When Gotham was Eden: The great wins and good times of a magical year in Big Apple sports

NEW YORK — When the Knicks routed the expansion Seattle SuperSonics by 25 points in the season opener at Madison Square Garden, Oct. 14, 1969, the Mets were two days away from winning the franchise’s first World Series title at Shea Stadium in neighboring Queens.Shea’s football denizens had already done their part to electrify New York City sports fans earlier that year, when the Jets marched to Super Bowl III victory, their brash quarterback Joe Namath guaranteeing the win over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts three nights before the big game.With a young Tom Seaver at the front of a pitch…

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