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New York Mets: Meet the original 1962 Amazins of New York

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: A general view of the field covered with a rain tarp prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: A general view of the field covered with a rain tarp prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 26: The New York Mets logo is seen on the sleeve of Matt Harvey #33 as he addresses the media the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

You know them as lovable losers, but who were the players, coaches, manager, and front office personnel of the 1962 New York Mets?

The 1962 New York Mets won 9 and lost 17 games in May for a winning percentage of .346. That was their best month.

They won .280 of their games in the first half. It all went downhill from there with a .218 winning percentage in the second half.

Their overall won-lost record of 40-120 (.250 winning percentage) set a record for losses by a team in the Modern Era (1900-present) but surprisingly was not the lowest winning percentage. That honor belongs to the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics (.235) followed by the 1935 Boston Braves (.248).

The 1962 Mets finished 60.5 games behind the first place San Francisco Giants, which was only the seventh worst finish in the Modern Era. Somehow the 1909 Boston Doves finished 65.5 games behind the dominant Pittsburgh Pirates led by all-time great Honus Wagner and his 177 OPS+.

1962 Mets Trivia

Trivia question one: What team did the Mets achieve a .500 record against in 1962?
Trivia question two: What is the most representative story about the 1962 Mets?

How did the Mets come to be?

Here is the timeline of the New York Mets from mlb.com. Following are some highlights of the origin of the team from the timeline page. I highly recommend reading the complete pages for the 1950s and 1960s.

  • 1957

    • Late 1957 – Following the departure of Dodgers and Giants, NYC Mayor Robert F. Wagner appoints a four-man committee to explore the possibility of returning NL baseball to New York: former postmaster general James Farley, attorney Bill Shea, and businessmen Clint Blume and Bernard Gimbel.

  • 1959

    • July 27 – New York attorney William Shea announces the formation of a third major league, the Continental League, to begin play in 1961. One of the charter teams for the league would be placed in New York.

  • 1960

    • August 2 – The Continental League disbands on promises that four of its franchises would be accepted to the NL and AL as expansion franchises.October 17 – Mets franchise formally awarded by NL to a group headed by Mrs. Joan Payson.

  • 1961

    • November 16 – The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gotto, 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.

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