I was there, you know. Yes, right there on the
infield of Shea Stadium, happily yelling my head off with hundreds of other ecstatic
Mets fans. It’s not a word you hear very often, but the best way to describe
the mood of the crowd that night was jubilant.
The night was September 24, 1969, and the
Mets had just clinched first place in the National League East division. It had been a long, grueling haul to get
there, as the sixteen year old me knew only too well. The Mets had never before
finished a season any higher than ninth place in what was then a ten-team
league. Even more remarkable, in their first seven seasons the Mets had never
been over .500 after the ninth game of the season!
Over the years I had kept track as to how my team
was faring with the help of my trusty label maker. For each game I punched out
a “W” or an “L” and stuck it to the schedule that was taped over my bed. By the
time 1969 rolled around I had nearly worn out the “L.”
And still, although many decades have passed,
nothing in the world of sports has ever even come close to recreating the
excitement I felt during that long ago and improbable baseball season. One of
the reasons, I’m sure, is that I was so young, and many things were still new
and exciting. The main reason, though, was because the Mets’ 1969 World
Championship season was a bona fide miracle. And they, well, they were The
What was the Mets’ regular season record in 1969?
Who was the manager of the Miracle Mets?
What future Hall-of-Famer was mostly a relief pitcher for the Miracle Mets?
4. True or False: The Miracle Mets won four straight
World Series games.
Which Miracle Met was born on D-Day?
Which Western Division team did the Miracle Mets beat in the playoffs?
Who was the 1969 World Series MVP?
How many of the Miracle Mets players are in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
This Miracle Met spent his entire 18-year career as a New York Met.
Which Miracle Met was not a member of
the 1969 All Star team?
The Mets finished their historic season with a record of 100 – 62. Their
combined record for the months of August and September was 44 – 17. Meanwhile,
to the west, the Cubs were collapsing like a house of cards in a tornado. You know,
it still feels good to say it.
Former Brooklyn Dodger star (and former Mets player) GIL HODGES was the miracle
manager of the Miracle Mets. He used a platoon system, and by October there
were few people who would say he was wrong.
Although NOLAN RYAN was already throwing his feared 100 mph fastball, and would
go on to pitch seven no-hitters in the majors, he couldn’t crack the Miracle Mets’
talented starting rotation, and was used mostly in relief and as an occasional
TRUE. This is kind of a trick question. Although the Miracle Mets did not sweep
the World Series, they did win four straight games against the powerful
Baltimore Orioles. That is, after losing the opener.
Born on June 6, 1944, BUD HARRELSON was the brilliant shortstop for the Miracle
Mets. He had the second longest career as a Met and was known as the lightest
player in the game at the time, weighing in at about 150 pounds.
In the first year of divisional play in Major League Baseball, the Miracle Mets
swept the ATLANTA BRAVES in three games and advanced to the World Series. Why,
you may ask, was a team from Atlanta placed in the Western Division? Good question.
The future Miracle Mets were in second place, nine games behind the Cubs when
they acquired DONN CLENDENON in June of 1969. He would go on to hit .357 in the
World Series, including three home runs, and be named the Series’ MVP.
Clendenon also hit two home runs during the division-clinching game where I
was, as mentioned above, yelling my head off.
TWO. In 1992 Tom Seaver was elected to
the Hall of Fame by the highest percentage ever: 98.84%. Former teammate Nolan
Ryan was elected in 1999, with a 98.79% vote. Yogi Berra, the first base coach
for the Miracle Mets and legendary New York Yankees catcher, is also a member
of the Hall of Fame. Berra, incidentally, had played briefly for the Mets in
ED KRANEPOOL was seventeen years old when he made his first appearance as a New
York Met. Ironically, he was brought in the game as a replacement for first
baseman Gil Hodges, who would later manage the Miracle Mets to the world
championship. He would remain in the Mets organization until his retirement in
JERRY GROTE was not chosen for the 1969 All Star team. He was an All Star the year before, however, and would make it again