1969 New York Mets Season
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1969 New York Mets Season
1969 New York Mets
World Series Champions
National League Champions
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 100-62 (.617)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s) Johnny Murphy
Manager(s) Gil Hodges
Local television WOR-TV 9
(Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, Ralph Kiner)
Local radio WJRZ-AM 970/WABC-FM 95.5
(Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, Ralph Kiner)
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The 1969 New York Mets season was the team's eighth as a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and culminated when they won the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles. They played their home games at Shea Stadium and were managed by Gil Hodges. The team is often referred to as the "Amazin' Mets" (a nickname coined by Casey Stengel, who managed the team from their inaugural season to 1965) or the "Miracle Mets".

The 1969 season was the first season of divisional play in Major League Baseball. The Mets were assigned to the newly created National League East division. In their seven previous seasons, the Mets had never finished higher than ninth place in the ten-team National League and had never had a winning season. In fact, they lost at least one hundred games in five of the seasons. However, they overcame mid-season difficulties while the division leaders for much of the season, the Chicago Cubs, suffered a late-season collapse. The Mets finished 100-62, eight games ahead of the Cubs. The Mets went on to defeat the National League West champion Atlanta Braves three games to none in the inaugural National League Championship Series and went on to defeat the American League champion Baltimore Orioles in five games. First baseman Donn Clendenon was named the series' most valuable player on the strength of his .357 batting average, three home runs, and four runs batted in.

On Saturday, August 22, 2009, many of the surviving members of the 1969 championship team reunited at the New York Mets' present park, Citi Field.[1]

Offseason

"GB" legend
1st (NL East) Not in playoff berth Tied for 1st (NL East)

All times are EASTERN time

  • All games broadcast on WJRZ and METS RADIO NETWORK

Postseason

Legend
Mets win Mets loss

All times are EASTERN time

Attendance

Attendance Rank
2,175,373 1

Roster

The Final Out

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, starting pitcher Jerry Koosman faced Orioles second baseman Davey Johnson (who later managed the Mets to their second World Series championship in 1986). After taking a pitch of two balls and one strike, Johnson hit a fly-ball out to left field which was caught by Cleon Jones.[4]

Hall of Fame members who played in the 1969 World Series

Three future Hall of Fame members were on the Mets' roster: pitcher Tom Seaver (who won twenty-five games en route to winning the Cy Young Award), a young Nolan Ryan (playing in his third season), and New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra (who briefly played for the Mets in 1965), who was their first base coach. Berra was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, Seaver in 1992, and Ryan in 1999.

The Baltimore Orioles boasted four future Hall of Famers on their roster: pitcher Jim Palmer, outfielder Frank Robinson, third baseman Brooks Robinson, and manager Earl Weaver.

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Jerry Grote 113 365 92 .252 6 40
1B Ed Kranepool 112 353 84 .238 11 49
2B Ken Boswell 102 362 101 .279 3 32
3B Wayne Garrett 124 400 87 .218 1 39
SS Bud Harrelson 123 395 98 .248 0 24
LF Cleon Jones 137 483 164 .340 12 75
CF Tommie Agee 149 565 153 .271 26 76
RF Ron Swoboda 109 327 77 .235 9 52

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Art Shamsky 100 303 91 .300 14 47
Al Weis 103 247 53 .215 2 23
Rod Gaspar 118 215 49 .228 1 19
Bobby Pfeil 62 211 49 .232 0 10
Donn Clendenon 72 202 51 .252 12 37
J. C. Martin 66 177 37 .209 4 21
Ed Charles 61 169 35 .207 3 18
Amos Otis 48 93 14 .151 0 4
Duffy Dyer 29 74 19 .257 3 12
Kevin Collins 16 40 6 .150 1 2
Jim Gosger 10 15 2 .133 0 1
Bob Heise 4 10 3 .300 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gary Gentry 35 233.2 13 12 3.43 154
Tom Seaver 36 273.1 25 7 2.21 208
Jerry Koosman 32 241 17 9 2.28 180
Don Cardwell 30 152.1 8 10 3.01 60
Jim McAndrew 27 135 6 7 3.47 90

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nolan Ryan 25 89.1 6 3 3.53 92
Jack Dilauro 23 63.2 1 4 2.40 27

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ron Taylor 59 9 4 13 2.72 42
Tug McGraw 42 9 3 12 2.24 92
Cal Koonce 40 6 3 7 4.99 48
Al Jackson 9 1 0 0 10.64 10
Danny Frisella 3 0 0 0 7.71 5
Jesse Hudson 1 0 0 0 4.50 3
Bob Johnson 2 0 0 1 0.00 1
Les Rohr 1 0 0 0 20.25 0

NLCS

Game 1

Saturday, October 4, 1969, at Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 9 10 1
Atlanta 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 10 2
WP: Tom Seaver (1-0)   LP: Phil Niekro (0-1)
Home runs:
NYM: None
ATL: Tony González (1), Hank Aaron (1)

Game 2

Sunday, October 5, 1969, at Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 3 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 11 13 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 6 9 3
WP: Ron Taylor (1-0)   LP: Ron Reed (0-1)   Sv: Tug McGraw (1)
Home runs:
NYM: Tommie Agee (1), Ken Boswell (1), Cleon Jones (1)
ATL: Hank Aaron (2)

Game 3

Monday, October 6, 1969, at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
New York 0 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 X 7 14 0
WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0)   LP: Pat Jarvis (0-1)
Home runs:
ATL: Hank Aaron (3), Orlando Cepeda (1)
NYM: Tommie Agee (2), Ken Boswell (2), Wayne Garrett (1)

World Series

Game 1

Saturday, October 11, 1969, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
Baltimore 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 4 6 0
WP: Mike Cuellar (1-0)   LP: Tom Seaver (0-1)
Home runs:
NYM: None
BAL: Don Buford (1)

Game 2

Sunday, October 12, 1969, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
WP: Jerry Koosman (1-0)   LP: Dave McNally (0-1)   Sv: Ron Taylor (1)
Home runs:
NYM: Donn Clendenon (1)
BAL: None

Game 3

Tuesday, October 14, 1969, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
New York 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 5 6 0
WP: Gary Gentry (1-0)   LP: Jim Palmer (0-1)   Sv: Nolan Ryan (1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
NYM: Tommie Agee (1), Ed Kranepool (1)

Game 4

Wednesday, October 15, 1969, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 1
WP: Tom Seaver (1-1)   LP: Dick Hall (0-1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
NYM: Donn Clendenon (2)

Game 5

Thursday, October 16, 1969, at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 X 5 7 0
WP: Jerry Koosman (2-0)   LP: Eddie Watt (0-1)
Home runs:
BAL: Dave McNally (1), Frank Robinson (1)
NYM: Donn Clendenon (3), Al Weis (1)

In popular culture

In the movie Oh, God!, God, as played by George Burns, explains to John Denver that "the last miracle I performed was the 1969 Mets."

Part of the movie Frequency is set in Queens, New York, in 1969, as firefighter and avid Mets fan Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) and his family follow the "Amazin's" throughout the World Series.

In Moonlighting, Season 2, Episode 13, "In God We Strongly Suspect", when David is attempting to define the parameters of Maddie's skepticism and atheism by inviting her to provide logical explanations for various phenomena seemingly beyond man's understanding, he mentions the "'69 Mets" which she immediately dismisses as "a myth and a hoax".

In his song "Faith and Fear in Flushing Meadows", twee/folk artist Harry Breitner makes mention of Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.

In the TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Big Shots", Ray and Robert visit the Baseball Hall of Fame to meet members of the '69 Mets.

In the film Men in Black 3, set shortly before the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969, Griffin, an alien from the fifth dimension who can see the future, says the Mets' title is his favorite human history moment for "all the improbabilities that helped".

In the TV show Growing Pains, the family's name was the Seavers and their neighbors were the Koosmans.

Awards and honors

Awards

Nolan Ryan's 1969 championship ring on display at the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center
Nolan Ryan's 1969 championship ring on display at the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center
Regular Season
Manager
Award
Gil Hodges Associated Press NL Manager of the Year

Records

Player Record (Amount) Achieved

Batting Feats

Regular Season
Player Feats Reached
Postseason
Player Feats Reached

Pitching Feats

Regular Season
Player Feats Reached
Postseason
Player Feats Reached

Batting Milestones

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Postseason
Player Milestone Reached

Pitching Milestones

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Postseason
Player Milestone Reached

40th Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Outfielders

Pos # Player League AB H RBI
LF 21 Cleon Jones National League
Starter
4 2 0

Pitchers

# Player League IP SO
36 Jerry Koosman National League 1.2 1
41 Tom Seaver National League Did not pitch

Draft

Date Round Pick Player Position Hometown/School
June 5, 1969 1 4 Randy Sterling RHP Key West, Florida
2 28 Joe Nolan C St. Louis, Missouri

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Memphis [8]

Notes

  1. ^ "Seaver, Ryan and Koosman highlight Miracle Mets gathering to celebrate 40th anniversary of 1969 World Series Championship - mets.com: Official Info". mlb.com. 
  2. ^ Don Bosch at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ "Events of Wednesday, August 13, 1969". www.retrosheet.org. 
  4. ^ snarfmatic (March 16, 2011). "New York Mets Win 1969 World Series" - via YouTube. 
  5. ^ Al Jackson at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Donn Clendenon at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ "Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)". www.nndb.com. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

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