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Since 1962, when the New York Mets made their debut, they have been competing for the back page of the New York newspapers with their cross-town rivals, the New York Yankees. With two World Series Championships to their credit, the Mets have held their own in the big city and have gathered a legion of die-hard fans who love the team.
The history of the New York Mets can be traced all the way back to 1957, when both the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants moved across the country to sunny California. Their moves left one of the biggest markets in sports without a National League franchise. It was only a few years later that William Shea announced he was forming a third major league, the Continental League, and would include a New York team.
But the Continental League never got off the ground and disbanded after a promise that four of its teams would become expansion teams in the National or American League. The New York Mets joined the NL in 1962, hiring legendary manager Casey Stengal to lead the franchise. Over the next seven years, the team would not finish with a winning record and never finished better than 24 games out of first place. In 1969 everything changed.
The franchise went from the lovable losers to the "Amazin' Mets" in the 1969 season, when they finished with a record of 100-62 and won the National League Eastern Division for the first time. Behind players like Tom Seaver, Tommie Agee and Jerry Koosman, the Mets found their way into the National League Championship Series and swept the favored Atlanta Braves. When the "Miracle Mets," as they were called in the media, reached the World Series they were put up against the Baltimore Orioles, a team that was filled with future Hall of Famers. But the talent of the Orioles was no match for the heart that the Mets carried into the series, as they prevailed in five games.
Following the 1969 title were more years of mediocrity, but 1986 was once again an amazing season for the New York Mets. Finishing the season with 108 wins, the Mets made it to the fall classic, this time against the Boston Red Sox. With the team facing elimination in Game 6 of the series and with everyone on the edge of their seats, holding their breath, Mookie Wilson hit a weak ground ball down the first baseline that miraculously found its way through Bill Buckner's legs, scoring Ray Knight and giving the Mets the win. They came back in Game 7 and won again, taking the series. It was their second World Series title.
They are now looking to win their third championship and are always a sure bet to provide their fans with plenty of drama. The team is led by third baseman David Wright, who was named team captain prior to the 2013 MLB season. Playing as part of the National League East, the Mets will have plenty of stiff competition all season long, as the take on the Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, 19 games apiece.
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