Next in my “Turn Back the Clock” running thread is the wonderful “Miracle Mets” season of 1969, just about as amazing (pun intended) a turnaround for a franchise as you could imagine:
After a ninth-place finish in 1968 with a record of 73-89, the Mets
shocked the sports world in 1969 when they marched to a record of
100-62, led by a pitching staff that would make most envious with the
likes of Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan and Gary Gentry.
Of course the road wasn’t easy, as they had the Chicago Cubs to deal
with, and with the newly placed play-off format that did not ensure a
pennant for coming in first, they had to go on to play the Atlanta
Braves in the first National League Championship playoffs.
But again, the Mets were here to shock us all, as they swept the Braves
and were to face the American League juggernaut Baltimore Orioles, who
put together one of the most dominant team seasons of the modern era
when they stormed to a record of 109-53, then sweeping the American
League West champ Minnesota Twins 3-0 in the playoffs.
However, 1969 was all about the Mets, as they proceeded to take the
series, and the World Championship 4 games to 1, giving New York an
unlikely championship that was also paired with the New York Jets Super
Bowl III win and the New York Knicks NBA championship, a brilliant
sports trifecta the Big Apple could boast about until this very day.