The Mets Made History 50 Years Ago Today
On this day in history in 1969, 50 years ago, the New York Mets won their first World Series in their eighth year as a baseball franchise. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles in one of the greatest upsets in baseball history.
The Mets were the poster kids for futility having lost 95 or more games in each of their first seven seasons--an average winning percentage of just 41%.
So it was no surprise that at the start of the season, the team what would become known as "the Miracle Mets" were 100-to-1 long shots to take the championship. But after winning 100 and losing 62 and then sweeping the Atlanta Braves 3 games to none, the Mets were in the series against the mighty boys from Baltimore.
The Mets lost the first game but shook it off and roared back with four straight wins and the miracle was complete on October 16, 1969.
Which brings us to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals WILL play in the 2019 World series at last, against either the Yankees or the Astros, and it's been a frustrating road to get there too but not quite like the '69 Mets.
While the Mets couldn't win, the Nationals have been consistent winners year after year taking their division in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 but losing in the National League Championship Series each time. This year Milwaukee won the division but the Nationals beat them in a one game wildcard game. Now the National have taken four straight from the St. Louis Cardinals and so they wait for their moment in the brightest spotlight in baseball.
Will this be the miracle year for the Washington Nationals? Time will tell.
2019 World Series
All start times yet to be announced. All games will be broadcast exclusively on FOX. *Games 5-7 if necessary.
Game 1 – Tuesday, October 22nd
Game 2 – Wednesday, October 23rd
Game 3 – Friday, October 25th
Game 4 – Saturday, October 26th
*Game 5 – Sunday, October 27th
*Game 6 – Tuesday, October 29th
*Game 7 – Wednesday, October 30th