On April 11, 1962, the newly enfranchised New York Mets took the field for the first time. They lost.
Then they lost again. And again. And again and again and again and again and again and again.
The Mets went 0-9 to open the 1962 season. After they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for their first-ever win, they lost three more. By the time the season had ended, they'd chalked up 120 losses, a Major League record.
In the 50 years since, the Mets have climbed from laughingstocks to champions. They've suffered long periods of mediocrity, followed by exhilarating but usually short-lived returns to the top.
The roller-coaster ride for the team and its fans has been dizzying. Great managers, clueless ownership, phenomenal pitching, sulking has-beens and dumb luck have all contributed.
Here are 50 key events, by season, that brought the Mets from the basement to the penthouse, and back again.