The club was a baseball comedy act from the year of its premature birth, 1962, right through 1968, losing an average of 105 games a season. And then came the surprise of '69. Elsewhere it was a horrible year, but New York witnessed a miracle: the Mets winning 100 games in the regular season, then beating the Baltimore Goliaths in the World Series. The miracle of Flushing Meadows, Queens. Tom Seaver, the ace on the '69 team, and Nolan Ryan, its young fireballer, reunited recently at Tom's vineyard in California. Ryan is the president of the Texas Rangers.
Text: Michael Bamberger/SI
Photo: New York Daily News, Walter Iooss Jr./SI