Tag Archives: Shea Stadium

Rickey knows hot dogs

On April 25, 2000, I went to Shea Stadium with a group of friends to see Ken Griffey Jr.‘s first game there with the Reds. This was after he demanded trade out of Seattle but blocked a deal that would’ve sent him to the Mets, so you can imagine how he was received by the

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One fan’s list of top David Wright moments

I was once at a gathering of a chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research where we were asked to introduce ourselves and say what player we were fans of growing up. Becoming a Mets fan in the mid-80s, I was taken by the graceful, looping swing and the power — not to mention

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Have you ever wondered how London covered the 1969 Mets?

For a delightfully irreverent take on the Mets’ 1969 NL East-clinching victory, check out this newsreel clip from British Movietone: It’s part of a big collection of baseball footage hidden in plain sight among the millions of clips on YouTube. And it’s meant to make the Mets’ feat understood to British viewers: “Imagine a non-league

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The New Jersey Mets? It could’ve happened. Maybe

  Before Shea Stadium opened 51 years ago on April 17, 1964, the Mets played their first two seasons in the Polo Grounds. This we all know, because Shea Stadium wasn’t ready when the Mets joined the National League in 1962. What I didn’t know was that, as late as the summer of 1961, there was

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A 1964 Shea Stadium postcard and the great Pearl Bailey

I finally got around to scanning in a pile of various things I’ve picked up over the past year, and this is one of the cooler ones. It’s not just the 1964 view of Shea Stadium in its first year, featuring the colored panels hanging outside the ramps, the old buses parked near the subway

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