Originally posted on Faith and Fear  |  Last updated 1/13/12
He could have been elected mayor at this moment. If you didn’t make it to the ticker-tape parade the City of New York threw for its World Champion New York Mets in 1969, then by all means click right here for a delicious two-minute, forty-one second bite of it, courtesy of NYC Media. It’s part of a series called City Classics that combs the municipal archives for what would have to be characterized as Neat Stuff. For this episode (which I found on Channel 22 of my cable system), the fun starts at 1:10 and goes through 3:51. After that it gets kind of depressing. They really knew how to name streets in those days. Highlights include generous scanning of the Met-crazed crowd, a few words from John Lindsay, who had been hitching his re-election wagon to the Mets for several months, and the only man from whom the City Hall crowd really wanted to hear, Gil Hodges, who would have been voted into office immediately for anything he liked had his name been on a ballot. Gil humbly introduc...
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