Link: Baseball that brought Mets first victory finally comes home

How far can one baseball go?

This baseball was the one in play when the Mets recorded the first victory in their history, on April 23, 1962, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. You can now see it at the Mets’ Hall of Fame at their ballpark, Citi Field, where it arrived just last week nearly 57 years after its moment of glory.

“I’m glad to see that it actually got back. That ball got back to where I was hoping it would go. I took the ball home. At some time later, I put my name on it, with the date of the game and the score of the game. On the side of the ball, I wrote, ‘5 hits.’ I left it at my parents’ house for a few years.”
JAY HOOK
THE STENGEL REPORT
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National League baseball in New York was redefined on March 6, 1961 when the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. formally received a certificate of membership from leave president Warren Giles. Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs today, the case could be made that no other team has a more compelling franchise history than the New York Mets. From Casey Stengel to Yogi Berra, Marv Throneberry to Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Bobby Valentine, Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey, the Mets are loaded with character(s). Then there are the Amazin’ seasons — 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2006-2008 and 2015 — full of miracles, joy, hope and heartbreak. Mets Rewind is designed for that purpose: To share team history in a distinct and entertaining format. We hope you — the baseball fan — enjoy the content. We encourage you to share your memories.
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