The Mets and the Minnesota Twins closed spring training with an exhibition doubleheader at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. At the time, prognosticators placed the Mets’ odds of winning the World Series at 100-to-1. Manager Gil Hodges was more optimistic, predicting an 85-win season.
The Mets opened the season with an 11-10 loss at home to the Montreal Expos, the new NL expansion team. It was the Mets’ first game in the new six-team National League East division, which was now comprised of the Mets, the Expos, the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tommie Agee launched a home run into the upper deck at Shea Stadium. It would remain the only home run hit into that deck in the stadium’s 45-year existence. The Mets won over the Montreal Expos at home, 4-2.
With a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, the Mets achieved a winning record (24-23) for the first time since opening week. They would remain above .500 for the rest of the season.
The Mets won their eleventh straight game, a 9-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on the road. At the time, the streak was a franchise-best, but the run was later tied in 1972, 1986, 1990 and 2015.
As part of a midseason trade, the Montreal Expos sent Donn Clendenon to the Mets. Clendenon proved a welcome addition, as his postseason contributions earned him MVP honors in the 1969 World Series.
Tom Seaver took a perfect game into the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs when a single by Jim Qualls ended the bid. The Mets won at home, 4-0, following the memorable one-hit shutout.
After a rough couple of weeks, the Mets fell 10 games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs, their biggest deficit of the season. They won 12 of the next 13 games as the Cubs faltered. By Aug. 27, the Mets were within 2 ½ games of the leader.
With a little luck on their side, the Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs at home, 7-1. It was their 82nd win of the season, guaranteeing the first winning season in Mets history. It also brought the Mets within a ½ game of first place. Perhaps prophetically, the game was also remembered for the presence of a black cat that crossed in front of the Cubs dugout.
After sweeping a doubleheader against the Montreal Expos at home, the Mets found themselves atop the NL East, the first time they had held the division lead late in the season. They would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the year.
Following a 6-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals at home, the Mets clinched the NL East division championship.
Tom Seaver shut out the Philadelphia Phillies on the road, 1-0, to win his 25th game, the highest single season win total in franchise history.
The “Miracle Mets” finished the season with a record of 100-62. It was their first winning season and their first division title in franchise history.
The Mets faced the Atlanta Braves in the inaugural NLCS. They swept the Braves to win the best-of-five series and bring home the first NL pennant in franchise history.
The Mets took on the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. After dropping Game 1, the Mets stormed back with four consecutive victories to win their first World Series championship in franchise history.
New York City celebrated the World Series victory with a ticker tape parade in Manhattan.