Did you know the first Subway Series was not between the Yankees and the Mets? It did not involve a subway because both teams played in the same stadium. In fact, it was not even called a Subway Series at all!
In 1889, the first “World Championship Series” was between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. It was considered a “Trolley Series” because theNew Yorksubway did not open until 1904.
In 1958, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants moved toCalifornia, leaving the Yankees as the sole team inNew York. This paved the way for the National League to create an expansion team in 1962, known as the New York Mets.
In 1997, Major League Baseball had its first interleague games between the American and National League, which allowed the Yankees and Mets to face each other for the first time. This gave birth to one of baseball’s greatest hometown rivalries known, as the “Subway Series.”
Over the years, the Yankees have proven to be the more dominant team in Subway Series play, posting a 52-35 record against the Mets. The most notable meeting between these two teams occurred in the 2000 World Series. While it was considered to be an even matchup, the Yankees overpowered the Mets, winning the World Series, 4-1.
Numerous players have been traded between bothNew Yorkteams finding their talents in one or sometimes in both. These players include: Darryl Strawberry, David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Juan Acevedo, Jason Anderson, Luis Ayala, Miguel Cairo, Ryota Igarashi, Andy Phillips, Robin Ventura and Yogi Berra.
This season, the Yankees currently hold a record of 40-25. The Yankee’s powerful lineup is producing dividends and has them among the leaders in many of the offensive categories.
The Mets have been one of the pleasant surprises in baseball this season, posting a 35-32 record. They have formed one of baseball’s best one-two punches with Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey.
After being swept by the Yankees earlier this month, the Mets will look to rebound against the red-hot Yankees and even the series.