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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

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.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Truly Back in the Day

“[I]n the steep streets of Manhattan across the river,” Joe Durso wrote inĀ Amazing: The Miracle of the Mets, “computer cards and ticker tape rained from office windows while people danced on the sidewalks below. The Mets were the champions of the world on October 16, 1969.”In broadĀ daylight, no less.

4 comments to Truly Back in the Day

  • Anonymous

    From The Sporting News:
    “Shea Stadium was not the only scene of wild rejoicing in New York. Veteran observers of Gotham celebrations said they'd never seen anything to top this one, including the return of Charles A. Lindbergh after his New York-to-Paris flight in 1927, V-J Day in 1945 and the welcome for the Astronauts in 1969. In baseball's first 100 years, there was nothing to compare with the spectacular rise of the Mets.”

  • Anonymous

    You're right Greg,
    It was so far removed from what anybody expected that a parade before or since has never been matched. Also, never before had fans dugup sod for souvineers, which left Shea's turf looking like craters of the moon.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad for the Jets…

  • Anonymous

    Took my younger cousin to a Jet scrimage that November and the turf looked even worse than on television. That nothing was done was just another example of how the Mets treated the former Titans like second-rate tennants, even after they became Super Bowl champions.