New York Mets
"Year Of Change"
The 1967 New York Mets promotional film "Year Of Change" is now available on video in beautiful COLOR! For Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver fans, this one’s a must! You’ll see the earliest film footage ever shot of Ryan in a New York uniform, made during Mets spring training, 1968! N.L. Rookie-Of-The-Year Seaver (16-13) is shown extensively throughout the film as he was the brightest spot in the Mets 1967 season. Shown are some truly outstanding scenes, including young Tom at a Mets fan club meeting (you’ll hear him answering dumb questions), Seaver pitching to the heavy hitters of the N.L., such as Willie Mays and talking about trying to get them out, and finally action shots of his biggest thrill in baseball at that time – his save in the 1967 All-Star Game at Anaheim that went 15 innings. You’ll see rare color footage of Seaver’s performance in the game, and hear him comment on the action, what was going through his mind at the time, etc!
But there’s more here than just Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver! Other N.L. teams are shown in action at Shea Stadium as it looked a generation ago. The signing of Gil Hodges to manage the Mets for 1968 by G.M. Bing Devine is covered, as well as the new acquisitions of former batting champ Tommy Davis and starting pitcher Don Cardwell. Other Met players shown are Don Shaw, Alvin Jackson, Les Rohr, Steve Renko, Danny Frisella, Amos Otis, Bobby Heise and Ken Boswell. You’ll see and hear the Met stars of the day comment on baseball: Ron Swoboda talks about how he improved his fielding, Bud Harrelson demonstrates bunting and tells you his thoughts on the subject, and original Met Ed Kranepool talks about hitting for average vs. slugging for the fences.
Also shown on this tape is the fun of Mets baseball at Shea, including promotional events such as ‘Banner Day’, Family Day (Father-Son Game) and Old Timers Day.
The title of this original film, "Year Of Change" is both appropriate and prophetic, for in this tape you’ll see the beginnings of what would become a Mets World Championship Club in only two years taking shape! There is emphasis on the Mets farm system and player development, with clips of Met superscout Whitey Herzog beating the bushes at high school fields and college diamonds for good young talent. Then you’ll listen in, as Herzog reports on what he has seen to the Mets Director of Player Development & Scouting Bob Scheffing and Joe McDonald. He tells why he likes young Jon Matlack and recommends that the Mets make him their #1 pick in the upcoming draft in New York City. Then, you’ll actually see the draft unfold at the New York Hotel Americana, as Commissioner William Eckert leads the proceedings and the Yankees pick Rom Blomberg #1. In order, the Cubs select Terry Hughes, the Red Sox take Mike Garmen and then Joe McDonald announces the Mets selection of Jon Matlack! It’s Mets history being made right before your eyes!
Now you can get your own copy of this rare and historic 27-minute COLOR video for only $29.95 + $5.00 for FIRST CLASS PRIORITY SHIPPING. (Illinois residents must add $2.00 for sales tax.)
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