Ron Swoboda Joins 'Mike's On' To Discuss Miracle Mets, Famous Catch

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March 21, 2019 - 5:51 pm
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By WFAN.com

Ron Swoboda will forever hold a place in New York Mets' history books.

The former outfielder was never known for his defensive abilities, but it was a play he made with his glove that has made him an all-time Mets legend.

Swoboda made a diving, game-saving catch in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 1969 World Series, forcing extra innings where New York won in the 10th. 

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Swoboda joined "Mike's On" Thursday to promote his new book, "Here's the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More," which is appropriately being released on the team's 50th anniversary of its first World Series title. 

"Hell yes," Swoboda said when asked if he thought in the moment that he might not make his famous catch. "But you know, it was too late to stop. I just kept burning as much as I could and laid out. When I laid out, that thing hit me up in the web, and I know when it hit up in my web, I had that one."

What made the magical World Series run so special was the drastic turnaround the Mets had from 1968 to 1969. 

In 1968, the Mets went 73-89 and finished 9th (out of 10 teams) in the National League. In fact, in the franchise's first seven years of existence, the team never finished with a winning record.

However, that all changed in 1969, when New York won an impressive 100 games during the regular season before cruising through the postseason to a World Series title.

"(1969) did have that magic of never having done anything like that," Swoboda told Mike Francesa about the Mets' amazing run to the franchise's first World Series championship. "Most of us had never been in the postseason in professional baseball. It's still something that when we get together, we look back at one another and go 'You know, that was the sweetest thing that happened to most of us in our whole career.'"

To listen to Mike's full interview with Ron Swoboda, click on the audio player above.