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Steve Gallanter Discusses the Early History of the New York Mets

Currently playing out of Citi Field, the New York Mets came onto the baseball scene in 1959. That year, New York-based attorney William Shea attempted to create a third Major League Baseball division. Shea’s interest in bringing National League baseball back to New York was whetted by Branch Rickey’s attempt to form the Continental League, which was to be a third major league. Shea’s endeavor failed in 1960, but the MLB agreed to allow four of its teams to join the National League and the American League as expansion franchises.

On March 6, 1961, the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. was inducted into the National League as the New York Mets. That year, Ray Gatto created the team’s circular blue and orange logo, which it uses to this day. The 1963 season marked the first time the Mets played professional baseball. In 1964, the Mets began playing in Shea Stadium during the World’s Fair. By the end of the decade, the team had won its first World Series Championship.

About the Author:

Steven Gallanter has been a hotel and residential concierge and has extensive bartending experience. He is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.

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