Why the Mets needed to bring back Old-Timers’ Day

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The memory of attending his first Old-Timers’ Day remains vivid.

Seven-year-old Howie Rose sat alongside his father at Yankee Stadium — the new National League franchise in Queens still hadn’t debuted in 1961 — and listened as legendary Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen introduced one notable name after another.

Among the Old Timers was Wally Pipp, who had preceded Lou Gehrig at first base during a Yankees tenure that began in 1915. Rose was fascinated. He also marveled at how his father needed only to hear a few words of introduction from Allen to identify players about to emerge from the dugout.

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