METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 18, 1963 GAME:
November 10, 2000
The last Baseball game ever played in the Polo Grounds!
September 4, 2002
I recall after the game instead of putting the full tarp over the infield, they just put a small circular tarp covering the pitcher's mound. The television announcers said that an amateur game was still to be played at the Polo Grounds before it got torn down.
September 19, 2003
Only 1,752 fans showed up for the final game. Mets drew just over 1 million at home that year. Dodgers and Giants were the big draws, not the Phils.
June 19, 2004
My dad loved the NY GIANTS, hated the NY METS. Took me to a game in this vast ballfield earlier in the year, it was my first game!
On this sad day, the last ML game at the Polo Grounds draws 1,752 fans to see Philadelphia beat New York 5–1. Jim Hickman hits the final New York home run in the historic park, and Chris Short beats Craig Anderson.
July 5, 2005
As others have said, this was the final game in the history of the Polo Grounds. Here are some "final finals" from the great old ballpark:
Last pitch: by Chris Short. Last at bat: Ted Schreiber (pinch-GIDP to end the game). Last hit: Chico Fernandez (single to left). Last home run: Jim Hickman. Last run scored: Wes Covington. Last RBI: Clay Dalrymple. Last Mets run scored and RBI: Jim Hickman. Last error: Ron Hunt.
April 19, 2008
Rest in peace Polo Grounds.
May the Mets honor their first home in some fashion, maybe not the all out fashion they will for their home of 44 years, but sadly since this day the Echoing Greens of Polo Grounds has existed in books and faded memories.
July 23, 2011
Note also that this game was the 7th straight loss for the Mets at the Polo Grounds. Not so fine memories to close the place out!
July 20, 2013
To CGD this was NOT the last baseball game at the Polo Grounds. A recent N.Y. Daily News article uncovered a Latin All-Star game played in October 1963 (A week after the Dodgers won the World Series over the Stankees). FYI, the last sporting event played at the PG was an American Football Game between the Jets and the Buffalo Bills which was won by the Bills 19-10 in front of a small gathering of over 6,000. The date was Saturday December 14, 1963, 3 weeks after the death of President Kennedy!