April 21, 2022

1969 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champions: the New York Mets; & AL and NL Stats Leaders.

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1969 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champions the New York Mets & AL and NL Stats Leaders

By Bill Turianski on the 21st of April 2022;
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1969 MLB Location-map with jersey-logos with 1969 attendances, featuring the ’69 World Series champion New York Mets.
This is my third in a series.
Here are links to the first two posts in this series:
1967 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’67 World Series champions: the St. Louis Cardinals;
1968 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’68 World Series champions: the Detroit Tigers.

The map shows the locations of the 24 Major League Baseball teams of 1969.
At the foot of the map-page are 1969 MLB Statistical Leaders (in both the American League and the National League), in the following categories: ERA, Wins, WAR for Pitchers; Batting Average, Home Runs, RBIs, WAR for Position Players. A photo of each player is shown, with stats; photo credits are at the foot of this post.

At the top of the map-page is a section for the 1969 MLB champions, the New York Mets. I featured photos of the 12 players on the ’69 Mets with the highest WAR [Wins Above Replacement], plus the their manager, Gil Hodges. Photo credits are at the foot of this post. The players are: Tom Seaver (RHP & 1969 Cy Young Award winner), Cleon Jones (LF), Tommie Agee (CF), Jerry Koosman (LHP), Jerry Grote (C), Tug McGraw (LHP/reliever), Gary Gentry (RHP), Bud Harrelson (SS), Art Shamsky (OF/1B/PH), Ron Taylor (RHP/reliever), Don Cardwell (RHP), Ken Boswell (2B).

On the map, next to each MLB team’s location-dot there are 3 things: their cap-logo, one of their jersey-logos (either home or away jersey), and a rectangular box (listing: ballpark, win total in 1969, and home average attendance in ’69). The jersey-logos are either from a photo of the old jerseys (see 22 photo credits at the foot of this post) or illustrations of such: one (California Angels) from; one (Detroit Tigers) that I drew myself. The jersey-logo for each team is sized to reflect that team’s 1969 average attendance: the larger the jersey-logo, the higher the attendance that year. Any other team logos on the team’s uniforms in 1969 are also shown (specifically, shoulder-patch-logos, of which there were 6 of such in 1969: for the Astros, the Braves, the Cubs, the Mets, the Padres, and the Twins).

Speaking of shoulder-patch logos, there was another thing going on in Major League Baseball in 1969: the 100th anniversary of the first professional touring baseball club: the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869. A special red-white-&-blue modernist logo was created – reputedly using the formidable silhouette of Minnesota Twins’ slugger Harmon Killebrew. {See this: MLB logo looks like Harmon Killebrew at bat (from 2011, by Pioneer Press/ via Also see this: Who is that silhouetted man? (from 2008, by Paul Lucas at} So anyway, this logo, in the form of the Centennial patch, was worn by almost all the MLB teams in 1969 (on at least one of their jerseys that year), except for the Pittsburgh Pirates (I have no idea why, and neither does this baseball card blogger, at {To get a quick glance at all those uniforms, here are links to the Baseball Hall of Fame website’s ‘Dressed to the Nines’ database’s 1969 pages: 1969 AL; 1969 NL (illustrations by Marc Okkonen).} If you are wondering about the Cubs, in the illustration in the preceding link, the logo is not visible, as it is located on the raised shoulder that is holding the bat. But I included an image of the logo on the Cubs’ road jersey on the map here. I included several of the MLB-100th-anniversary-logos on the map, on the jerseys of the A’s, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and Mets. This MLB-100th-anniversary logo, in a very slightly altered form, has become the official MLB logo to this day. And each MLB team wears a version of this logo on the back of their ball caps, done in team colors.

    1969 MLB expansion & Divisional re-organization…

Major League Baseball’s 1969 season was the first season of the Divisional Era.
1969 also saw a 4-team expansion – MLB’s third expansion of the decade. The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Pilots joined the American League; the Montreal Expos and the San Diego Padres joined the National League. [Note: the Seattle Pilots relocated to Milwaukee, WI as the Milwaukee Brewers just one year later (in 1970); the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC as the Washington Nationals 36 years later (in 2005).] So in 1969, the now-12-team AL, and the now-12-team NL were divided into two 6-team divisions each, with those divisional winners playing in a best-of-5-series, the winners, of course, advancing to the World Series.

Brief re-cap of the 1969 regular season
The American League saw no real divisional title-races in 1969. The Baltimore Orioles, with an MLB-best record of 109-53, won the AL East easily, by 19 games, and then, in the new playoffs, swept the AL West champion Minnesota Twins in 3 games. In the National League East, the once-hapless New York Mets, who had never had a winning record in their 7 seasons, came back from 9 games behind the Chicago Cubs, going 37-11 down the stretch. In their relatively new, 5-year-old venue, Shea Stadium (which they shared with the NFL’s New York Jets), the Mets drew the biggest crowds in all of baseball that year, drawing 26.5 K per game. The Mets went 100-62, and beat out the faltering Cubs by 8 games to win the NL East title. The NL West saw an unusual 5-team divisional race, with the Astros dropping out first, then the Dodgers and the Reds fell off, while the Giants and the Braves battled it out until the second-to-last day. The Atlanta Braves won the NL West, but then were swept by the Mets in the playoffs. But going into the Fall Classic, the Baltimore Orioles were the oddsmakers’ choice, and were heavy favorites to win the World Series over the New York Mets…

    1969 World Series: New York Mets beat Baltimore Orioles in 5 games…

The “Amazin’ Mets” beat the heavily-favored Orioles, in a huge upset. The 8th-year Mets became the first expansion-team to win the World Series. There were spectacular catches by two Mets outfielders (Tommie Agee & Ron Swoboda – see below). The Mets’ Donn Clendenon hit 3 HRs, and was the MVP. Tom Seaver, Gary Gentry, and Jerry Koosman all pitched effectively for the Mets, with Koosman winning twice, including the Game 5 clincher (see below).
-Here is a 9-minute video of the 1969 WS, 1969 World Series – Baltimore Orioles versus New York Mets (video uploaded by Scott Gordon at
-Here is a 40-minute video on the ’69 Mets (with much sharper video images), 1969 World Series Film New York Mets (video uploaded by Sports Revisited at
Photos and Images above – 1969 NY Mets/Shea Stadium WS pin-logo from Aerial shot of Shea Stadium (circa late 1960s, and probably taken during the 1969 WS), photo unattributed at Tommie Agee’s two catches (game 3)…1st catch: photo unattributed at; 2nd catch: unattributed at Ron Swoboda catch (game 4), unattributed at Donn Clendenon in ’69 WS, photo by Herb Scharfman/Getty Images at Jerry Koosman pitching in ’69 WS, photo unattributed at Nolan Ryan & Jerry Grote celebrate on the mound, photo unattributed at View from 3rd-base-side box seats as Mets (and their fans) begin their celebration, photo by AP via

Photos of Mets players on map page…
-Tom Seaver, photo unattributed at
-Cleon Jones, photo by AP via
-Tommie Agee, photo unattributed at
-Jerry Koosman, Topps 1969 card via
-Tug McGraw, photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images via
-Jerry Grote, photo unattributed at
-Bud Harrelson, photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images at
-Gary Gentry, photo unattributed at
-Art Shamsky, photo unattributed at[@artshamsky].
-Ron Taylor, photo unattributed at
-Don Cardwell, photo by Eric Sckweikardt/Sports Illustrated via
-Ken Boswell, Topps 1969 card via
-Gil Hodges (manager), photo unattributed at
-1969 NY Mets uniforms, illustration by Marc Okkonen at

Photos of 1969 MLB leaders on map page…
-Dick Bosman, 1970 Topps card via
-Juan Marichal, photo unattributed at[@sfgiants].
-Denny McLain, photo unattributed at
-Tom Seaver, photo by Neil Leifer at
-Denny McLain, photo unattributed at
-Bob Gibson, photo unattributed at
-Rod Carew, photo by Neil Leifer at
-Pete Rose, photo unattributed at
-Harmon Killebrew, photo unattributed at
-Willie McCovey, photo unattributed at
-Harmon Killebrew, photo by Neil Leifer at
-Willie McCovey, photo unattributed at
-Rico Petrocelli, Topps 1969 card at
-Henry Aaron, Sports Illustrated cover [Aug. 13 1969] at
-Willie McCovey, photo by Diamond Images/Getty Images via

Photos of jersey-logos used on the map-page…
-Tom Seaver 1969 NY Mets road jersey, from -Tom Seaver 1969 NY Mets home jersey, from
-Atlanta Braves 1969 home jersey, from
-Baltimore Orioles 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at
-Boston Red Sox home jersey-logo, photo from
-Chicago Cubs 1969 road jersey, from
-Chicago White Sox 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at
-Cincinnati Reds 1969 road jersey, from
-Cleveland Indians 1969 road jersey, from via
-Houston Astros 1969 road jersey, from
-Kansas City Royals 1969 road jersey, from
-Los Angeles Dodgers 1969 road jersey, from Heritage Auctions at
-Minnesota Twins home jersey circa 1968-71, from
-Montreal Expos 1969 road jersey, from
-New York Mets 1969 home jersey, from
-New York Yankees road jersey circa 1967-71, from
-Oakland A’s 1969 road alternate jersey, from -Philadelphia Phillies 1969 home jersey, from
-Pittsburgh Pirates ca. 1967-69 road jersey, photo from
-1968 St. Louis Cardinals jersey-logo, photo from
-San Diego Padres 1969 home jersey, from Heritage Auctions at
-1969 San Francisco Giants road jersey, photo from Heritage Auctions at
-Seattle Pilots 1969 road jersey, from
-Washington Senators 1969 road jersey, from
Thanks to all at the following links…
-Base map, by US federal government employee at
-1969 Major League Baseball season (

April 3, 2022

2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 32-team Group Stage./+ Brief profiles of the 4 clubs making their Copa Libertadores Group Stage debuts in 2022…América Mineiro (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil), Independiente Petrolero (Bolivia), Red Bull Bragantino (Brazil).

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2022 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 32-team Group Stage, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed)

By Bill Turianski on the 3rd of April 2022;

-2022 Copa Libertadores/Group Stage (
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-Summary – CONMEBOL Libertadores [2022 Group Stage] (

The Group Stage (of 32) begins on 5-7 April (1st game-week).
The group stage, consisting of 6 match-weeks, will last 8 weeks. Two-weeks gaps: after the 2nd game-week, and after the 4th game-week. The 6th and final game-week is 24-26 May. The Round of 16 is in late June & early July. The Final is in October, in Guayaquil, Ecuador: on 29 October 2022 at Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, which is owned and operated by Barcelona SC.

The map…
Teams are shown in the two flanking sections on either side of the map, organized by country. Shown there in the country-groupings are each team’s all-time total Libertadores appearances (in the tan-colored column), and Libertadores titles (in the pale-blue-colored column). At the far left of the map-page is the Libertadores titles list by club (25 clubs have won a Libertadores title). At the far right is the Libertadores titles list by country (of the 62 Libertadores titles, 25 have been won by Argentine teams, and 21 have been won by Brazilian teams).

Teams which had to play in the 3 Preliminary Stages [19 teams] are shown in italics (lowest-ranked qualifiers). From these 19 teams, only 4 qualified for the Group Stage of 32:
América Mineiro (BRA), Estudiantes (ARG), Olimpia (PAR), The Strongest (BOL). Those four teams remain on the map here, while the other 15 preliminary-round teams who were eliminated are no longer on the map here.

So that makes the breakdown for the 2022 Libertadores Group Stage the following…
Brazil, 8 teams (6 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries] + the Cup Holder: Palmeiras + the Copa Sudamericana winner: Athletico Paranaense).
Argentina, 6 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Paraguay, 3 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Bolivia, 3 teams [including 1 team from the preliminaries].
Uruguay, 2 teams.
Colombia, 2 teams.
Chile, 2 teams.
Ecuador, 2 teams.
Peru, 2 teams.
Venezuela, 2 teams.

    Below: The 4 clubs making their Copa Libertadores Group Stage debuts in 2022

• América Mineiro (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil)
América Mineiro are the third-largest club in Belo Horizonte, behind two-time Libertadores winners Cruzeiro, and one-time Libertadores winners Atlético Mineiro. Belo Horizonte is the 7th-largest city in South America, with a metro-area population of around 5.8 million. Belo Horizonte is situated inland, and is located, by road, 438 km (272 mi) N of Rio de Janeiro. América Futebol Clube (MG), est. 1912, have played 18 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1971. América Mineiro wear green-and-black vertically-striped jerseys. In the last decade-and-half América Mineiro have moved out of the third tier and have become a Série A/Série B yo-yo club. In 2009, América Mineiro were promoted to Série B. In the following year of 2010, América Mineiro were promoted again, to Série A. That same year of 2010 saw the club renovating their ground. But in 2011, América Mineiro were relegated back to the 2nd tier. Three years later, in 2015, they were promoted back to Série A, only to go back down to Série B again in 2016. Then América Mineiro did it again: up to the top flight in 2017; down once again to the 2nd division in 2018. In 2019, though, they remained in Série B. In 2020, they were promoted once again to Série A. And in 2021, América Mineiro finished in 8th place in the Brasileiro, which was good enough for Brazil’s final Libertadores preliminary-round spot. In the 2022 Libertadores preliminaries’ 2nd round in February, América Mineiro beat Guaraní (of Paraguay), on penalties. Then in the preliminaries’ 3rd round in March, América Mineiro beat Barcelona SC (of Ecuador), on penalties. So in the 2022 Libertadores Group Stage, América Mineiro make their Libertadores group stage debut, playing in a group that includes local rivals Atlético Mineiro. América Mineiro play at the 23-K-capacity Estádio Independência, which is a rather decent four-stand arena that was opened in 1950, and extensively renovated in 2010-12. América Mineiro’s pre-COVID attendance figures were: 6,479 per league match in Série A in 2018, and 3,907 per league match in Série B in 2019.

• Fortaleza (Fortaleza, Ceará state, Brazil)
Fortaleza are from Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceará, up in the northeast of Brazil. Fortaleza is the 11th-largest city in South America, with a metro-area population of around 3.9 million. Fortaleza Esporte Clube, est. 1918, have played 24 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1959, but had never played in the Copa Libertadores. Fortaleza had earned a Libertadores spot though, back in 1968, when they finished as runners-up in Brazil. But the Brazilian fútbol authorities decided to void their 1969 Copa Libertadores spots (2 spots), because that would (supposedly) come in conflict with the Brazilian national team’s preparations for the 1970 World Cup Qualifiers. Five years ago, in 2017, stuck in the third division, Fortaleza won promotion from Série C. Four years ago, in 2018, Fortaleza won their second-straight promotion, finishing in 1st in Série B and drawing a 2nd-tier-best 29,400 per league match. Then three years ago, in 2019, Fortaleza were finally back in Série A, and were one of the highest-drawing Brazilian clubs, drawing 33,800 per league match. They finished in a decent 9th place in 2019. But in their second season back in the top tier, in 2020, Fortaleza almost got relegated, finishing in 16th and only avoiding the drop on goal-difference. However, last year, in 2021, Fortaleza had an amazing turnaround and finished in 4th place in the 2021 Brasileiro. That was good enough for Fortaleza to win their first-ever Copa Libertadores spot: an automatic qualification for the 2022 Libertadores group stage. Fortaleza wear blue-and-red-horizontally-striped jerseys. They play at the 63-K-capacity Castelão, which they share with local rivals Ceará Sporting Club (who are also currently a top-flight club).

• Independiente Petrolero (Sucre, Bolivia)
With a population of around 390,000, Sucre is the 6th-largest city in Bolivia, sitting 1.7 miles up in the thin air, 2,810 meters (9,220 ft) above sea level. Sucre is located, by road, 689 km (428 mi) SE of La Paz. Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, and the capital of the Chuquisaca Department. The club was established in 1932, as Independiente Sporting Club. In 1953, the club began to be administered by Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), and changed its name to Club Independiente Petrolero. The club have played 22 seasons in the Bolivian Primera División, starting in 1972. They won their first Bolivian title in 2021, one year after winning promotion back to the top tier. Independiente Petrolero wear red-and-white-vertically-striped jerseys. They share a 32-K-capacity ground, Estadio Olímpico Patria, with local rivals Universitario de Sucre.
Image credit above – Independiente Petrolero jersey badge via

• Red Bull Bragantino (Bragança Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil)
Red Bull Bragantino are owned by Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH, and feature Red Bull’s logo, and, like the Bundesliga’s Red Bull Leipzig, and the Austrian Bundesliga’s Red Bull Salzburg, and Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, they wear white jerseys with red pants. They are located in the city of Bragança Paulista (population of 170,000), which is on the northern outer edge of the sprawling São Paulo metro-area, 67 km (42 mi) N of the São Paulo city-centre. Before April 2019, the club was called Clube Atlético Bragantino, and wore black-and-white. The club has played 12 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1990. Like Fortaleza, Red Bull Bragantino have recently won back-to-back promotions – they were promoted up to Série B in 2018, and then were promoted up to Série A in 2019. Red Bull Bragantino finished in 10th place in the Brasileiro in 2020. Then last year in 2021, they finished in 6th, which is Brazil’s last Libertadores group stage spot. Red Bull Bragantino play at the 17-K-capacity Estádio Nabi Abi Chedid. As one can see by that capacity figure, Red Bull Bragantino are not that large a club: pre-COVID [2019], Bragantino were drawing 6,200 per league match in Série B. But the club is able to compete at the top-flight level thanks to Red Bull’s financial clout.

Thanks to all at the links below…
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg ([South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg ([2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (
-Libertadores titles list {}.

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