The '86 Mets
The 1986 Mets bludgeoned their way to the majors' best record (108-54) during the regular season and survived dramatic playoff series against the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox to win the World Series. Here are some snapshots from that memorable season.
Tim Teufel, Howard Johnson, Bob Ojeda and Ron Darling in the dugout at Shea during a game in March, 1986.
Mets starting pitcher Bob Ojeda delivers a pitch during the 1986 season.
Mets pitcher Roger McDowell on the mound during a loss to the Philadelpha Phillies in mid-September. After getting swept by the Phillies and missing a chance to clinch the NL East in Philadelphia, the Mets clinched at home four days later.
Lenny Dykstra follows through on a base hit during the 1986 season.
George Foster crosses the plate after hitting a home run at Shea Stadium. The Mets released Foster later in the season.
Dwight Gooden signs a one-year contract with the Mets as his father Dan, right, looks on. At center is Gooden's agent Jim Neader.
Dwight Gooden, right, arrives at Hillsborough County (Fla.) Court, with his nephew, Gary Sheffield, a minor league player in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The two were charged in a Dec. 13, 1986 incident with Tampa police. At an arraigment, both pleaded no contest to charges and were placed on probation and ordered to perform community service.
Doc Gooden throws a pitch during the 1986 season.
Doc Gooden unloads a pitch during the 1986 season.
Darryl Strawberry watches a home run he hit at Shea Stadium during the 1986 season.
Mets and Dodgers players scuffle on the mound during a fight that started when Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfeuer hit Ray Knight with a pitch.
Rick Aguilera throws a pitch during the 1986 season.
Ray Knight is pushed away from a fight with Dodgers pitcher Tom Niedenfuer by umpire Joe West in the sixth inning at Shea Stadium.
The Mets and Braves in a scuffle on the mound during the first inning of a game at Shea Stadium. The altercation started when Darryl Strawberry charged Braves pitcher David Palmer after he was hit by a pitch. Identifiable are from left on the ground are Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez (tackling Palmer) and Rick Aguilera of the Mets and Palmer and Billy Sample (reaching for Aguilera) of the Braves. No one was ejected from the game.
The Mets and Reds engage in a bench-clearing brawl during the 10th inning of a game in Cincinnati. The brawl started when the Reds' Eric Davis slid into Mets third baseman Ray Knight on a stolen base attempt.
Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez triples to drive in two runs during Game 2 of the NLCS in Houston.
Lenny Dykstra mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning home run in Game 3 of the NLCS against Houston.
Gary Carter connects for a single to drive in the game-winning run in the 12th inning of Game 5 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium.
Gary Carter celebrates after driving in the game-winning run in Game 5 of the NLCS against Houston.
Lenny Dykstra hits a home run to lead off Game 3 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston.
A fan parachutes into Shea Stadium during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.