When the New York Mets take the field, ghosts of New York baseball history trot out with them. That's because the 1962 expansion team's uniforms bear the colors of the New York ball clubs that made the Mets a reality. There are touches of blue for the Dodgers, who bailed on Brooklyn for the warmer climes of Los Angeles at the end of the 1957 season, and highlights of orange, a reminder of the abandonment of the Big Apple by the Giants for San Francisco the same year.

During each of its first four seasons, the Mets lost 100 games, earning them the nickname of "Lovable Losers" (in 1965, Yogi Berra squatted behind home plate). But in 1967, several personnel changes, including the signing of a hurler named Tom Seaver, laid the foundation for the team's first World Series in 1969, which they won, earning them a new nickname, the "Miracle Mets." By then, Yogi Berra was coaching third base, which meant Jerry Grote caught Seaver in the team's Game One loss to the Baltimore Orioles, as well as Jerry Koosman in the Game Two and Game Five, the latter of which clinched the World Series for the Mets at home in Shea Stadium (Grote also caught the fastballs of a pitcher named Nolan Ryan, who was then a reliever).


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