— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on June 24 at 9:18PM

Every now and again, Loge13 readers will send in their memories of Shea. It’s great to hear other folks chime in about what Shea Stadium has meant to them over the years.

This weekend, one Loge13 reader (we’ll call him Bob) sent us this scan - his ticket stub from Game 3 of the '69 World Series:


1969WSticket_Bob_ster_062307As Bob said, it was the first World Series game ever played at Shea.  He remembers:

I had a great view of Tommie Agee's first catch.  I'll be shedding a tear when they knock down the old stadium in a few years....my Dad took me to my very first baseball game there in '65.”


He also sent along a scan of the 1969 Mets yearbook:

1969yearbook_Bobster_062307I always especially liked this yearbook, and not just because it is one of the few Mets annuals to feature Shea on the cover. There’s also a certain innocence about the 1969 yearbook. Nobody could have guessed that year’s edition of the Mets would pass into legend as the World champs.  There are some short features about Gil Hodges’ recovery from his first heart attack, and a pictoral of Sister Francis Consuela, a Sister of St. Joseph’s in Brooklyn and a rabid Cleon Jones fan. But no chest-thumping predictions about how the team would triumph over the nascent NL East that year, as anyone who would suggest such nonsense would have been eliminated from the yearbook staff.

I also like this yearbook because my older brother defaced it. He turned 9 in 1969 and was so excited by the Mets becoming World Series champs that he went through the whole book and documented his thoughts (why didn’t he just post his musings in his blog like everyone else?). As a result, the yearbook’s probably only worth the 50 cent cover price but it’s priceless.

More excellent mementos from Bob tomorrow.

[June 25, 2007 1:57 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Bob Bobster said

It is a very nice yearbook, although the cover is a bit surreal - three heads floating above Shea Stadium. Production values weren't quite as sophisticated back then, I guess....

[June 25, 2007 9:08 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

Very true. Then again, it was the sixties. It's quite possible the magazine art director did see disembodied Koosman/Seaver/Grote heads hovering over Shea.

[June 26, 2007 2:04 AM]  |  link  |  reply
G-Fafif said

I believe 1981 was the first year the tix didn't have Mr. Met and his trusty umbrella. That year we had the logos of the opposition, a trend that didn't last long. Though new ownership took over in '80, I don't remember the change 'til '81 -- which I definitely recall (Dodger logo when Fernandomania came to Flushing, for example).

[May 8, 2011 7:49 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Jeff Gerst said

You may or may not believe me, but I am (well, was...) the boy on the cover of the '69 yearbook. It was helmet day in '68 (I think it was against the Dodgers) and this guy kept asking me to hold my helmet up. Only years later did I figure it all out for myself. Although I have worked hard and have achieved relative success as a scientist, that cover was probably my famous (albeit anonymous) moment in this life. Funny, no??

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