Kranepool Homers Twice as Mets Take Opener

Filed under Atlanta Braves, League Championship Series, New York Mets
October 4, 1969
Mets' second baseman Ken Boswell leaps over incoming Orlando Cepeda of the Braves in playoff action in Atlanta.
Mets’ second baseman Ken Boswell leaps over incoming Orlando Cepeda of the Braves in playoff action in Atlanta.

The New York Mets took the opening game of the first-ever National League playoff round with a 5-1 over the Atlanta Braves. Ed Kranepool, the grizzly 24-year-old veteran of this youthful Mets bunch, hit a pair of home runs in the win. Tom Seaver held the Braves’ lineup to five hits, including a solo home run by Felix Millan. The big blow came in the third inning when Tommie Agee cleared the bases with a two-out three-run double in the second inning. Agee’s blow was preceded by a fielding error by Braves’ first baseman Orlando Cepeda on Seaver’s grounder to first. Agee was thrown out at third base to end the inning. “We’re invincible, I really believe that,” said Kranepool, the only player from the original 1962 expansion roster for New York, after the game. “I think we’re going to win this pennant, then I think we’re going right on in to win the World Series. And I think that would be the greatest thing in the world for our young players – and for me, too.”

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