Shea Stadium

First and Figures

Status: Demolished 2008

Address: Citi Field Parking Lot

Capacity: 57,333

Cost to construct: $25.5 Million 

Architect:  Praeger, Kavanaugh, Waterbury


The Field

Playing Surface: Grass

Defining Feature: The Big Apple, when a Met hit a homerun the Apple popped out of a hat. Also, with LaGuardia so close, the park was very noisy. 

Dimensions (ft) Initial distance in parenthesis

     Left Field:      338

     Left Center:   378

     Center Field:  410

     Right Center: 378

     Right Field:    338


Opening Day and Firsts

Opening Date: April 17, 1964

Opponent: Pittsburgh 

Results:  Pittsburgh 4, New York 3

Attendance:  50,312

First Hit: Willie Stargell (Pitt, home run)

Winning Pitcher: Bob Friend

Losing Pitcher: Ed Bauta

Umpires: Tom Gorman, Bill Williams, Vinnie Smith, Chris Pelekoudas

Managers: Casey Stengel, Mets; Danny Murtaugh, Pirates

Starting Pitchers: Jack Fisher, Mets; Bob Friend, Pirates

Ceremonial Pitch: William Shea, NY Baseball Committee Chair



Batter Dick Schofield (pop out)

Run Willie Stargell

RBI Willie Stargell

Single Bob Bailey

Double Ron Hunt

Triple Roberto Clemente (04/18/1964)

Home Run Willie Stargell

Grand Slam Jim Hickman (08/19/1964)

IPHR Ron Hunt (06/05/1966)

Stolen Base Joe Christopher

Sacrifice Hit Bob Friend

Sacrifice Fly Jack Fisher (05/13/1964)

Cycle: Wes Parker (05/07/1970)


Win: Bob Friend

Loss: Ed Bauta

Shutout: Al Jackson (04/19/1964)

Save: Roy Face (04/18/1964)

Hit by Pitch: Bob Friend hit Jim Hickman

Wild Pitch: Larry Bearnarth (05/06/1964)

Balk: Bill Wakefield (07/30/1964)

No-Hitter: Jim Bunning (06/21/1964) [perfect game]

Perfect Game: Jim Bunning (06/21/1964)


Hosted Events

World Series:  1969, 1973, 1986, 2000

All Star Games:  1964


Last game:


Marlins 4, Mets 2

  Umpires Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman,

  Bruce Dreckman, Sam Holbrook

  Managers Jerry Manuel, Mets

  Fredi Gonzalez, Marlins

  Starting Pitchers Oliver Perez, Mets

  Scott Olsen, Marlins

  Attendance 56,059


  Batter Ryan Church (fly out)

  Hit Jeremy Hermida (single)

  Run Dan Uggla

  RBI Dan Uggla

  Single Jeremy Hermida

  Double Jose Reyes

  Triple Daniel Murphy (09/24/2008)

  Home Run Dan Uggla

  Grand Slam Carlos Delgado (09/24/2008)

  IPHR Jose Reyes (09/07/2006)

  Stolen Base Cameron Maybin

  Sacrifice Hit Ricky Nolasco (09/27/2008)

  Sacrifice Fly Carlos Delgado (09/27/2008)

  Cycle Jose Reyes (06/21/2006)


  Win Joe Nelson

  Loss Scott Schoeneweis

  Shutout Johan Santana (09/27/2008)

  Save Matt Lindstrom

  Hit by Pitch Ricky Nolasco hit Daniel Murphy (09/27/2008)

  Wild Pitch Bobby Parnell (09/26/2008)

  Balk Julian Tavarez (09/14/2008)

  No-Hitter Bob Moose (09/20/1969)


  Putout Cameron Maybin

1969 World Series, 1986 World Series, Fred Wilpon, New York Mets, Shea Stadium


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