I'll forever miss Bob Murphy, to me the all-time voice of the New York Mets._________________________________________________________
I also loved the title. When I first saw the card I remember going " yeaaa, Mets show muscle!". Topps used this phrase again in the '71 World Series cards when Frank Robinson showed muscle.
They didn't give an MVP award for the N.L.C.S. in 1969. But if they did it would have been an interesting call as to who would have received it. Art Shamsky led in hits(7) and avg(.538) but he did little else, driving in 1 and scoring 3 times. Ken Boswell, who only had 3 round trippers all season hit the two most important home runs in his life and had 5 RBI. Tommie Agee (2SB, 4R, 1DB, 2HR, 4RBI,.357) and Cleon Jones (2SB, 4R, 2DB, 1HR, 4RBI,.429) both had similar numbers and a great series.
Mound wise the Mets much ballyhooed pitching didn't show up, the ERA for the entire staff for the three games was .500. Nolan Ryans game three 7 inning 3 hit relief performance is most noteworthy, but would it have given him the nod in a 3 game sweep?
Hank Aaron batted .357. He had 5 hits. Two were doubles, 3 were home runs, one in each game. He drove in seven runs in the three games. It pains me to give this award to a non-Met but I'm afraid Hank wins it. This might have been crazy controversial if it really happened in the very first N.L.C.S.
I have used excerpts from William J. Ryczek's excellent book The Amazin' Mets, 1962-1969 for info on cardbacks and text. This book is a great read for any Met fan.
The stat card with the Met totals is an actual Topps card.