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Queens welcomed the Mets to their new home in Shea Stadium after departing the historic Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. To the disappointment of the 50,312 fans in attendance, the hometown team lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in their inaugural game at Shea. That same month, millions streamed through Queens airports on their way to the World’s Fair, sporting events and joyous family reunions. 17p2.jpg


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