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1969 Miracle Mets: Top World Series Moments

June 29, 2019 - 10:51 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The 1969 World Series reunion weekend is here!

The Mets went through many highs and lows before becoming the Miracle Mets.

The team never finished higher than ninth place in the 10-game division and never had a winning season. The Mets had the worst inaugural season at 40-120 in 1962 and the worst record since 1899.

After a treacherous seven years, the Mets finished the season in first place with a record of 100-62 in their division and won 38 of their last 49 games of the regular season.

The Mets swept the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series leading them to their first National League pennant, and a chance at a World Series Title.

The Baltimore Orioles were the fan-favorite to win the title. The team had 109 wins including two 20-win pitchers in Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally.

Despite being a young team and holding an underdog status, the Mets did not give up and went on to beat the Orioles in five games at Shea Stadium.

Here’s a look at the most memorable moments from the 1969 World Series:

Game 1: Mets are quiet in Game 1

  • Game one was at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium
  • Left fielder, second baseman and third baseman Don Buford hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 1st to give the O’s the early lead.
  • The Orioles scored three in the 4th inning to extend their lead 4-0
  • Second baseman and shortstop Al Weis hit a sac fly in the top of the 7th to score a run, but that was all the Mets would muster today.
  • The nerves got the best of the Mets, but it was just one game.

Game 2: Koosman throws a gem in Game 2

  • Jerry Koosman pitched six hitless innings in a big bounce-back game for the Amazins.
  • First baseman Donn Clendenon hit a homerun in the fourth inning to get the Mets momentum going.
  • Key hits from third baseman Ed Charles, catcher Jerry Grote and Weis gave the Mets a 2-1 victory in Baltimore.

Game 3: Agee leads Mets to victory at Shea Stadium

  • The Mets kept their momentum going as pitchers Gary Gentry and Nolan Ryan combined with four hits and zero runs in the first World Series game in Queens.
  • Center fielder Tommie Agee hit a leadoff homerun that led to the winning hit and RBI.
  • Agee also made a backhand catch racing to the 396-foot sign in left center.
  •  In the seventh inning, he made a headfirst diving catch with two outs with the bases loaded.
  • The Mets beat the Orioles 5-0.

Game 4: Grote’s double and Seaver’s solid pitching leads to victory in extra innings

  • Pitcher Tom Seaver looked for redemption after a slow start in game one. He had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth inning.
  • Third baseman Brooks Robinson hit a sac fly to score outfielder and third baseman Frank Robinson in the top of the 9th to tie the game 1-1
  • In the 10th inning, Grote led off with a double, outfielder and pinch-hitter Rod Gaspar pinch ran for him, and catcher, third baseman and first baseman J.C. Martin dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over but pitcher Pete Richert’s throw to first was wide and got away from Powell allowing Gaspar to score the winning run in the 2-1 victory.

Game 5: Miracle Mets are World Series Champions

  • The Orioles took a 3-0 lead into the 6th.
  • Clendenon hit a two run home run in the bottom of the 6th to cut it to one run.
  • Weis tied the game with a homerun in the seventh inning
  • Outfielder Ron Swoboda doubled in left fielder Cleon Jones to give the Mets a 4-3 lead in the 7th.
  • Swoboda scored on a Powell error to extend the lead to 5-3
  • Frank Robinson walked to leadoff the 9th, but Koosman got Powell and Brooks Robinson out and the O’s were down to their last out.
  • First and second baseman Davey Johnson, the same Johnson who would one day manage the Mets to the 1986 World Series title, hit a famous fly ball out to Jones, who took one knee as he made the catch and the Miracle Mets were champions of the world!