Forty years later, a Miracle remembered
Members of the 1969 champions to converge at Citi Field
NEW YORK -- Most of events that made the June, July and August of 1969 the seminal summer of the 1960s have been celebrated -- or lamented -- by now. We have passed the 40th anniversaries of the first moonwalk, the Manson murders, and the music and mud at Max Yasgur's farm.
And come Saturday, we can marvel at one more mile marker, a series of memorable moments that changed a band of men from mortals to miracle makers.
With apologies to Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz, the folks who gave us "Meet the Mets," step right up and fete the Mets of 1969.
The 1969 World Series champions are to reunite at Citi Field, the son of Shea Stadium, on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. ET before their descendants engage the Phillies.
Tom Terrific, Koos, Buddy, Cleon, Krane, Rocky, the Glider, et al are to gather for a come-as-you-were party. Even Nolan Ryan, the semi-reclusive Texan and a stranger to these parts in recent years, will attend. So, too, will Mr. Berra.
In a summer to be forgotten for the organization, the most fabled Mets in history will reassemble and allow us all to exhilarate in and examine their remarkable accomplishments one more time, and to try to believe now what we couldn't quite fathom then -- a pennant race that made no sense, a playoff sweep that brought them to the brink and a World Series disposal of the favored Orioles that proved that all things were possible.
In a period of two months in that summer of '69, beginning on Aug. 16, the Mets won 45 of 57 games and removed the word expansion from their franchise identity. "The '69 Mets" became a brand, not merely a merger of number and noun, following in the footsteps of "the '27 Yankees," "the '62 Mets," "the '55 Dodgers," "the '57 Chevy" and "the '68 Democratic convention."
Not all will be in attendance. Tug McGraw, Donn Clendenon, Tommie Agee and Don Cardwell have been taken from us. But some two dozen men will gather merely hundreds of feet from where they clinched a place a history and be hailed once again.
Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Buddy Harrelson, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda, Ed Charles, Jerry Grote, Wayne Garrett, Gary Gentry, Al Weis, J.C. Martin, Bobby Pfeil, Rod Gaspar, Al Jackson, Jim McAndrew, Ron Taylor, Duffy Dyer, Eddie Yost, Joe Pignatano, Yogi Berra and the widow of Gil Hodges will be there, and so will your memories. For tickets, call 718-507-TIXX or click here.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.