- Founded: 1962
- Home ballpark: Shea Stadium
- Uniform colors: Orange and Blue (the orange chosen to represent the New York Giants, the blue chosen to represent the Brooklyn Dodgers)
- Logo design: Intertwined 'N' and 'Y' in red, on blue field, (the NY logo is identical to that of the New York Giants, the blue field chosen because that was the color of the caps worn by the Brooklyn Dodgers).
- League pennants won: 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000
- World Series championships won: 1969, 1986
The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc (nicknamed "Mets" almost from the start) began their existence posting a 40-120 record, the worst record for any team in the 20th century. They ended the decade, though, as the 1969 "Miracle Mets", posting not only their first winning season, but their first NL pennant and World Series championship, upsetting the Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1.
March 6, 1961 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., formally receives a certificate of membership from National League President Warren Giles. The name was judged by club owner Joan Payson as the one that best met five basic criteria: 1) It met public and press acceptance; 2) It was closely related to the team's corporate name (Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc); 3) It was descriptive of the metropolitan area; 4) It had a brevity that delighted copy readers everywhere; 5) It had historical background referring to the Metropolitans of the 19th century American Association. Other names considered included Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros (for the five boroughs), Continentals, Avengers... As well as Jets andIslanders, names that would eventually find their way into the New York sports scene. May 8,1961 - New York's National League club announces that the team nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")
Players of note
- Baseball Hall of Famers: Tom Seaver
- Current stars: Mike Piazza
- Not to be forgotten: David Cone, John Franco, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Frank Viola
- Retired numbers: #42 (Jackie Robinson)