Mets Rewind Timeline

The 1969 New York Mets made one of the biggest franchise turnarounds in professional sports history. In the team’s eighth year of existence, the Mets won their first World Series title.

May 21

Mets at .500
The Mets are at .500 at the latest point of the season in team history. The 18-18 record is reached when Tom Seaver blanks the Braves at Atlanta Stadium, 5-0.

June 3

Seaver K's 14, beats Dodgers
Tom Seaver strikes out 14 batters in eight innings enroute to the Mets' 5-2 win over LA at Shea Stadium. The victory, fueled by Ed Kranepool's two home runs, improves the second-place team's record to 24-23, the latest they have been above .500 in franchise history.

June 10

Mets win 11th straight
The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over San Francisco Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record.

June 29

Seaver becomes franchise all-time leader in wins
Tom Seaver becomes the Mets all-time leader in wins, passing Al Jackson, who won 43 games (1962-1965). Seaver’s win is a complete game 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea Stadium.

July 9

Seaver nearly perfect, beats Cubs 4-0
After retiring the first 25 Cubs batters, Tim Seaver’s perfect game bid is broken when Jimmy Qualls delivers a single. The Mets win, 4-0.

July 30

Hodges pulls Jones in dramatic fashion
During the second game of a doubleheader sweep, the Houston Astros score 10 runs with two outs in the third inning. Mets manager Gil Hodges removes Cleon Jones from the game when he walks from the dugout to left field. Hodges said later he removed Jones because he failed to hustle on defense.

September 9

The Black Cat Game
The Mets beat the Cubs, 7-1. But this game goes down in baseball lore when a black cat game crosses in front of the Cubs' dugout at Shea Stadium. The win pulls the Mets within ½ game of the N.L. Eastern division lead.

September 10

Mets move into first place
The Mets reach first place for the first time in franchise history when combined with a Cubs loss, they sweep a pair from the Expos at Shea.

September 24

Mets clinch division title
The Mets clinch the first National League East Championship in franchise history with a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals at Shea.

October 4

Mets win first post-season game, beating Braves 9-5
The Mets play the first postseason game in their history, a 9-5 win over the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. It is also the first Championship Series game in National League history.

October 6

Mets sweep Braves, clinch National League title
The Mets win the first National League Championship in their history, defeating the Braves at Shea 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep.

October 11

Mets drop Game 1, 4-1, in first-ever World Series appearance
The Mets play in the first World Series game in their history, a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.

October 12

Game 2: Mets bounce back in Game 2, beat O's, 2-1
The Mets win a World Series game for the first time in their history, a 2-1 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore.

October 14

Game 3: Agee wows home fans, Mets win again
The New York Mets play the first ever World Series home game in their history. A wild Shea Stadium crowd of 56,635 are amazed by two outstanding catches by CF Tommie Agee as the Mets shutout the Orioles, 5-0.

October 15

Game 4: Mets win in walk-off style, take 3-1 series lead
The Mets win Game 4 in walk-off style, 2-1. Another amazing crowd at Shea Stadium (57,367) witness one of the greatest catches in World Series history by Ron Swoboda.

October 16

Game 5: Mets Miracle comes true
The New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series to win their first World Championship.

December 3

Mets trade Amos Otis to Royals
The Mets trade outfielder Amos Otis to the Kansas City Royals for third baseman Joe Foy.

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