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Amazin' Mets - From Worst to First

Updated: September 7, 2001, 6:39 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 10, 1969

In their first seven years, the New York Mets had never finished closer than 24 games to first place (five times being at least 40 games out). Their best record was 16 games under .500.

It's different this season. During a twinight doubleheader against the Montreal Expos, the Mets, who trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9-1/2 games on August 14, move into first place. Their 3-2, 12-inning victory in the opener at Shea Stadium puts them a percentage point ahead ...

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