Beyond the Miracle: The Mets of the Early 1970s

By Douglas Jordan

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Looking back, the 1969 Miracle Mets year seems to be the lone successful season in the first two decades of franchise existence. But this perception is wrong. The Mets' performance that year was surprising based on the seven seasons that preceded it, but 1969 was not the only successful year for the Mets. The team was competitive from 1969 to 1973. The purpose of this article is to refresh our memories of what actually happened during that time period. . . .

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