Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 9, 1963 · Page 91
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 91

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, * r™ 71 Tni Arittmn Republlft Pftwntt, Mm, Miy I, tM Miserable Mets Make Only Money Sy RED SMITH NfcW York Her«M tribune Service YORK-"An hour after ths game ended, special police wife still herding the stragglers toxvard the exits. There wer« only a few left when Bobby Thomson returned from the clubhouse with his movie camera to take some last shots at the scene of h 1 s undying fame. "P r e sently, Thomson went home too, leaving (he Polo Grounds to the pigeons, whose sublease will expire when the wreckers arrive." When Tommy Holmes wrote th"?c words on Sept. 29, 1957, after the last ball game ever played by the New York Giants, a bucket of hashish wouldn't have enabled him to imagine what weird gazooks and won- Smith drous whangdoodles were to come along to disturb the pigeons and stall off the wreckers. Tommy watched while Dusty Rhodes grounded out to end the season and the existence of the New York Giants, and mourners swarmed across the field to claw home plate out of the earth with their fingernails, dismantle the dugouts, and pry the plaque off the Eddie Grant memorial in center field. If anybody had told him then that National League baseball would be back in the Polo Grounds inside five years and that a team called the New York Mets—well, the gift of prophecy was not exactly a drug on the market in 1957. Whatever qualities Horace Stoneham may be justly celebrated for, foresight is not one of them. Having always considered the automobile a passing fad, he was taken by surprise when parking areas that had been adequate in 1907 seemed shrunken in 1957. How could he Views Of Sport have foreseen that the Polo Grounds, a grand park when the Giants moved in only 68 years before, would cease to attract top-hatted swells in hansom cabs? In 1957 he counted receipts from 653,923 customers, saw no hop6 here for his sixth place club, and fled to San Francisco. His far-seeing colleagues In the National League concurred heartily. "Who needs New York?" they said. "Pioneers! 0 Pioneers!" they cried in approval as Walter O'Malley mounted the covered wagon and cracked his whip. So, day before yesterday, Stoneham's Giants were back in the Polo Grounds. So were 53,830 cash customers, the greatest crowd In the major leagues this season. If this wasn't a rebuke to Stoneham and die whole National League, what WM It? It was, of course, merely the latest chapter in the fascinating fairy tale of the Mets, the saddest and happiest team of all time. This was the same park in thft same neighborhood where Stofte* ham gave up six years ago. the old joint had been freshened up here and there since It was rescued from the midget auto racers, but Its grimy rafters and gritty ramps provide fewer creature comforts and no Such unencumbered view as a living room or friendly saloon with tel- j e vis ion. There is less parking space than ever. Eighth Avenue is torn up. The Mets are — well, not easy to describe. They lost 120 of 160 games last year. Through yesterday they had lost 15 of 28 and last Saturday's score was downright obscene, 1? to 4. 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