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Abruptly begins with audio from United Nations, interrupted at 4:30 in for the City Hall reception for the New York Mets, winners of the 1969 World Series.
Star Spangled Banner sung.
Mayor John V. Lindsay speaks to the cheering audience. He introduces the President of the NY Mets, Joan Payson and Chairman of the Mets, Don Grant.
Grant reminds everyone present that many people contributed the victory from the very top to the "man who shined Mr. Jones' shoes." He also thanks the "greatest fans in the world."
Mayor Lindsay then renames the street on which Gil Hodges lives: presently 3400 block Bedford Ave. Brooklyn becomes "Gil Hodges' Place" for the day.
Gil Hodges, Mets manager, thanks the Mayor and reminds all listening to not go over to Gil Hidges' Place. Hodges is then awarded the Bronze Medallion of the City of New York.
Hodges then introduces the members of the team, including the coaching staff.
City Council President Francis Smith speaks.
Ed Kranepool speaks on behalf of the team.
Eric Zorro reports on the day's events.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 48883
Municipal archives id: T4928
This is a machine-generated transcript. Text is unformatted and may contain errors.
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Are all points of principle on which their POV as best is policy that the bowsers going to concerts and foreign spy directly related to the question of the strengthening international security we regard the Soviet proposal for that really if you are you a Shouldn't of the Security Council as it timely one as we know the council is going to use now the. Accessible powers in matters acting international peace and security it has a sweeping. Well there all. We interrupt the United Nations session now to bring you the following special program coming to you from the steps of City Hall I W N Y C bring to a special broadcast of the city's local official reception for the New York Mets dissipating in the city today Mayor John V. Lindsay the members of the Board of Estimate on the city council manager Gil Hodges just come down the speaker's platform along with teammates at Crane pole the Mets well represented a visit provided by the First Army band. That's Malins you know a national anthem sung by Robert Merrill. Yeah. OK. That worked together because they believe that they could go all the way so to Gil Hodges to Mrs Pace and to Don Graham and to all of the Mets past and present we say thank you for giving New York another championship. And thank you thank you for giving us this summer and fall of Joy thank you for reminding us what a great team can do from all of us you are number one now it is my honor to introduce the president of the New York Mets Jones safety. And Dunn Grant. Maryland's A honored guest Never did I think that says a glorious ending would be for the Mets when I came to New York in one nine hundred twenty five looking for a job I never dreamt that such a thing would happen to me no one person no one person is responsible. For this success of the Mets never in the history of baseball have so many people participated in this success from the top to the very bottom. And I remind you of the man who shined Mr Jones' shoes how important his job was Mr Mann we thank you for this reception on behalf of Mrs Payson Mr Walker the other owners of the board of directors and the team and particularly the way want to thank the greatest fans in the room thank you very much. For. Flying OK now it is my honor and privilege where renaming for the day the streets in New York City on which killed Hodges live. That straight is presently thirty four hundred block that print Avenue Brooklyn and today it's become Gil Hodges place. Thank you Mayor Lindsay and I would just like express my thanks to Mayor Lindsay and all the staff and all of you wonderful people here in the New York City and certainly on behalf of the Mets I the players I'm just happy I'm proud to be their manager and all of us are just thrilled at the day and I might add in closing just that all of us stay over here don't go to Gil Hodges place Thank you. The Bronze Medallion of the city of New York given this day together Hodges manager of the world champion New York Mets. Thank you again Mayor and it is my privilege to introduce the ballplayers to you this afternoon I guess I don't know where to start I guess we'll start over in with the coaching staff I think Mr and Mrs Yogi Bear with. Mr Ruth Walker. And Tommy Agee. Has Mr and Mrs Ed crane pool their separate. Mr and Mrs Jerry Koosman. Mr and Mrs Tom Seaver. Mr and Mrs but Harold's and. Mr and Mrs Tug McGraw. Mr and Mrs Jack to Laura. Mr Don Cardwell. Mr and Mrs ranchero Botha. And I think I'll switch over here to the coaching staff again Mr and Mrs Joe picking a tanto. Mr Mrs Eddy Yost. Mr Ed Charles. Mr Mrs Bobby file. Mr and Mrs Nolan Ryan. Mr and Mrs Gary gentry. One of our single boys Wayne Garrett. Mr Kyle Coons. Mr Mrs Jim McAndrew. Another single rod gas bars. Mr Mrs Jerry grody. Mr and Mrs Al White. Mr Don Clinton and. Mr and Mrs Duffy dart in the back room. Mr Mrs J. C. Martin. Mr Ron Taylor. Have I missed any of the players. Who. We are we apologize for Mr Jones We made sure that he went out to see Baltimore went back home that's. OK Ed crane pulled gonna speak for the team. On. Thank you very much it's certainly my pleasure to speak to the members of the ball club after eight frustrating years I know how the fellows of felt and it's certainly all pleasure to be able to offer New York a kind of ball club that they certainly deserve this is my pleasure today and what we have to do this morning is. All the fellows were going to receive something from the mayor and it's certainly my pleasure right now to. The world champion Mets and it's been a long eight years and we finally made it thank you. So as I call you names would you please come up. GARRETT us Ron tell. Gary gentry. Don Cardwell. Ron. Tug McGraw. Jim McAndrew Jerry. Tommy. Jerry. Duffy. Rod. Chance. Not here today but certainly appreciate the thing. After the members of the Mets I certainly would like to take this opportunity to thank you. This coaching staff you certainly did a fine job and we're certainly looking forward to ninety seven and thank you very much. One fellow I certainly forgot and I over fly to I felt a lot of first base thoughts Lebanon. Right now across the tail it's my opportunity again to introduce our coaching staff with it which did a great job you have met all great manager Joe Hodges and now we have Yogi Bear on groove walka Eddie Yost and Joe playing the Tonto they play softball and. Also I'm sure you don't Clendenon those receiving a water as you know it's it's either water the most valuable player in the series so a little hand with Auckland then Odetta great off on. With starting to like thank the mayor for a great job and a beautiful day today thank you very much. This is a moment to learn that I was and I'll address Bob Walker broadcast of the myth that so many are rampant here at city hall of Murphy and Herbie Walker vice president of the Mets. How else are the man with the sign. Rank Smith Crescent City. There is City Council President Francis X. move. You know how the song is just one minute if you're well. And you bring up the amount later right. Here. You see that four of us there will be a piece of metal land in city hall. And the members of the council governors and presidents eat their hearts out looking at it and I am referring to those pitching Rapa which Mr Donald Grant presented to us at the conclusion of the World Series victory he said at that time that it was presented to the greatest city with the greatest fans from the greatest. I'm not going to waste the three winning pitches on the World Series games Jericho's job seeker and Jerry check through the steps forward. An hour for Mets fans. From the out throughout the entire world the majority leader and I really enjoy walking invite you all to come in and to touch this magic carpet on a day that proclaimed by the city council I also tell you today that the city council is considering another war the fickle finger of fate award. Presented to Maryland because of. Facebook championships depart from Maryland to New York thank you very much. Thanks to Bud Palmer commissioner of public events for the days arrangement thank you Mets for winning Let's go Mets. Marilyn's leave for claiming what seems to be the end of the success of OK genre city hall you can hear the chanting of a very young crowd of hands very large gatherings of AIDS one of the mutts marathoning amazing success of winning the National League Baseball on the World Series over the Orioles baseball players of the teens and presented with models the first time a band will strike up some music. Funding surrounding city hall that red carpet three months for the. American flag rise on the high members of the fire department signing by. All balls sharing. One of us will fight my disability program one of the great Mets fans nearly my was a squash Tom I have and I was very colorful signs all around had his place the speakers found an honor of his loyal devotion to the amazing one of the signs up on the steps of City Hall Come on let's see baby we hope with you you know we thank you all three at least ten thousand people here and. Well music of solving the finish of this program and friends of Smith for the cause the president has invited all Mets fans to come in and such leave fabulous pictures down the rubber that has been taken out of shape stadium and placed here at city hall for a look see at such and maybe get a little bit of the glamour from the from the pitcher's mound here that clinched the final game of the World Series the Mets and the Orioles five three. Lots of activity here today lots of electricity in the air still standing by all because a glimpse of maybe some of the players as they won their way out of the city hall area but the situation here is well in the hands of a very happy OK day. On a shining What more could you ask for. So that's it for this joyful ceremony which are biological dissipative also members of the Board of us about control of Mario property and I was there all the members of the president's party suffering from Manhattan. Bob Connor from Staten Island Sydney love us from Queens coming by the all from the Bronx and all the city council figures all on hand to shake hands to present gifts to the Mets players and Gil Hodges was speeding along as well as a crane bull who is lead teams the official spokesman being the eldest member not in age but in time of playing on the Mets he began with them at their original starting point several years ago and sole survivor. So there you have it the Mets caravan headed up north from Chambers World Center Street Lafayette and Reed Park in South Avenue one little word now concerning this afternoon's schedule for the Mets players there will be a private reception at the mayor's residence the Gracie Mansion and at six thirty they will leave the more Flushing Meadow Park by a rush hour route that has not yet been determined seven o'clock will be another rally with searchlights fireworks and more boardroom by a Charles forcing bottom out. Seven thirty tonight I'll go to Shea Stadium where they want to point to two weeks ago and the World Series last Thursday. Out from City Hall Park and return you to our studios in LET ME IN A COUPLE building.