New York Mets

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The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens.wikipedia
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The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens.
Landmarks in Queens include Flushing Meadows–Corona Park; Citi Field, home to the New York Mets baseball team; the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the US Open tennis tournament; Kaufman Astoria Studios; Silvercup Studios; and Aqueduct Racetrack.

New York Yankees

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The Mets are one of two Major League clubs based in New York City; the other is the New York Yankees of the American League East. Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in, and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in. After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively, leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchise and only one major league team, the New York Yankees of the American League (AL).
They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets of the National League.

National League East

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The Mets compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles (1969 and 1986), five National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015) and six National League East titles (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015).
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1962 New York Mets season

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In their 1962 inaugural season, the Mets posted a record of 40–120, the worst regular season record since MLB went to a 162-game schedule (two games were canceled).
The 1962 New York Mets season was the first regular season for the Mets, as the National League returned to New York City for the first time since 1957.

Citi Field

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In 2009, they moved into their current ballpark, Citi Field.
Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets of the National League division of Major League Baseball.

1969 New York Mets season

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The team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.
The 1969 New York Mets season was the team's eighth as a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and culminated when they won the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles.

Shea Stadium

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From 1964 to 2008, the Mets' home ballpark was Shea Stadium.
Built as a multi-purpose stadium, it was the home park of Major League Baseball's New York Mets for 45 seasons (1964–2008), as well as the New York Jets football team from 1964 to 1983.

Polo Grounds

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During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, the Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds.
The Polo Grounds was also the home field of the New York Yankees from 1913 through 1922 and the New York Mets in their first two seasons of 1962 and 1963.

Expansion team

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One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.
1962: Houston Colt .45s (now Houston Astros); New York Mets

Mets–Yankees rivalry

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Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in, and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in.
The Mets–Yankees rivalry refers to the latest incarnation of the Subway Series, which is the interleague rivalry between New York City's Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the New York Mets and the New York Yankees.

1988 New York Mets season

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The Mets qualified to play in the Major League Baseball postseason in 1988 and 2006, coming within one game of the World Series both years.
The New York Mets' 1988 season was the 27th regular season for the Mets.

2015 New York Mets season

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After near-misses in 2007 and 2008, the Mets made the playoffs in 2015 for the first time in nine years, and won their first NL pennant in 15 years.
The 2015 New York Mets season was the franchise's 54th season.

2006 New York Mets season

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The Mets qualified to play in the Major League Baseball postseason in 1988 and 2006, coming within one game of the World Series both years.
The New York Mets' 2006 season was the 45th regular season for the Mets.

Subway Series

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Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in, and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in.
The Subway Series is a series of Major League Baseball (MLB) rivalry games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets.

1969 World Series

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The team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history. During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles (1969 and 1986), five National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015) and six National League East titles (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015).
The New York Mets, who had never finished higher than ninth place (next-to-last) nor won more than 73 games in a season since joining the National League in 1962, were not highly regarded before the 1969 season started.

Relocation of professional sports teams

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After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, respectively, leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchise and only one major league team, the New York Yankees of the American League (AL).
1958: Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the New York Giants moved to San Francisco. These were the first major league teams to be based in the U.S. West Coast; the teams moved simultaneously to facilitate travel for other National League (NL) teams. The NL granted New York City a new expansion franchise, the New York Mets, in.

New York City

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The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens.
Queens (Queens County), on Long Island north and east of Brooklyn, is geographically the largest borough, the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Historically a collection of small towns and villages founded by the Dutch, the borough has since developed both commercial and residential prominence. Downtown Flushing has become one of the busiest central core neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. Queens is the site of Citi Field, the baseball stadium of the New York Mets, and hosts the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Additionally, two of the three busiest airports serving the New York metropolitan area, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, are located in Queens. (The third is Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.)

William Shea

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With the threat of a New York team joining a new third league, the National League expanded by adding the New York Mets following a proposal from William Shea.
He is probably better known as the founder of the Continental League, which was instrumental in bringing National League baseball back to New York City with the New York Mets, and for being the namesake of the stadium where that team played for 45 years.

Kansas City Royals

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Since then, they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in, and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in.
The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

New York Metropolitans

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The nickname "Mets" was adopted: it was a natural shorthand to the club's corporate name, "The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.", hearkened back to the "Metropolitans" (a former New York team in the American Association from 1880 to 1887), and its brevity was advantageous for newspaper headlines.
(The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club was the name chosen in 1961 for the New York Mets, who began play in 1962.)

Major League Baseball

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The Mets compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division.
The NL added the Houston Astros and the New York Mets in 1962.

1962 Major League Baseball expansion

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With the threat of a New York team joining a new third league, the National League expanded by adding the New York Mets following a proposal from William Shea.
The Houston Colt .45s (later renamed the Astros) and the New York Mets were added to the National League (NL), becoming the 19th and 20th teams in MLB's two leagues.

Baltimore Orioles

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The team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.
They also scoured the minor leagues for selections in the Rule 5 draft (Paul Blair from the Mets in 1962, Moe Drabowsky from the Cardinals in 1965) and claims off waivers (Curt Blefary, 1965 AL Rookie of the Year, from the Yankees in 1963).

2000 National League Championship Series

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During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles (1969 and 1986), five National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2015) and six National League East titles (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 2006, 2015).
The 2000 National League Championship Series (NLCS), to determine the champion of Major League Baseball's National League, was played between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild card New York Mets.

Tom Seaver

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But the following year, they acquired future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in a lottery.
He pitched from 1967 to 1986 for four teams, but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets and especially for his important role in the team's 1969 World Championship.