The Mets went 20-8 in the month of September. Taking over first place on September 21st, then clinching the East on the very last day of the season at Wrigley Field. They had to wait three days for the rain to stop before splitting a double header the previous day, guaranteeing them of at least a tie.
On October 1st, Tom Seaver, who had four victories in the month of September, took the ball and went to the hill in yet another big game. The Cubs were already out of it, so there was only a tiny crowd just under 2000 at a rainy wet Wrigley Field. Seaver’s opponent was Burt Hooton.
Cleon Jones got the Mets on the board first with his 11th HR of the year. After missing a lot of time due to injury, Cleon returned on a tear in September, hitting six HRs with 17 RBIs in the last two weeks. In the Mets 4th, Rusty Staub led off with a single, then Hooton walked John Milner & Jones. Then Catcher Jerry Grote, who also had a hot September, delivered with a single to center making it 3-0.
In the 5th the Mets knocked out Hooton, Wayne Garrett led off with a double and Felix Millan singled. The Cubs brought in Mike Paul to pitch; he was welcomed with an RBI single from Rusty Staub, followed by an RBI sac fly from John Milner, putting the Mets ahead 5-0.
Seaver gave up two runs on four hits in the bottom of the 5th making it 5-2. In the top of the 7th, Staub singled & Jones walked. Don Hahn then reached on an error by third baseman Ron Santo, allowing Staub to score. 6-2 New York.
Seaver tired in the 7th giving up a two run HR to Rick Monday, making it 6-4. Tug McGraw who had a spectacular September (three wins & nine saves) came on to close the door. He pitched three shutout innings, striking out four only allowing one hit. It was Tuggers 25th save of the year. Seaver earned his 19th victory and his second Cy Young Award, leading the league in ERA (2.08) strikeouts (251) and complete games (18).