1969 New York Mets season: Wikis

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1969 New York Mets
World Series Champions
National League Champions
NL East Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1969 information
Owner(s) Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s) Johnny Murphy
Manager(s) Gil Hodges
Local television WOR-TV
Local radio WJRZ/WABC-FM
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)

The New York Mets' 1969 season was the 8th regular season for the Mets who played their home games at Shea Stadium. Managed by Gil Hodges, the team went 100-62 and finished 1st in the new Eastern Division of the National League, becoming the first-ever divisional champions. From there, they defeated the Atlanta Braves, three games to zero in the inaugural National League Championship Series for the first-ever National League pennant, followed by their first-ever World Series Championship as they defeated the American League Champion Baltimore Orioles in five games.

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Offseason

Regular season

The Mets had never finished higher than 9th place in a ten-team league in any of their first seven seasons. They set a modern record for losses in a season in 1962, 120, that stands to this day. It was the most losses by any team in one season in the 20th century, challenged in 2003 by Detroit, who lost 119, but the 1962 Mets' .250 winning percentage is not the worst. The 1935 Boston Braves own that, going 38-115 for a .248 percentage.

They had never been over .500 past the third game of any season except for 1966. Seven years after their disastrous inaugural season, "The Amazin' Mets" (as nicknamed by previous manager Casey Stengel) won the World Series, the first "expansion" team to do so.

Long on great pitching, and with decent defense, but not much offense, the Mets were an uninspired 18-23 through their first 41 games. They then reeled off a club-record 11 straight wins, a mark equaled by several later versions of the Mets, but not yet bested, and the world knew they were for real. Starting with game #42, the Mets went 82-39, a blistering .678 winning percentage, the rest of the season.

Despite that performance, the Mets suffered two mid-season 3-game series sweeps at the hands of the Houston Astros, and were also no-hit by Bob Moose of the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20, just 5 days after becoming the first major-league team to strike out 19 times in a 9-inning game, which they won, 4-3, on a pair of 2-run bombs by Ron Swoboda, against the Cardinals' Steve Carlton.

In second place most of the season behind the Chicago Cubs--who were having an unusually good season themselves—the Mets were in 3rd place, 9 1/2 games back, in mid-August. They won 39 of their last 50 games to blow past the Cubs and finish with 100 wins against 62 losses, 8 games over the 2nd place Cubs. That 17 1/2 game differential is one of the largest turnarounds in the history of the game.

During the season, Tom Seaver became the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Mets in the 20th century.[2]

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Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 100 62 .617 --
Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 8
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 12
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 13
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 .389 37
Montreal Expos 52 110 .321 48

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 New York Mets roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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 Grote, JerryJerry Grote 113 365 92 .252 6 40
1B Kranepool, EdEd Kranepool 112 353 84 .238 11 49
2B Boswell, KenKen Boswell 102 362 101 .279 3 32
3B Garrett, WayneWayne Garrett 124 400 87 .218 1 39
SS Harrelson, BudBud Harrelson 123 395 98 .248 0 24
LF Jones, CleonCleon Jones 137 483 164 .340 12 75
CF Agee, TommieTommie Agee 149 565 153 .271 26 76
RF Swoboda, RonRon 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
Shamsky, ArtArt Shamsky 100 303 91 .300 14 47
Weis, AlAl Weis 103 247 53 .215 2 23
Gaspar, RodRod Gaspar 118 215 49 .228 1 19
Pfeil, BobbyBobby Pfeil 62 211 49 .232 0 10
Clendenon, DonnDonn Clendenon 72 202 51 .252 12 37
Martin, J. C.J. C. Martin 66 177 37 .209 4 21
Charles, EdEd Charles 61 169 35 .207 3 18
Otis, AmosAmos Otis 48 93 14 .151 0 4
Dyer, DuffyDuffy Dyer 29 74 19 .257 3 12
Collins, KevinKevin Collins 16 40 6 .150 1 2
Gosger, JimJim Gosger 10 15 2 .133 0 1
Heise, BobBob Heise 4 10 3 .300 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gentry, GaryGary Gentry 35 233.2 13 12 3.43 154
Seaver, TomTom Seaver 36 273.1 25 7 2.21 208
Koosman, JerryJerry Koosman 32 241 17 9 2.28 180
Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 30 152.1 8 10 3.01 60
McAndrew, JimJim McAndrew 27 135 6 7 3.47 90

Other pitchers

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

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Taylor, RonRon Taylor 59 9 4 13 2.72 42
McGraw, TugTug McGraw 42 9 3 12 2.24 92
Koonce, CalCal Koonce 40 6 3 7 4.99 48
Jackson, AlAl Jackson 9 1 0 0 10.64 10
Frisella, DannyDanny Frisella 3 0 0 0 7.71 5
Hudson, JesseJesse Hudson 1 0 0 0 4.50 3
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 2 0 0 1 0.00 1
Rohr, LesLes Rohr 1 0 0 0 20.25 0

Postseason

NLCS

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NYM-ATL)

Attendance
1 October 4 New York 9 Atlanta 5 1-0 50,122
2 October 5 New York 11 Atlanta 6 2-0 50,270
3 October 6 Atlanta 4 New York 7 3-0 53,195
NYM won 3, ATL won 0.

New York wins the National League Championship
and advance to the World Series

World Series

NL New York Mets (4) vs. AL Baltimore Orioles (1)

    Game         Score            Date         Location           Attendance
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1)   Mets - 1, Orioles - 4   October 11   Memorial Stadium   50,429
    (2)   Mets - 2, Orioles - 1   October 12   Memorial Stadium   50,850
    (3)   Orioles - 0, Mets - 5   October 14   Shea Stadium       56,335
    (4)   Orioles - 1, Mets - 2   October 15   Shea Stadium       57,367 (10 innings)
    (5)   Orioles - 3, Mets - 5   October 16   Shea Stadium       57,397

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."

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League Clyde McCullough
AA Memphis Blues Texas League Pete Pavlick and John Antonelli
A Visalia Mets California League Roy McMillan, Chuck Estrada and Harry Minor
A Pompano Beach Mets Florida State League Joe Frazier
Rookie Marion Mets Appalachian League Jack Cassini

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Memphis

Notes

  1. ^ Don Shaw page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Buzz Capra page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Al Jackson page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Donn Clendenon page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)

References

External links

Preceded by
First Season
NL East Championship Season
1969
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1970
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1968
National League Championship Season
1969
Succeeded by
Cincinnati Reds
1970
Preceded by
Detroit Tigers
1968
World Series Champions
New York Mets

1969
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1970

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