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  • 1963 New York Mets

    on september 18 1963 at 4:21PM TED SCHREIBER hit into a game ending doubleplay to end the NEW YORK METS 2 year stay at the polo grounds. there was only 1,752 paying customers to watch the mets last game at the polo grounds. THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLES won the game 5-1. CHRIS SHORT was the wining pitcher for the philles and CRAIG ANDERSON was the losing pitcher for the mets.THE last homerun ever hit in the polo grounds was hit in the 4th inning by JIM HICKMAN(his 17th homerun of the year)and the last hit in the polo grounds was by CHICO FERNANDEZ of the mets. THE mets had a total attendance for 1963 of 1,080,104. and over 2 million for both 1962 and 1963 combined. THE NEW YORK JETS PLAYED there 1963 football season at the polo grounds ending in DECEMBER WITH A 19-10 jets loss to BUFFALO BILLS.THE end finally came to the polo grounds on APRIL 10 1964 WITH the demolition company that demolished EBBETS FIELD IN 1960, dressed like NY GIANTS WITH HARDHATS ON and the same wrecking ball that was painted to look like a baseball that took down EBBETS FIELD.take care everyone P.S. LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964 DONALD DETROIT MI
    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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    5-3-1963 Mays Night At Polo Grounds

    Hello on MAY 3 1963 the mets were playing the SF GIANTS at the polo grounds on WILLIE MAYS nite.despite 2 homeruns by DUKE SNIDER the mets lose 5-3 to the giants in front of a crowd of 49,431 at the historic polo grounds.
    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
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    • #3
      5-4-1963 Roger Craig

      Hello on 5-4-1963 the SF GIANTS played the NEW YORK METS at the historic polo grounds.the giants hit 6 homeruns in 6 innings and beat the mets and roger craig 17-4.this is the begining of roger craigs famous 18 game losing streak. Donald
      LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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      • #4
        5-5-1963 Giants Vs Mets Dh

        Hello the giants played a doubleheader vs the new york mets infront of 53,880 at the polo grounds.the giants win the opener 6-3 then the mets win the nightcap by the score of 4-2. the mets for the second straight year are the first team to draw more the 50,000 fans for a home game in their last year playing at the polo grounds Donald
        LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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        • #5
          Craig was much better than the 18 game losing streak. He changed his number from 38 to 13 during the streak. If memory serves me, he finally won a game beating the Cubs at the Polo Grounds on a Friday night. Paul Toth was the staring pitcher for the Cubs. Jim Hickman hit a home run.

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          • #6
            May 8 1963 Ed Kranepool

            HELLO on 5-8-1963 the mets were playing philadelphia at the polo grounds. the mets won the game 3-2 on a double by ed kranepool in the 9th inning.
            LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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            • #7
              I'd imagine that had to be one of the first runs batted in of Kranepool's long career.

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              • #8
                Donald, I don't know if you're aware of this special bit of history concerning one of your favorite ballparks. It's not as well-known as it deserves to be.

                On October 12, 1963, the first (and last) Hispanic-American major-league All-Star Game took place. This was actually the last game featuring major-leaguers at the Polo Grounds.

                The National League team beat the AL squad 5–2. The game featured such names as Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Julián Javier, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power received a pregame award as the number one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal struck out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean was the winning pitcher. McBean, a personal favorite of mine, also tripled but was thrown out at the plate as he tried to leg it into an inside-the-park homer. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drove in two runs against loser Pedro Ramos.

                Ed Bauta of the Mets finished the game, and Joe Christopher also appeared.

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                • #9
                  9-18-1963

                  Originally posted by VIBaseball
                  Donald, I don't know if you're aware of this special bit of history concerning one of your favorite ballparks. It's not as well-known as it deserves to be.

                  On October 12, 1963, the first (and last) Hispanic-American major-league All-Star Game took place. This was actually the last game featuring major-leaguers at the Polo Grounds.

                  The National League team beat the AL squad 5–2. The game featured such names as Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Julián Javier, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power received a pregame award as the number one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal struck out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean was the winning pitcher. McBean, a personal favorite of mine, also tripled but was thrown out at the plate as he tried to leg it into an inside-the-park homer. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drove in two runs against loser Pedro Ramos.

                  Ed Bauta of the Mets finished the game, and Joe Christopher also appeared.
                  I never heard of this until i learned how to use the computer a couple of years ago and found this info on the internet.
                  LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                  • #10
                    1963 New York Mets

                    This thread will cover the 1963 new york mets the last team to play at the historic polo grounds.
                    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                    • #11
                      Last Game At Polo Grounds

                      Here is mets outfielder Jim Hickman who hit the last major league homerun at the polo grounds on 9-18-1963. the philadelphia philles beat the mets 5-1. hickman hit the historic homerun in the bottom of the 4th inning.
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                      • #12
                        Audio Of Game

                        The audio of this game i have on audio tape and this is a great game.
                        LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                        • #13
                          Roger Craig

                          Here is Roger Craigs 1963 topps baseball card.
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                          LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                          • #14
                            5-5-1963 Gm 2 Dh

                            In the second game of this doubleheader at the polo grounds mets 1st baseman Gil Hodges played his last game of his career. he is seen in this photo with Duke Snider and Casey Stengel from a 1963 exhibition game with baltimore on 4-6-1963..
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                            LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                            • #15
                              Ed Kranepool 1963

                              Here is ed kranepools 1963 stats with the mets.

                              86 GAMES 2 HR 14 RBI AVG .209 12 DOUBLES 2 TRIPLES 4 SB
                              LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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