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Long Before The Miracle

Author: Bill Sullivan
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781534686786
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Long Before The Miracle charts the dawn of the New York Mets baseball franchise which manifested five years after the dual defection of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to the west coast after the 1957 season. A prologue details just why Walter O'Malley and Horace Stoneham moved their teams to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. As for the Mets, the book details who was responsible for influencing Major League Baseball to consider expansion into New York. It talks about who would fund the enterprise. It talks about the principal leaders of the organization. Lastly, character sketches on the Original Mets and many players of the early-to-mid 60s detail the personal side of those who wore the pinstripes in Queens in both the Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium. Conversations with family members of deceased Mets players are sure to charm the reader ... as it did the author.

The Amazin Mets 1962 1969

Author: William J. Ryczek
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786455256
Size: 41.61 MB
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This book traces the history of the New York Mets from the franchise’s inauspicious beginnings—the 1962 team, led by Casey Stengel and made up of players like Rod Kanehl and Jay Hook, lost 120 games—through the miraculous championship season of 1969. Based on interviews with more than one hundred former players and extensive research by one of the more highly regarded baseball historians writing today, the book covers the era in unprecedented detail. Any Met fan from the 1960s will find some familiar stories along with some they’ve probably never read before. Presented in an easy-to-read, narrative style, this book traces the rapid ascent of the Mets and explores the reasons for their early failure and dramatic success.

A Magic Summer

Author: Stanley Cohen
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1626367949
Size: 71.13 MB
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A Magic Summer tells of that remarkable season by chronicling the major events as viewed twenty years later. Interviews conducted twenty years after with members of the team—Seaver, Ryan, McGraw, and others—provide immediacy and, with that, fascinating updates and insights. This is a unique record and celebration of a season that Mets fans—and all baseball fans—will not soon forget.

Summers At Shea

Author: Ira Berkow
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623682177
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Culled from 50 years' worth of columns from one of the country's most popular sportswriters, this work stands as a remarkable collection of opinions that is guaranteed to delight Mets fans of all ages. Former "New York Times" columnist Ira Berkow captures the spirit of the Mets in this unforgettable collection of opinions, stories, and observations from his long and distinguished career as he interviews and comments on the team. From memories of inaugural franchise manager Casey Stengel and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to reflections on ace Johan Santana and the superstar David Wright, this collection combines Berkow's eye for detail with the comedy and drama revealed by the subjects themselves, bringing to life Mets' personalities from the last half century.

Down On The Korner

Author: Mark Rosenman
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1631440438
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One of the staples of the long and storied history of baseball on television is the “postgame show,” and none was more beloved than Kiner’s Korner. From the early 1960s into the 1990s, Hall of Famer and iconic broadcaster Ralph Kiner hosted the show that brought players into the homes of fans across the nation. From the host, to the set, to the guests, to the stories amassed over more than thirty-two years on the air, Down on the Korner takes the reader behind the scenes. Authors Mark Rosenman and Howie Karpin gather insight from baseball greats like Ed Charles, Ron Darling, Pete Falcone, “Doc” Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Tim Harkness, Ron Hunt, Howard Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Valentine, and many more. People who worked behind the scenes provide memorable moments of their own—like the time producer Jack Simon joined Jerry Koosman to play a practical joke on Hall of Famer and legendary Met Tom Seaver. Throughout his career as a player and broadcaster, Ralph Kiner was adored by millions of fans. His postgame show only strengthened that bond. Down on the Korner will give readers a wonderful ride down sports’ memory lane—an enjoyable journey for any baseball enthusiast. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

When Shea Was Home

Author: Brett Topel
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1613218710
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Four teams, 175 games, 3,738,546 fans—one stadium. If 1975 wasn’t the most successful year in New York sports—and it wasn’t—then it was certainly one of the oddest. For that one crazy season, all four New York teams—the Mets, Jets, Yankees, and Giants—called Shea Stadium home. When Shea was Home includes interviews with the stadium’s former head groundskeeper, the legendary Pete Flynn, as well as Jerry Koosman, Bud Harrelson and Ed Kranepool of the Mets, Giants owner John Mara, Rich Caster of the Jets, former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, who played that year at Shea for Grambling, and many more! This well-written narrative includes information about the stadium, the teams, the players, how the teams coexisted, and how they didn't. When Shea was Home takes New York sports fans on a unique trip down memory lane, offering context on the national and local history and culture of the time. It is perfect for the avid New York sports aficionado—regardless of team allegiance! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Amazin

Author: Peter Golenbock
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250118379
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From Tom Seaver to Gary Carter, Ron Swoboda to Al Leiter, from the team's inception to the current day, the New York Mets' road to success has been a rutted and furrowed path. Now, with the help of New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock, the complete story of one of the most controversial teams in baseball history comes to life. Told from the voices of the men who experienced it firsthand, this compulsively readable account gives baseball fans the inside scoop on one of baseball's most popular teams. This is the true story of a group of men who won the hearts and shattered the dreams of generations. Utilizing dozens of personal interviews with players, coaches, fans, and sportswriters, Amazin' takes readers on a journey from the Mets' bumbling days as a new team in 1962, to their stunning World Championships in 1969 and 1986, right up through to today. In time for the fortieth anniversary of the New York Mets, Amazin' is rich with unforgettable personalities and wondrous stories both funny and poignant.

One Year Dynasty

Author: Matthew Silverman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493024205
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Relive the games, moves, and players of the hard-hitting team that won the 1986 World Series. Vin Scully called the tenth-inning groundball in Game Six of the 1986 World Series—Mets versus Red Sox—that sealed a comeback, fueled a curse, and turned a batting champion into a scapegoat. But getting there was a long, hard slog with plenty of heartache. After being knocked out of contention the previous two seasons, the Mets blasted through the National League that year. They won blowouts, nailbiters, fights, and a 14-inning game that ended with one pitcher on the mound, another in right field, and an All-Star catcher playing third base. Matt Silverman covers famous baseball players including: Ron Darling, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry and more. Going beyond the partying and excess, Silverman recounts in this book, step by step, the team’s meteoric rise in 1986, when they captured their first division title in over a decade, shattered the franchise record, and then won it all.

Gil Hodges

Author: Tom Clavin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101593059
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Due to his achievements as a player and manager, as well as his sterling character, Gil Hodges deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as any player honored by the institution. A towering figure during the Golden Era of the 1950s, Hodges was the Brooklyn Dodgers’ powerful first baseman who, alongside Jackie Robinson, helped drive his team to six pennants and a thrilling World Series victory in 1955. Dutifully following the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, Hodges longed to return to New York City, and in 1962, joined the original Mets. He took over the manager’s spot on their bench in 1968 and transformed the team from a joke to World Champions in 1969—the Miracle Mets. Yet behind his stoic demeanor lay a man prone to anxiety and scarred by combat during World War II. His sudden death in 1972 shocked his friends and family and left a void in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. Acclaimed authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary delve into one of baseball’s most overlooked stars, shedding light on a fascinating life and career that even his most ardent fans never knew.

Frick

Author: John P. Carvalho
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786495324
Size: 55.55 MB
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