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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: 78.35 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: 1602396795
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A fortieth anniversary edition of a classic account of the famous baseball season draws on interviews with such forefront contributors as Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Jerry Koosman, in a fan's tribute that is complemented by a new introduction and additional photographs. Original.

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.

The Summer Of 64

Author: William A. Cook
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078641216X
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The 1964 season, highlighted by two significant trades, a game-winning home run, and three no-hitters, was a dramatic one for the National League. But even more thrilling was that season's final week and the race for the pennant. All the drama of the 1964 National League season through the Cardinals' league championship is in this book. It covers Johnny Callison's All-Star game-winning home run, Duke Snider's trade from the New York Mets to the San Francisco Giants and Lou Brock's trade from the Cubs to the Cardinals, Reds manager Fred Hutchinson's battle with cancer (and his replacement, and death in November 1964), the controversial remarks made by Giants manager Alvin Dark about African American and Latin players on his own team, the no-hitters pitched by Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers, Jim Bunning of the Phillies, and Ken Johnson of the Colt .45s (later the Astros), the opening of Shea Stadium, and the demolition of the Polo Grounds. Special attention is given to the final weeks of the season when the Phillies collapsed with a six and a half game lead and twelve games to go, while battling it out with the Cardinals and the Reds.

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.

Baseball Maverick

Author: Steve Kettmann
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802192564
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In 2010, the New York Mets were in trouble. One of baseball’s most valuable franchises, they had recently suffered an embarrassing September collapse and two bitter losing seasons. Their GM had made costly mistakes. And their principle owners were embroiled in the largest financial scam in American history. To whom did they turn? Sandy Alderson, a former marine who served in Vietnam and graduated from Harvard Law. In 1981, Alderson started in baseball with Oakland, where he led a revolution in the sport. The A's partnered with Apple, pioneered using statistical analysis, and became a powerhouse, winning the 1989 World Series. When new owners slashed payroll in the 1990s, Alderson's under-the-radar creativity and intelligent management were thrust into the spotlight. Granted unprecedented access to a working GM over several seasons, bestselling author Steve Kettmann traces Alderson’s history and his renewal of the Mets despite a limited budget, through big trades that brought back high-profile prospects to the development of young aces including Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and Jacob deGrom. Now, the turnaround is almost complete. Baseball Maverick is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look at a Major League team and a fascinating exploration of what it means to be smart.

New York Mets Fans Bucket List

Author: Matthew Cerrone
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1633197824
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Every New York Mets fan has a bucket list of activities to take part in at some point in their lives. But even the most die-hard fans haven't done everything there is to experience in and around New York. From singing "Meet the Mets" to running the old Shea Stadium bases, author Matthew Cerrone provides ideas, recommendations, and insider tips for must-see places and can't-miss activities near Citi Field. But not every experience requires a trip to Queens; long-distance Mets fans can cross some items off their list from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you're attending every home game or supporting the Mets from afar, there's something for every fan to do in The New York Mets Fans' Bucket List.

Frick

Author: John P. Carvalho
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786495324
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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.