As improbable a Championship team as there ever was, the 1969 Mets were coming off a 73-89-1 season behind manager Gil Hodges, and entered in the first season of divisional play. The Mets had never had a winning season in their previous seven, and yet chased the Chicago Cubs thanks to outstanding pitching by Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman, a strong bullpen, and offensive fireworks from Clean Jones and Tommy Agee. It was a late-season surge, however, that allowed the Mets to take advantage of a late-season slump by the Cubs. The Mets made up a 10-game deficit, winning 14 of their last 17 games to finish 100-62, one of the most dramatic late-season surges in baseball history.
On September 24, in front of a hometown crowd, the Mets took the field against the St. Louis Cardinals and future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. Now six games in front, the Mets would score five runs in the first inning, Donn Clendennon hitting a three run home run and Ed Charles adding another two runs with a home run two batters later, chasing Carlton from the game and ensuring the Amazin' Mets would bring home their first pennant. Just over three weeks later, the Mets would beat the Baltimore Orioles and bring home the team's first World Championship.
Presented here is a fantastic ticket stub from that pennant-winning game, a mezzanine reserved seat that allowed a fan to celebrate with his ball club. Exhibiting visible toning and some paper loss at the perf from an irregular tear, some ink writing is also evident on the reverse (ostensibly the names of the fans that attended the game together). Eye appeal is strong, but historical significance is stronger, the ticket stub from the Mets' first pennant.