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Notes On Mets/Braves Game 3/1969 NLCS

June 29, 2020

I love “Baseball Reference” ( and am enthralled by the work they have done to preserve baseball history.

Now maybe, some new type statistics caused a two run home run by the eventual losing team, that put said team up by a run to be placed ahead of a similar two run home run in importance, with the big difference being it put the eventual winning team ahead to stay. 

Their order of game’s important plays below:

r Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
t5 2-3 2 1– RR ATL Orlando Cepeda Nolan Ryan -29% 39% Home Run; Carty Scores
b5 3-4 1 1– RR NYM Wayne Garrett Pat Jarvis 29% 70% Home Run; Ryan Scores
b4 1-2 0 1– RR NYM Ken Boswell Pat Jarvis 23% 69% Home Run; Shamsky Scores
t1 0-0 1 1– RR ATL Hank Aaron Gary Gentry -18% 32% Home Run; Gonzalez Scores
b3 0-2 1 — R NYM Tommie Agee Pat Jarvis 11% 40% Home Run

Same 5th inning “Cha Cha’s” (Cepeda) blast put Atlanta (Braves) down (2-0) in that ’69 NLCS, ahead by 1 (4-3), while Wayne Garrett’s homer put the Mets ahead (5-4) in an eventual (7-4) pennant clinching win, en route to the title.

Clearly Garrett’s 2RHR was more important than Cepeda’s. Far more clear, Baseball Reference ( did a superb job and I, for one, though citing the above, am very grateful.


Wayne Garrett 1971.JPG

Wayne Garrett, pictured above, homered to put the Mets ahead to stay in their pennant clinching game 3 win vs the Atlanta Braves in the 1969 NLCS.

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