50th Anniversary of the 1969 World Champion "Amazing Mets"Monday September 15, 1969: Gil Hodges first place Amazing Mets (89-58) came to Busch Stadium to play Red Schoendienst's third place St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards were the reigning NL Champs, a title the Mets would soon be taking away from them.
It was a history making night at Busch Stadium for the 13,086 fans that came, as St. Louis' Steve Carlton set an MLB record (at the time) by striking out 19 batters.
Every body in the Mets line up struck out at least once, six batters went down twice and rookie Amos Otis wiffed four times on the evening, earning "the golden sombrero".
|New York Mets||St.Louis Cardinals|
|1||Bud Harrelson||SS||1||Lou Brock||LF|
|2||Amos Otis||LF||2||Curt Flood||CF|
|3||Tommie Agee||CF||3||Vada Pinson||RF|
|4||Donn Clendenon||1B||4||Joe Torre||1B|
|5||Ron Swoboda||RF||5||Tim McCarver||C|
|6||Ed Charles||3B||6||Mike Shannon||3B|
|7||Jerry Grote||C||7||Julian Javier||2B|
|8||Al Weis||2B||8||Dal Maxvill||SS|
|9||Gary Gentry||P||9||Steve Carlton||P|
In the 4th inning, the Mets Donn Clendenon drew a walk, then Ron Swoboda hit his 8th HR of the year, putting the Mets up 2-0. Mets starter; Gary Gentry squandered the lead in the 5th inning on RBI singles by Curt Flood & Joe Torre.
Carlton was rolling along until the 8th inning, he had scattered six hits and was securing a 3-2 lead. But these were the Amazing Mets of 1969.
The Mets, Tug McGraw came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. With one out, St. Louis threatened, as pinch hitter Phil Gagliano reached on an Ed Charles error at third base. Lou Brock then singled & pinch runner Joe Nossek went to second.
McGraw then got Curt Flood to fly out & Vad Pinson to ground out to short to win the game. Although Carlton went into the record books, he took the loss, thanks to Ron Swoboda.
Quotes- Gil Hodges: "It's great to win when you play badly". The Mets increased their lead to 4 1/2 lengths in the NL East over the falling Cubs.