Sunday, September 28, 2008

Good-bye to Shea Stadium

It would only be fitting to bid farewell to the other cross-town mecca in New York City - Shea Stadium. Its impact for the 1960's and 1970's may even eclipse the Yankee home.
Its hard to believe that its one of the oldest National League Stadiums since it has only been in use since 1964. But that year was great for the Flushing Meadows landmark.

The New York Mets became the first tenents as they moved in from the Polo Grounds. A youthful pitching staff that would include Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Tug McGraw would set the standard.

In five short years the Amazin' Mets would be World Champions !

In the same time span the AFL's New York Titans became the New York Jets were just getting started with a young QB named Joe Namath. They would also win their NFL title in 1969 and spent 20 seasons at Shea.
The following year The Beatles made their memorable concert tour stop at the Stadium. Their appearance record stood until Led Zeppelin surpassed it in 1973.

The N.Y. Yankees even spent two seasons there (1974-75) as their stadium went through re-construction.

In 1965 West Ham United, led by Bobby Moore, played a summer season in the International Soccer League at Shea. One year later he and three of his West Ham teammates would win the FIFA World Cup with England.

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