The closest I had ever come to seeing the color green was in a jumbo box of Crayola crayons. I had seen shades of green. New York City buses were two-tone green, dark Kelly green on the bottom and a pale green on top.
On April 29, 1967 — the day Atlantic Records released Aretha Franklin’s single “Respect” — the New York Mets were shutout, 7-0, by the Cincinnati Reds. The loss dropped the Mets into ninth place (7 ½ GB) in the National League just two weeks into the season.