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KRANEPOOL: ON SIGNING WITH THE 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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ADDING ROGER TO THE 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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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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USHERED INTO A FAMILIAR SPOT
When the expansion Mets first took the field in 1962, they played home games at the historic Polo Grounds. The ballpark was home of the New York Giants for nearly 70 years before their West Coast relo ...
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HIGHLIGHTING HODGES
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 ...
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A VALUED DRAFT PICK
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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EXPANSION BASEBALL
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 IN BRONZE
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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LINDSAY NELSON IN BRONZE
Lindsay Nelson joined the Mets broadcasting team when the franchise first took the field in 1962 and continued to broadcast the games for 17 seasons. Beloved by Mets fans, his contributions to the spo ...
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JOHNNY MURPHY IN BRONZE
A native New Yorker and former New York Yankees pitcher, Johnny Murphy joined the Mets front office when the team was founded in 1962. By 1967, he was promoted to GM. Murphy assembled the final pieces ...