Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson featured in 1986 Mets documentary

July 14 (UPI) -- ESPN will chronicle the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets as part of a 30 for 30 documentary titled Once Upon a Time in Queens on Sept. 14 and 15, the company said.

ESPN first announced the four-part documentary in July 2020, but confirmed the premiere date this week.


In April, ESPN tweeted photos of several players from the team who participated in the documentary, including: Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, Bob Ojeda, Wally Backman and Mookie Wilson.

Last summer, ESPN said the documentary chronicles "one of baseball's most dominant and iconoclastic teams, whose legendary World Series comeback was merely the climax of an epic tale of ambition and swagger set in a city that was synonymous with excess."

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The 1986 Mets entered the season on a streak of 12 years without a postseason appearance. They went on to win a franchise-best 108 regular season games and beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

"We were a team that wasn't going to get stepped on anymore," Hernandez said in a trailer, released Monday.


The Mets beat the Houston Astros in the 1986 National League Championship Series. They then fell in an 0-2 hole against the Red Sox. They responded with four wins in the final five games of the series to win the title.

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Mets infielder Ray Knight earned World Series MVP honors. Knight hit .391 with a home run, five RBIs and four runs scored in the series. Mets pitchers Rick Aguilera, Ron Darling, Roger McDowell and Ojeda each picked up wins in the series.

Strawberry hit a team-high 27 home runs with 93 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in the regular season. Catcher Gary Carter hit 24 homers with a team-best 105 RBIs. Backman and Hernandez hit .320 and .310, respectively, in the regular season.

Ojeda went 18-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 32 appearances. Gooden went 17-6 with a 2.84 ERA. The 1986 Mets won the National League East by 21.5 games over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

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Jimmy Kimmel is listed as an executive produce for the documentary.

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