NEW YORK–The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team from Queens. The name “Mets” is short for “Metropolitans.” Their name came from a baseball team called the New York Metropolitans that played in New York City from 1880 to 1887.
The team colors of orange and blue came from two baseball teams that departed NY several years before The Mets’ inaugural season in 1962. The blue color is derived from the Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers), and the orange from the New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants). The two colors are also used in the New York City flag.
The team mascot, Mr. Met, was introduced to fans on the team’s game program in 1963 (at this time, the Mets were still playing in Upper Manhattan at the Polo Grounds). The costumed version, however, wasn’t introduced until the following year when they moved to Shea Stadium.
Their unique logo features a blue silhouette of the New York City skyline and was designed by cartoonist Ray Gotto, who also created the comic strip, “Ozark Ike.” Gotto’s logo was selected from more than 500 entries submitted as part of a contest to create an emblem for the new baseball club. Their theme song, “Meet the Mets,” was written in 1961 by Ruth Roberts and Bill Katz. It won against 18 competitors and was finally released to the public in 1963. This song continues to be a hit on the radio, at games and in the households of every Mets fan!