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New York Mets: The Early Years

Test your baseball knowledge of the New York Mets: The Early Years.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) In 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California, leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchises. Two years later, on July 27, 1959, attorney William Shea announced the formation of a third major baseball league, the Continental League.

  • True or False?

2) What is NOT a team name suggestion before picking the name, “Mets”?

  • "Bees"
  • "Burros"
  • "Meadowlarks"
  • Vox”

3) Waiting for the new stadium to be built, what stadium did the Mets play in during the first two seasons?

  • Fenway Stadium
  • Polo Grounds
  • Connie Mack Stadium
  • Yankee Stadium

4) Who was the first manager of the New York Mets?

  • Charlie Rhodes
  • Ted Williams
  • Morgan Johnston
  • Casey Stengel

5) Who is the first player taken by the NY Mets in the 1961 Expansions Draft?

  • Hobie Landrith
  • Gus Bell
  • Gil Hodges
  • Roger Craig

6) The Mets took the field for the first time on April 11, 1962 (the first game schedule for April 10 was delayed due to rain). Who did they play?

  • Milwaukee Braves
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • San Francisco Giants

7) December 8, 1961, who did the NY Mets purchase the Chicago Cubs?

  • Richie Ashburn
  • Ron Howard
  • Rich Allen
  • Ted Knight

8) Beloved by New York fans despite—or perhaps because—of their losing ways, the Mets of the early 1960s became famous for their ineptitude. Journeyman players like the ironically nicknamed "Marve lous Marv" Throneberry became an icons of athletic incompetence.

  • True or False?

9) In 1962, a Cleveland Indians catcher was purchased by the Mets for a player to be named later in the season.  After only 15 games and a .195 batting average, the Mets sent him back to the Indians; he never played another major league game.  He was the first player ever to be sent back to his original team in a trade in Major League history. Who is the player?

  • Garry Morgan
  • Harry Chiti
  • Bill Bogus
  • Harvey Keene

10) Also in 1964, the Mets moved to the newly constructed Shea Stadium, a 55,300-seat multipurpose facility built in the Flushing neighborhood of the Borough of Queens, adjacent to the site of the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs.  The first home game on April 17, 1964, who did the Mets play?

  • Dodgers
  • Giants
  • Cardinals
  • Pirates

11) One high point of Shea Stadium's first season came on Father's Day, when Philadelphia Phillies pitcher threw a perfect game against the Mets, the first in the National League since 1880.  Who pitched the perfect game?

  • Chris Short
  • Jim Bunning
  • Dennis Bennett
  • Art Mahaffey

Check Your Answers


New York Mets: The Early Years [Answers]

  1. True
  2. Vox”
  3. Polo Grounds
  4. Casey Stengel
  5. Hobie Landrith
  6. St. Louis Cardinals
  7. Richie Ashburn
  8. True
  9. Harry Chiti
  10. Pirates
  11. Jim Bunning

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