Welcome to Carl's New York Mets Web Page
In Memory of Mets Announcer Bob Murphy 1924 - 2004
The Amazin' New York Mets
Welcome to my New York Mets Page!
Courtesy: New York Newsday
The New York Metropolitans Baseball team was born in 1962. I remember when I was six years old... my Dad and my late Uncle Carl sat me in front of the old black and white television for the first ever New York Mets game. They made me watch the game... because they said "it was history". And the rest is "history"... I've been a Mets fan ever since! And notice the picture of me on the left... even back then... Met fans didn't smile very much!
The Big Ballpark: Shea Stadium (I'm going to really miss this place!)
Shea Stadium: Opened in 1964 in Flushing, Queens. The Mets played their first two seasons in the Old Polo Grounds in Manhattan.
Shea Stadium 1964: View from the bridge crossing Corona (IRT Flushing line) Yards. The view of Shea after getting off the 7 train. (courtesy: Mike Kraus)
Above: This is what Shea looked like back in 1964 when she was brand spankin' new!
A little bit of Mets History (The Very Short Version)
1962 Mets: The Mets team colors are Blue and Orange. The Blue comes from the Brooklyn Dodger blue.. and the Orange comes from the New York Giants. Both New York National League teams moved to the west coast in 1958. The circular Mets logo, 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.
Broadcast Booth: The Original New York Mets Broadcasting team in 1962. Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson and Ralph Kiner. Bob Murphy retired after the 2003 season. Murph passed away on August 3rd, 2004. Lindsey Nelson died in 1995. Ralphie still does Mets games and the "Kiner's Korner" post game show. I will always remember Murph's "fasten your seatbelt" and "Happy Recap" after a Mets victory.
The Odd Couple: My Dad and I were in the first base mezzanine section the day "The Odd Couple" movie was filmed. The baseball sequence was filmed at Shea Stadium before a regularly scheduled game between the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates on June 27, 1967. Originally, Roberto Clemente was supposed to hit into the triple play. When he refused, Bill Mazeroski took his place. I remember it took several takes.. and even thought the Mets were not batting during the movie shoot.. we in the crowd were chanting "Lets Go Mets!"
Meet the Mets theme songs
My Photos from Shea
Game two of the NLDS Mets vs Dodgers 2006
Game two starting picther Tom Glavine of the NLDS Mets vs Dodgers 2006. Right: Carlos Delgado bats.
Left: Jose Reyes bats. Right: David Wright playing third in game.
Shea Stadium 1986: Mets vs Cubs
Left: Lee Mazzilli. Right: Dave Kingman swings and misses!
Left: Kingman's Korner. "The Magic is here. Come see it!" Banner at Shea during the early 1980's. At the time... there really wasn't much of that Magic stuff going on.
The Happy Recap: Tuesday, July 8th, 1969. Got to see the Mets for free thanks to the family saving up 20 Borden Milk container coupons. What a great game to be at... even thought our seats are all the way down the left field line at the edge of the grandstand! A sellout!! One of the highest attendance games in New York Mets History! It was at this game that Chicago Cubs centerfielder Don Young misplays two balls and the Mets come from behind and win in dramatic fashion!!! With three runs in the 9th inning, the Mets beat the Cubs 4–3, cutting Chicago's lead in the National League East to four games. Ron Santo rips into CF Don Young for two misplays in the OF. Santo will apologize the next day for criticizing Young, who had left early and didn't take the team bus. Santo will get booed in his first game back at Wrigley.
The following photos were taken at the Vet in Philadelphia
Left: Rick Aguilera and a young Doc Gooden at the Vet in 1986. Center: Doc and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
Above: Darryl Strawberry......1989 Tom O'Malley. Right: Brooklyn Native John Franco
The 1986 World Series: A cold night -- but -- Box seats behind third base for game one of the 1986 World Series at Shea! Ron Darling and the Mets took on Bruce Hurst and the Red Sox. The Sox won the game 1-0 after Tim Teufel misplays Rich Gedman's grounder in the seventh inning. That was the only run of the game. Of course we all know what happened in games 6 and 7!! Big time happy recaps! Baseball like it outta be! The following photos were taken during game one!
The Mets are introduced
Gary Carter Bats
Dad relaxing before the game
Ron Swoboda, former Met World Series hero, covering the game and signing autographs.
That's me bringing back some hot chocolate... it cold in NY in October!
Spring Training photos
Gary Carter with Len Dykstra and Tim Teufel in the backround.
The Binghamton Mets 2004
NYSEG Park in Binghamton, New York, home of the B-Mets
B-Mets hitting instructor and former NY Mets third baseman Howard Johnson
New York Mets 3b David Wright (#44 for the Binghamton Mets)
New York Mets and affiliated baseball teams: Links for The Buffalo Bisons, Binghamton Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats and Kingsport Mets official web sites are listed below...
Special thanks to Mike Kraus and David Piermann for the old photos of Shea Stadium. Special thanks to Dave "Bingo" Bertram for some of the photos.
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