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This Day in Mets History
March 8th

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1966 Prior to an intrasquad contest in St. Petersburg in a pregame ceremony, the Mets announce former manager Casey Stengel had been elected to the Hall of Fame. The 75 year-young 'Old Perfessor' benefitted from a new rule by the Baseball Writers Committee on Veterans that makes any manager, umpire or executive past the age of 65 eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame six months after retiring, bypassing the traditional five-year wait rule for players.

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