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October 11, 1969 Memorial Stadium
1969 World Series Game 1
Baltimore Orioles 4, Mets 1
baldy
October 13, 2003
I was born on this date. My dad tells of he and the Doctor watching the game and asking my mom to wait to have me until the game was over. My dad loves baseball and he and the doctor did see the end of the game and then I was born.

Roland
July 2, 2011

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I was in Beaver Stadium watching a Penn State football game. I remember the public address announcer gave the football scores then the results from the WS game. I was disappointed but at least Penn State won the game.

October 12, 1969 Memorial Stadium
1969 World Series Game 2
Mets 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
Howard Levy
April 13, 2001
We couldn't get tickets for the games at Shea, so my father drove us from Far Rockaway, Queens to Baltimore to see the game. Incredably, it wasn't sold out..(Baltimore isn't a sports town). My family stood where the left field stands meet the foul line during batting practice. We had Mets banners and were yelling encouraging words to the players. Reliever Ron Taylor threw my Dad a ball during practice. We were the only Mets fans at that game. During the game, a local fan paraded through the aisles with a sign that said "Save The Railroad." My father, a Brooklynite, shouted "Forget the railroad. You betta save the Orioles from the Mets!!!"

October 14, 1969 Shea Stadium
1969 World Series Game 3
Mets 5, Baltimore Orioles 0
Diane
October 12, 2000
When my husband called me at work to say he had tickets for this game, I found 2 babysitters for my kids, a 3 year old and 10 month old. The tickets were at a ticket agency in NYC & we lived in NJ. We just arrived in time to see Tommie Agee make the catch of a lifetime. We sat at the 3rd base side of the field about 25 rows back. I can still remember the sore throat I had for about a month from screaming. Being a Met fan from the beginning truly paid off!! Both those kids are Met fans today especially the 3 year old who is now 34 and living within 30 minutes of Camden Yard. When he graduated from Georgetown University, he and six friends spent the summer in a Winnabago driving to all the National League parks. We also have a special guardian angel who is also the biggest Met fan and is smiling today after last night's win!!! Let's go METS!!!

Tom Hickey
May 29, 2002

The first World Series game ever at Shea. My dad scored 4 tickets for he and his 3 sons. (Myself , Eddie & Chris.)

Agee makes the two catches and Eddie is in the bathroom each time and misses both of them. Amazing.

Agee homers, Kranepool homers, and there is nothing better than being in 7th grade, skipping school, to go to Shea for the series.

We put a pennant on the antenna for the ride home and I remember the wind ripping it off. I still have the ticket stub.

Bob R.
January 15, 2003

That October day had a gray overcast and it was definitely jacket weather. But at Shea it was electifying - the first World Series game ever played at the ballpark. I had waited in line for two hours to buy an upper deck ticket (for $8!) and now was the payoff. The World Series was tied 1-1 and all true Mets fans believed we would take it all, even though the Orioles had a far better team, at least on paper. Agee led off the Mets half of the first inning with a huge homer over the center field fence. Later, pitcher Gary Gentry, who wasn't a good hitter, lined a 2-run double over Paul Blair's head in center field to give them a 3-0 lead. Then came the two amazing catches by Agee that saved the game. Kranepool's homer gave them a 5-0 lead, and Nolan Ryan got the save. We all went home happy, and two days later the Mets were World Champs. A great day to be a 14-year-old Mets fan.

RAUL SANCHEZ JR
May 28, 2003

I can remember being in the 3rd grade at ps 20 in Staten Island. I can remember those two great catches made by Tommie Agee as though it was today and just happening. To have the precious memories of those catches at age 42 is something that I will always be greatful for.

Joe Coppola
September 23, 2005

What a memory!

Had 2 standing room tix. Stood down the right field line in a gap by the rear of the box seats.

I call this day "Tommie Agee" day.

What a showcase to have your greatest single game performance ever!

A 400 ft + BOMB of a home run, 2 of the greatest outfield catches in WS history.

I still get choked up just thinking about it, and forget about watching the replay!

Lee
March 5, 2006

Tommie Agee was incredible. A home run, and then the catches. One of those catches, when he came out of nowhere and caught a snowcone at the warning track, still sends chills up my spine when I watch the replay.

David
July 20, 2008

I'll never forget this. I was in 5th grade. In detention for some horrible thing I'd done that day. Staying after school. Boo hoo.

But I had my transistor radio and an earplug in my ear as I sat in the back of the classroom writing "I will not do [something]" 500 or whatever times. Didn't get caught, but I had to watch the highlights later.

October 15, 1969 Shea Stadium
1969 World Series Game 4
Mets 2, Baltimore Orioles 1
Mike Dolitsky
August 5, 2001
This was the game that ended on J.C. Martin's bunt, with Rod Gaspar coming around to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Seaver pitched a 10-inning complete game. If it happened today, even a pitcher as great as Seaver probably wouldn't have gone all 10.

Lee
March 10, 2006

It was fitting that this game ended on a bunt, as the Mets relied a lot on small ball in 1969. I also think Ron Swoboda made his incredible catch in this game (correct me if I'm wrong). Ron Swoboda wasn't really a great outfielder but that catch was one of the most incredible catches I've ever seen to this day. Watching the replay of him flying so low to the ground, I can't tell if he's Ron Swoboda or Superman or Michael Vick.

Tom Quinn
August 5, 2007

This game is the defintive answer to the question of who was better: Seaver or Clemens. Seaver goes 10 and gets the W. That's why Seaver was "The Franchise". Swoboda's catch was unbelievable, especially to him. He was the most surprised person at Shea that he made that catch. A wink, a nod and a smile as to whether or not JC Martin was in fair territory when he was hit with the throw that allowed "Ron" Gaspar, who pinch ran for Grote, to score the winner from second.

J
July 27, 2012

Martin was clearly out of his lane and into fair territory when the throw struck him. But umpires only call that play when the runner is intentionally trying to interfere with the throw or is grossly out of the lane, which he wasn't. Besides any catcher will tell you when you make that throw you have to anticipate the runner to cheat a little to the inside - which Hendricks did not.

Sixty-Niner
February 15, 2013

J, the throw to which you refer was made by Orioles pitcher Pete Richert, not Elrod Hendricks. Martin was pinch-hitting for Tom Seaver when he put down the bunt. Richert picked up the ball and threw it to first, but it hit J. C. on the wrist and rolled away. Rod Gaspar, who was pinch-running for Jerry Grote, scored all the way from second on the play. It was Martin's only World Series appearance of his 14-year career.

October 16, 1969 Shea Stadium
1969 World Series Game 5
Mets 5, Baltimore Orioles 3
ANewYorkGUY
May 24, 2001
I had been a Met Fan since their inception in 1962, the year I was discharged from the Army. This team was going to help me forget the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Of course, they didn't. I was depressed every season. In February of 1969, my ex- wife gave me a belated anniversary gift. Season tickets to Shea. I watch the Miracle Met season from right behind the Met's dugout. When they won the pennantI was overjoyed, even though I was sure that they couldn't win the Series against the powerful Orioles with Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Davie Johnson, et al. I watched the series from right above the left field scoreboard (the best seats I could get, even as a season-ticketholder. I'll never forget the outstanding plays in the outfield by the late and lamented Tommie Agee and that diving grab by Swoboda. Even now when I see the highlight film I think "this time he won't get it". And there was Don Clendenon and the homer by Weis. The Mets had completed the impossible dream. Last place to first, defeating one of the most powerful offensive teams of the time. After the last game, knowing where Gil Hodges lived on Bedford Avenue, I went to stand there when he got home. There was a huge crowd. It was one of the best years of my life.

Irv Zimmerman
June 6, 2001

I was 11 years old and living in Las Vegas, NV. I was the only Mets fan at my school. I slipped out of my classroom when the teacher wasn't looking and talked the janitor into turning on the only television in the school which was in the auditorium. I will never forget watching the last 2 innings, standing there with the janitor, who just happened to be an Oriole fan. I was so thrilled that the Mets were actually going to do it. By the time Cleon had made the last catch, my teacher had found me. All he said was, "Man! Those Mets!" The janitor mumbled something about "pure luck". I just smiled at both of them. Words couldn't describe how happy I was.

I've still never been to Shea Stadium. Maybe one of these days.

Joe Coppola
September 23, 2005

The most underrated box score item ever.

HBP - CLEON JONES

That one little piece of info is all you need to see if you are a Mets fan to know that 1969 was a fait accompli.

Gil Hodges was a master manager at work that whole season. Each and every move he made produced a positive result for some sort.

From each and every platoon move that he did (imagine doing that today??) to the slow walk out to left field on the bleakest day of that great season, when the Mets were being trounced in a make up double header against the Astros with 2 double digit innings, asking Cleon Jones if he was ok, and upon Cleon saying yes pulling him out of the game for dogging it on a fly ball, sending a message as to what the manager expected (try doing THAT today!)

How Mr. Hodges is NOT in the HOF is a travesty of justice and fair play.

1969 truly the greatest NY Mets season EVER!

LenDog
December 22, 2005

I attended school for 19 years... kindergarten grade school high school college grad school

In those 19 years, I only had ONE teacher who was a Met fan...Miss Ryan, 3rd Grade teacher, St. Agnes School, Clark, NJ.

She was our teacher in 1969-1970...so, WE WATCHED THIS GAME IN SCHOOL INSTEAD OF DOING SCHOOL WORK!

One Met fan teacher in 19 years of attending school, and she taught me during the 1969 World Series! No other teacher would have allowed us to watch this game.

There is a God....and THANK YOU, MISS RYAN, wherever you are.

PS: Four years later, we had an angry, senile nun for 7th grade teacher, so we had to sneak in transistor radios for the Mets/Reds playoff games.

Lee
March 10, 2006

This was the triumph of the Miracle Mets. The Orioles had Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Dave Johnson, and the best pitching staff in baseball history, and the Mets still won the Series in 5. Let's go Mets

Tony from ct
October 5, 2006

I recently met Cleon Jones, and despite the message that was sent on that game that Joey C talks about, he is a real gentleman. The real travesty was that I never had a chance to see these guys play, and I have never seen a world championship by the Mets, except on video.

original mets
September 18, 2006

I was able to attend all 3 World Series Games against the mighty Orioles. I remember bringing my French grammar book to the game because I had a test that night at City University in Queens. After the final out I went on the field and the red clay from the warning track stained my book cover, then it was off to the hospital to visit my ebuillent dad who was recovering from a herniated disc. He might have been in pain but the victory in game 5 was the greatest pain killer my dad could have taken.

Martin Smith
October 17, 2008

I turned 12 in June of 1969. It had already been the most incredible summer of my life. Having suffered through years of absolute hopelessness I would have been happy if the Mets just won as many games as they lost... but here we were on a bright October afternoon just one game away from Nirvana. Back then, World Series games were played in the afternoon when most kids were in school. Fortunately my middle school was right across the street from my house. We were all lined up like sprinters for the 3 o'clock bell, waiting to race home and catch the last few innings.

I lived on the 9th floor of a housing tenement in Newark New Jersey. Bypassing the elevator I would sprint up 9 flights of stairs and burst through the front door. My mom was a huge baseball fan so I knew the game would be on. Usually the game was only halfway through when I arrived. I got to see the amazing Swoboda catch (still ranks as the greatest catch in World Series history in my book), the clever shoe polish demonstration by the great Gil Hodges, J.C. Martin getting struck in the back with the throw to first, etc.

We had history class from 1pm to 3pm the day of the 5th game. Most of us would have been completely worthless during those two hours. I guess our teacher, Mr. January, must have realized this because on this day he surprised all of us by rolling in a 15 inch black and white TV. "Today we are going to witness history," he said as he tuned in NBC channel four. We most certainly did. It was part of the most amazing run in New York sports history. Baltimore? Not so much.

Shickhaus Franks
December 28, 2010

I was nearly 3 yrs old at the time but watching the footage of 1969 still gives me goosebumps. I feel it's only appropriate that I post about 1969 season on the heels of the Monster Blizzard of December 2010. In February of 1969, a similar snowstorm hit New York City and many parts including Queens WEREN'T plowed for days and blame was put on then-Mayor John Lindsay. Lindsay lost the primary but decided to run for re-election on another ticket. Meanwhile, the Mets start their Miracle run to the championship and Lindsay, who wasn't a big baseball fan, was seen a lot in the Mets clubhouse after every home game during the stretch run and in the post-season. The Mets won the WORLD SERIES (of course) after beating the mighty Baltimore Orioles and Lindsay won re-election after beating mighty odds and lots of snowstorm blame. Not everybody likes a blizzard but a lot of good can come out in the wake of a storm.

Bill Costello
January 10, 2014

I was born October 16th 1969 at the moment the Mets won the World Series. My parents had a best friend who was a sports reporter who was on the scene that day, who was able to get the entire team to sign a ball. This ball was given to my parents as a birth gift. It was in a round plastic case and I remember it from a very early age. I used to play with it and my parents didn't think it was very valuable and none of us are sports fans. Eventually I took the ball out of the case and played with it for years until all the names wore off and the ball was eventually thrown out. Someone told me recently that this ball would be worth between 20-40 grand today! Man were my parents stupid to let me play with it.

June 22, 1998 Camden Yards
Baltimore Orioles 7, Mets 2
Mookie
June 7, 2003
I was at this game in '98 and have been thinking about it on and off ever since. In this game, Mike Mussina of the Orioles pitched a perfect game, except for back to back home runs in the 2nd inning to Brian McRae and Butch Huskey. A PERFECT GAME! As rare as that feat is in baseball, it was quite a unique pitching performance that I witnessed. However, I don't recall hearing anything about the significance or lack thereof of such a feat. You'd have to think that someone in the back rooms of ESPN would have come up with an obscure stat pertaining to this! To show how rare I think this accomplishment is, can anyone recall a similar situation happening since this game in '98? Surely it would have been news worthy if it had been done, if only for the similar novelty of the event that I have never forgotten.

Oh well, it was a cool game, it wasn't a four hour snorer and, if you've never seen a Maddox, Ryan or Clemens just take over a ball game and spit out hitters, this was the next best thing on this day.

June 24, 1998 Shea Stadium
Mets 6, Baltimore Orioles 3
revolve
February 8, 2002
I had a 6-pack of tickets that year and had bought the particular pack I did because it contained tickets to one of the Met-Yankee tilts at Shea. It also included this ho-hum affair against Baltimore. Some might find the chance to see Cal Ripken Jr. as exciting, but I cannot respect a man who stayed in a different hotel than his team did during road trips. In any event, the three things I remember about this game are: 1. The Mets winning it impressively, 2. the return to Shea of two prior Met failures in Pete Smith and Rich Becker (who fittingly, struck out) and 3. the girl fight two sections over. Since this game took place two nights before the first Met-Yankee game, tensions were bubbling to the point of boiling over. Even on Opening Day, after the Mets won, various "Yankees Suck!" chants would erupt. They were more persistent on this night, despite the stadium being half- empty. Anyway, somewhere in the middle of the game--maybe the 3rd or 4th inning, all I remember was that it was still twilight--a "Yankees Suck!' chant gained momentum to the right of where I was sitting in the Mezzannine by 1st base. Looking over, I saw two girls--one in Met colors, the other in Yankee colors--get in each other's face and commence to jaw at each other and then finally...trade blows. A few left hooks later,and one of them tumbled down into the next row. A few fans cheered--I'm assuming the Met girl won, since the Yankee fans were silent--and that was that. I don't even think the police were involved. In fact, I don't even think I saw an officer the whole night. Fortunately their presence was much more evident 2 nights later...

Sha-Le
January 23, 2013

This was the first Mets game I ever went to with my dad when I was 7 years old and in 2nd grade. After looking at the starting lineup for that night, I now realize even more why I feel a particular attachment as a fan to mediocre players like Baerga, McRae, Gilkey and Huskey. It's because they were some of the first players I saw for myself and that's why I remember some of the 1998 Mets so well.

June 5, 2000 Shea Stadium
Baltimore Orioles 4, Mets 2
Joel
September 4, 2003
My friend Richard got corporate seats from Merrill Lynch for this game. It was windy and I remember that Mike Piazza hit a couple of balls that normally would have been HR's if the wind wasn't blowing. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a foul ball one seat behind us but as we were holding expensive cameras and binoculars, we ducked. That was the closet I ever game to being hit by a foul ball in a game. Anyway, the O's won the game.

June 12, 2001 Camden Yards
Mets 10, Baltimore Orioles 3
dc-jne
May 4, 2005
On one of our first dates, I took my now-wife to see the Mets (my favorite team) at Camden Yards (my favorite stadium). We sat in the front row of the left right field stands on a beautiful night and watched Reed pitch, Ventura hit, and Timo run. One of my best baseball memories. (Better than my first trip to see the Mets at RFK, when Seo gave up a blast to Livan.)

June 13, 2001 Camden Yards
Mets 7, Baltimore Orioles 6
Frankie H.
June 14, 2001
The Mets were down 6-0 going into the 7th inning, but they came back to win 7-6 on another clutch hit by Tsuyoshi Shinjo in the 10th. It's the kind of win we haven't seen much of this year. Is this the beginning of the Mets march to the playoffs? I doubt it, but maybe it will give them some momentum going into the coming series with the Yankees. Glendon Rusch had another horrible outing - his ERA is up over 6.00, and over 9.00 on the road. He needs to do something to turn himself around.

Ted
July 15, 2003

Made the trip to Baltimore. Saw a great comeback, and a great stadium. Got Leiter's auto before the game. Overall, a great experience.

Brad
January 10, 2005

I drove down to the game, and sat next to the bullpen.. I told Chuck McElroy (former Met then on Orioles) that we needed him back on the team! He laughed, talked to some other guys during the game, which was a total blow-out for a while. Then the miraculous comeback, and the trip to Balitmore was totally worth it. One of the best games I ever attended!

APetrie
May 27, 2012

This game came towards the end of a brutal, month-long road trip and was one of the few bright spots. The Mets offense was anemic and unclutch all year, so this was a welcome surprise.

June 17, 2006 Shea Stadium
Baltimore Orioles 4, Mets 2
Shickhaus Franks
August 13, 2006
Me, my sister, her b-f, my nephew and our friend Kathy were at this Saturday Night game along with 52,000+ fans and now, I have seen all 5 AL East teams face the Mets at Shea. The highlight had to be the return of ex-Met Kris Benson. (He mainly got booed. Lets face it, it wasn't like when Seaver returned to Shea in 1977.) And he hits a home run to boot off of Pedro and, yes Anna was there but she had left her seat to go smoke a cigarette and didn't see her hubby's 1st MLB home run.

My mother died of lung cancer several years ago and as a person who detests smoking, Anna is NOT setting a fine example at all. When I read this in the Sunday New York Daily News, I almost blew a gasket. Anna should be forced to see those tv p.s.a.'s where the man is talking with his voice box. Now that would scare Anna into giving up that disgusting habit PDQ.

By the way, we were very wise to stay at Shea a little longer after the game because my nephew wanted to get a Mets cap and with parking spaces becoming a premium, the 7 train and the LIRR is the way to go.

Gharian Price
April 12, 2013

I attended this game with my sister back in 2006. Kris Benson homered off Pedro wtf lol. Rhis game made me sad; at the end of the game, Natalie Imbruglia's song "Torn" played on the PA system. How depressing. lol

June 18, 2006 Shea Stadium
Mets 9, Baltimore Orioles 4
john t greenpoint
June 20, 2006
Mets involved in one of the most bizzare plays in Mets history. Rogers the leftfielder for the Orioles is involved. When David Wright hits a liner to left that Rogers short hops, but ball goes up the left sleeve of his uniform and rolls up his arm and winds up behind his neck, scoring Jose Reyes. Most unbelievable play I have seen since I have been a Mets fan. Thank god Mets win because this would have been a tough one to swallow if we had lost. Mets are having trouble winning at Shea; have lost 4 of last 6 at the big Shea. Thank goodness for that 9-1 road trip!

June 16, 2009 Camden Yards
Mets 6, Baltimore Orioles 4
P Gola
February 6, 2011
Drove down from Connecticut to see this game and meet up with my friend and fellow Mets fan who lives in D.C. Looked liked there were more Mets fans at Camden Yards than Oriole fans. I remember Ryan Church in right field chatting with fans during breaks in the game, and K-Rod making it very interesting in the 9th by walking two batters. Luis Castillo caught a pop fly which had us nervous as he had dropped that key one at Yankee Stadium earlier in the year.

Boog's Barbecue was very good.

June 12, 2010 Camden Yards
Mets 3, Baltimore Orioles 1
Mike A
December 6, 2010
Relocated to Maryland in May, made a day trip into Baltimore on a very hot sunny Saturday.

The stands in Camden Yards, not to mention the Inner Harbor before game time, were half filled with Mets fans. Everybody was really laid back, no hostilities or crazy behavior....unlike when the Yanks are in town.

As for the night game, a great pitching job by Takahashi. Reyes and Francouer homered (Jeff's barely made it over the wall), and aside from K-Rod's dramatics, an enjoyable win.

June 18, 2012 Citi Field
Mets 5, Baltimore Orioles 0
Steve from Queens
August 28, 2012
Was at this game Never saw a more dominant game by a Mets pitcher ever.

George
September 25, 2012

I was at this game. The team had a social media day and allowed certain fans to watch batting practice from the warning track. It was chilly and cool at game time but Dickey had his knuckleball working. The Orioles looked helpless against Dickey and Ike Davis hit a grand slam.




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