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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
1962 Opening Day ticket to be displayed

By Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
Ticket from the first home game in franchise history, which will be on display at Citi Field during this 50th anniversary season.

Adam Rubin
Bob Kolb

The Mets will display at the team's museum at Citi Field an upper-box ticket from the first home game in franchise history, against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 13, 1962 at the Polo Grounds.

The ticket will be on loan for a year from Bob Kolb, a retired resident of Woodmere on Long Island, who recently moved to Boca Raton, Fla.

Kolb, now 65, was riding a bicycle not far from the Polo Grounds as a 16-year-old when a police officer offered him tickets to the game. He was living with his family at 158th and Riverside at the time, a five- or 10-minute walk from the Polo Grounds.

The Pirates beat the Mets, 4-3, before a crowd of 12,447.

The price printed on the ticket: $215, for the season.

Kolb said he eventually hopes to sell the ticket to help secure his family's future.