New York Mets: The Early Years
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New York Mets:
The Early Years. Get up to bat in this
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1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New
York to California, leaving the largest city in the United States
with no National League franchises. Two years later, on July 27,
1959, attorney William Shea announced the formation of a third
major baseball league, the Continental League.
2) What is NOT a team name suggestion before picking the name,
3) Waiting for the new stadium to be built, what stadium did the
Mets play in during the first two seasons?
- Fenway Stadium
- Polo Grounds
- Connie Mack Stadium
- Yankee Stadium
was the first manager of the New York Mets?
- Charlie Rhodes
- Ted Williams
- Morgan Johnston
- Casey Stengel
5) Who is the
first player taken by the NY Mets in the 1961 Expansions Draft?
- Hobie Landrith
- Gus Bell
- Gil Hodges
- Roger Craig
Mets took the field for the first time on April 11, 1962 (the
first game schedule for April 10 was delayed due to rain). Who did
- Milwaukee Braves
- St. Louis Cardinals
- San Francisco Giants
7) December 8, 1961,
who did the NY Mets purchase the Chicago Cubs?
- Richie Ashburn
- Ron Howard
- Rich Allen
8) Beloved by New York fans despite—or perhaps
because—of their losing ways, the Mets of the early 1960s became
famous for their ineptitude. Journeyman players like the
ironically nicknamed "Marve lous Marv" Throneberry became an icons
of athletic incompetence.
9) In 1962, a Cleveland Indians catcher was
purchased by the Mets for a player to be named later in the
season. After only 15 games and a .195 batting average, the Mets
sent him back to the Indians; he never played another major league
game. He was the first player ever to be sent back to his original
team in a trade in Major League history. Who is the
- Garry Morgan
- Harry Chiti
- Bill Bogus
- Harvey Keene
10) Also in 1964, the Mets moved to the newly
constructed Shea Stadium, a 55,300-seat multipurpose facility
built in the Flushing neighborhood of the Borough of Queens,
adjacent to the site of the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs.
The first home game on April 17, 1964, who did the
11) One high point of Shea
Stadium's first season came on Father's Day, when Philadelphia
Phillies pitcher threw a perfect game against the Mets, the first
in the National League since 1880. Who pitched the perfect
- Chris Short
- Jim Bunning
- Dennis Bennett
- Art Mahaffey