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Giants Top Mets in Triumphant Return to Polo Grounds

June 1, 1962 - In a triumphant return to the Polo Grounds, where a 43,742-member welcoming committee was gathered, the league-leading Giants outslugged and outlasted the Amazin’ Mets, 9-6, tonight. The first appearance of the Giants at their old home base since Horace Stoneham whisked them off to San Francisco five years ago provoked the same emotional binge that marked the visit of the Dodgers on Wednesday and Thursday. New York’s reactivated National League fans roared themselves hoarse in greeting Willie Mays (pictured) and other old Giant favorites. Unfortunately for Mets fans, the Giants sent four home runs sailing out of the park. Willie McCovey hit two in a row, good for three runs. Mays hit one with the bases empty to raise his major league-leading total to 17. To top off the pyrotechnics, Jim Davenport clouted a grand slam in the Giants’ five-run seventh.


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