When the 1969 Mets come together at Citi Field to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their improbable run to a World Series title, the gathering promises to be more Amazin' than ever, as team legends Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan will be on hand together for the first time at a Mets reunion.
The Hall of Famers Seaver and Ryan, and Koosman, a two-time All-Star and 20-game winner, were key members of a pitching staff that helped New York stun the mighty Baltimore Orioles in perhaps the greatest upset in World Series history. Among the other players and coaches scheduled to be on hand for the August 22 celebration are Cleon Jones, Bud Harrelson, Jerry Grote, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda, Gary Gentry and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who was a coach with the '69 club and managed the 1973 Mets to an NL pennant.
"It was wonderful to attain the dream of a World Series championship, but more importantly the relationships that were forged that season have been with me ever since," Seaver told the New York Daily News. "I cherish those friendships. The memories and camaraderie we share are very unique to that time in history. When we get together, you remember just how special it was."
Prior to the Mets' Aug. 22 game against the NL East-rival Phillies, they will hold a charity fundraiser at the Caesars Club at CitiField, where fans can meet members of the '69 team and participate in a question-and-answer session. For a tax-deductable donation of $300, fans can attend the game, and access the event. They will also receive a 1969 World Series trophy picture and an oversized replica of a World Series ticket.
Tickets are available at mets.com, by calling (718) 803-4074 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Eagle is a reporter and producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.