We’ve mentioned this possibility in our newsletter, and it’s now official: the New York Mets will play an exhibition game at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium against the Army baseball team on Friday, March 31 at 3 p.m.
The Mets’ visit will recognize the remarkable contributions made by the United States military and continue a longstanding historic West Point tradition of hosting Major League Baseball teams. This contest will be the Mets’ final game before the start of the 2017 Season on April 3 when they take on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. It will also mark the 9th exhibition game between the Army baseball club and the New York Mets at West Point (1963, ’65, ’67, ’71, ’73, ’75, ’79, and ’84). Tickets will be offered by Army at a later date for the game.
“Sandy Alderson and I were so inspired by our visit to the West Point campus last year that we wanted our players to have that experience,” New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. “The Mets are proud to be able to continue the strong bond we have with our military and this is a new way to show our appreciation for the sacrifices and bravery of our nation’s armed forces. We are looking forward to the game.”
“We are excited to have the New York Mets back at West Point before the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season,” Boo Corrigan, Army’s Director of Athletics said. “We would like to thank the Wilpon, Katz and Alderson families for renewing this long standing tradition of us hosting a professional baseball organization. This is a great opportunity for our cadets and the entire West Point community.”
One year after its origination, the Mets played their first-ever contest against West Point, posting a 3-0 decision over the Black Knights on May 6, 1963. That result marked the closest game of the series. Since then there have been seven additional meetings between these two organizations, with the last coming 33 years ago on April 26, 1984, in which New York recorded a 6-0 win.
Army had built a continuous tradition of playing Major League Baseball teams, competing in 85 exhibition games between 1914 and 1986.