THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: NOVEMBER 16, 1961- THE EXPANSION NEW YORK METS UNVEIL THEIR TEAM LOGO

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New York City had three baseball teams- the New York Yankees in the American League- and the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants in the National League- until the end of the 1957 season when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California- the Dodgers to Los Angeles and Giants to San Francisco- leaving the biggest city in the country with only one team. Of course what Dodger or Giant fan could transfer their loyalty over to the Yankees? I would think very few did.

On October 17, 1960 it was announced that the National League would expand and add two new teams- Houston and New York would get teams. The New York team would fill the void for the old Dodger and Giant fans- the team would be named the Mets. On this date in 1961 the Mets would unveil their logo- designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto. The design represented all five New York City boroughs with various signs and would be blue and orange- which had been the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants.

10 responses to “THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: NOVEMBER 16, 1961- THE EXPANSION NEW YORK METS UNVEIL THEIR TEAM LOGO

  1. Little did they know what bad baseball they were unleashing until 69. It seems like in the last what…30 years…the team has not been smart.

    • I am finding it funny- I’ve seen Mets fans this off-season so confident that legendary GM’s like Billy Beane or Theo Epstein were going to be tripping over each other to get the job…. turns out it seems like no one wanted that job.

    • Yes…even a Dodger assistant…an assistant…turned down the job! One of the worse ran clubs…I thought the new owner would help.

    • I was waiting by the phone waiting for a call… yes I think every Met fan thought the new owner would change things- so far it looks like ‘meet the new boss- same as the old boss.’ to quote a great philosopher.

    • It’s something about that team. Hard to believe Wilpon buying into Madoff…Fred it was a little too good to be true.
      Yes…that guy knew what he was talking about.

    • When Theo Epstein thinks the “curse of the bambino” and the “billy goat curse” are no big deal, but flinches at the thought of the Mets, there may be a problem.

  2. One of the best designed logos in sports. Blue and orange are also the colors of the City of New York flag which traces its origin back to the Prince of Orange’s standard from when New Amsterdam was a Dutch colony.

  3. Interesting! I always figured it was a pretty good logo, but never knew the story behind it (other than obviously it reflected the city skyline). If I was them, I’d put it onto the caps…. their imitation Yankees but blue and orange one is pretty boring. (I’m rather biased but I think Toronto’s is best…I really am not into caps that are just a simple letter on them, ala the current Cleveland ones).
    I’ve come to know in the last decade Tampa always does better than I expect they might, and the Mets will always under-achieve. Badly run club. I think perhaps they and the Angels seem the least competent given the resources available to them.

    • Another note on your Met talk- that 1986 is so celebrated- what a group of underachievers actually- they made that one World Series appearance- they could have had 2- or 3 but after they won the one – they let it go to their head [and noses]

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