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.
During his playing days, Eddie Yost was known as “The Walking Man” for his ability to draw walks. During his 15 year career, he lead the league in walks 6 times, and his 1614 career BB’s currently ranks 11th all time. To throw out a few names, he walked more than Stan Musial, Pete Rose, Harmon Killebrew, Chipper Jones, Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt and Willie Mays, and he did it in fewer games than any of them.
Yost was the third base coach for the Mets from 1968 to 1976.
Jack DiLauro was used mainly as a reliever and his 2.40 ERA and 1.068 WHIP was among the lowest on the team. Despite this, he didn’t appear in the postseason, and was selected by the Astros in the Rule V draft after the season.
In his first career start, he shut the Dodgers out over 9 innings and gave up 2 hits… and got a no-decision as the Mets won 1-0 in 15 innings. Dodgers pitcher Bill Singer also pitched nine 2-hit, no run innings.
Bud Harrelson was the Mets starting shortstop for a good many years, and in 1969 he mainly contributed with his exemplary fielding, although he had three RBI in the NLCS despite going 2-for-11.
Bud is currently co-owner and Sr. VP of Baseball Operations for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
Jim McAndrew was used mainly as a starter and went 6-7, but he also had back-to-back shutouts in August and had three tough-luck no-decisions late in the season where he pitched 27 combined innings while allowing just 4 runs.
Like DiLauro, McAndrew did not get to pitch in the postseason.
Ron Swoboda is famous for the diving catch he made on Brooks Robinson in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 1969 World Series.
He also batted .400 during the World Series and doubled in the game (and Series) winning run in Game 5.
Many of you might be familiar with middle infielder Al Weis as the disembodied head floating next to Pete Rose’s disembodied head on a valuable 1963 baseball card. In 1969 he batted .215 during the regular season, but went 5-for-11 during the World Series, including a game-tying homer in Game 5.
Weis had 7 career regular season home runs, but his World Series homer was the only one he ever hit at his home ballpark.
There’s one more post left in this series, I won’t let it sit for a month like I did with this post and the one before it.