Monday, April 20, 2009

Eddie Kranepool Autograph - 40 Years since 1969 Mets

Eddie Kranepool went from baseball's deepest valley to it's highest mountain. Kranepool is an original 1962 NY Mets and a member of the 1969 World Championship team. He and Al Jackson are the only two players to have that accomplishment. Of course, Gil Hodges was a player in '62 and was the Manager in '69.

Kranepool signed this baseball for me at the MAB Amazin' MetsFest last year.

Eddie Kranepool began playing with the Mets before he could legally vote! At age 17, Kranepool made his debut with the '62 Mets. He stayed with the team for 18 seasons. Kranepool hit 1,418 hits and retired with a .261 career average.

In the 1969 World Series, Kranepool capped the scoring in the Mets 5-0 Game 3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. In his only 1969 World Series game, Kranepool went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in the 8th inning off O's pitcher Dave Leonhard.

Thirty years since his last season, Eddie Kranepool is still considered one of the most popular Mets of all time.

I'll have more 1969 Mets autographs to post this week. It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since the Amazins won the World Series in 1969..

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