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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Yearbook, Oct. 16: Mets pull off a Miracle

By Patrick Dorsey

Oct. 16, 1969: No playoff bids in team history. No winning seasons, even. Therefore, no chance at doing anything in 1969.

By now we know: No way. And so, on this day 43 years ago, the New York Mets clinched the franchise's first World Series title with a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Shea Stadium. Said series ended up 4-1, capping off a 100-win season for the Miracle Mets, powered by the likes of Tom Seaver, a young Nolan Ryan (used primarily in relief) and World Series MVP Donn Clendendon.

Not bad for a team given 100-to-1 odds to win it all before the season started.

Tom Seaver during the 1969 World Series
Tom Seaver, in Game 4.
Tommie Agee, making a run-saving catch in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series
Tommie Agee, making a run-saving catch in Game 3.
1969 Mets after winning the World Series
The team, after clinching the win.
Mets fans at Shea Stadium after the 1969 World Series
Shea Stadium, after the win.