The Miracle Is Just Getting Started


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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The Fabulous 50-50 Club


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(September 3, 1961) – The New York Yankees today defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-5, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on home runs from Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard.

The winning pitcher was Luis Arroyo (13-3).

The Yankees took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning on home runs from Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. New York added another run in the fifth inning on Bobby Richardson’s two-out RBI single. Continue reading

Runnels Gets Nine Hits as Red Sox Sweep Tigers


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(August 30, 1960) – Today the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers, taking the night cap by a 3-2 score after winning the opener 5-4 in 15 innings.

Red Sox infielder Pete Runnels collected nine hits during the doubleheader. Runnels went six for seven in the opener, with five singles and a double in the fifteenth inning that drove home Frank Malzone with the winning run. Continue reading