Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky

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’69 Mets Kranepool, Shamsky Make Surprise Father’s Day Visit

June 16, 2019 - 1:50 pm

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Two former Mets from the 1969 World Championship team made a Father’s Day surprise visit to a rehab center in East Islip.

On Sunday, Steven Ruland was at the Momentum at South Bay rehab and nursing facility to visit his father Edward.

He was shocked to see ’69 Mets Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky hanging out at the center’s Father’s Day picnic.

Lucky for Ruland, he was already wearing his Mets polo shirt – “I always wear Mets shirts,” he said.

Being a Mets fan was passed down from his father, who was originally a Brooklyn Dodgers fan who could never see himself becoming a Yankees fan.

“In ’69, I was seven and during the World Series back then in ’69, I would run from school because they played 2 o’clock afternoon games. So I’d make the third inning on or fourth inning on. But they meant everything with the Mets, that team,” Ruland said.

Kranepool says his Father’s Day surprise visit is payback for fans who’ve followed the Mets for decades.

“It’s nice to see them, and it’s nice to give them a day. And they have a little party going on. They have a celebration, so if we could be part of it, that’s great,” Kranepool said.