Jul 15, 2009

Today In Mets History: 1969- Mets Click Their Heels With Two At Wrigley

JULY 16, 1969: The Mets were dominating the 1st place Cubs head to head. After beating Seaver 1-0 in the opener at Wrigley, Cubs thirdbase man Ron Santo jumped up clicking his heels. This did not sit well wit the Mets, who thought it was bush league, they would take the next two.

The next day Al Weis hit his first HR of the year, a three run blast and Ken Boswell added a solo shot as the Mets won 5-4. Tommy Agee drove in the other run with a triple, as Gary Gentry & Ron Taylor combined for the win.

In the rubber game, a full house packed Wrigley, and all the trasistor radios in New York were tuned in on this Wednesday afternoon. Future Hall Of Famer Fergie Jenkins took the hill, and the Mets battered him around in the 1st inning. Tommie Agee doubled and scored on Ken Boswells base hit. Cleon Jones singled and stole second. Wayne Garrett was intentionally walked and Ed Kranepool singled making it 2-0. Then, second string catcher J.C. Martin ( a .227 hitter) drove a base hit to left field scoring two more runs. 4-0 Mets. In the 2nd, Agee hit his 16th HR of the year and Wayne Garrett added an RBI making it 6-0 Mets.

Mets pitcher Don Cardwell got knocked out in the 2nd inning, giving up 4 runs. Jim McAndrew relieved him & didn’t fare much better, it was 6-5 by the time Cal Koonce took the mound in the 3rd. But Koonce stopped the Cubs cold, he scattered 4 hits over the next 5 innings getting the win. Ron Taylor closed out the 8th & 9th earning his 9th save of the year.

The Mets added more runs, Al Weis hit his second HR in two days, in the 5th inning. Art Shamsky added a two run HR in the 8th, his 7th of the year making it 9-5 Mets. After the game Seaver jumped & clicked his heels outside the Mets dugout while smirking over at Santo & the Cubs. Not only were these Mets winning they weren’t taking anybodys garbage. They believed in themselves & were only 4 ½ games back.

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