Classic Shots of the Polo Grounds

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On Sept. 18, 1963, New York Mets manager Casey Stengel waves goodbye to the Polo Grounds as he leaves with his wife, Edna, after the Phillies beat the Mets 5-1 in the final game at the ballpark.

50 years later, SI.com takes a look at the classic old ballpark. While it didn't feature any bells and whistles like many modern parks today, the Polo Grounds was home to many historic moments, including Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning "Shot Heard `Round the World" in 1951 and Willie Mays' iconic over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. The stadium was demolished in 1964, one year after the Mets last played there and seven years after the Giants moved to San Francisco.

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