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.