Mobile County By Kevin T. Czerwinski / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Cleon Jones grew up in Alabama in the 1950s and early 1960s, when the civil rights movement was at its most volatile. While violence and hate raged around the state and much of the South, Jones, like so many others in the small town of Plateau, found comfort in one of the few things that transcended the prejudice.
One of the greatest and most unheralded hitters in Mets history, Jones grew up playing baseball in the hotbed of Mobile County. Future teammate and close friend Tommie Agee was raised in Whistler, a town about a mile and a half from Jones' home. Agee and Hank Aaron grew up in Mobile County as well, same as Willie McCovey and one-time Met Amos Otis. Not too far off, Willie Mays also cut his baseball teeth in a small Alabama town.
There were Sunday-afternoon games after church when teams chocked with future stars squared off against one another, playing baseball as friends and families told stories about the stars that made their way through the quiet Alabama community. Satchel Paige played there at one time. So did Ted "Double Duty" Radcliff.
Occasionally, there were trips to Mississippi or Florida to play more baseball. And it was always baseball that helped keep a troubled world outside. Jones, who still lives in Mobile with his wife, Angela, remembers those days fondly.
"This area has had, and I say this to anyone, very few racial encounters or incidents once the civil-rights stuff passed," Jones, 62, said. "Yes, we were part of what was going on all over America. But where I lived was segregated. It was an all-black community, and it was never anything but black. As a result, people stayed in this community. And as a kid, I was able to grow and see these people, whether they played baseball or whatever.
"On the other hand, when I got to high school, I had contact with white guys. Though we were segregated, we got together and would play baseball and football in a hidden area. I didn't see any of that, 'Hey [expletive], get off my field,' or other racial slurs. I wasn't exposed to that until I started to march and have sit-ins."
Jones was signed by the Mets as a 19-year-old in 1963, a dynamic young outfielder who could hit for average and run. He was sent to Buffalo for the 1964 season and that's when race, for one of the first times, truly became an issue for him.
His team had traveled to Atlanta for a series early that year. At the time, the city was preparing for the arrival of the Braves, and some changes had to be made in the racial philosophy of the times if Major League Baseball was going to succeed in Georgia.
"When I was with Buffalo, I had the task/pleasure of integrating the team hotel in Atlanta," Jones said. "We had guys like Pumpsie Green and Elio Chacon and Dick Ricketts on that team, guys who had been in the big leagues and had been exposed to what was going on. Buffalo was chosen to integrate that hotel in Atlanta, and that was quite an experience.
"Now, I was 20, 21 years old, and I hadn't been exposed to a lot. The year before I played in Raleigh, and we lived in a segregated area. The bus would drop us off at a family's house and take the white players to a hotel. But now we're in the big leagues, so to speak, and Atlanta is coming to town the next year and they have to integrate the hotels."
Jones said he and his teammates had no problems at their hotel during their stay. It was when they the hotel to get something to eat that the issue of race arose. Jones and his teammates encountered bigotry at a nearby restaurant, which led to his first sit-in.
"Chacon went across the street to eat and they wouldn't feed him because of segregation. He came back to the hotel, upset with tears in his eyes, saying he wanted to go back to Venezuela, saying how could he play ball if he couldn't eat. Ricketts was our captain, and he said we should all go eat there. So we went back there, sat in and they said they wouldn't feed us.
"We sat there until they called the police. But they said that civil rights had passed and they had to feed us. About that time I made up my mind that I didn't want to eat, that I was just going to sit there and see what took place. Finally, they said they would feed us, and they brought out food but I wouldn't eat."
After that, Jones and his teammates went back to the hotel, packed their belongings and headed to a motel on the other side of the city where they would be accepted and able to get a meal. But as they reached the motel, city officials, Jones said, flagged them down and asked that they return to the hotel.
" 'We can't have this,' they told us," Jones said. "We have to go to the hotel and make this work because we have a team [the Braves] coming. So we all went back to the hotel."
That wasn't the end, though. Buffalo traveled to Jacksonville for its next series, and the same problems arose at a restaurant near the hotel. Once again, they sat-in as a team, with Jones taking part.
"We sat there for an hour, and no one waited on us. So Dick got up again and talked to the owner," Jones said. "He went and got the waitress and asked why she wouldn't wait on us. And she said she wasn't going to 'wait on these [expletive].' He said her job depended on it, and she . We got waited on and went back the next day. The same lady came over and waited on us and apologized, saying she didn't think the situation through the day before. She sounded very sincere."
Jones said he never encountered such bigotry once he got to the Major Leagues. He established himself as one of the bright young stars of the game when he arrived on the scene, eventually helping the Mets to a World Series championship in 1969. He hit .340 that year, good for third in the league. It was also the highest single-season average by a Met until John Olerud hit .354 in 1998.
Though Jones went on to have a solid Major League career -- he had a .281 career average before retiring in 1976 -- he never considered himself a trailblazer because of the road he traveled to reach the big leagues. He that praise for Jackie Robinson.
"I don't consider myself a pioneer," he said. "I consider Jackie Robinson the pioneer. He was my favorite player of all time. What I went through all day, and then having to go on the field and concentrate, I know how tough it was for me. But I had the confidence and support of my teammates, even white players. When you look back at it, you think of what a great person he was and the sacrifice he made because he did it alone. That's what made him so much better than all of us."
Jones says that things in Mobile haven't changed much over the years. There have been few racial incidents, and when integration did take place, it went smoothly. Jones doesn't hate and there's no bitterness. He understands people and knows change, even today, takes time.
"I was in a situation in Carolina once, where I got in the batter's box and a guy stands up and yells, '[Expletive], if you hit that ball, I'll come down there and get you.' Well, I hit that ball, a line drive off the wall, and the guy came down and says, 'Boy, you ain't scared of nuthin.' You're gonna be a good one.' Often what comes out of people's mouths is not what they mean."
It all goes back to the lessons he learned growing up in the baseball-rich county of Mobile.
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Cleon Jones, who hit .340 during the Mets championship run in 1969, was signed by the club six years prior, when he was 19. (NY Mets)

3/6/2008 10:49 AM

Cleon Jones scoring winning run vs Montreal Expos in bottom of 12th,
September 10th, 1969, putting New York Mets in 1st Place for first time in franchise history.
Don Clendenon greeting Cleon Jones. Expos catcher Ron Brand. Item featured in eBay auction.

4/19/2008 1:38 AM

The New York Mets: Essential Games of Shea Stadium

DISC 6: May 19, 2006: Inter-League vs New York Yankees™--David Wright's walk-off hit snatched victory away from the cross-town rival Yankees in this classic see-saw battle.

DISC 5: Sept. 21, 2001: Regular season vs Atlanta Braves --The emotionally charged first game in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was electrified by Mike Piazza's 8th inning 2-run home run.

DISC 4: 1999: National League Championship Series Game 5 vs Atlanta Braves™--Robin Ventura's "grand slam single" won this 15-inning game endurance test.

DISC 3: 1986: World Series Game 6 vs Boston Red Sox™--Considered "Baseball's greatest game", this improbable 10th-inning, miracle two-out comeback reached its climax with Mookie Wilson's swing and "...here comes Knight and the Mets win it!"

DISC 2: 1986: National League® Championship Series Game 3 vs Houston Astros™--This come-from-behind bottom-of-the-ninth victory ended with Lenny Dykstra's famous walk-off home run.

DISC 1: 1969 World Series® Game 4 vs Baltimore Orioles™--Tom Seaver's 10-inning win was a decisive point of the '69 World Series as the Mets upset the heavily favored Orioles.

This six-game, 6-DVD collection spans five decades of promise, amusement, jubilation, and Mets baseball. It celebrates the legendary games and the baseball heroes who made Mets history. These six remarkable games are a time capsule and a window into the magic that glows within all Mets fans – the magic found in their beloved Shea Stadium.

as the home for the New York Mets since 1964, Shea Stadium has hosted an amazing array of history-making ballgames, all-time players, colorful managers, and millions of devoted fans. From the high-flying championship teams to the low-flying planes, the sounds of Shea Stadium are ingrained in the hearts of the enthusiastic crowds who cheer their New York Mets.

1969 World Series Last Inning; Gary Carter Game-Winning HR (1985 Opening Day vs. Cardinals); 1986 NL East Division Clincher Highlights (September 17 vs. Cubs); 1986 World Series Game 7 Highlights; Matt Franco GW RBI (July 10, 1999 vs. Yankees); Todd Pratt GW HR (1999 NLDS Game 4 vs. Diamondbacks); Mets Win National League Pennant (2000 NLCS Game 5 vs. Cardinals); 2006 Walk-Off Moments; Mets Clinch NL East Division (September 19, 2006 vs. Marlins); Clutch Catch by Endy Chavez (2006 NLCS Game 7); Bill Shea Interview

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