Baseball: The Little Team That Did

For all those flinthearted skeptics and chimney-corner Christians who never really believed that the meek shall inherit the earth, let it be recorded that on Sept. 10, anno Domini 1969, at 8:43 p.m. (EOT), the New York Mets (TIME cover, Sept. 5), the court jesters of baseball for seven long, lugubrious years, marched triumphantly past the Chicago Cubs and into first place in the National League's Eastern Division standings. Naturally, in defeating the Montreal Expos 3-2 to achieve that pinnacle, the Mets committed three errors and struck out 16 times.

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