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MLB – 1961 To 1986 – ESPNs George Grande Showcases The 1st 25 Years Of The New York Mets

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens….who compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. The Mets are one of two Major League clubs based in New York City…with the other being the New York Yankees of the American League East division.

One of baseball’s first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York’s departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants….as the Mets’ colors are composed of the Dodgers’ blue and the Giants’ orange….which also form the outer two bands of the New York City flag.  During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, the Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds….when from 1964 to 2008….the Mets’ home ballpark was Shea Stadium. In 2009, they moved into their current ballpark, Citi Field.

In their 1962 inaugural season, the Mets posted a record of 40–120….which is the worst regular season record since MLB went to a 162-game schedule….as two games were canceled….so, their record losing season could have been worse. The team never finished better than second to last until the “Miracle Mets” beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series….in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.  Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in 1973 that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics….a second championship in 1986 over the Boston Red Sox….which was the culmination of the Mets first 25 years in Major League Baseball as highlighted in this video herewith….then a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in 2000….and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

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