The Fragility of the 1969 Mets


It has been more than 50 years since the New York Mets won their first-ever World Series title. 

The legend of the 1969 New York Mets has been chronicled in news stories, documentaries, video compilations, social media feeds and books. Since that Amazin’ Mets run, nine of the 31 players and coaches from the World Series roster have passed away including World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, manager Gil Hodges, Tommie Agee and the iconic Yogi Berra.

During the 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1969 World Series team during the 2019 season, it became obvious that some of the remaining living Mets are fighting their own health struggles. Tom Seaver and Bud Harrelson are battling dementia. Gary Gentry has suffered a stroke. Ed Kranepool was recovering from kidney surgery.

Life is fragile. 

The joy is most of the 1969 championship team were able to return to New York and participate in the pre-game ceremonies. Joe Pignatano (90) is the oldest living member of the 1969 team and three living players are over 80 years old including J.C. Martin (83), Ron Taylor (82) and Al Weis (82)

This past weekend SNY, the New York Mets television affiliate, aired all five games of the 1969 World Series. The experience washed over Mets fans, bringing back memories and giving the younger Mets fans an opportunity to learn more about the team, the fan base and the experience. 

The rewind pricked us to compile a list of the entire World Series roster of players and coaches, both living and passed away, to remind us to continue to celebrate this important marker in franchise history. If you get the opportunity to meet any of the remaining ’69 Amazin’ Mets, we encourage you to take the time to shake their hand (if possible), thank them and honor what they did for the franchise.

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National League baseball in New York was redefined on March 6, 1961 when the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. formally received a certificate of membership from leave president Warren Giles. Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs today, the case could be made that no other team has a more compelling franchise history than the New York Mets. From Casey Stengel to Yogi Berra, Marv Throneberry to Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Bobby Valentine, Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey, the Mets are loaded with character(s). Then there are the Amazin’ seasons — 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2006-2008 and 2015 — full of miracles, joy, hope and heartbreak. Mets Rewind is designed for that purpose: To share team history in a distinct and entertaining format. We hope you — the baseball fan — enjoy the content. We encourage you to share your memories.
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