Quick recap of what we’re looking at here… The cards in this post come from a 1994 box set of 32 postcards which commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1969 “Miracle Mets”. The postcards feature paintings by Ron Lewis.
Yogi Berra had been a Mets coach since 1965, and coached first base for the 1969 Mets.
He’d take over as the manager in 1972 after Gil Hodges’ unexpected death, would take the Mets to the 1973 World Series and would manage until he was fired in August, 1975.
Ed Charles played 52 games at 3rd for the 1969 Mets but batted only .207. Charles went 2 for 15 in the World Series.
He would be released by the team a couple of weeks after the World Series, at which point he would retire.
Ed Kranepool was as much “Mr. Met” as the baseball-headed mascot. He was a local boy who played 3 games for the 1962 Mets as a 17-year-old, and would continue to play for the Mets until 1979. In 1969 he split time between first and left, and he hit a homer in Game 3 of the World Series.
Gary Gentry was a rookie pitcher in 1969 and went 13-12 in the regular season. He started Game 3 of the World Series, pitched 6.1 shutout innings and beat Jim Palmer. He also started Game 3 of the NLCS, but lasted just 2+ innings. Despite his shaky start, the Mets would sweep the Braves.
He pitched 7 seasons with the Mets and Braves, but his career was derailed by arm trouble.
Tom Seaver… What can I say about The Franchise in 1969? Just that he won the Cy Young award, came a close second to Willie McCovey in NL MVP voting, lead the league with 25 wins, won Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 4 of the World Series. He also started Game 1, but gave up 4 runs at Memorial Stadium and took the loss.
On July 9th, 1969, Seaver took a perfect game into the 9th, but Cub Jimmy Qualls earned an indelible place in Mets history by singling to center field to break it up.