Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lecture on the History of Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium (NY) (Images of Baseball)

Since I knew that Shea Stadium will close at the end of the 2008 season, I searched some time ago to see if there was a book about it.  So I ordered this book by local historian Jason Antos.  Since last fall when I attended a conference on the history of Queens I have received mailings from the Queens Historical Society.  Today they held a short lecture in downtown Flushing by the author of the book.  He talked about the politics behind the building of the stadium in the early 1960s.  The people in the audience who were quite knowledgeable about the Mets contributed anecdotes about the stadium and the new Citifield.  People felt that it would be very difficult to get tickets since the seating capacity is 12,000 less than that of Shea.  Since this lecture was within walking distance, I didn't have to spend money for gasoline which is over $4/gallon.

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