50 years ago today, the Mets opened their 1st camp |”A Glove of Their Own” Reader Remembers

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Recently a great Coach and modern day Baseball Dad, Bob Salomon turned my attention back on to Baseball for the first time in what seems like a generation. What is so very cool about his Book is that it connected me back to the days when I played baseball as a kid and the day my dad took me to see the NY Metropolitans play baseball at Shea Stadium in Flushing Queens. I can still remember taking the Number 7 Train and bringing in Hot Dogs from home just the way Mom would make em. I remember the crowd and especially the 1969 Mets who won it all. 50 Years of Baseball History and to imagine Today was the day they opened up for business. It’s a proud day for all New Yorkers. Congrats to the Mets Organization, the Players Associations and FANS for such an incredible franchise as the Amazing NY Metropolitans. This is your City and we honor you all today. Thanks Bob for your book is more than a children’s book it’s a portal to the past and hopefully a bridge to the future for kids, coaches, players and the world of baseball and sports fans everywhere. “50 years ago today, the Mets opened their 1st camp”   On this date in 1962, the Mets opened their first Spring Training as the original pitchers and catchers worked out for the first time in St. Petersburg, Florida.   The Mets went 40-120 and 60 1/2 games out of first place in their inaugural season of 1962. They lost their first nine game before defeating the Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh by the score of 9-1 on April 23. That was one of their two wins against the Pirates against 16 losses in 1962. The Mets scored 617 runs in 1962 and allowed 948 in 160 games.   “I didn’t know it at the time, but I knew later that if we had put that group together a few years earlier, it would have been a hell of a club. We got them a little too late,” said original Met and current instructor Al Jackson, according to Newsday.   The Mets drew just over 900,000 fans to the Polo Grounds in 1962, and just over one million fans in 1963 before moving to Shea Stadium for the 1964, in which they drew 1.7 million fans. For more on the Mets original Spring Training, including quotes from other original Mets check out Newsday.
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