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Mets lose final game at historic Polo Grounds

Updated: September 17, 2001, 10:08 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 18, 1963

The Polo Grounds, which was rebuilt in 1911 after a fire, has long been a New York landmark. But today, the ballpark goes out with a whimper, not a bang.

Only 1,752 paying fans, the smallest crowd to watch the New York Mets in their two-year history, show up. They see the Mets lose, 5-1, to the Philadelphia Phillies. After Ted Schreiber hits into a double play to end the game, the strains of "Auld Lang Syne" filter through the cavernous ballpark.

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