THE 1969 MIRACLE METS is a retrospective of the 1969 season and World Series championship of the "Amazin Mets", scheduled for March 2009 publication to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 1969 miracle season, a seminal event in baseball and New York history. The Mets' new stadium as well as the new Yankee Stadium are due to open at that time, and the city will be awash in baseball fever.
From the Inside Flap
In the 1977 movie Oh, God!, George Burns, playing the deity, is asked to prove his divinity by performing a miracle. Burns replies, “The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.”
This book is a riveting account of the single most impossible, unbelievable, and wonderful sports story of all time—the 1969 “Amazin’ Mets” and their incredible spring, summer, and fall as they went on to capture the World Series. But it does much more than simply recount how the worst sports franchise ascended to greatness in a few short months. The 1969 Miracle Mets is a story of tumultuous times. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and a New York City in disarray, the Mets proved to be a metaphor for a changing America and, in retrospect, the catapult for the eventual comeback of a battered-yet-unbowed metropolis.
One hero of this story is, of course, Tom Seaver. At the age of twenty-four, at the start of what would be a remarkable Major League career, he pitched his team to victory in 1969. Seaver represents the crux of what makes this book so unique, so compelling, such a nostalgic memory of a town, a team, and a time that is no more.
And yet this is not a book about one superstar, but about an entire team that ascended to the heights. Tom Seaver and his teammates come alive in these pages as the final symbols of an innocent age, an age when the greatest icons in American culture—New York sports heroes—mounted the stage in awesome splendor, before Watergate, before free agency, before the
mercenaries took over.
From the Back Cover
From Worst to First! From the foreword by Bud Harrelson
Many things contributed to our unbelievable season in 1969—homerun hitters, strong pitching, a different level of bonding among the players. But the real magic of the 1969 Mets had a lot to do with Gil Hodges. . . . One of the coaches would come up to a player and say discretely, Gil wants to talk to you. So you’d go into his office and sit down with him, and he would question you. Afterwards I found out he did that with a lot of players. At the time I thought I was special, but that’s just how he made you feel. He had quite an impact on every player on that team. He made the difference. He really did. . . .
The team in 1969 was different. You could really feel the camaraderie, and there was a lot of encouragement among the players. . . . It’s amazing what happens when you win—how the friendships solidify because you were in battle together and you won. You have this common ground and emotional feeling that this was amazing or a miracle, because no one expected it. In fact, Casey Stengel always said the Mets will win when they put a man on the moon. He was a real character and was just being comical, but sure enough, you know, in ’69 they put a man on the moon. Seaver • Koosman • Ryan • Gentry • McGraw • Grote • Clendenon • Harrelson • Charles • Jones
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