The Mets have been to the World Series four times, winning twice in memorable fashion. The World Series titles in 1969 and 1986 are unforgettable.
The "Miracle" Mets swept the Braves 3-0 in the NLCS, then took on the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in their first World Series appearance. Much like the 2015 Mets, the 1969 Mets had a starting staff of young aces who were more than up to the challenge of facing the Orioles' lineup of Frank Robinson, Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. The Mets lost Game 1 in Baltimore, but swept the next four games to claim their first world championship. Game 4 was memorable. Ron Swoboda's diving catch in rightfield on a Brooks Robinson line drive in the ninth turned a sure hit into a tying sacrifice fly. The Mets won in the 10th, giving Mets ace Tom Seaver a win in his rematch with Mike Cuellar of the Orioles. Jerry Koosman won twice in the series, including the clincher in Game 5.
The "Ya Gotta Believe" Mets -- managed by Yogi Berra -- limped into the playoffs with an 82-79 record. But the Mets surprised the favored Cincinnati Reds in five games in the NLCS. That NLCS is best remembered for the fight between Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson and the Reds' Pete Rose in Game 3. The Mets then took on the defending world champion Oakland A's in the World Series. The Mets had a 3-2 lead in the series, but couldn't finish off the A's. Reggie Jackson's two RBI doubles helped Catfish Hunter beat Seaver, 3-1, in Game 6. The A's then won Game 7.
The Mets -- featuring young stars such as Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry -- returned to the World Series after beating the Astros in six games in the NLCS. The lasting image of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox will forever be Mookie Wilson's slow roller down the first-base line going under the glove of Bill Buckner in Game 6. The Red Sox were leading 5-3 with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, but three straight singles scored a run and put runners at first and third. Bob Stanley relieved Calvin Schiraldi and his wild pitch tied the game. Wilson was facing a full count, but managed to get his bat on the ball, which rolled between the legs of Buckner and Ray Knight scored the winning run. The Mets rallied to take Game 7, 8-5, to claim their second world title.
The Mets made it back to the NLCS in 1988, but lost to Orel Hershiser, Kirk Gibson and the Dodgers in seven games. The Dodgers went on to upset the A's in the World Series. The Mets waited 11 years before returning to the NLCS in 1999. After beating the Diamondbacks in four games in the NLDS, the Mets lost to the Braves in six games in the NLCS. The Mets made it back to the World Series in 2000 for the Subway Series against the Yankees. The Yankees, however, won the series, 4-1. The Mets were close to returning to the World Series in 2006, getting to Game 7 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. But the epic Game 7 -- won by the Cardinals, 3-1 -- ended with Carlos Beltran striking out on three pitches from Cardinals closer Adam Wainwright, including a called third strike on a curveball.