ESPN Film Tells the Story of the 1986 Mets

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A scene from ESPN's docuseries “30 for 30: Once Upon a Time in Queens.”

On Friday, September 10, Hamptons Doc Fest and the Southampton Arts Center will co-present a special, free outdoor film — the only screening on Long Island — of the ESPN docuseries debut of “30 for 30: Once Upon a Time in Queens” about the Mets’ 1986 World Series-winning season. Two of the four-part series (each 50 minutes) will be shown using hours of never-before-seen footage of the team. Players featured include: Bobby Ojeda, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Kevin Mitchell, Manager Davey Johnson and others.

A panel discussion will be held with special guest speakers, including prominent sports writer Mike Lupica as emcee, film director and producer Nick Davis, and former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Guests are invited to bring their own picnic, chairs and blankets. The event comes complete with free popcorn, Cracker Jacks, soft drinks and swag, including a snappy free baseball cap compliments of ESPN’s “30 for 30.”

The Southampton Arts Center is at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. for snacks and beverages, part one of the film screens at 7 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 8 p.m., and screening of the second part of the film at 9 p.m. Registration is required through hamptonsdocfest.com or southamptonartscenter.org.

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