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1969 Mets World Series Program
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In a 1969 statement aimed to illustrate the hopelessly improbable, Paul Dickson declared “If the Mets can win the World Series, then the United States can get out of Vietnam.” But as the National League’s pennant race progressed into late season, the Mets went on an irrepressible winning rampage – one that all the pundits assured would “end tomorrow.” As history has recorded, though, the once humble Mets simply overwhelmed all other contestants in the circuit and proceeded into the World Series – still vastly measured the underdog against the vaunted Orioles.
The Amazin’ Mets they were, and their winning in 1969 continued all the way to the summit of baseball. Game 3 of that World Series was hosted by the Mets (the first ever World Series game in Shea Stadium). And it’s from that tilt, we’re virtually certain, that this program derives. It is the official program, and its cover (with wonderfully expressive symbolism) was illustrated by Willard Mullin. The program is unscored. There are slight pen marks on the cover and creasing. Condition VG (Starter Grade).