LIRR - SHEA STADIUM AND THE NY METS
1964+

It was originally to be called "Flushing Meadow Park Municipal Stadium" – the name of the public park within which it was built – but an ultimately successful movement was launched to name it in honor of William Shea, the New York attorney who brought National League baseball back to New York. 

2005 aerial view of William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, located in Flushing, Queens, New York City. In the foreground the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subways can be seen with the Willets Point–Shea Stadium station in the middle. The wide footwalk leads to Flushing Meadows Park, the previous location of the 1964 World's Fair grounds. At the lower left corner there is the LIRR Corona Yard facility. The long inspection shed was torn down in August 2006. Photo: Wiki - Geographer

 


R36 World's Fair Cars delivered by St. Louis Car Co. 1964 for IRT Flushing Line no.7 service. Newly constructed Shea Stadium behind the Shea Stadium station stop.

SHEA STADIUM: PREVIOUSLY “WORLD’S FAIR” STATION OF 1964-65 NY WORLD’S FAIR - FLUSHING MEADOWS - 1964. RENAMED “SHEA STADIUM”: 4/15/66. NO FULL-TIME AGENCY. AGENCY ONLY OPEN DURING EVENTS PER LIRR "TICKET OFFICE HOURS" LISTING OF 5/31/66 (Brad Phillips data). FLASHING YELLOW LIGHT MOUNTED ON SIGNAL MASTS TO INDICATE STOP TO BE MADE, IN SVC: 3/21/88. OUT OF SERVICE: END OF BASEBALL SEASON: 9/29/2008. SHEA STADIUM TORN DOWN AND REPLACED WITH NEW “CITI FIELD” STADIUM AND STATION STOP RENAMED “METS-WILLETS POINT.” IN SERVICE:  TIMETABLE EFFECTIVE 4/3/2009. Research: Dave Keller

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Mets Special train #2038 SETAUKET observation car and #2037 TUSCARORA CLUB, just west of Babylon, enroute to a ceremony/rally at Babylon Station. Mets players were among the dignitaries. 6/1966 Photo: Everett White  Archive: Bill Mangahas

Banner reads: MEET THE Mets TODAY ... TRAVELIN' EASY FROM SHEA


Shea Stadium station new sign install on 4/15/1966 with Mr. Met. LIRailroader 4/21/1966 Archive: Dave Morrison

Pre-Buckshot name at Shea Stadium  8/11/1966
LIRailroader Archive: Dave Morrison

LIRR PRR engine Buckshot at Shea Stadium 7/01/1967
LIRailroader Archive: Dave Morrison

 Shea Stadium station - LIRR #2038 SETAUKET parlor-observation car 4/1968 Archive: Dave Keller

M1 Railfan Extra at Shea Stadium station 4/20/1969. These units had recently arrived December 30, 1968. Photo: W. J. Edwards
Archive: Dave Keller

Rheingold Beer coaster - NY Mets 1969 World Series Champions 


"Mets Hot Streak Express", LIRR #1560 with heavyweights #2038 SETAUKET and #2037 TUSCARORA CLUB, at Babylon  Photo: Steve Hoskins Archive: Steve Lynch
 

TUSCARORA CLUB #2037 at Babylon. The car is accompanying SETAUKET #2038 and locomotive #1560 on a special train with a "Mets Hot Streak Express" banner on the front of the locomotive. These photos may have been taken in 1969, the year the Mets won their first World Series. Info: Jack Deasy  Photo: Steve Hoskins Archive: Steve Lynch
 

There were other Mets Specials, also. After the 1969 Championship, one Special was operated on the mainline. It had a flatcar between at least two Parlors. Special Service Attendants were handing out White Rock sodas to the crowd, and Second Baseman Wayne Garrett spoke on the flat car.
 


Met Ed Kranepool, Mini Maid Diane Alger, Met Duffy Dyer, and Mini Maid Pam Scudder - Shea Stadium Station Mayor's Trophy Game - 5/10/1973

Baseball cards for the Met players pictured left
 


Mets-Yankees LIRR "Bullpen" Special 8/24/1972
Archive: Dave Morrison


Hempstead Station - NY Mets Ad 8/1982
Photo/Archive: Jay Bendersky

Springtime, and baseball season, cannot be too far away... In August of 1982, the Mets were beginning to make the moves that would culminate in their 1986 World Series victory. This advertisement, at Hempstead station, touts 3 Mets sluggers: Dave Kingman, George Foster and Ellis Valentine. Ironically, none would become part of the Mets 1986 World Series team, with Foster staying the longest, but being released by the team in August of 1986, a few months before the World Series. Jay Bendersky 


Shea Stadium 2008 Mets Home Games
Port Washington Branch timetable 6/16/2008
 

"Mr. Met" 4/13/2015 - MTA


Mr. & Mrs. Met Opening Day Mets-Willets Point Station
4/06/2023 Photo: MTA

Mr. & Mrs. Met Opening Day ticket - Grand Central Madison to Mets-Willets Point 4/06/2023 Photo: MTA
 

Grand Central Madison (GCM) to Mets-Willets Point station
"Train to the Game" souvenir tickets to
NY Mets April 6, 2023 home opener
at Citi Field.