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The Metropolitan Club (the New York Metropolitans or the Mets) was a 19th century professional baseball team that played from 1880 to 1887. A professional works to receive payment for an activity (as a profession), which usually requires expertise and carries with it socially significant mores and folkways. ... Baseball is popular in the Americas and East Asia. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ...


The Metropolitans were founded in 1880 as an independent professional team by business entrepeneur John B. Day and baseball manager Jim Mutrie. Initially the team played its games in Brooklyn and in Hoboken, New Jersey as the other New York area clubs did at the time. However, by September, Day had arranged the use of a polo field at 110th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan that became known as the Polo Grounds, the first professional baseball park on Manhattan. 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A professional works to receive payment for an activity (as a profession), which usually requires expertise and carries with it socially significant mores and folkways. ... Baseball is popular in the Americas and East Asia. ... A map highlighting Brooklyn and the rest of New York City. ... Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ...


The National League had expelled the New York Mutuals following the 1876 season for failing to make their final road trip of the year and by 1881 had still not replaced them with another New York City franchise. The upstart American Association therefore saw a significant opportunity when it invited the Metropolitans to join the new league for its 1882 inaugural season. The Metropolitans declined, however, since joining would have meant forgoing lucrative home games against National League opponents. This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The Mutual baseball club of New York City was a 19th century ball club. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... The American Association (AA) was a professional baseball league from 1882 to 1891. ... 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ...


Because of the Metropolitans' financial success at the Polo Grounds, and because each league knew that it needed a successful New York franchise to compete against the other, at the end of 1882 both leagues tendered franchise offers to the Mets. Unbeknownst to the leagues, though, the Mets accepted both invitations. To satisfy these commitments, owners Day and Mutrie acquired the Troy Trojans who had been eliminated from the National League (along with the Worcester Ruby Legs) to make room for new franchises in New York City and Philadelphia. Day and Mutrie entered the Mets into the American Association and the newly created New York Gothams into the National League. The teams shared use of the Polo Grounds, which was reconfigured with two diamonds and two grandstands. The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The Worcesters was a 19th century Major League Baseball team. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... The American Association (AA) was a professional baseball league from 1882 to 1891. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in...


Initially, managed by Mutrie, the Metropolitans enjoyed greater success on the field than the Gothams. The Mets finished fourth in 1883, and won the 1884 American Association pennant. The Mets then faced Providence Grays of the National League in the 1884 World Series, but lost 3 games to none. Prominent Metropolitan players included Tim Keefe, Dave Orr, Chief Roseman, Jack Lynch and Dude Esterbrook. The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... See also: 1882 in sports, 1884 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Cricket England tour Australia for a 3-Test series. ... See also: 1883 in sports, 1885 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball First World Series contested - Providence NL defeats New York AA, 3 games to none. ... The American Association (AA) was a professional baseball league from 1882 to 1891. ... The Providence Grays were a 19th century baseball team. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... 1884 World Series Champion Providence Grays 1884 World Series News Clipping Although the Fall Classic as we know it didnt begin until 1903, Major League Baseball had several versions of a post-season championship series before that. ... Tim Keefe on an 1888 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Goodwin Champions (N162)). Timothy John Keefe (January 1, 1857 - April 23, 1933) was a 19th century Major League Baseball pitcher noted for his longevity and record-setting strikeout totals. ...


Financially, though, the Gothams had more promise due to the National League's stability, quality of play, and higher ticket prices. Prior to the 1885 season, Mutrie shifted over to manage the Gothams and brought along star pitcher Keefe and third baseman Esterbrook. The rechristened New York Giants finished second in the National League in 1885, while the Mets slumped to seventh place in the AA. The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... 1885 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... Tim Keefe on an 1888 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Goodwin Champions (N162)). Timothy John Keefe (January 1, 1857 - April 23, 1933) was a 19th century Major League Baseball pitcher noted for his longevity and record-setting strikeout totals. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... 1885 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The American Association (AA) was a professional baseball league from 1882 to 1891. ...


Prior to the 1886 season, Day and Mutrie sold the Mets to Erastus Wiman who moved the team to cricket grounds on Staten Island in hopes of promoting ferry trade across New York harbor. This business plan did not succeed, though, and the Mets ceased operation following the 1887 season. The team was bought by the Brooklyn Dodgers to gain territorial protection and the contracts of several of the Mets' stars, including Dave Orr and Darby O'Brien. The current minor league Staten Island Yankees play in a stadium very near the cricket ground used by the Mets. 1886 is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 18 - Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England. ... Cricket is a team sport played between two groups of eleven players each. ... Staten Island lies to the South West of the rest of New York City. ... New York Harbor is a geographic term that refers collectively to the bays and tidal estuaries near the mouth of the Hudson and adjacent rivers in the vicinity of New York City. ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ... Brooklyn Dodgers redirects here. ... The Staten Island Yankees are a minor league baseball team, located in Staten Island, New York. ... Cricket is a team sport played between two groups of eleven players each. ...


In 1962, when the National League added a franchise to replace the departed Giants and Dodgers, the owners and the fans of New York selected "Mets" as the nickname for the new club. These 20th century New York Mets played their first two seasons at the final version of the Polo Grounds before it was ultimately torn down in 1964. 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... Brooklyn Dodgers redirects here. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... // Franchise history In 1957 the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants abandoned New York for California, leaving the largest city in the United States without a National League franchise. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


References

  • O'Malley, John (1980). "The Mets open in New York". Baseball Research Journal 1980, 140–144.
  • O'Malley, John (1985). "Mutrie's Mets of 1884". The National Pastime 4 (1), 39–41.

External Links

  • Metropolitans Team Index from Baseball-Reference.com
  • New York Public Library Metropolitans Page

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