After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively, leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchise and only one major league team (the American League (AL)’s New York Yankees). With the threat of a New ...
For the first two years of its existence, the team played its home games at the historic Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. In 1964, they moved into the newly constructed Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, where the Mets played through the 2008 season. William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium or just Shea, was a stadium in ...
The 1969 World Series was played between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Mets prevailing in five games to accomplish one of the greatest upsets in Series history, as that particular Orioles squad was considered to be one of the finest ever and still is by some baseball pundits. The World Series win earned the team ...
The 1986 World Series pitted the National League champion New York Mets against the American League champion Boston Red Sox. The Mets won the Series in the seventh game, after overcoming a nearly hopeless deficit in Game 6, culminating in a late-game error by Boston’s first baseman Bill Buckner. Game 6 was also cited in the legend of the “Curse ...
The 2009 season was the Mets’ first season at Citi Field, a retro park following current architectural trends in stadium design. It follows the brick and steel-truss trend begun by the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992. The exterior facade resembles Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Mets’ first exhibition game at Citi ...
History of the Mets
The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets 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; the other is the New York Yankees.
One of baseball’s first expansion teams, the Mets was founded in 1962 to replace New York’s departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. The Mets’ colors are composed of the Dodgers' blue and the Giants’ orange, which also comprises 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. From 1964 to 2008, the Mets’ home ballpark was Shea Stadium. In 2009, they moved into their current ballpark, Citi Field.
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1962 – 1999 / National League
1962 – Present / New York Mets
Mets – Team officials asked fans to choose a nickname from among 10 finalists when New York was awarded an expansion National League franchise in 1961. The finalists were Avengers, Bees, Burros, Continentals, Jets, Mets, NYBS, Rebels, Skyliners, and Skyscrapers. The team received 2,563 mailed entries, which included 9,613 suggestions, and 644 different names. Mets was the resounding winner, followed by two nicknames that weren’t among the team’s 10 suggestions: Empires and Islanders. When major league baseball expanded in 1962, the old name was revived in the form of the Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York, otherwise known as the New York Mets. “Met” is a common short form of “Metropolitan”, as in “The Met” for the Metropolitan Opera; or “MetLife” for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
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2009 – Present / Citi Field
1964 – 2008 / Shea Stadium
1962 – 1963 / Polo Grounds
2020 - Present / Steve Cohen
2002 – 2019 / Fred Wilpon
1986 – 2002 / Nelson Doubleday, Jr. & Fred Wilpon
1980 – 1986 / Doubleday & Co.
1975 – 1980 / Charles Shipman Payson
1962 – 1975 / Joan Whitney Payson
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
14 / Gil Hodges
17 / Keith Hernandez
31 / Mike Piazza
37 / Casey Stengel
41 / Tom Seaver
42 / Jackie Robinson
SHEA / William A. Shea
- / Ralph Kiner
*Blue is this team’s history