A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 04, 2005
Mets (National League baseball team)
The 1962-present National League "Mets" share the same name as a baseball team from the 1880s. It's a shortened form of "Metropolitan."

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/nym/history/timeline1.jsp
1959
July 27, 1959 - New York attorney William Shea announces the formation of a third major league, the Continental League, to begin play in 1961. One of the charter teams for the league would be placed in New York.

1960
August 2, 1960 - The Continental League disbands on promises that four of its franchises would be accepted to the NL and AL as expansion franchises.

1961
March 6, 1961 - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., formally receives a certificate of membership from National League President Warren Giles. The Mets' name was judged by club owner Joan Payson as the one that best met five basic criteria:
1) It met public and press acceptance;
2) It was closely related to the team's corporate name (Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc);
3) It was descriptive of the metropolitan area;
4) It had a brevity that delighted copy readers everywhere;
5) It had historical background referring to the Metropolitans of the 19th century American Association. Other names considered included Rebels, Skyliners, NYBs, Burros (for the five boroughs), Continentals, Avengers... as well as Jets and Islanders, names that would eventually find their way onto the New York sports scene.
May 8, 1961 - New York's National League club announces that the team nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")

3 April 1881, New York Times, pg. 5:
THE BASE-BALL SEASON.
DEFEAT OF THE JASPER NINE BY THE MET-
ROPOLITAN CLUB.

The opening game of base-ball of the season was played yesterday afternoon on the polo graounds, One Hundred and Twelfth-street and Fifth-avenue, between the Jasper nine, of Manhattan College, and the professional Metropolitan Club, of this City.

31 August 1881, New York Times, pg. 2:
BASE-BALL.
A CLOSE GAME PLAYED BY THE METRO-
POLITANS AND ALBANYS.

The Albany nine, who always play a close and exciting game of base-ball with the Metropolitans, have recently secured the services of Larkin, Schenck, and Walker, all of the Atlantics, of Brooklen, and succeeded in defeating the "Mets" yesterday afternoon on the polo grounds, in the presence of about 800 spectators.

8 August 1882, Olean (NY) Democrat, pg. 2, col. 5:
...at New York, Mets 5, Troys 2;
2 December 1960, New York Times, "What's in a Name?" by Arthur Daley, pg. 36:
Sooner or later a label also will have to be produced for the National League team in our village. No effort has yet been made by Charlie Hurth, the general manager, to supply one for a team that already is being referred to as the New York Metropolitans or Mets. This nickname rings no bells, throws off no sparks.

16 March 1961, New York Times, "A Smart Move" by Arthur Daley, pg. 45:
If Rickey had been persuaded to become head man of the Mets - or whatever their name will be - it's a cinch that he would have installed as manager his favorite reclamation project, Leo Durocher.

27 April 1961, New York Times, pg. 17:
But he certainly sounded pleased with the opportunity to join Weiss, Charlie Hurth and the New York Mets in restoring a National League team to our village in time for the 1962 season.

9 May 1961, New York Times, pg. 48:
New National League Team Here Approves Mets as Its Official Nickname

HISTORICAL LINK
IS CITED BY CLUB

Mets Also Is Preferred as
Name by Fans in Voting -
Emblem Contest Is On
By LOUIS EFFRAT

New York's new National League baseball team, commonly called the Mets, henceforth will be officially called the Mets. That was the nickname announced yesterday by the owners of the franchise.
(...)
The fans had been asked to choose a nickname from among the following ten: Continentals, Burros, Mets, Skyliners, Skyscrapers, Bees, Rebels, NYBS, Avengers and Jets.
(...)
It has historical baseball association. There was a team nicknamed the Metropolitans, or Mets, that played here from 1883 until 1888.

9 May 1961, Washington Post, pg. D2:
It's Now Official:
New New York Club
Will Be Called "Mets"

(Trademark)
Word Mark METS
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: CLOTHING, NAMELY, CAPS, HATS, VISORS, HEADWEAR, SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS, TURTLENECKS, SHORTS, BASEBALL UNIFORMS, JERSEYS, SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATPANTS, BOXER SHORTS, SLEEPWEAR, JACKETS, CLOTH BIBS, INFANTWEAR, CLOTH DIAPER SETS WITH UNDERSHIRT AND DIAPER COVER, ROMPERS, ONESIES, BABY BOOTIES, FOOTWEAR, SOCKS. FIRST USE: 19620413. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19620413
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 060701 071101 210306
Serial Number 76169459
Filing Date November 21, 2000
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition July 31, 2001
Registration Number 2500406
Registration Date October 23, 2001
Owner (REGISTRANT) Sterling Doubleday Enterprises, L.P. comprised of Mets Partners, Inc., a New York corporation, its sole General Partner LIMITED PARTNERSHIP DELAWARE Shea Stadium 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue Flushing NEW YORK 11368
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Mary L Kevlin
Prior Registrations 1030014;1528813;1528814;1530538;1549812;1636881;2129194;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
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