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Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Can't Fight City Hall

He could have been elected mayor at this moment.

If you didn’t make it to the ticker-tape parade the City of New York threw for its World Champion New York Mets in 1969, then by all means click right here for a delicious two-minute, forty-one second bite of it, courtesy of NYC Media. It’s part of a series called City Classics┬áthat combs the municipal archives for what would have to be characterized as Neat Stuff. For this episode (which I found on Channel 22 of my cable system), the fun starts at 1:10 and goes through 3:51. After that it gets kind of depressing.

They really knew how to name streets in those days.

Highlights include generous scanning of the Met-crazed crowd; a few words from John Lindsay, who had been hitching his re-election wagon to the Mets for several months; and the only man from whom the City Hall crowd really wanted to hear, Gil Hodges, who would have been voted into office immediately for anything he liked had his name been on a ballot. Gil humbly introduces the players and coaches who followed his lead into glory.

No. 1, eternally.

From there, we see the ticker-tape fall and the parade roll up the Canyon of Heroes. Everybody was very happy that autumn afternoon, including those of us who glimpsed it on TV in wonder as tykes. It still works as found footage. See how many Mets legends (and one villain) you can spot!

And if you’re not the type to forget ’69, then by all means visit Never Forget ’69, a fine blog whose updated URL belongs on your list of Mets bookmarks.

3 comments to Can’t Fight City Hall

  • Dave

    Thanks for posting…just happened to be in lower Manhattan yesterday and passed by the spot on the sidewalk where the 69 Mets are memorialized as parade honorees. It’s nice for my 17 year old daughter to see concrete evidence that the team has made it to the Promised Land, because she’s often wondered if it will ever happen in her lifetime.

    And a huge shoutout to our guy RA Dickey, high atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, all for the benefit of poor, abused, exploited young women half a world away. Might be the coolest Met ever.

  • Lou

    Hey guys, thanks for the plug! And for those old enough to remember, ’69 was truly a magical season. Great footage!

  • 69′ was way more than just a great season.. Everything about it was thrilling, exciting, and never to be forgotten by those who witnessed it!
    Hey that sounds a lot like the Football Giants win I saw last night….

    Rich P