1969 Fast Facts: Sports

New York Jets Super Bowl Victory

• January 13, 1969 New York Jets Def Baltimore Colts 16-7 to win Super Bowl III

• Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guaranteed" victory on the Thursday before the game.

• Jets win led the AFL (American Football League) to its first Super Bowl victory.

• Before Super Bowl III Baltimore had lost only once in 16 games all season.

• Namath was chosen the outstanding player of the game

• Namath completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.

• Jets' defense intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall 3 times in the first half.

• The Jets had 337 total yards, including 121 rushing yards by Matt Snell.

• Johnny Unitas came off the bench and led Baltimore to its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter after New York led 16-0.

New York Met World Series Championship

• New York Mets defeated Baltimore Orioles in 1969 World Series 4 games to 1.

• Series played October 11-16, 1969

• Mets lost opening game of series but won 4 consecutive to win Series.

• Mets started the 1969 season as 100-1 longshots.

• Mets won final series game, 5-3, before a record crowd of 57,397 in New York's Shea Stadium.

• Total attendance for the five-game series was 272,378.

• Total receipts for the series was $2,857,782.

• The teams shared a pool of $1,142,200.

• Each Met received about $20,000, while each Oriole received about $15,000.

• Met first baseman Donn Clendenon was named the outstanding player of the series.

• Clendenon set 3 individual records for a five-game series.

• September 10, 1969 Mets reach first place for the first time in franchise history.

• September 24, 1969 Mets clinch first National League East Championship in franchise history.

• October 4, 1969 Mets play first postseason game in their history, a 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. It is also the first Championship Series game in National League history.

• October 6, 1969 Mets win the first National League Championship in their history, defeating the Braves at Shea 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep.

• October 11, 1969 - The Mets play in the first World Series game in their history, a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.