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A Valued Draft Pick: Gil Hodges
The Mets selected Gil Hodges as the 14th pick of the 1961 expansion draft, and the veteran 1B spent the final two seasons of his playing career with New York City’s new baseball team. Hodges would ret ...
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A Vote of Confidence From the Mayor
The day before the first-ever Mets home game, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner led a celebration of the city’s newest baseball club.
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Adding Roger Craig to the Mets Roster
Roger Craig was selected by the Mets as the 6th pick of the 1961 expansion draft. The pitcher inked a 1962 contract to play for the club in its first season, when he put up a 10-24 record. His 24 loss ...
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Bob Murphy Mets Hall of Fame Bust
For a half century, Bob Murphy was the voice of the Mets. His announcing career began with the team’s first game in 1962 and continued until his retirement in 2003, which included two World Series tit ...
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Ed Kranepool Mets Hall of Fame Bust
Ed Kranepool’s MLB career began in 1962, the same year the Mets first took the field. The Mets called up the 17-year-old to help a struggling team, and Kranepool stayed with the franchise through good ...
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Ed Kranepool: Joining the New York Mets
Although he grew up as a New York Yankees fan, Ed Kranepool explains his decision to sign with the Mets.
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Expansion Baseball: Mets 1962
On September 9, 1962, the Mets played their fellow expansion-class cousins, the Houston Colt .45s (now known as the Astros). The game went 10 innings, but the Mets lost it when Houston’s Bob Lillis sc ...
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George Weiss Mets Hall of Fame Bust
When New York City was granted a National League franchise for the 1962 season, the expansion club named former New York Yankees GM George Weiss as president. Weiss persevered through the initial grow ...
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Gil Hodges Mets Hall of Fame Bust
A local favorite among New Yorkers during his years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Gil Hodges was selected in the expansion draft to join the first Mets team in 1962. He played out the end of his career a ...
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Highlighting Gil Hodges: Jersey
Gil Hodges was a New York City baseball staple, spending a dozen seasons as a Brooklyn Dodger (plus four in Los Angeles when the team relocated). He finished his playing career as a New York Met durin ...