Ode to Donn

                                                                     Donn Clendenon

Clend_3_2Born: 7/15/1935 in Neosho, MO.                Died: 9/17/2005 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Thank you Donn for helping the Mets win their first World Championship. We couldn’t have done it without you.Clend_41_2

For all you young Met fans who have never heard of Donn Clendenon:

First Baseman, Donn Clendenon came over to the Mets in a trade with Montreal about 40 games into the 1969 season and played a major part in the Mets winning the NL Pennant. But, his greatest glory was to come in the World Series. In what would turn out to be Clendenon’s only Postseason opportunity, he hit .357 with 3 HRs  and helped create the  "Miracle in New York"  as the Mets shocked the Country by beating Earl Weaver’s heavily favored Orioles in 5 games (4-1). Clendenon at age 33 and in his 9th season in the majors was named World Series MVP.

1969wsprogram_3The next season might have been Clendenon’s best as he hit .288 with 22 HRs and 97 RBIs in only 396 ABs. He would end his career two years later in a reduced role for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals. In 12 seasons with the Pirates, Mets and Cardinals, Clendenon hit .274 with 159 HRs and 682 RBIs.
                                                                                                                                      We will always remember you Donn as one of the heroes of the "Miracle Mets" team of 1969.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                            Rest In Peace                                                                                                                                                                     

 

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