Today is the 41st anniversary of the 1969 Mets clinching the NL East
Today is the 41st anniversary of the 1969 Mets clinching the NL East.I was on you tube recently and I
stumbled upon this.On you tube if you type in 9 24 69 you will get all of the home runs the Mets hit in
the Mets clinching NL East win against the Cardinals.You will also get the game ending double play hit
by Joe Torre with the Cardinals as the Mets win and clinch the National League East.But you will also
get the entire Mets postgame celebration as well.You will see Lindsey Nelson in the press box
describing the celebration on the field with the players and fans.Then you will see Lindsey Nelson and
Ralph Kiner in the clubhouse in a champagne celebration interviewing almost every Mets player
including some September callups along with Gil Hodges and all of the coaches and GM Johnny Murphy
as well.Bob Murphy was on radio at the time so unfortunately you don't see him in the celebration.
Lindsey Nelson,Ralph Kiner,and Bob Murphy would each do 6 innings on tv and 3 innings on radio.
And in the top of the ninth Ralph Kiner would head downstairs to get ready to do Kiner's Korner.
This is something that I never saw before and I would imagine unless you saw it when it happened
41 years ago today no one else has seen it either.This was a real treat for me.I really enjoyed it.
It was a lot of fun to watch.We always see the 1969 World Series stuff and that's great but we never
see the 1969 NLCS or much of the 1969 regular season so like I said to me this was a real treat.
Another thing I saw on you tube that was interesting was Tom Seaver's first game in the major
leagues but unfortunately you see Seaver's first game with no audio.It was Thursday April 13,1967.
It was the second game of the season and the Mets beat the Pirates 3-2 at Shea.Seaver pitched
5 1/3 innings and gave up 2 runs and got a no decision.But you tube only shows the game until
Seaver is taken out and unfortunately you don't see the rest of the game.Chuck Estrada got the win.
Ron Taylor got the save.The attendance for Seaver's first game in the major leagues was 5005.
When you watch the game on you tube you see a ton of empty seats including in the field boxes on
the third base side and the first base side.If we only knew then but I know that's easy to say now.
The first game of the season that year was on Tuesday April 11,1967 when the Mets lost to the
Pirates 6-3 at Shea.Don Cardwell was the starting and losing pitcher.The attendance was 31,510
so thankfully no one had to get frostbite when trying to get opening day tickets in the middle of the
winter.(lol)Ironically both Cardwell and Seaver had an E.RA of 3.38 after their first game that year.
So I hope everybody enjoys the watching.I am sure you will also feel it was a real treat.
"You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman