Program for opening day at Shea Stadium, April 17, 1964
Museum of the City of New York
In its first two seasons, the New York Metropolitan Ball Club, Inc. made its home at the Polo Grounds, vacant in the years since the Giants skipped town. On April 17, 1964, the Mets played their first game at Shea Stadium, named for the man who brought the National League back to New York. Shea was built on the site that Robert Moses had pressed upon the Brooklyn Dodgers when negotiating with Walter O'Malley — Flushing Meadow Park.