69 Mets Reunion

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'Amazin' Mets': 1969 World Series Champions To Reunite

January 09, 2019 - 4:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The 1969 Mets will reunite this summer.

Next season will mark the 50-year anniversary of the team’s first World Series title and the New York Mets plan to honor the champions during a three-game series in June.

“Living in this area, it doesn’t seem as long as 50 years for some of the guys who were, you know, in other areas because every day somebody talks to me about 1969,” said outfielder Art Shamsky.

Shamsky told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell that he still wears his World Series ring and feels the win was a defining moment in his life.

Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky
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“All of our lives changed October 16, 1969,” Shamsky said. “When we won that World Series, no matter what we did before or after, we were remembered for that team and I think that’s always gonna be very special in our lives.”

First baseman Ed Kranepool says as good as the team was, the key was their manager.

“The one fellow that brought it all together was Gil Hodges. He was very instrumental, you know, his leadership and guidance and that coaching staff was tremendous for our organization and he made everybody a better player,” Kranepool said.

Kranepool, now 74-years-old, and Shamsky, now 77-years-old, are expected to reunite with most of the players from June 28 to June 30, in a ceremony honoring the “Amazin’ Mets.”