Sport: Love Those Mets

They lost their first nine games, and went on to even bigger things. Now they were deep in the cellar, 23½ games off the pace, and they had just run up a 17-game losing streak—the worst record of any team in New York history. But after a hiatus of four years, National League baseball was back in the big city, and the fumbling, bumbling New York Mets were the sensation of the 1962 season. For whatever perverse reasons, the fans were wild about them.

At home on Coogan's Bluff, the Mets even outdrew the pin-striped New York Yankees. In one hectic week,...

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