Schedule for Mets’ 1969 Championship Celebration Weekend
They were the worst team in all of baseball. Suddenly, something clicked, and the Mets were on top of the world. Backed by Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool and Tommy Agee, the Miracle Mets became hot commodities in 1969. All of these years later, that same team is still getting recognition by the league and fans alike.
This weekend celebrates 50 years since Cleon Jones made the kneeling catch in the outfield, securing the World Series for the Mets against the Baltimore Orioles. The team will be remembered every game leading up to Sunday’s finale agianst the Atlanta Braves.
It won’t all be fun and games, unfortunately, as Seaver will be missing the festivities due to being diagnosed with dementia earlier this year. Regardless, the Mets have found a way to celebrate the team and the career of their Hall of Fame pitcher.
Here is the schedule for the weekend:
Thursday, June 27 – 11:00 a.m. – Honoring Tom Terrific
The Mets have officially renamed 126th Street to Seaver Way. Fans were able to witness a kind gesture to one of the most beloved members of the organization. Members of the 1969 Mets and COO Jeff Wilpon were in attendance.
Be on the lookout of updates regarding a statue.
Friday, June 28 – 7:10 p.m.
All fans in attendance during the Mets’ game against the Braves will receive a 1969 Replica Jersey Giveaway. If you got one during the 1986 reunion a few years back, this is a must-have piece of attire.
Saturday, June 29 – 4:10 p.m. – Ceremony and Parade
Fans are encouraged to head to Citi Field earlier than usual (3 p.m. ET), as the Mets will honor the 1969 team with a special ceremony. Cleon Jones, Ron Swoboda, Jerry Koosman will be there, among other alumni. Prior to the ceremony, the team will reenact the World Series parade the team had on the newly named Seaver Way. Fans will have a moment of nostalgia while also imagining the current team will one day… eventually… win another title.
Finally, the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a blue and orange pennant to commemorate the weekend.
Sunday, June 30 – 7:05 p.m. ET – Rings, Rings, Rings
In the finale of the series and the celebration, former Mets outfielder Art Shamsky will be signing copies of his book, After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda before the game. From 1968-1971, Shamsky hit .266/.341/.432 with 316 hits and 42 home runs while with the Mets.
Additionally, the first 15,000 fans will receive a 1969 replica World Series ring.
No matter how the Mets’ 2019 season is going, this weekend is a positive moment of reflection. A team destined to lose gave Flushing a moment they will never forget. That is the beauty of baseball.
Tickets are still available for every Mets game.
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