The Amazin' 1969 Mets
Forty years after their incredible World Series victory, see photos of the 1969 Mets' Amazin' season.
1969 World Champion New York Mets , team picture - front row- (l to R ) Trainer Gus Mauch, coach Joe Pignatano, coach Rube Walker, Coach Yogi Berra, Coach Eddie Yost, assistant trainner Joe Deer SECOND ROW - Tug McGraw, Gary Gentry, Al Weis, Cleon Jones, Manager Gil Hodges, Jerry Grote, Bud Harrelson, Ed Charles, Rod Gaspar, Duffy Dyer THIRD ROW- Jim McAndrew, Tommie AGee, Cal Koonce, Ken Boswell, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Ron Swoboda, Wayne Garrett, Bobby Pfeil, traveling secretary Lou Niss BACK ROW - Equipment manager Nick Torman, J.C. Martin, Ron Taylor, Ed Kranepool, Don Cardwell, Donn Clendenon, Nolan Ryan, Art Shamsky, Jack DiLauro, clubhouse atendant Roy Neuer.
The Met baseball team poses in 1969. The players are, in the front row, from left to right, trainer Gus Mauch, coach Joe Pignatano, coach Rube Walker, coach Yogi Berra, coach Eddie Yost, assistant trainer Joe Deer. Second Row, Tug McGraw, Gary Gentry, Al Weis, Cleon Jones, manager Gil Hodges, Jerry Grote, Bud Harrelson, Ed Charles, Rod Gaspar, Duffy Dyer. Third row, Jim McAndrew, Tommie Agee, Cal Koonce, Ken Boswell, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Ron Swoboda, Wayne Garrett, Bobby Pfell, traveling secretary Lou Niss. Back row, equipment manager Nick Torman, J.C. Martin, Ron Taylor, Ed Kranepool, Don Cardwell, Donn Clendenon, Nolan Ryan, Art Shamsky, DiLauro, clubhouse attendant Roy Neuer.
The amazing '69 Mets, who won the franchise's World Series--(L-R) Tom Seaver (one game) , Jerry Koosman (two games ) Garry Gentry (one game) and Nolan Ryan.
Jim McAndrew, left, and Gary Gentry of the 1969 Mets.
NY Mets workout before World Series -- Bud Harrelson stands with bat in hand in Mets Bull Pen so the pitchers who are practicing can have a batter at the plate.
Mets Right Fielder Ron Swoboda makes a diving catch of Brooks Robinsons liner in right center, rolls over and holds up the ball in ninth inning in New York. His throw to the plate was too late to get Frank Robinson, scoring from third after the catch.
The infield and outfield of Shea Stadium is a pocked-marked terrain after souvenir-hunting fans ripped up the sod Oct. 16, 1969 following the Mets victory in the World Series. The New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles in game 5 to win the World Series.
New York Mets manager Gil Hodges comes to grip with baseball as he returned for spring training opening, Feb. 20, 1969 in St. Petersburg. Vice-president John Murphy smiles approval. Hodges suffered a heart attack last September 24 and is now ready for his managerial duties.
New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver, left, was working on no-hitter in eighth inning in New York. At bat is Chicago Cub third baseman Ernie Banks, who flied out to center field. Seaver's bid for perfect game was spoiled in ninth inning.
Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda drives ball down the left field line for a double that scores Cleon Jones from second to put the Mets ahead for the first time in the eighth inning of fifith World Series game in New York. Ump is Lou DiMuro and catcher is Andy Etchebarren.
Mets Donn Clendenon, 22, at bat, Mets Vs. Philadelphia.
Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman rears back to fire one during a game with the Chicago Cubs.
New York Mets center fielder Tommie Agee grabs a drive hit by Baltimore Orioles' Elrod Hendricks during the fourth inning of Game 3 of the 1969 World Series at Shea Stadium in New York. Moving in on the play is teammate Cleon Jones (21) .
New York Mets center fielder Tommie Agee makes a sliding catch in right-center to rob Paul Blair with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Shea Stadium in New York. Backing up Agee is teammate Art Shamsky.
New York Mets Bud Harrelson is shown making his way around Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell as Powell chases a wild pickoff throw from Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer. Harrelson was awarded second on the obstrction call. The Mets won the third series game, 5-0 in New York.
With Met manager Gil Hodges at his side, umpire Lou DiMuro awards Cleon Jones (21) first base after a pitch hit him in sixth inning of fifth World Series game in New York. Donn Clendenon, bat on his shoulder, followed with a home run to draw the Mets within one run of the Orioles. Mets went on to win, 5-3.
Donn Clendenon, Mets
(July 15, 1935-Sept. 17, 2005)
After arriving in mid-season from Expos, he drove in four runs and scored two in the Mets’ NL East clincher in ‘69, then was the World Series MVP with three homers.
Cleon Jones (21) of the New York Mets races for the plate with the Mets' go-ahead run as Braves catcher Bob Didier searches for the ball (near Jones' left foot) after a bad throw from first in the eighth inning of the National League playoff game in Atlanta. Jones put the Mets ahead to stay and the Mets scored three more in the inning to beat the Braves 9-5.
New York Mets Donn Clendenon, right, is greeted at the dugout by his teamates after his two-run homer in the sixth inning of game five in the World Series with the Baltimore Orioles, at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets went on to win the game 5-3 to become the 1969 World Series champions.
New York Mets pitcher Nolan Ryan, left, and catcher Jerry Grote rush toward each other after the Mets won the pennant with their victory over the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.
New York Mets catcher Jerry Grote embraces pitcher Jerry Koosman, right, as the Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth game to win the World Series at New York's Shea Stadium. At left is teammate Ed Charles.
Jerry Grote (15) and Jerry Koosman are in the center of a massive hug by fans and teammates after the World Series victory. Identifiable are Tom Seaver, hatless, next to Grote: Donn Clenendon, hatless at left. Orioles coach George Staller rushes from the scene.
Mets catcher Jerry Grote leads the way for winning pitcher Jerry Koosman as fans pour on the field during the World Series at Shea Stadium, New York.