Today in Mets History: Remembering the Duke.

It’s always interesting to look back at some of the old Mets. Some great players made a cameo in New York at the end of their careers.

SNIDER; One last moment in the Polo Grounds.

For example, Duke Snider, who hit a three-run homer on this date in 1962 off Diomedes Olivio in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 victory over St. Louis in the Polo Grounds. It wasn’t quite the Dodgers and Giants in the 1950’s, but for one day there was a Golden Age flashback in New York.

Interesting story about when Snider first joined the Mets.  Charlie Neal had No. 4, but wouldn’t give it up to Snider. Snider eventually got the number when Neal was traded.

Snider was popular with Mets’ fans who still held an emotional connection to the Dodgers – no doubt, Fred Wilpon fell into this category. Of course, what makes the Mets unique is their roots are found in two other teams, which has caused the franchise to constantly seek its own identity.

That hasn’t always been easy, and the team took considerable heat in the opening of Citi Field, which featured the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and had little acknowledgement of the Mets’ own history.

The following season, in what really was an ironic and sad turn, Snider was traded to the Giants and retired after that year.



3 thoughts on “Today in Mets History: Remembering the Duke.

  1. I don’t have an identity problem. I am not old enough to remember the NY Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    I do know that the Mets have been more bad than good. Currently this is due to the ownership being bumbling idiots. Hopefully this will change soon.

  2. To follow up on the above, as you note Fred created a problem with the new stadium by building a shrine to players and teams that are not ours.

    Instead of honoring Seaver, Hodges, Cone, Darling, Agee, etc he built a shrine to others’. This of course upset the faithful because you pay for a new stadium and you enter into someone else’s ballpark.

  3. dave (2): The first year was a fiasco with the handling of the history. There’s nothing wrong with honoring Jackie Robinson, but the display didn’t have to be so overpowering.-JD