Oct 31, 2016

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

Another look at how the 1969 Mets added to the so called Chicago Cubs curse:

JULY 16, 1969: As the Summer of '69 moved on, the surprising  New York Mets were dominating the first place Chicago Cubs head to head. After beating Tom Seaver 1-0 in the opener at Wrigley Field, the Cubs thirdbase man Ron Santo jumped up clicking his heels while leaving the field. This was a tradition for Mr. Santo & it did not sit well with the Mets. The Amazing's thought it was a bush league move, a sign of disrespect & they wanted revenge. The Young Mets would step up & 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 it 5-4. Weis would hit just two HRs in the regular season, but would become a slugger in the World Series. Tommy Agee drove in the other Mets run with a triple. Pitchers, Gary Gentry & Ron Taylor combined for the win.

In the rubber game, a full house packed Wrigley, and all the transistor radios in New York were tuned in on this Wednesday afternoon. Future Hall Of Famer Fergie Jenkins took the hill for Chicago, and the Mets battered him around in the 1st inning.

For the Mets, Tommie Agee doubled and scored on Ken Boswell's base hit. Cleon Jones singled and stole second. Wayne Garrett was intentionally walked and Ed Kranepool hit an RBI base hit, making it 2-0. Then, second string catcher J.C. Martin ( a .227 hitter) drove a base hit to left field scoring two more Mets  runs. It was now 4-0 Mets.

In the 2nd, Tommy 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 four runs, as the Cubs made a game of it. Jim McAndrew relieved him & didn’t fare much better, all of a sudden it was 6-5 by the time Cal Koonce took the mound in the 3rd.

But Koonce stopped the Cubs cold, he scattered just four hits over the next five innings, in a stellar relief performance getting the win. Ron Taylor closed out the 8th & 9th innings earning his 9th save of the year.

The Mets did add 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 inning, his 7th of the year making it 9-5 Mets.

After the game Tom Seaver jumped & clicked his heels outside the Mets dugout while smirking over at Ron Santo & the Cubs.

Not only were these Mets winning they weren’t taking anybodys garbage. They believed in themselves & were now only 4 ½ games back. People began to believe.

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