Following a single road game against the St. Louis Cardinals on 4/11/62, the expansion team New York Mets took their first steps before a home crowd in a 4/13-15/62 weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Famed for holding the 20th Century MLB record for futility, the inept Metropolitans got off to a dismal start losing their first nine games, including the three represented by the offered publication.
Playing at the soon to be demolished Polo Grounds stadium, the Mets employed this program for their first ever home series vs. the Pirates. Several dates printed throughout this 1962 Mets inaugural edition program indicate upcoming events, with the earliest being the 4/13, 4/14 (first “Ladies Day”) and 4/15 games against the Pirates. Graced with a bright and glossy cover showing vivid graphics, this unscored key edition program merits a solid (EX+) designation, with a tight spine and clean, supple pages throughout and just unobtrusive spine cracks preventing a top tier rating.