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December 23, 1974
They were moments of triumph and despair, deeds that wrenched tradition, achievements that set standards for a whole generation of striving. Out of these 20 years, there emerge a few prime movers, a few seminal events that continue to kick up bursts of dust, spray, faith, anguish and jubilation in the memories of fans who cheered and moaned. The photographs on this and the next 27 pages celebrate the athletes, the moments, the turning points.
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December 23, 1974

You Must Remember These

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If a kid didn't idolize Mickey Mantle, shown rounding third on a game-winning 10th-inning homer, then who was his hero?

Willie Mays turns his back on the world and Vic Wertz' drive, lo capture both.

Jim Lonborg is engulfed by Bostonians after the Sox' last-day '67 pennant win.

The earth shook when the Mets took the Series and the fans look off with the turf.

Juan Marichal goes after John Roseboro in a rarity: a baseball fight with blood.

Yogi Berra, who caught it, and Don Larsen, who threw it: a perfect World Series game.


There is no more perdurable and vertiginous Figure than Casey Stengel He said of 20-year-old prospect Greg Goossen, "In 10 years he has a chance to be 30.

He was the first to call the Mets "amazin'," and he asserted lour years ago, "Most people my age are dead at the present time."

He tipped his hat os a player, allowing a sparrow to fly out, and did it again some 50 years later at an old-timers game, on this occasion unveiling a pigeon, and said: "That's inflation."

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