The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Miracle Mets continues in October, as an impeccable “Core Four” of Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky, and Ron Swoboda, gather once more to meet their fans with remembrances who never forget, and just as importantly, unite to raise funds and awareness for a cause that affects just about every man in their lifetime, prostate cancer.
Swoboda, Shamsky, and Kranepool will be at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Oct. 16, but on Oct. 21, they will be joined by Jones and special guest Edgardo Alfonzo in a more intimate gathering at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan for a lively conversation with Ed Randall, host of the popular radio series, “Talking Baseball.”
For the price of a basic concert ticket these days, or for some, a ballgame, fans will be able to interact with these legendary Mets who conquered the baseball world and captured the hearts of the country back in 1969, and with opportunities to participate in a silent auction, a cocktail reception, or even sponsor packages that include additional benefits.
It has been quite a year for the ‘69 Mets, with new books released, a weekend of commemorative events at Citi Field in June, appearances all over the NY Metro area, and now some icing for that Anniversary cake with their congregation at the SVA Theatre.
It’s always fun to reminisce with these Champion Mets as they recall the games and moments that led to their World Series victory, and with Fonzie on hand – who won the NY Penn League Championship this year managing the Brooklyn Cyclones, it will offer a chance to ask questions about the current Mets organization and which players will be up-and-comers in the near future.
The event is hosted by Fans4theCure, a non-profit organization headed by Randall, himself a prostate cancer survivor (and a former college ballplayer of note back in the day), and anyone who has ever heard his radio show, or remembers his TV series with the same name of “Talking Baseball,” knows that you could label him a baseball savant with reverence, and ask any question about the game’s history or its present state and receive an insightful response.
About one in nine men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, that’s a fact, so everyone will know someone who will be affected at some point, and the very treatable disease is very curable with early detection. This year, an estimated 31,000 men will die of prostate cancer and some 175,000 cases are projected to be diagnosed. A simple blood test is the key to early detection and to avoid joining these statistics.
For tickets or more information to this great event, contact: Karen Rosenberg, [email protected]; 1-212-625-1025. Fans may also register or buy tickets on-line at: fans4thecure.org/miraclemets.
Randall has also enabled a way that if any fan is unable to attend or would like to support members of the NYPD, NYFD, or local military service personnel, he would make those seats available to those at your request. Good way to support those who serve.
The SVA Theatre is at 333 W. 23rd St. in Manhattan.