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Mets 1969 World Series champion Ed Kranepool looks

Mets 1969 World Series champion Ed Kranepool looks on during the 50th anniversary celebration at Citi Field on June 29. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets held their official 1969 World Series championship team celebration at Citi Field in June. But the party isn’t quite over yet, not with important dates in that year’s miracle run popping up in September and October.

Also, three of the team’s stars are scheduled to make an appearance on Long Island on the 50th anniversary of the World Series-clinching win.

                Fifty years ago Tuesday -- Sept. 10, 1969 -- the Mets moved into first place in the National League East for the first time that season. They had trailed the Cubs by 9½ games on Aug. 13 and ended up winning the division by eight games.

                “On Sept. 10, the jokes finally stopped,” said first baseman Ed Kranepool, an original Met from the team’s 1962 inception. “It was tough losing 100 games all those years.”

                Other milestone anniversary dates approaching:

  • Sept. 24: The Mets clinched the NL East title with a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals before 54,928 fans at Shea Stadium. Gary Gentry threw a four-hitter and Donn Clendenon hit a pair of two-run home runs.
  •  Oct. 6: The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Braves in the NLCS with a 7-4 victory before 54,195 at Shea. Nolan Ryan pitched seven innings of relief for the victory.
  •  Oct. 16: The Mets beat the Orioles in Game 5, 5-3, to clinch their first World Series title before 57,397 at Shea. Jerry Koosman tossed a five-hitter and Clendenon, the World Series MVP, hit his third home run of the series.
  •  Oct. 20: The Mets were honored with a ticker tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes.

                Kranepool and fellow 1969 Mets Art Shamsky and Ron Swoboda have several appearances scheduled to conclude the 50th anniversary celebration, including one on Oct. 16 – 50 years to the day from the World Series-clinching game – at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. The appearance will include a meet-and-greet opportunity and a live Q&A.

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