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.
…And for anybody saying “Oh, no… not these again!”, this is the last post about this set. (And there was much rejoicing… Yaaaaaaaaaay…)
Tommie Agee is most famous for Game 3 of the 1969 World Series, where he hit a homer and made two great catches.
During the regular season he lead the club in runs, homers and RBI. In 1966, while with the White Sox, Agee was the A.L. Rookie Of The Year
When I first talked about this set, I’d mentioned that one of the postcard was signed by the player depicted….
Not the biggest hit I could get, but I was happy because Duffy was still with the Mets when I became a baseball fan in 1974. He was a backup catcher and pinch-hitter for his entire 14-year career, and caught a John Candeleria no-hitter in 1976. His only appearance in the 1969 postseason was in Game 1, pinch-hitting for Tom Seaver (and he grounded out against Mike Cuellar).
One of the highlights of Dyer’s career came in the 1975 NLCS with the Pirates; The Bucs had their backs to the wall, down 2-0 in the best-of-five series and losing 3-2 in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs and the entire season on the line, Duffy pinch hit for pitcher Dave Giusti and drew a walk to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Unfortunately for Duffy and the Pirates , the Reds would win the game in 10 and the series in 3.
Here’s the Certificate of Authenticity for my signature.
…Just in case anybody’s interested…
It was accidental that Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee are in the same post, but it’s fitting as they grew up together in Mobile, Alabama.
Cleon hit .340 during the regular season, which was 3rd in the N.L. and stood as a Mets team record until John Olerud hit .354 in 1998 (and that currently stands as the team record).
Tug McGraw was, of course, a well-known reliever and during the 1969 regular season he went 9-3 with a 2.24 ERA and 12 saves. He also got a 3 inning save in the NLCS, but never pitched in the 1969 World Series. He’d get his time in the World Series later in his career, first with the Mets in 1973 and then with the Phillies in 1980.
Here’s a Tug McGraw fact I never knew… Sandy Koufax beat the Mets 17 times and only lost two to the Mets. Both losses were weeknight games at Shea, and and both were started, yes, started by Tug McGraw. On 8/26/65, in Tug’s rookie season, Tug pitched 7.2 innings and the Mets beat the Dodgers 5-2. Just over a year later, on 8/30/66, Tug gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 before leaving the game, but the Mets broke it open with 5 runs in the 3rd. Koufax faced 5 batters in the 3rd without getting an out before being replaced by Joe Moeller, and the Mets would go on to win 10-4.
Ron Taylor was a relief pitcher who had a 2.72 ERA and 13 saves during the regular season, and pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in 4 postseason appearances.
Taylor, who is from Toronto, is in the Canadian Baseball Hall Of Fame. Even though he made his fame as a reliever, he had a notable MLB debut starting for the Indians in 1962; in that first game he pitched 11 shutout innings against the Red Sox before giving up a Carl Yastrzemski triple, two intentional walks and a walk-off grand slam to right fielder Carroll Hardy. Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette pitched a 12-inning shutout for the win.
After Ron Taylor’s playing career, he went to medical school and would later become the Blue Jays’ team physician. He’s currently listed as “Physician Emeritus” on the Jays’ website.
And so, after four months and six posts, this series is at an end.
And there was much rejoicing.