I grew up at Shea, first going to as many games as possible as a fan, then as a vendor selling beer and hot dogs and then for my first job in journalism. During summer breaks from Syracuse University I worked as a production assistant on Mets games on WOR-Channel 9. Escorting players from the clubhouse to Kiner’s Korner for a 15-minute appearance was my favorite responsibility. The players were paid $50, not that they needed it.
In the summers of 1974-75, the Kiner’s Korner studio down the hall from the Mets locker room became my new home at Shea. My father worked for CBS and had a friend at Channel 9, who recommended me for the job working on the home telecasts. I made $25 per game during those summers following my sophomore and junior years at Syracuse.
I was in charge of placing a card with the batter’s name in a slot on a black board. Right under his name, I would turn three knobs and stop when the numbers corresponded with the current batting average, home runs and RBI of that particular player. As the player stood in the batter’s box, his name and numbers would be superimposed onto the screen. If I were a little slow getting everything set – and this could happen with a last-second pinch hitter – a silhouette of my hand showed up if the director went to the shot too quickly.
GARY MYERS // THE ATHLETIC (FORMERLY NY DAILY NEWS)
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.