Today in Mets’ History: Sweeping the Phillies.

The 69 Miracle Mets caught Chicago well after the All-Star break then sprinted past the Cubs, but there were earlier signs of this being a special summer.

A 20-5 run screamed the Mets would be a serious contender. That included a doubleheader sweep of Philadelphia at Shea Stadium on this date that moved them within 4.5 games of first place.

Tom Seaver pitched a complete game to win the opener, 2-1, backed by a RBI triple from Bud Harrelson and Cleon Jones’ single in the third inning.

Seaver struck out nine and walked only one to raise his record to 11-3.

In the nightcap, the Mets scored four runs in the fourth inning to back Jim McAndrew, who gave up two hits in eight innings in the 5-0 victory.



There were a lot of special moments in 1969 ranging from the black cat to Seaver’s near perfect game to the late-season pitching run. However, what signs were there that made you believe this would be a year like no other in Mets history?





2 thoughts on “Today in Mets’ History: Sweeping the Phillies.

  1. Ahh the black cat! I have vague remembrances of that cat freaking out not knowing what to do..
    seemed in the early days black cats popped up an awful lot.

  2. 1969? Geez, so many.

    win 4 out of six against Cubs in July. The Seaver “Imperfect Game” was on the Mets homestand, but in Chicago a week later (after playing the Expos) light hitting Al Weis hit a home run in game 2 and 3.

    After losing a 3 game series at the Astrodome and falling 10 games out there were a whole bunch of memorable games:

    August 19. One of the greatest pitchers, and a real Mets nemesis, Juan Marichal throws shutout innings for 13 innings but Tommie Agee homers in the 14th to win it. Gary Gentry pitches 10 innings, Tug McGraw goes 4.

    September 8,9 closing fast on fading Cubs, they play twice at Shea (black cat). Cubs pitcher Bill Hands throws a pitcher at Tommie Agee’s head in the first. In the second, Jerry Koosman retaliates by hitting Cubs captain Ron Santo on the hands. Shows Leo the Lip that we aren’t gonna take his intimidation.

    September 12 Mets win a double header from the Pirates by 1-0 scores. In both games the pitcher drives in the run. The first game was by “Big Daddy” Don Cardwell, a good hitting pitcher. The second was by Jerry Koosman, a poor hitting pitcher.

    September 15 Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 19 Mets but loses 4-3 as Ron Swoboda hits a pair of two run home runs. I remember going to the barber the next day and he was griping to his co worker. The poor fool had bet money on the Cards and was mad at Carlton for being “strikeout happy”. I bit my lip and didn’t tell him he deserved to lose by betting against the Mets. He still had the shaver in his hand.

    Looking back, I say the two game series against the Cubs was the big point where I started to believe.