Pirates Spoil Mets' Home Debut

Apr. 13, 1962 - What was supposed to be an entirely happy debut for the New York Mets today ended in defeat at the Polo Grounds. The responsible parties were the Pittsburgh Pirates, who insist on being spoilers, whether called upon to help close the famous baseball park or assist in reopening it. Just as they ruined the farewell of the Giants on Sept. 29, 1957, with a 9-3 rout, so did they take the joy out of the Mets’ home debut with a 4-3 victory that dampened the enthusiasm of 12,447 faithful already well-saturated by the rain. A catchable fly ball that dropped safely for a run-scoring triple and three wild pitches that led to two runs sent Manager Casey Stengel’s men to their second straight defeat.

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