1969 Mets: An Amazin’ Race to the Top

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A few days before facing the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III on Jan. 12, 1969, quarterback Joe Namath famously guaranteed his New York Jets would win. And they did. When the New York Mets reported to Florida for spring training the following month, ace Tom Seaver did not follow suit and predict a World Series championship. Nobody did. Most thought Namath was nuts, as the Jets were 18-point underdogs. The Mets had mostly just been dogs through their first seven seasons, compiling a 394-737 record while never finishing higher than ninth in a 10-team National League. Predicting…

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