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Still champs, 40 years later

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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 12:00 am

The Mets may not be doing so well this year in their new home, Citi Field, but there was cause for celebration Saturday as the 1969 World Series team was honored.

Graying and a llittle heavier than in their playing days, players from the team known as the “Miracle Mets” gathered in the shadow of Citi Field in the parking lot where Shea Stadium was located.

Shown from left are Wayne Garrett, Jerry Grote, Eddie Yost, Al Jackson, Bobby Pfeil, Joe Pignatano, Jim McAndrew, Tom Seaver, Al Weis, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Koosman, Duffy Dyer (partially hidden), Bud Harrelson, Rod Gaspar, Gary Gentry and Ron Swoboda.

Yost and Pignatano were coaches. Showing up later for pre-game ceremonies were New York icon Yogi Berra, a coach in ‘69, and the legendary pitcher, Nolan Ryan. The 40th annniversary celebration brought together 21 players and coaches.

Seaver credited Manager Gil Hodges, who died in 1972, for their success that season. It was one of the greatest World Series upsets ever, with the Mets beating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in five games.

—Liz Rhoades

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