The Mets continue their classy remembrances of Shea Stadium history. On April 28, they will honor the New York Jets and their vaunted legacy in Queens. Here is what the first Jet game looked like at Shea:
We have written a bit about the Jets days at Shea Stadium
. Here is the press release from the Mets on their plans
for April 28th:
For a quarter-century now, Shea Stadium's image has revolved around
baseball and baseball alone. After the National Football League's Jets
skipped town in 1984 to move west across the Hudson River, Shea has
hosted the Mets and little else.
For one night in April, that will change.
In yet another nod to the past, the Mets will honor the Jets on April
28 with a pregame salute to the team that once spent 20 seasons playing
at Shea Stadium. Former Pro Bowlers Joe Klecko, Wesley Walker, Greg
Buttle, Randy Beverly and John Schmitt will return to their old home
for the final time in Shea Stadium's history. The Jets Flight Crew
cheerleaders will be on hand, along with the team's traveling,
Jets season ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet and greet
the former Jets stars in attendance at a pregame event at Shea
Stadium's picnic area.
The event comes with plenty of precedence -- a throwback to the days
when the Jets stalked these grounds alongside the Mets. The pinnacle of
that Queens era came in 1969, when both teams won largely unexpected
championships -- the "Miracle Mets" beating the Orioles in the World
Series, only nine months after the Jets pulled off one of pro
football's greatest upsets in Super Bowl III. Quarterback Joe Namath
guaranteed that his Jets would beat the heavily favored Colts and then
made good on the boast, leading his band of underdogs to a 16-7 victory
and giving the American Football League more legitimacy than ever in
its final year of existence. Namath was named the MVP.
Fourteen years later, the Jets moved out of Shea Stadium, leaving for
the football-centric confines of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,
N.J. Yet the Mets have not forgotten their former friends, choosing to
honor them during the final season of Shea's history.
The Mets will move into their new stadium, Citi Field, next April, and
the Jets will soon follow suit, leaving the Meadowlands for a new
stadium within the same complex.