Mets Hall Heavy on Memorabilia

Citi FieldThe New York Mets have compiled a collection of memorabilia as part of their new team Hall of Fame and Museum that will open Monday at Citi Field.

The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum recognizes the greatest moments in club history and honors those who have left an indelible mark on the organization. The museum features significant artifacts, interactive exhibits, videos and photographic imagery, recognizing the unforgettable plays and players that have defined the Mets’ 48-year history.  Some of the memorabilia is on loan from former players and their families along with private collectors and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Highlights include  the 1969 and 1986 World Series Championship trophies, and memorabilia on loan from Mets greats including: Tom Seaver’s 1969 Cy Young Award and Keith Hernandez’s 1987 Gold Glove Award. The ball Mookie Wilson hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that brought Ray Knight home with the winning run – voted by fans as the most memorable moment in Shea Stadium history – will also be on display courtesy of the Seth Swirsky Collection.

The ball used in the first play at Shea Stadium in 1964 will be there along with Tommie Agee’s glove from the 1969 World Series.

Exhibits chronicle all facets of Mets history including the creation of the franchise, the work of broadcasting legends Ralph Kiner, Bob Murphy and Lindsey Nelson, and the championship seasons of 1969 and 1986.

“The Mets Hall of Fame & Museum honors the greatest players and greatest events in our history,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets. “The museum connects generations of fans to the moments they cherish and reflects our ongoing commitment to celebrate our heritage and history at Citi Field.”

Season Ticket and Plan Holders will have an exclusive first-look at the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum during the team’s workout day Sunday, April 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. The Mets will announce access to the museum on non-game days along with tour information in the coming weeks.

The Mets collaborated on the 3,700 square-foot museum with curators in Cooperstown and others. Among the  memorabilia on display:

Tom Seaver’s 1967 Rookie of the Year Award

Tom Seaver’s 1969 Cy Young Award

Bob Murphy’s Ford C. Frick Award

Ralph Kiner’s Emmy Award

First ball put in play from first game at Shea Stadium

Ball from last out at Polo Grounds

Casey Stengel jersey from 1962

David Cone jersey from 19-strikeout game in 1991

Al Leiter jersey from 2000 World Series

Casey Stengel’s blazer from 1962

Tommie Agee’s glove from 1969 World Series

Rusty Staub’s bat used to get 8 straight pinch hits

Benny Agbayani’s bat used in 2000 World Series

Robin Ventura’s bats from 2 grand slams in doubleheader

Mike Piazza’s helmet from 2000 World Series

John Franco’s FDNY hat

Keith Hernandez’s 1987 Gold Glove Award

1986 Game 6 World Series ball

1969 World Series ring

1969 World Series press pins

1973 World Series press pins

Tom Seaver-Mike Piazza Citi Field ceremonial first pitch

Tom Seaver’s cap from 19-strikeout game

The Mets have partnered with Topps to bring a baseball card feel to the ballpark itself.   Oversized Topps baseball cards showing the Mets’ lineup for the day will be placed atop the escalators and stairs in the Rotunda.  There will also be Topps displays on the first- and third-base sides of the Field Level.