The Cleon Jones Last Out Community Foundation is a not for profit organization formed to raise funds to refurbish and build affordable homes, combat blight, and provide positive youth programs for the Africatown community.
Growing up in a small community on the outskirts of Mobile, AL during the 1940s and 50s left a mark on a boy who would become a major leaguer.
“Watching” Jackie Robinson on the radio and being personally encouraged by baseball greats like Hank Aaron (Braves/Brewers) and Billy Williams (Cubs), Cleon Jones (Mets) was formed into a person who, despite his success, never forgot his roots.
Today, with the help of his wife and his community, this World Series Champion and Hall of Famer seeks to restore and revitalize the community that helped him become Cleon Jones.
About the Miracle Mets
For much of the 1960s, the Mets had garnered a reputation for their frequent losses, suffering a record 120 defeats in their debut year of 1962. In their first six years they lost an average of 108 games. So to think that such a team would eventually come together and make baseball history less than a decade later, was a crazy idea. Yet, that’s exactly what happened!By 1967 the Mets had accrued new talent focused on garnering wins for the team. They began winning more games and would soon rise to the national level.On a seemingly unstoppable streak, the underdog Mets launched themselves into the 1969 World Series and the history books when against all odds, they miraculously won.New York Mets left fielder Cleon Jones catches Dave Johnson’s fly ball to record the final out of the 1969 World Series. The New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5 to 3 in Game Five, taking the series 4 to 1.