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William C. Altreuter

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Scrolling around for something to watch before going to bed last night, I came upon Game Three of the 1969 World Series. Jackie O and John-John were in the stands, sharing a box with Jerry Lewis. Nelson Rockefeller was there. And the Metropolitans blew past the Orioles 5-0. Tommie Agee made two spectacular saves in in centerfield, one of which came with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth. Nolan Ryan came in to relieve Gary Gentry and he was Nolan Ryan, baby. He pitched like that for the next twenty seven years. It was his only World Series appearance, and it was in a Mets uniform. In the eighth inning he got Frank Robinson to fly out to right center (the second spectacular catch Agee made that day-- oh, and he'd led off the game with a home run), then struck out Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson. Paul Blair looked at a called third strike to end the game-- Ryan's third strikeout of the game.

Other highlights included Shea Stadium with green walls, the stands filled with men in hats and women in dresses, the fact that it was an afternoon start, played in daylight, the hilarious sideburns on the players, and the terrific flannel uniforms. Nice.

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