Ed Kranepool was born and raised in The Bronx. After graduating from James Monroe High School, where he broke Hall of Famer Hank Greenburg’s all-time home run record, Kranepool was signed by baseball’s new National League franchise — The New York Mets. At 17 years old, he received a $75,000 signing bonus.
1969. A year filled with rich history. This morning I watched a replay, in real time, of Apollo 11 lifting off for the moon at 9:32 am Eastern Daylight Time. Fifty years ago, I watched on a black and white Zenith television set in my family’s den. Several days later, we watched on that Sunday night as two Americans set foot on the moon’s surface. This was the stuff that captivated kids growing up in the space age of the 1960’s.
Erik Sherman, co-author of After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets, joins me on the podcast. We discuss Dwight Gooden’s recent struggles, meeting Tom Seaver and his experience writing about Mets history.
Nolan Ryan had a short, albeit storied, tenure with the New York Mets. In an interview with Newsday, Ryan recalls the 1969 World Series championship year and the impact his teammate and fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver had on him.
The 1969 Mets have representation in the Hall of Fame. But is it enough? Not according to many, many fans of that club, as well as actual team members. Now one player wants to elevate his efforts to enshrine that team’s manager, the late Gil Hodges.Art Shamsky, who played on the Mets from 1968 through 1971, will put together a committee to consider people from the “Golden Days Era” (1950 to 1969). Hodges has been considered by many of the committees, which feature Hall members as well as current team executives, historians and media folks, only to fall short.
Lenny Dykstra has sued former teammate Ron Darling for defamation and libel on Tuesday, following through on his threat to file a lawsuit for claims Darling made about Dykstra in his new book.