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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why the Mets Are Right to Save the New York State Pavilion

If the Mets are going to save an old relic like Bobby Abreu, they should save an old relic like this.

Buy a ticket to see the Mets take on the Giants on Friday, and you’ll be giving directly to preserve an architectural giant. No, not Citi Field—certainly not Citi Field. That’s the Queens ballpark that, according to The New Yorker, was erected as a temple to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The same ballpark that Deadspin describes as “a monument to the Mets’ modern futility and clumsiness.”

Unfortunately, it is much too late to save Shea Stadium. But for every ticket that sells on Friday, the Mets will give $5 to People for the Pavilion, an organization that is working to save the New York State Pavilion, the Philip Johnson–designed marvel and one of the few remaining vestiges of the 1964–65 World’s Fair. The Pavilion opened to the world in April 1964, just five days after the Mets lost to the Pirates in their first game at Shea Stadium.
People for the Pavilion

The team’s history has always been connected with the fairgrounds, linked by more than just the 7 train. The Mets even added a patch to the team’s 1964–65 uniforms to commemorate the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York. Both Shea Stadium and New York’s World’s Fair were the work of legendary planner Robert Moses. As Rory Costello writes for the Society for American Baseball Research: “Back in 1938, the ‘Master Builder’ described his plan to transform Flushing Meadows ‘From Dump to Glory’ in connection with the World’s Fair of 1939, which was also held in New York City,” he writes. “Moses was being literal—over 26 years, the site had accepted 50,000,000 cubic yards of refuse material.”...

The Mets lost a big chunk of their history when they lost Shea Stadium. Fans might not know it, but they would lose another bit of the team’s history if the New York State Pavilion isn’t turned around. Queens seems to realize what’s at stake—all the more reason for the Mets organization and base to support the preservation of the Pavilion, perhaps with a new purpose that recognizes and encourages the global diversity of the borough. At the very least, it might earn the Mets some new fans.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: baseball history, citifield, mets, shea stadium

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   1. Bhaakon Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:40 AM (#4761107)
Isn't that where the Fresh Prince killed that space cockroach and saved an entire galaxy? And Iron Man blew up up that drunk Russian wrestler? How are we not protecting this historic battle site!
   2. Jeltzandini Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:15 AM (#4761121)
Trying to envision a world in which Shea Stadium is preserved as a historic monument.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:44 AM (#4761124)
The Mets lost a big chunk of their history when they lost Shea Stadium.

I don't know anyone who misses Shea Stadium.
   4. Downtown Bookie Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4761131)
The Mets lost a big chunk of their history when they lost Shea Stadium.

I don't know anyone who misses Shea Stadium.


Chipper Jones

DB
   5. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4761143)
I don't know Chipper Jones!
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:42 AM (#4761150)

Chipper Jones


You mean Larry Wayne Jones?
   7. zack Posted: July 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM (#4761386)
I miss Shea, but I'm a Mets fan. I do think it looked a lot better prior to the 80's, with the panels and before it was painted blue.
   8. billyshears Posted: July 31, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4761566)
Until I get to experience a game in CitiField where the fans are going so crazy that the building is shaking, I'll miss Shea.
   9. JE (Jason) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4761590)
Until I get to experience a game in CitiField where the fans are going so crazy that the building is shaking, I'll miss Shea.

Many Deadskin fans feel the same way about RFK.

And yes, I also miss Big Shea.
   10. Go-Kart Mozart Posted: July 31, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4761609)
ill third that sentiment. i miss shea too.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: July 31, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4761636)
I miss Shea. Loved that place. I have no emotional connection with the new stadium.
   12. 'Spos Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4761866)
I miss Shea too, but I get to maybe two Mets games a year, & Citi is good value if you cheap out & wander around the first level.
I also miss the old stadia in Detroit, San Francisco, Minneapolis, the Bronx, & the Big Owe, so my tastes may be suspect.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4761999)
. . . one of the few remaining vestiges of the 1964–65 World’s Fair.

I went to that World's Fair on a YMCA trip that even included a Mets game. There aren't any World's Fairs anymore, are there? Or did the U.S. Just lose interest?
   14. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4762050)
here aren't any World's Fairs anymore, are there? Or did the U.S. Just lose interest?


according to Wikipedia the last one in the US was New Orleans in 1982, the last planned one in the US was Chicago 1992 (canceled)
recent ones:

2010s
2010 - China Shanghai,[46] China - Expo 2010
2012 - South Korea Yeosu,[52] South Korea - Expo 2012
2015 - Italy Milan, Italy - Expo 2015
2017 - Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan - Expo 2017
   15. Srul Itza Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4762094)
Memory of Shea:

August 1, 1972: Went with my brother on an outing to New York City (we lived just north, in Rockland). Visited Columbia (was looking at schools), Staten Island Ferry, a few other things. Then went to Shea for a twi-night doubleheader and Banner Day. The first game went 18 innings, won by the Mets on a base hit by Cleon Jones. It was way late, so we decided we had gotten the 18 innings we paid for, and headed home.
   16. Srul Itza Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:03 PM (#4762102)
Shea was dump. But it was OUR dump.

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