This Week in 1960s Baseball
(September 24, 1969) In the inaugural season of divisional play, the New York Mets tonight clinched the first-ever National League East title behind Gary Gentry’s four-hit pitching and the slugging of Donn Clendenon and Ed Charles.
Gary Gentry (12-12) pitched a four-hit shutout as the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 to clinch the East Division title.
The Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 as Gentry (12-12) went the distance for the shutout victory. Gentry struck out five and walked two in pitching his third shutout of the season.
The losing pitcher was Steve Carlton (17-11).
Mets first baseman Donn Clendenon homered twice with four RBIs. Since being acquired from the Montreal Expos in June, Clendenon has hit 11 home runs with 35 RBIs in 68 games.
Mets third baseman Ed Charles added a two-run home run in the third inning.
The Mets clinched the East Division title in front of 54,298 frenzied Shea Stadium fans. After the game, the crowd spilled onto the field en masse to celebrate.
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