Casey Stengel & The NY Mets
The 1962 New York Mets season was the first regular season for the Mets, as the National League returned to New York for the first time since 1957. They went 40-120 and finished tenth and last in the National League, 60 1⁄2 games behind the NL Champion San Francisco Giants, who once called New York home. The Mets’ 120 losses are the most by any MLB team in one season since 1899.
The Mets were managed by Casey Stengel and played their home games at the Polo Grounds, which was their temporary home while Shea Stadium was being built in Queens. They are rather infamous for their futility, and were one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history. The pitching staff allowed the most runs (948) in the majors.
Despite the futility of the team, fans came out in droves. Their attendance of 922,530 was good enough for 6th in the National League that year.
I came across some vintage 1962 video clips of Casey Stengel as Manager of the NY Mets. I decided to put some of them together for you to enjoy.