|Seaver wins 24th, Mets edge closer to NL East title|
The back-to-back NL pennant winning St. Louis Cardinals visited Shea to kick off the final week of the 1969 season. The Mets could clinch the NL East against the defending NL champ and 1967 World Series winning Cardinals with the right combination of New York wins and Chicago losses. A franchise formed because two other New York teams headed west just over a decade earlier and a proposed rival league to MLB, the Continental League, was going to put a team in the city, now stood on the brink of a Division Crown.
Ace Tom Seaver was on the mound looking for his 24th win of the season-he would find it. A scoreless affair into the 6th, New York put the first run on the board when Art Shamsky’s single to CF drove in Tommie Agee. An inning later they added two more on Seaver’s run-scoring single and Agee’s fielder’s choice. The Cards put two on with one out in the 8th but Bill White’s RBI groundout and Lou Brock’s bouncer to SS ended the threat. The final-New York 3, St. Louis 1.
The Mets (94-61) tacked another half-game on their NL East lead over the idle Cubs (89-66).