50 years ago today, New York’s underdog baseball crew ‘The Miracle Mets’ won the World Series in just 5 games, a romantic triumph over a heavily-favored Orioles team. In the seven previous seasons, the Mets had never finished higher than ninth place and consistently lost one hundred games. Yet, starting in May, the Mets delivered an astonishing record of 82–39. They won 38 of their last 49 games, finishing eight games ahead of the Cubs—one of the largest turnarounds in MLB history.
What lifted the “Amazin‘ Mets” was their pitching staff, which led the MLB with 28 shutouts. To put that in context, in the past 100 years only one team tallied more shutouts than the 1969 Mets. Led by pitchers Tom Seaver (who won 25 games en route to the Cy Young Award) and a young Nolan Ryan, they hurled a stunning 10 shutouts in 25 games in September. Because the 1969 Mets were also one of the two worst hitting teams in a half century to ever win the World Series, calling it a miracle is not far-fetched. WATCH a tribute... (1969)