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11/26/2007 12:27 PM ET
Mets unveil Shea Stadium commemorative logo to celebrate final season in long-time home
Mets to wear uniform patch bearing logo for all 2008 home games
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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today unveiled the commemorative logo celebrating the 45-season history of Shea Stadium in conjunction with the final year in their long-time home. The Mets will wear this logo as a patch on the right sleeve of their uniforms during all 2008 home games.

Central to the design is a side-by-side artistic rendering of Shea's original and current exterior set against a backdrop of the New York City skyline from the Mets logo. The Mets will use the new graphic in many 2008 promotional and collateral materials, including schedules, tickets, the Mets Media Guide, Yearbook, and Mets Magazine.

The Mets, in the weeks ahead, will announce plans for a season-long "Salute to Shea" that will include a series of special events and promotions.

Past commemorative patches worn by the Mets include tributes to Shea Stadium's 40th Anniversary (2004), the 40th Anniversary of the club's inception (2002), the first Major League game to be played in Tokyo (2000), the 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier (1997), the 25th Anniversary of the Mets' 1969 World Championship (1994), the 125th Anniversary of Major League Baseball (1994), a Mets' 25th Anniversary (1986), America's Bicentennial (1976), the 100th Anniversary of Major League Baseball (1969), and the World's Fair (1964, 1965).

Opened in 1964 as home to both the Mets and New York Jets, Shea has been the scene of many of New York's most memorable sports and entertainment moments. From the Beatles' historic open-air stadium concert in 1965 to the unforgettable 1969 and 1986 Mets' World Championships, the venerable ballpark has been an iconic fixture on the New York City landscape since its opening.

William A. Shea, for whom Shea Stadium is named, was a driving force to bring National League baseball back to New York following the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants 50 years ago. Shea spearheaded Mayor Robert Wagner's four-man baseball task force, which helped form the proposed rival Continental League. Major League Baseball granted New York a National League expansion franchise in 1960 and the Continental League agreed to disband. Shea was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1983.

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