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William A. Shea Honored by Mayor for Bringing National League back to New York

Oct. 26, 1961 - The New York City Mayor’s Committee on Baseball was honored today for “outstanding accomplishments in preserving the pre-eminence of New York as the sports capital of the world” — or, to be specific, for bringing a National League baseball team back to the city. The new team, the Metropolitans, or “Mets,” will play at the Polo Grounds in 1962 but will move to a new stadium in Flushing Meadow Park for the 1963 season. William A. Shea, chairman of the committee, received the Medallion of Honor of the City of New York from Mayor Wagner. The Mayor appointed the baseball committee in 1957 after the Giants and Dodgers moved to the West Coast.


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