Call us crazy but for some reason we don't think we'll be seeing anything quite like this as these teams vie for the 2009 Stanley Cup.
Located in New York’s Upper West Side, West is home to the trendsetting streetwear brands that define the latest fashions. Among them, Mitchell & Ness. You’ll find a mix of great M&N styles from authentic baseball jerseys to clean and classic nylon jackets hanging on the brick walls at 147 W 72nd Street. Oh yea, while you are there, make sure to grab a couple Mitchell & Ness fitteds…they have those too.
On May 28, 1957 National League owners unanimously authorized baseball's expansion to the west coast. The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants were approved to move their franchises to Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively.
Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley had been trying to get a new stadium built in Brooklyn to replace the 32,000 seat Ebbets Field that he felt his team had outgrown. His unsuccessful attempts to get the new stadium approvals led to meetings with Los Angeles officials, where over a series of secret discussions the plan to move baseball to California was hatched. San Francisco mayor George Christopher, hearing about the O'Malley meetings, arranged to meet with Giants owner Horace Stoneham. Stoneham's Giants were not drawing fans on a consistent basis and he felt that a move to the west coast would revitalize the franchise.
On May 28th their wishes were granted, with only two conditions placed on the deal.
1) One team could not go without the other. If one team backed out the deal was off.
2) Both teams had to make their announcements before October 1, 1957.
Unfortunately for New York baseball fans both conditions were met and their beloved teams were gone by the start of the 1958 season.
New York was left with no National League team until 1962 when the New York Mets began play in Queens.
As a side note, ever wonder why the Mets uniforms are orange and blue? To embrace the mourning Giants and Dodgers fan base the Mets took orange from the Giants and blue from the Dodgers. Who knows if it worked, but the effort and idea were appreciated.
In this picture Giants owner Horace Stoneham (third from left) listens to Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley (far left) as he discusses the potential move with NY mayor Rober Wagner (middle).
Dodgers fans try to keep their team in Brooklyn
If you happen to find yourself checking out the World Champion Phillies at Citizens Bank Park this summer, make sure you stop by the new and improved Mitchell & Ness Alley Store.
Located in the Ashburn Alley section of the ballpark, the store features authentic Phillies jerseys, pennants and banners and tons of tees, hoodies and outerwear .
And, for our fellow sports history fanatics, check out the evolution of the Phillies logo on the window.
No trip to CBP is complete without a visit to the store, a win by the Fightins and this.
Nowadays, Mitchell & Ness is famous for recreating authentic, vintage jerseys from back in the day so that our customers can re-live the glory days. At one time however, M&N was known as the top-notch team outfitter in the city of Philadelphia, making the apparel that players like Concrete Charlie wore on the grid-iron. Mitchell & Ness was the proud on-field outfitter of the Philadelphia Athletics, the Phillies, and the 1960 World Champion Eagles.
Check out some of the old ads.