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Digital Subscriptions > Vintage Collector > June/July 2019 > 1969 METS AN AMAZINʼ RACE TO THE TOP


At the 1969 All-Star Game, Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver flanked then-Senators manager Ted Williams.

Afew days before facing the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III on Jan. 12, 1969, quarterback Joe Namath famously guaranteed his New York Jets would win. And they did.

When the New York Mets reported to Florida for spring training the following month, ace Tom Seaver did not follow suit and predict a World Series championship. Nobody did. Most thought Namath was nuts, as the Jets were 18-point underdogs. The Mets had mostly just been dogs through their first seven seasons, compiling a 394-737 record while never finishing higher than ninth in a 10-team National League. Predicting a .500 record would have been bold. Predicting 100 wins, a ticker-tape parade and a permanent place in sports history? No, not even “Broadway Joe” would have dared to dream that big.

But during the year that man landed on the moon, the Mets played out of this world. During the summer of Woodstock, those lovable losers became rock stars. What baseball’s most unlikely champions achieved a half-century ago was magical, mysterious and, yes, miraculous.

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