Symbolic of his team’s transformation, the trials and tribulations of Donn Clendenon was a mere microcosm of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” endeavor. This baseball is autographed by the late Clendenon (d.2005) with an inscription summarizing the improbable feats realized in Queens that year. The snow-white OML orb (grade “10”) is signed on the sweet spot in blue ballpoint (“9” strength) and inscribed “69 W.S. MVP.”
As for Clendenon’s reversal of fortune (and resultantly, that of the New York Mets) that year, when he woke up on June 15, he was a member of the expansion Montreal Expos, batting .240 with four home runs for a last-place team with a horrific 15-41 mark. He was dealt to the Mets that day, who were in second place, nine games behind the front-running Cubs. Clendenon’s bat heated up and helped power the Mets to 39 wins in their last 50 games to overtake the Cubs and eventually advance to the World Series. In that Fall Classic, Clendenon hit .357 with three home runs to earn MVP honors.
Accompanying is a cert/sticker from JSA.