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The Mets had never finished higher than ninth place in a ten-team league in their first seven seasons. As an expansion team, they went 40–120 in 1962, the most losses by an MLB team in one season in the 20th century, and the 1962 Mets' .250 winning percentage was higher than only the .248 posted by the 1935 Boston Braves.
The Mets never had been over .500 after the ninth game of any season. Seven years after their disastrous inaugural season, "The Amazin' Mets" (as nicknamed by previous manager Casey Stengel) won the World Series, the first expansion team to do so.
1969 was the first year of divisional baseball, precipitated by the expansion of each league from 10 to 12 teams.
 The Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots joined the American League. The San Diego Padres and Montreal Expos joined the National League. Before 1969, the first place team in each league advanced directly to the World Series. Under the new structure, each league was divided into East and West divisions, each comprising six teams, with the divisional winners facing off in a best-of-five playoff for the right to represent their league in the World Series. The Mets were slotted in the National League Eastern Division, along with the Chicago Cubs, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the upstart Montreal Expos, and the St. Louis Cardinals, who had been World Champions in 1964 and 1967 and losers of the 1968 World Series. For the first time since joining the National League in 1962, the Mets could finish no lower than 6th.  The New York Times journalist, Joseph Durso, predicted the Mets would finish 4th in the East, ahead of the Pirates and the Expos. 
On Tuesday April 8, with 44,541 fans in attendance at Shea Stadium, the Mets and the Expos played the first international baseball game in major league baseball history. The Mets had lost seven straight opening day games since joining the national league in 1962. That dubious record reached eight when the Expos prevailed in a 11-10 slugfest, despite the Mets' scoring four runs with two down in the bottom of the ninth, highlighted by a pinch hit three-run homer by Duffy Dyer. Apparently, this was axiomatic Mets baseball, as one columnist described the Mets as "masters of the lingering death." 
The Mets took the next two games from the Expos, but then lost six of the following 7 games, bringing their record to 3-7. Another season of mediocrity seemed ordained. But after a 9-14 start, the Mets won 9 of their next 13 games, including consecutive shutouts in late April against the Cubs and Expos. When Tom Seaver shutout the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on May 21, the Mets were 18-18, their best start in franchise history. But the Mets lost their next five games, starting with a 15-3 drubbing from the Atlanta Braves, followed by a 3-game sweep by the Astros, who outscored the Mets 18-4, and finishing with a loss at Shea Stadium to the lowly Padres.  At the end of play on May 27, the Mets' record stood at 18-23. Then, in late May, the Mets reeled off a club-record 11 straight wins, which included three walk-off wins and dominant pitching, as the Mets pitching staff yielded a stingy 2-runs per game. Starting with their 42nd game, the Mets went 82–39 (a .678 winning percentage), including an astonishing 38-11 in their last 49 games. 
Despite that performance, the Mets suffered two mid-season three-game series sweeps at the hands of the Houston Astros, who manhandled the Mets all season, taking 10 of the 12 games the teams played.
They were also no-hit by Bob Moose of the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 20, only five days after becoming the first major league team to strike out 19 times in a nine-inning game, a game they won, 4–3, on a pair of two-run home runs by Ron Swoboda, against the Cardinals'Steve Carlton.
Trailing the Chicago Cubs for much of the season, the Mets found themselves in third place, 10 games back, on August 14 but they won 14 of their last 17 games during August, and 24 of their 32 games during September and October, to surge past the Cubs, finishing 100–62, eight games ahead of the Cubs. That 18 game differential is one of the largest turnarounds in MLB history.
The Mets pitching staff led the major leagues with 28 shutouts. To put that in context, in the past 100 years only the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals (30) had more shutouts than the 1969 Mets, and it's worth noting that the Cardinals accomplished that feat in what is widely regarded among baseball fans as "the year of the pitcher." Pitchers so dominated baseball in 1968 - the average MLB batting average was .237, 13 of the 20 teams had earned run averages below 3.00, and Carl Yastrzemski, who batted .301, was the only American League hitter with a .300 batting average - that Major League Baseball owners voted to lower the height of the pitching mound from 15 inches to 10 inches and reduce the size of the batters' strike zone. 
From September 5, 1969 through September 28, a span of 25 games, the Mets' pitchers combined for an astonishing 10 shutouts. Opponents scored an average of 1.84 runs per game during that span. If you exclude a Friday night double header on September 19th when the Pirates scored 8 runs in both games, the pitching staff yielded a meager 30 runs over 23 games. In the last 100 years, no pitching staff has thrown 10 shutouts over a 25-game span. 
The Mets were 41-23 in games decided by one run, a 64% winning percentage, which led the National League. Id.
Only the 1978 San Francisco Giants have exceeded the 64 one-run games the Mets played during 1969. The Mets were World Champions; the Giants didn't make the playoffs. 
Measured by traditional baseball metrics, the 1969 Mets are one of the two worst hitting teams to have won the World Series in the last 50 years, which makes their accomplishment even more remarkable. No World Champion during this 50-year span had a lower slugging percentage then the .351 posted by the Mets. The Mets' had an OPS of .663 in 1969. Since 1969, the only World Champion with a lower OPS is the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers. 
Hall of Fame members who played in the 1969 World Series
Three future Hall of Fame members were on the Mets' roster: pitcherTom Seaver (who won twenty-five games en route to winning the Cy YoungAward), a young Nolan Ryan (playing in his third season), and New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra (who briefly played for the Mets in 1965), who was their first base coach. Berra was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, Seaver in 1992, and Ryan in 1999.
Part of the movie Frequency is set in Queens, New York, in 1969, as firefighter and avid Mets fan Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) and his family follow the "Amazin's" throughout the World Series.
In Moonlighting, Season 2, Episode 13, "In God We Strongly Suspect", when David is attempting to define the parameters of Maddie's skepticism and atheism by inviting her to provide logical explanations for various phenomena seemingly beyond man's understanding, he mentions the "'69 Mets" which she immediately dismisses as "a myth and a hoax".
In his song "Faith and Fear in Flushing Meadows", twee/folk artist Harry Breitner makes mention of Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.
In the film Men in Black 3, set shortly before the Apollo 11 launch in July 1969, Griffin, an alien from the fifth dimension who can see the future, says the Mets' title is his favorite human history moment for "all the improbabilities that helped".
In the TV show Growing Pains, the family's name was the Seavers and their neighbors were the Koosmans.
Awards and honors
Nolan Ryan's 1969 championship ring on display at the Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center
The 1969 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds finishing in third place in the newly established National League West, four games behind the NL West champion Atlanta Braves. The Reds were managed by Dave Bristol, and played their home games at Crosley Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.
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