Today In Mets’ History: Lose First Home Opener

National League baseball returned to New York on this date in 1962 in front of 12,447 freezing fans on a blustery day at the Polo Grounds. The Mets lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh.

Can you believe it? The Mets only drew 12,447 people in the first home in their history.

Frank Thomas hit the first home homer. Pitcher Sherman Jones – who took the loss – had the first home hit in franchise history.

The opened the first season two days earlier with an 11-4 loss in St. Louis.

The Mets would lose their first nine games before their first victory in franchise history at Pittsburgh. They would finish April at 3-13, 9.5 games out of first place.

The Mets finished in last place that season with a 40-120 record, only 60.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

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  1. The Houston Colt .45s (as they were then known) drew 25,271 at their opener April 10. Looking up the Brooklyn Dodgers in their last home opener on April 18, 1957 they drew 11,202. The New York Giants home opener was the same day at the polo Grounds drew 8,585. Interesting for both teams it was the second game of the stadium. Dodgers opened in Philadelphia and drew 37,000. The Gants drew 33,000 in Pittsburgh.

    Special note: Jim Marshall was the first Met to get booed by the home fans. He started at first instead of fan favorite Gil Hodges who was physically unable.

    Mets did draw about 300,000 to the Polo Grounds than the Giants in their last year but the low attendance for the home opener is puzzling.