’69 Mets Reunited for 50th Anniversary at Cradle of Aviation Museum

Second Row (L to R): Art Shamsky, Rod Gaspar, Duffy Dyer, Jack DiLauro, Jim McAndrew, Wayne Garrett 
First Row (L to R): Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Ron Taylor, J.C. Martin, Jerry Grote
Photo Credit: Ron Leonhard, Cradle of Aviation Museum
Caption: 1969 Mets Reunite for their 50th Anniversary of their historic World Series win. Seated in front of the Lunar Module-13 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Garden City, NY – June 28, 2019 – 1969 was an incredible year for space and for baseball as Americans watched heroes emerge on the moon and on the field. On June 27, 2019, players from the championship team reunited at the Cradle of Aviation Museum & Education Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their amazin season.  All proceeds from the fundraising benefit even benefit  the Cradle of Aviation’s education and preservation programs. 

The “Amazin’ Mets or Miracle Mets, were considered one of the worst teams in baseball since their start in 1962. With solid young new pitchers and under the leadership of disciplined coach, Gil Hodges, the Mets turned it all around in 1969 through teamwork and a focus on winning. On October 16, 1969, they became the world champions of baseball defeating the Baltimore Orioles with four straight wins; considered one of the greatest upsets in baseball history.

“For years people used to say we’ll land a man on the moon before the Mets win the world series…well in 1969 both events happened and both events changed the world for the better”. – Andrew Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater.  Currently, the museum is celebrating  “Countdown to Apollo at 50” sponsored by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in East Garden City.  For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org

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Second Row (L to R): Art Shamsky, Rod Gaspar, Duffy Dyer, Jack DiLauro, Jim McAndrew, Wayne Garrett 
First Row (L to R): Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Ron Taylor, J.C. Martin, Jerry Grote
Photo Credit: Ron Leonhard, Cradle of Aviation Museum
Caption: 1969 Mets Reunite for their 50th Anniversary of their historic World Series win. Seated in front of the Lunar Module-13 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

The ’69 Mets Team and Doc Gooden (L) and Andrew Parton, President of Cradle of Aviation Museum  (R)

The ’69 Mets Team and wives.