Mets fans are guaranteed something to celebrate in 2019 – the 50th anniversary of our improbable first World Series win. At a time when so much was going on in the world, those lovable comeback kids captivated the nation. Following seven losing seasons to begin their franchise history, the Mets leaned on a phenomenal young pitching staff to win 100 regular season games, followed by one of the greatest post season underdog stories ever told.
Actually, that story is about to be retold, as actor/director Edward Burns has teamed up with his boyhood hero, Tom Seaver, and sports writer Bill Madden to develop a documentary on the Miracle Mets. Burns, known for directing The Brothers McMullen and Sidewalks of New York, is a Queens-born, lifelong Mets fan.
The documentary will focus particularly on Seaver and his role on the team, as well as on the unlikely roster of young pitchers and veteran players who tore through the National League and beat a heavily favored Baltimore Orioles team for their first ever championship. “Tom has always been one of my idols,” Burns told Deadline.com. “It’s an honor and a thrill to bring his story to the screen.”
“Tom Seaver is one of the greatest pitchers,” Burns explains. “He’s also one of the most complex and interesting players to play the game. Seaver’s life is as compelling as any drama I could have written.” The film will feature commentary by Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Ron Darling, and the late Rusty Staub, whose interview for the documentary was his last before he died. With the full cooperation of Seaver and his wife Nancy, the production company has access to family archives and previously unseen footage.
The Mets organization plans to honor the 1969 team with a celebratory weekend series at the end of June when the Atlanta Braves come to Citi Field. The weekend festivities will feature promotional giveaways, including a replica jersey, pennant, and championship ring. The Saturday game will open with an anniversary ceremony to honor the 1969 champs. Details haven’t been revealed yet, but presumably this will include a new commemorative video, on field introduction of surviving players, speeches, and, hopefully, Tom Terrific throwing out the game’s first pitch.