— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on August 30 at 9:18AM
Here in Loge13, I've been posting the best Shea Stadium tributes as I find them.

Folks are coming from all over the world to say their goodbyes. Last week in Loge13, we met a nice older couple from Cleveland that was paying their respects.
 Here's a blog called Irish Eagle, whose author came from a bit further east than Cleveland.

The Irish Eagle came for his final Met game August 7th and wrote the experience up.

The best part: he was so moved by his last game, he came back for another last game!

Thanks for the post.

[September 3, 2008 8:10 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Eagle said

Funny that I found this. Only stumbled onto your post when I was looking for pictures of Shea after reading this post, which maybe you could add to your tributes.

I'll be checking in regularly now.

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Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on August 30 at 9:08AM
If you didn't have the courage or cash to fork over $869 clams for Shea seats, There are alternatives.

Faith & Fear's Greg introduced us to e Mets collector who is doing a bit of spring cleaning. There's alot of Kingman memorabilia so of course, I have to pass the word on to the Loge13 masses. Meet Bob Koppel:

After 30 years of collecting, I have decided to do some spring cleaning late. These items are available now, first come, first serve:

You can get ahold of me most evenings at (810)364-1713 at home. My cell is (810)434-1175. Like to talk more.
*NEW* Homers Cookies empty chocolate chip box, Kingman pictured: $8 ppd.
*NEW* Chicago Cubs 10 Belt Buckle. $30 ppd.
*NEW* '77 Pepsi Cola Disc: $5 ppd.
*NEW* '78 Tastee Freeze Disc: $5 ppd.
*NEW* Chicago Cubs Lineup Card Road. Filled out in ballpoint, signed by Herman Franks. $75 ppd.
*NEW* 11x14 Color Kingman Mets (1st base) putting out Pete Rose (Phillies). Auto'd by both Kingman and Rose! $130 ppd.
*Kingman 4-Portrait Bat, Signed: $350 ppd./(I can deal on this some, I paid this amount in 94)
*Kingman AGA9 graded rookie: $75 ppd.
*Kingman Wirephoto with Mets, signed: $15 ppd.

**Kingman professional photographer slides** These slides were taken and used for magazine covers, stories, etc. by mlb photographers back in the 70's and 80's. I have acquired them as they have liquidated their collections:
*Color Dave Kingman & Joe Morgan Oakland. Morgan standing on a chair to reach same height as Kingman!! $25
*Color Oldtimer's Kingman & Reggie Jackson: $25
*Color Oldtimer's Kingman Giants action: $5
*Color Cubs Kingman getting out of way of pitch: $10
*Color Cubs Kingman just hit ball, heading out of box: $10
*Color Mets Kingman television sports portrait shots, 2 diff: $both for $15
*Color Mets Kingman Florida spring training #4: $5
*Color Mets Kingman @ Wrigley 1976 at plate: $10
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's alternate in field: $10
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's alternate at plate: $10
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's sports tv port. shot: $5 (have 2)
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's Alternate at plate swinging: $10
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's road 2 diff at plate: $15
*Color Mets Kingman at Wrigley '76 2 diff. at plate: $15
*Color Mets Kingman at Wrigley '76 2 diff. :$15
*Color Mets Kingman mid 80's 2 diff alternate and road: $15
*Color A's Kingman '86 home white at plate, 2 diff.: $15
*Color Giants Kingman '73 in field at Wrigley having fun warming up: $20

*Kingman 8x10's (have several unsigned at $5 each different teams) ppd.
*Kingman signed and inscribed vintage Giants Pennant: $50 ppd.
*Kingman signed and inscribed 79 All Star vintage pennant: $75 ppd.
*Unsigned 1980 Pennant: $40 ppd.
*1979/1980 All Star Tickets: $125/100

LMK what I can help you with, and would be happy to assist.

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Surprisingly, he Yankees extended home stand in Shea Stadium during 1974 and 1975 has been rarely mentioned this year.

During those two years when Yankee Stadium was being modernized, the Spanks played in our beloved ballpark. Bill Virdon was manager for the 74 team that went 89-73.  Virdon was replaced by Billy Marin during the 1975 season.

I remember seeing the Yankees twice during those years, against the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Over at a blog called Bronx Banter, they are launching a tribute to all the Yankee players who never played in Yankee Stadium.
The first candidate: Walt "No Neck" Williams. He played two seasons for the Yankees and never got to see the Bronx. He's a better man for the experience.

[September 3, 2008 8:07 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Eagle said

You're right. The Yankees' time at Shea has been ignored. Sort of airbrushed from history by the Yankees because they don't want too many people to consider the fact that their ballpark was not built in the 20s, but in the 70s.

The only time this season when I heard a lot about the Yankees at Shea was when Bobby Murcer died. Howie noted that Murcer couldn't hit the homers down the line as he did in Yankee Stadium and the Yankees traded him to SF when his numbers sagged.

[September 8, 2008 9:16 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Mets Police said

The Yankees seem to have disappeared any video or pictures of that period. Hunt all day long on the internet and you won't find much.

Also, try finding a picture of Ray Handley the Giants coach.

[August 22, 2012 9:09 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Easton said

Saw the Yankees at Shea more times than I've seen them at Yankee Stadium! I'm a Mets fan, and my Yankee friends dragged me to many games at Shea since it was closer to our Nassau homes. Fond memories.

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by Kingman on August 30 at 8:30AM
The Mets are the only first place team in New York City this morning. While we enjoy a two-game lead over the pesky Phillies, The Spankees are struggling to stay relevant in the AL East.

But in at least one category, the Yankees have already defeated the Mets:

Yesterday, the Evil Empire announced their 2009 full AND PARTIAL season ticket plans for the new Yankee Stadium (thanks for the heads-up Glenn!).

Besides the full season plan, fans have a choice to get a 41, 20, 15, 12 or 11 game plan. And the Yankees provided an online relocation guide to help their fans find their way to the new ballpark -- and perhaps keep not just their seats but also their proximity to other fans with whom they have sat for many years.

Upon first glance, it doesn't appear the prices for comparable seats are that much higher in the new park (granted, the prices are already pretty high). On one fan site, a Yankee partial planner wrote: "If my seats in the new Stadium end up in the same area as this current Stadium, and the price for next season is the same as this season, I will personally send the Brothers Steinbrenner a thank you card."

There's a satisfied customer.

Meanwhile, Met partial season ticket holders have officially heard nothing. In comments and private e-mails to Loge13.com, quite a few Met fans have expressed their dismay over the fate of 2009 partial ticket plans. The only message from Mets brass was the quote from Dave Howard earlier this week.

At least two folks have told me they were told the Mets will announce something about partial plans in September. That is just a second-hand rumor but there you go. Longtime Loge13 reader Doug has been a solid believer that partial plans are coming and we all hope he's right. But now the Mets have to once again follow in the footsteps of the Yankees (ugh) who seem to have put together a thoughtful, fan-friendly migration plan for their middle class fan base.

[September 4, 2008 4:52 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul Leschitz said

Posted on mets.com TODAY...You just have to buy a 10 Game Playoff Pack, tickets to the last 10 games of the year plus a $250 dollar deposit per seat and guess what??? You not only get tickets to ALL the playoff games this year but yes...Tickets for Citi Field in 2009. Just being a plan holder for 10 games beats being a Tuesday/Friday, Mini, Saturday or Sunday Plan Holder for God knows how many years (Myself its 22 years) when it comes to being offered tickets in Citi Field for 2009. Says alot about how they care about us and makes me mad as hell. What do you all think?

[September 5, 2008 11:28 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

I completely agree. They are trying to absorb every dollar they can to round out Citi's 2009 season ticket quota. Shea partial plan loyalty does not factor into the equation.

[September 6, 2008 9:37 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul Leschitz replied to Kingman

It should....Every other years anyone who want seasons tickets had to pick from what was left. Bottom line is 10 Game Pack should NOT come ahead of ANY plan holder.

[September 6, 2008 9:38 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul Leschitz replied to Kingman

It should....Every other year anyone who want seasons tickets had to pick from what was left. Bottom line is 10 Game Pack should NOT come ahead of ANY plan holder.

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Citi Field and Shea Stadium
A couple nice little tributes to Shea Stadium...

First, the Mets.com site posted a fantastic piece with Ed Kranepool. The bonus-baby boy wonder shares his great memories of Shea, where he played his whole career.

Besides the baseball moments, Kranepool offers some great rock and roll and wrestling nuggets as well:

Some of Kranepool's fondest memories are ones with the crowd. Just this year, he took in a concert by Billy Joel, one of the many musical acts in Shea's history, a list which includes The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. Kranepool has also been regaled by friend and former boxing-champ Chuck Wepner about his Shea Stadium match with wrestling legend André the Giant in 1976.

The script, which had the French wrestler winning the fight, was almost compromised after Wepner hit the 7-foot-4, 500-pound André Roussimoff with a jab, a punch that almost put the Giant on the mat.

"He's holding him up because André was supposed to win the fight," Kranepool said, laughing. "If he had knocked him out, there would have been a riot with all of those wrestling fans."

Kranepool also has some pearls of wisdom about the changing economic face of baseball.

As the Mets won it all in 1969 -- and he personally piqued the public's interest with a batting average around .300 in the mid-1970s -- Kranepool could man the first-base line and readily scan the bleachers for rabid supporters. Unlike today's games, where your average blue-collar types might be priced out of attendance, Kranepool remembers a Shea Stadium that cut across the Mets' entire fan base.

"The economics have changed where you don't have the true fan that supports you for 81 games a year. ... We had that," Kranepool said. "They came out with signs. They came out with banners. They came out wearing their costumes. They were really proud of the whole existence."

Well said Ed.

Last Spring when Ron Hunt and I made our dramatic network debut on NBC's Shea prime-time spectacular, the show's producer told us about her interview with Kranepool. They went to his house and his basement was a memorabilia wonderland. She said Kranepool was quite nostalgic about Shea and truly sad to see it go.

The NY Observer also has a nice post about Shea Stadium, and takes a few good stabs at Citi Field along the way.

Citi Field, which will open next spring, will be the home of the New York Mets baseball team, and is being built next to Shea Stadium, which it's replacing. Shea, built in 1964, is like Queens itself: an aesthetic jumble, charmingly uncomfortable and unexpectedly lovable.

The design of Citi Field, though, is strange for a stadium located in one of the most diverse places on Earth. Citi is being built to look like Ebbets Field, the storied home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and it reflects a taste in new baseball stadium design for a retro look evoking some vague vision of Fifties, apple pie America. It looks like a set from A League of Their Own. Tourists from the Midwest might like it, but then they've already got parks like this.

On top of ticket prices, which will rise, and corporate boxes, which will grow in size and number, Citi Field will replace the vitality and variety of its home borough with the baseball equivalent of a T.G.I. Friday's.

[August 29, 2008 5:39 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

I know Shea is a dear, old friend, and I'll probably shed a tear for her when the wrecking ball descends. But believe me, 10 minutes after you attend your first game at Citi Field, you'll be thinking, "Damn, wish they'd built this place years ago."

I attended several games at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and it was a treat. Since Shea was built to be a multi-use stadium for football as well as baseball, it's not ideal for either. The seats tend to be pretty far from the field. Citi Field was built specifically for baseball. I don't think anyone who ever sat in the upper deck at Shea felt close to the action. And that's a LOT of seats up there!

Now, the issue of ticket prices is an entirely different issue, which I won't get into. But just comparing ballparks, Shea was a Clydesdale and Citi Field will be Secretariat.

[February 22, 2009 6:51 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Rob said

With the meltdown of citibank I say the new park should be named Kranepool Field. Let's start a petition!

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