From 1958-1961 the Yankees we’re the only baseball team in The Big Apple. Then in 1962, New York was awarded an expansion National League ballclub. They would become known as the Mets, short for Metropolitans.
“The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, was unveiled. It has gone virtually unchanged throughout the history of the club. The shape of the insignia, with its orange stitching, represents a baseball, and the bridge in the foreground symbolizes that the Mets, in bringing back the National League to New York, represent all five boroughs. It’s not just a skyline in the background, but has a special meaning. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next is the Woolworth Building. After a general skyline view of midtown comes the Empire State Building. At the far right is the United Nations Building. The Mets’ colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbolic of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California. Blue and Orange are also the official colors of New York State.” ( newyork.mets.mlb.com )
After playing their first two seasons at The Polo Grounds, the Mets would move into Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, where the Dodgers may have ended up if not for a struggle of power between the beloved Dodger owner ( or hated depending who you talk to ) and New York City Planner Robert Moses. Lovable losers from their infancy throughout the 60s, the Mets would actually outdraw the Yankees at the gate during that period. ( I would have to think the fans with ties toward the Dodgers and Giants had something to do with the huge support).
1969 would bring a miracle as the Mets, those lovable losers of the sixties, would shock the baseball world and bring home a World Championship, forever known as The Amazins’. Shea Stadium would be home to another World Champion, as well as 2 other National League pennant winners.
A Dynasty in the Making ?
The eighties would see the Mets parade such talent as Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, and of course Crenshaw High’s Darryl Strawberry. From 1984-89, the Mets would win 90 plus game in 5 of those seasons. However, in the days long before the wild card, the Mets would only see post-season action twice during that period, finishing in 2nd place in four of those seasons. The Mets, winners of 108 games in 1986, would find themselves in some of baseball’s most intense playoff moments, narrowly getting by the Astros in six games .
Of course many of you do know the story of the 1986 World Series, as well as a huge moment in Game 6 that, when given much deep thought, involves a former Dodger, and a Hall of Fame Dodger announcer. Yup, that’s right…. Bill Buckner and Vinny…
The ’86 Mets we’re brash. They we’re now baseball’s Bad Boys. They we’re cocky. They defied the law... They partied hard… They we’re the buzz of MTV ( More on that later…) They we’re a dynasty in the making… Or we’re they ? In 1988, the Mets would win 100 games en route to their 2nd NL East crown in 3 years. They would face our beloved Dodgers in the NLCS, a team they beat 10 of 11 times, uh, make that dominated, 10 of 11 during the regular season. I know you already know the story of 1988 so I’ll spare the dramatics. But I will give my memories of that 1988 NLCS in my next post. Stay tuned… In the meantime… Back to 1986, when MTV was, Music Television…
In the context of 1986, this was brash….
Even our Boys in Blue gave the music video gig a try in 1986, performing The Baseball Boogie Bunch. Before you view this, let me just add… The Dodgers record in 1986 ? 73-89
Oh, The Eighties… I WANT MY MTV !!!