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Remembering Mets History: (1969) Amazing World Champion Mets On the Ed Sullivan Show

Sunday October 19th, 1969:   After the Amazing Mets won the World Series, they were now national celebrities as the swinging sixties came to a close.  After their Miracle, run the Amazing Mets were getting offers to do commercials, magazine ads, personal appearances & television shows. One of the more popular appearances came on the biggest variety show in television, the Ed Sullivan show. Ed Sullivan had done interviews with Mets Manager Gil Hodges, Cleon Jones, Tommy Agee, Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver on October 5th, 1969, just prior to the World Series, after the Amazing's won the pennant. Now after they had won the Worlds  Championship, the Mets entire team was invited to the Sunday October 19th Sunday night show. On that night other guests included a young female comedian named Joan Rivers, who did a standup routine. Also was A ctress & dancer Cyd Charisse, they did a dance to an instrumental version of the song "MacArthur Park".  Other acts that

Frank Taveras: Former Mets Short Stop (1979-1981)

Franklin Crisostomo Fabian Taveras was born December 24, 1949, in the Dominican Republic. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1968. The tall six-foot, speedy infielder was a terror on the base paths. Taveras was never scouted as a good hitter, only batting a best of .267 in the minors. But when he did get aboard, he stole a lot of bases. In 1970 at A ball Gastonia, he swiped 35 bases followed by 19 in 1971 at AA Charleston.  MLB Debut: He made his MLB debut on September 21st, 1971, at Shea Stadium coming in as a pinch runner for Willie Stargell, in a 15 inning Mets 2-1 victory. It was the only appearance he made that season. He was back in the minors the next two seasons stealing 17 bases in 1973 at AAA Charleston.  MLB Career: Tavares made the Pirates team in 1974, replacing Dal Maxvill as their regular short stop. He would be the Pirates main shortstop for the next five seasons, becoming one of the league's biggest base stealers. In hi

Former Italian / American MLB Player: Pretzel Pezzulo (1935 - 1936)

John "Pretzel" Pezzullo was born to an Italian American family, on December 10, 1910, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was born into a family with five children. John left school after the 8th grade & went into the trade to learn cabinet making. Nickname Pretzel: He earned the moniker Pretzel because of his strange twisty wind up & pitching delivery. He began the motion with a high leg kick then he would drop down with a side arm delivery, confusing the hitters. Pezzullo started out in the New York Giants organization in 1934. He was part of a big trade that sent Dick Bartell to the Giants in exchange for Blondy Ryan, George Watkins & Johnny Vergez.  In 1935 Pretzel started out the season with the Phillies, making his debut on Opening Day finishing off a 10-9 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers.  On May 27th he made his first start, earning a win at Pittsburgh pitching into the 5th inning of a 4-2 win. Strangely the next day he made another start & took a loss.

Hank Thompson: 1954 World Champion New York Giants Third Baseman (1947-1956)

Henry Curtis Thompson was born December 8, 1925 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The five foot left handed infielder/outfielder played in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs throughout the nineteen forties. He was drafted into the army during World War II and saw action at The Battle of the Bulge. He returned to baseball, playing for the Monarchs in 1946 coming in fourth in the league in HRs. That season, Kansas City with Thompson & team mates Buck O’Neil & Satchel Page beat the Newark Eagles in the Negro League World Series, for the Championship title. In 1947 Thompson integrated into the major leagues, with the St. Louis Browns three months after Jackie Robinson, becoming baseball's third black player. He was in a historic game, that season at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, when he & Larry Doby became the first two black players to oppose each other in an MLB game. Thompson didn’t hit well starting out his MLB career and returned to the Monarchs

The First Short Stop Out of The Dominican Republic: Amado Samuel (1964)

Amado Ruperto Samuel was born on December 6, 1938, in in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The six-foot utility infielder was signed in 1938 by the Milwaukee Braves. He was a pioneer in his own right, being the very first player in a long line of short stops signed out of the small town of San Pedro des Marcoris.  He would bounce around the minors for a full decade before spending parts of three seasons in the major leagues. MLB Career: Samuel made his debut in 1962 with the Milwaukee Braves, playing in a career high 76 games batting .206 hitting all three of his MLB career HRs. In 1963 he played in only 15 games at the major league level, batting a weak .176 before having his contact purchased by the New York Mets. Mets Career:  For the 1964 Mets, Samuel played mostly at short stop (34 games) & at third base (17 games) in 53 games.  In the first game ever played at Shea Stadium, he batted in the 8th position was the starting short stop. He drove in the second