Jun 7, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (1969) The Amazing Mets Eleven Game Win Streak

Back in 1969 the Mets were on a ten game winning streak that began on May 28th & ended on June 10th.

They were in fourth place, nine games back when it began and after it ended they had leaped in to second place, but still seven games behind the mighty Chicago Cubs.

But at this point the Mets were starting to prove they were for real. In the words of Bob Murphy "here's a happy recap"................

Thursday 5/28/69: Mets vs. San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium. Padre pitcher; Clay Kirby & Jerry Koosman go at it in a classic pitcher’s duel. Kirby was tough, as he threw nine innings of shutout ball, but Koosman was even better, throwing ten shut out innings. At that point in time, he broke Nolan Ryan’s Met single game strike out record, by striking out 15 batters. 

Koos allowed only four hits & two walks walks but he got no decision. Tug McGraw got the win pitching a scoreless 11th inning. 

In the bottom of the 11th, Cleon Jones got aboard on an infield error. He went to second on a Ron Swoboda single. Cleon then scored on Bud Harrelson's game winning base hit.

Friday 5/30/69: Clyde King's 4th place San Francisco Giants arrive at Shea for a three game series. The Mets take the opener 4-3 in front of 52,272 fans. Tom Seaver got his 7th win of the year (7-3) pitching eight innings, allowing three runs on four hits. In the 8th inning down 3-1, Utility man; Rod Gaspar hit his only HR of the season.

Tommie Agee singled & reached second base on a Cleon Jones base hit. Ron Swoboda then added an RBI single to tie it up at three. Duffy Dyer pinch hitting, then singled home Cleon Jones with was the winning run. Reliever Ron Taylor closed the game out with a perfect 9th inning.

Saturday 5/31/69: Mets beat Gaylord Perry & the Giants 4-2. Rookie Gary Gentry evened his record to 4-4 and Tug McGraw got his first save of the season. Ed Charles “The Glider” provided the offensive power with a three run HR. Charles would hit only three HRs all season.

Sunday 6/1/69: Mets sweep the Giants in front of 41,294 at Shea. Mets pitcher; Jim McAndrew got pulled in the 2nd inning after allowing two early runs, three hits & four walks. Don Cardwell came in & also allowed a pair of runs (including a Willie McCovey HR ) in six innings of work. Ron Taylor pitched a perfect 9th. 

In the home 2nd, Jerry Grote tripled with Ron Swoboda & Ed Charles aboard, tying it at two. Ed Kranepool & Swoboda added RBI singles in the 5th, putting the Mets ahead 4-3. The Giants; Jim Davenport tied it up with an RBI single scoring Tito Fuentes in the top oe 6th. 

With the score tied 4-4 in the 9th inning, Giants reliever Joe Gibbon walked Bud Harrelson, Cleon Jones, & rookie Amos Otis. Feeling the pressure, he then walked Ron Swoboda and in came the winning run. The Mets swept the Giants and had a four game win streak.

Monday 6/2/69: More good crowds at Shea, as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town & many old Brooklyn fans come to see the team. The Mets got two runs off L.A.'s Claude Osteen in the 4th inning as Tommie Agee singled, Ed Charles walked and Jerry Grote & Al Weis drove them in. Jerry Koosman went all the way, throwing a five hit one run victory.

Tuesday 6/3/69: It was Tom Seaver's turn again & the Cy Young winner was amazing once again. He struck out nine Dodgers allowing only two run over eight innings, earning his 8th win of the year. Tug McGraw pitched the 9th, earning his second save. 

Ed Kranepool homered twice in this one, his fourth & fifth of the year, leading the Mets offense. A solo shot in the 5th & a two run shot in the 6th inning. Cleon Jones also drove in two runs bringing his league leading average up to .358, best in the NL.

Wednesday 6/4/09: The Mets finished the sweep of L.A. with in a 1-0 shutout, in a 15 inning classic. In the bottom of the 15th Bud Harrelson walked and was erased on a Tommie Agee fielders choice. Wayne Garrett then singled and center fielder; Willie Davis booted the ball. The quick aggressive Agee scored all the way from first base for another exciting game winner.

Pitcher; Jack DiLauro only allowed two hits through nine innings of work, one of his best outings ever. Tug McGraw pitched four scoreless innings & Ron Taylor got the win with two scoreless innings of work.

Friday 6/6/69: The Mets go on the road for a West Coast Road trip, starting out in beautiful San Diego. Gary Gentry opened the series, striking out nine Padres, pitching into the 9th inning.

Ron Taylor came on to save it. 

The Mets were down 3-1 in the 6th inning, when Bud Harrelson & Tommie Agee both singled. Cleon Jones grounded out sbut Harrelson scored. Ed Kranepool then doubled off Joe Niekro, scoring Agee to tie it.

In the 8th, Cleon Jones singled & stole second. Pinch Hitter; Art Shamsky then drove in the go ahead run with a single. In the 9th, Tommie Agee doubled home Al Weis who had singled, for an insurance run in the Mets 5-3 win. It was now an eight straight win streak for the Amazing Mets.

Saturday 6/7/69: A small crowd of 10,827 came to Jack Murphy Stadium, which was named after Mets broadcaster; Bob Murphy's brother on this Saturday matinee. the Mets lefty; Jerry Koosman went up against former Brooklyn Dodger World Series hero; Johnny Podres. Koos threw another complete game, allowing only one run on six hits as the Mets coasted to a 4-1 victory. Jerry Grote, Ed Charles, Ron Swoboda & Rod Gaspar all drive in runs as the win streak reached nine games.

Sunday 6/8/69: What could be worse than facing a team on a nine game win streak? Having to face them with Tom Seaver in his prime, on the mound. Just over 9000 Padre fans showed up at Jack Murphy Stadium for this series finale. 

Once again, Seaver was great, striking out 14 batters in just seven innings of work. He did allow eight hits but walked just one, winning his ninth game (9-3) of the year, lowering his ERA to a league leading 2.51. 

Padre pitcher; Al Santorini was also throwing well too, then in the 7th inning, Cleon Jones had a one out base hit. Then the hot hitting Ed Kranepool drove him in with a two out RBI single. In the Mets 8th, the Glider; Ed Charles got a pinch hit base hit & Bud Harrelson walked. Tommie Agee then doubled to tie it & Wayne Garrett came through with a single, to put the Mets ahead for good 4-3. The streak was at ten.

Tuesday 6/10/69: By now everyone in baseball, especially the Cubs were paying attention to the Mets. It was on to Cadlestick Park in San Francisco, for the Mets #11 win in a row. Don Cardwell got the start and received a lot of run support on this day, as the Mets romped 9-4. It was only Cardwell’s second win of the year against six losses. 

Tommie Agee had four hits, homered twice (his 8th & 9th of the year) driving in three runs. Cleon Jones hit a three run HR (his 8th), Jerry Grote had three hits with an RBI as well. Ed Charles & Don Cardwell also drove in runs in the win, the eleventh straight for the Mets.

Wednesday 6/11/69: Hall of Famer; Gaylord Perry & the Giants finally stopped the Mets win streak at 11, beating them 7-2. Gary Gentry was knocked out in the 4th inning taking the loss. From this point on the rest of the season, the Mets will win 71 of the 110 remaining games.


metman said...

What a team, mostly all pitching. Consistent, everyone contributed.

John Raven said...

What a far cry from today's Mets...even before the injuries...