The New York Mets went 108 - 54 in the 1986 season. This remains the franchise's best record to date. The only two other times they had 100 wins or more was in 1969 under Gil Hodges and in 1988 under Davey Johnson whose direction they were also under in '86.
Below are some of the players who were vital in achieving this record:
1986 New York Mets
Most Games by Position
To start off Mets week we thought we'd highlight 1986 and what better way to do it then with the Lets Go Mets music video. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
1986 was a big year for the Mets ball club. Under manager Davey johnson they won 108 games. In the post season they first defeat the Houston Astros to move on to the World Series. Although it was not an easy task they wound up clinching the title in Game 7 to win the franchise's second World Championship.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan threw out the first pitch at Citi Field on Tuesday wearing his Mitchell & Ness New York Mets Nolan Ryan jersey.
It's easier for a credible, well-respected person or media outlet to deceive others based on established relationships and trust, rather than those known for silly antics and constant distruth. For example, you'd be more likely to believe a news story reported by CNN than the latest gossip-blog release (we hope). Having said that, when well-known journalist and sports-writer, George Plimpton teamed up with Sports Illustrated and the New York Mets to trick the masses on April 1, 1985...it was easy. When we decided to share this, we hit the Mitchell & Ness archives to pull out the very issue.
Enjoy the photos and make sure to check out the full article in the Sports Illustrated Vault.
Plimpton's article, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch, was published in the April 1, 1985 issue of Sports Illustrated. This article introduced the world to New York Mets pitching prospect, Sidd Finch. Finch was a strange bird: He wore a hiking boot on his right foot. He was fluent in English, German and Sandskrit. He was a skilled yoga-master. He threw a 168 mph fastball. Met's fans everywhere ate this up and flooded SI with requests for more details...the problem was this epic player existed only in the mind of author, Plimpton.
Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden are honored by the Mets by being inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame! For their induction they sported none other than the Mitchell & Ness Authentic Batting Practice Jacket!