1969 World Series

New York Mets (4) vs Baltimore Orioles (1)

The Baltimore Orioles boasted some of the biggest guns in the American League and entered the '69 Series with a renewed confidence after dominating Sandy Koufax and his mighty Dodgers three years earlier. Among the American League champs "lumber company" was Boog Powell (thirty-seven home runs, one-hundred twenty-one runs batted in), Frank Robinson (thirty-two homers, one-hundred RBIs), Brooks Robinson (twenty-three homers, eighty-four RBIs) and Paul Blair (twenty-six homers, seventy-six RBIs). Their opponents, the New York Mets were still a young franchise and were making their first post-season appearance after topping the National League in only their eighth season.

Tom Seaver (a twenty-five game winner) was given the opening start for New York at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium and made it to his second pitch before surrendering the first "home team - home run". By the afternoon's end, Orioles' lefthander Mike Cuellar had given up only six hits and struck out eight. Baltimore was an easy winner (4-1) despite their standout line-up managing only four runs in thirty at-bats.

The Mets' Jerry Koosman continued to silence the home team's big guns in Game 2 while holding their line-up to six hitless innings. Donn Clendenon backed up the twenty-six year-old lefty with a fourth inning homer off Dave McNally. Baltimore managed to tie it up in the seventh when Paul Blair led off with his team's first hit, then stole second and finally scored on Brooks Robinson's two out single. Not to be discouraged, the Mets rose to the occasion in the ninth and as Ed Charles, Jerry Grote and Al Weis all came through with two out singles. Koosman then got last-out relief help from Ron Taylor and emerged the 2-1 victor.

Game 3 debuted the first postseason outing at Shea Stadium and featured one of the greatest individual performances in the sixty-six year history of the Series, courtesy of the Mets' Tommie Agee. Agee started the contest off with a first inning home run off of Jim Palmer and continued to produce in the outfield for the remaining innings. With two out in the fourth and Oriole runners on first and third, the centerfielder raced to the 396-foot sign in left-center and made a phenomenal backhanded, catch of Elrod Hendricks' smash. Later in the seventh, the Orioles had loaded the bases with two out, but Agee came up clutch again making a headfirst diving grab of Blair's liner that sailed to right-center. Ed Kranepool added a home run as the Mets came out on top, 5-0. On the mound, Gary Gentry and a young reliever named Nolan Ryan combined on a four hitter.

A determined Seaver returned for redemption in Game 4 and took a 1-0 edge going into the ninth. Clendenon had given the junior pitcher the lead after launching a rocket in the second off of Mike Cuellar, but Frank Robinson and Powell both responded with late-game singles with Brooks Robinson on deck. The Oriole slugger nailed a perfect line drive to center, but right-fielder Ron Swoboda mimicked Agee's performance in Game 3 and made a spectacular diving, one-handed catch. While Frank Robinson tagged up and scored from third, Swoboda had shortened a potential big inning. The deadlocked remained 1-1 through the bottom of the tenth when the Mets sealed the deal on Jerry Grote's double and Oriole reliever Pete Richert's errant throw on pinch-hitter J.C. Martin's bunt. Seizing the opportunity, Rod Gaspar (pinch running for Grote) sped home for the 2-1 win.

Now down three games to one, the stunned Orioles came out swinging in Game 5 as pitcher McNally, (thanks to his own two run home run and another by Frank Robinson) held a 3-0 lead after five tense innings. Earl Weaver's team seemed to finally be on the road to recovery, but the Mets struck again after Cleon Jones led-off with a hit by pitch in the famous "shoe polish play", where manager Gil Hodges came out to argue the original call that Jones had not been struck. Hodges retrieved the ball, showed it to the umpire who saw the polish mark, and awarded Jones first base. Clendenon followed him home with a two run blast edging closer with only a 3-2 disadvantage. An unlikely hero named Al Weis (who had seven home runs in ten years) stepped up to the plate and tied the game with a leadoff home run in the sixth. Eddie Watt came in as relief for Baltimore in the eighth, but eventually lost 5-3 after surrendering a clutch double to Cleon Jones as well as Ron Swoboda who drove in the winning run.

In the end, New York had not only gone on to win their first World Championship (in their first appearance), they had also shut down the biggest line-up in all of baseball by holding the "Bird's Big Four" to a three for fifteen outing in Game 4 and a miserable two for fifteen showing in Game 5.

"God is living in New York City and he's a Mets fan." - Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in Winning in Both Leagues: Reflections from Baseball's Front Office (Frank Cashen, University of Nebraska Press, September 1, 2014.)
1969 World Series
1969 World Series Official Program
1969 World Series Official Program
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1969 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Memorial Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
50,429
National Anthem
Joseph Eubanks
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Memorial Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Clara M. Merritt-Ruth (2nd Wife of Babe Ruth )
Attendance
50,850
National Anthem
York Suburban High School Band (No Vocalist)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
56,335
National Anthem
Steve Lawrence (Actor/Singer)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
57,367
National Anthem
Gordon MacRae (Actor/Singer)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Shea Stadium
Attendance
57,397
1 st Pitch
From
To
National Anthem
Pearl Bailey (Singer/Actress)
1969 World Series Fast Facts

1969 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1969 World Series Game 1 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
Baltimore 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 4 6 0
New York Pitcher(s) Baltimore Pitcher(s)
Tom Seaver (L)
Don Cardwell (6
th )
Ron Taylor (7
th )
Mike Cuellar (W)
-
-
New York Home Runs Baltimore Home Runs
None Don Buford (1 st )

1969 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1969 World Series Game 2 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
New York Pitcher(s) Baltimore Pitcher(s)
Jerry Koosman (W)
Ron Taylor (S, 9
th )
Dave McNally (L)
-
New York Home Runs Baltimore Home Runs
Donn Clendenon (4 th ) None

1969 World Series
Game 3
Line Score / Box Score
1969 World Series Game 3 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
New York 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 x 5 6 0
Baltimore Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Jim Palmer (L)
Dave Leonhard (7
th )
Gary Gentry (W)
Nolan Ryan (S, 7
th )
Baltimore Home Runs New York Home Runs
None
-
Tommie Agee (1 st )
Ed Kranepool (8
th )

1969 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1969 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 1
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 1
Baltimore Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Mike Cuellar
Eddie Watt (8
th )
Dick Hall (L, 10
th )
Tom Seaver (W)
-
-
Baltimore Home Runs New York Home Runs
None Donn Clendenon (2 nd )

1969 World Series
Game 5
Line Score / Box Score
1969 World Series Game 5 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 x 5 7 0
Baltimore Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Dave McNally
Eddie Watt (L, 8
th )
Jerry Koosman
-
Baltimore Home Runs New York Home Runs
Frank Robinson (3 rd )
Dave McNally (3
rd )
Donn Clendenon (6 th )
Al Weis (7
th )

1969 World Series

New York Mets 1969 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics
25-Man Roster
Positions
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
of
2b
p
3b
1b
Did Not Play
ph
3b
of-1
p
c
ss
of
Did Not Play
p
1b
ph
Did Not Play
Did Not Play
p
p
of-1
of
p
2b
5
1
1
4
4
-
1
2
3
1
5
5
5
-
2
1
1
-
-
1
2
3
4
2
5
18
3
0
15
14
-
1
1
2
3
19
17
19
-
7
4
0
-
-
0
4
6
15
0
11
3
1
0
2
5
-
0
0
0
1
4
3
3
-
1
1
0
-
-
0
0
0
6
0
5
0
0
0
1
1
-
0
0
0
1
2
0
1
-
1
0
0
-
-
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
-
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
1
0
-
-
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
1
4
-
0
0
1
0
1
1
2
-
0
1
0
-
-
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
4
-
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
-
0
1
0
-
-
0
0
0
1
0
3
.167
.333
.000
.133
.357
-
.000
.000
.000
.333
.211
.176
.158
-
.143
.250
.000
-
-
.000
.000
.000
.400
.000
.455
2
0
0
0
2
-
0
2
0
0
1
3
0
-
0
0
0
-
-
0
0
0
1
0
4
5
0
0
2
6
-
0
1
0
2
3
4
1
-
4
0
0
-
-
0
2
0
3
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
-
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
159
35
8
0
6
15
13
.220
15
35
1
1969 World Series

Baltimore Orioles 1969 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics
25-Man Roster
Positions
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
ss
of
of
p
ph
c
Did Not Play
p
Did Not Play
c
2b
p
Did Not Play
ph
p
ph
p
Did Not Play
1b
pr
p
3b
of
pr
p
5
5
5
2
2
2
-
1
-
3
5
1
-
2
2
1
1
-
5
1
1
5
5
2
2
15
20
20
5
2
6
-
0
-
10
16
0
-
1
5
1
2
-
19
0
0
19
16
0
0
3
2
2
2
2
0
-
0
-
1
1
0
-
0
1
0
0
-
5
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
-
0
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
1
0
0
0
-
0
-
1
1
0
-
0
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
-
0
2
0
0
-
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
.200
.100
.100
.400
1.000
.000
-
.000
-
.100
.063
.000
-
.000
.200
.000
.000
-
.263
.000
.000
.053
.188
.000
.000
2
2
2
0
0
0
-
0
-
1
2
0
-
1
0
0
0
-
1
0
0
0
4
0
0
1
5
4
3
0
1
-
0
-
0
1
0
-
1
2
0
0
-
4
0
0
3
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
-
0
-
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
157
23
1
0
3
9
9
.146
15
28
1

1969 World Series

New York Mets 1969 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics
Pitching Staff
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
2
1
2
2
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1.0
6.2
17.2
2.1
15.0
2.1
0.00
0.00
2.04
0.00
3.00
0.00
0
3
7
1
12
0
0
4
9
3
9
3
0
0
4
0
5
0
0
5
4
2
3
1
Totals
4
1
9
5
2
2
0
45.0
1.80
23
28
9
15
1969 World Series

Baltimore Orioles 1969 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics
Pitching Staff
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
2
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16.0
0.0
2.0
16.0
6.0
0.0
3.0
1.13
Infinite Earned Run Average
4.50
2.81
6.00
Infinite Earned Run Average
3.00
13
1
1
11
5
0
4
13
0
1
13
5
0
3
2
0
1
5
4
0
1
4
1
1
5
4
0
0
Totals
1
4
10
5
2
0
0
43.0
2.72
35
35
13
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