The Mets played their first game in franchise history, an 11-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on the road. Gil Hodges hit a fourth-inning solo home run for the first dinger in franchise history.
National League baseball returned to New York City for the first time since 1957 as the Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Polo Grounds in the Mets’ first-ever home game. Over 12,000 fans came out to see the 4-3 loss.
The Mets played their first game at Shea Stadium, a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets would call the ballpark “home” for 45 seasons.
The Mets swept the Atlanta Braves in the inaugural NLCS, bringing home the franchise’s first NL pennant and officially putting the league on notice: these Mets were gonna be miraculous!
The Mets took on the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series. The “Miracle Mets” worked their magic and dispatched the Birds in five games as part of the franchise’s first-ever World Series Championship.
After clawing back with a late-season rally to earn the NL East division title, the Mets pulled off a 3-2 upset over the mighty Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS, bringing home the second NL pennant in franchise history. The Mets put up a good fight against the Oakland Athletics in the 1973 World Series, but ultimately lost in seven games.
Fan favorite Tom “The Franchise” Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four players. He would return to the team prior to the 1983 season, his final year as a Met.
After taking care of the Houston Astros in the NLCS and bringing home their third NL pennant, the Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series. By winning the series 4-3, the Mets brought home the franchise’s second World Series trophy.
The Mets finished with a blistering 100-60 regular-season record (second-best in franchise history) with a 15-game lead in the NL East. Despite their winning ways, the Mets could not overcome the LA Dodgers in the NLCS, losing 4-3.
In their first-ever NLDS appearance, the Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, before falling to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, 4-2. Mets fans will remember that Robin Ventura hit a memorable “grand slam single” (ruled as such on a technicality) in the 15th inning to win Game 5 of the NLCS.
The Mets easily brushed aside the San Francisco Giants in the 2000 NLDS (3-1) and then the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS (4-1), bringing home the fourth NL pennant in Mets history. Mike Hampton pitched a complete game shutout in Game 5 to seal it. The Mets went on to play the New York Yankees in the first Subway Series between those teams, ultimately falling in the Fall Classic 4-1.
In the first MLB game in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mike Piazza hit a come-from-behind, 2-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Mets a late lead. At a time when the sentiment in the city was clearly down, Piazza and the Mets provided a modest reprieve by giving the home crowd something to cheer about as they beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2.
Catcher Mike Piazza hit his 352nd career home run, passing Carlton Fisk for most homers by a backstop in MLB history. He would finish his career with a record 396 home runs as a catcher.
With a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins at home, the Mets clinched the top spot in the NL East for their first division title since 1988. In the postseason, the Mets defeated the LA Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS, 3-0, before ultimately losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, 4-3.
The Mets played their first regular-season game at Citi Field, the ballpark they currently call home. Despite the milestone, they lost to the San Diego Padres, 6-5.
Johan “No-han!” Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Santana pitched a complete game, recording 8 strikeouts and 5 walks on 134 pitches.
The Mets defeated the LA Dodgers in the 2015 NLDS, 3-2, before sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS for their fifth NL pennant. The Mets then faced the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, but fell short, losing 4-1.