Mar 12, 2011

Amazin' New Mets Book: 50 Amazin' Seasons- The Complete Illustrated History

Matt Silverman's new book; New York Mets 50 Amazin' Seasons- The Complete Illustrated History, is a great easy read book on Mets history. I especially like the large collection of photographs from yearbooks, baseball cards & various media outlets.

Matt a true Mets fan, believes (as we do here at centerfield maz) that the Mets are more than just 1986 or 1969 or 2000. There is a great history to the ball club with many great players & characters who have worn Mets uniforms. Yes, there were many bad seasons that we can now look back & laugh at, but we still have fond memories of those days too.

There were so many second place finishes where great seasons ended up just falling short. Those years were better than the bad years & better than most teams fans get to enjoy.

I also love the way this book puts some focus on the 1973 NL Champion Mets team, maybe my favorite of all Mets teams. No one ever mentions this great part of Mets history, the amazing comeback to capture the East, the upset in beating the Big Red Machine in the NLCS, Bud Harrelson vs Pete Rose Fight, Rusty Staub, Cleon Jones & John Milners slugging, Felix Millan's hitting, Bud Harrelson & Jerry Grote's defense & of course the awesome pitching. Seaver, Koosman, Stone, Matlack & baseballs best reliever Tug McGraw.

And of course the last curtain call for Willie Mays."You Gotta Believe" brought the Mets within one game of another Championship, almost beating the mighty A's Dynasty who won three straight.

This book has it all & does a great job of covering all era's of Mets history from the early years in the Polo Grounds to the Championships of Shea Stadium to the years at Grants Tomb right through today's team at Citi Field.

I'd also like to personally thank the author whom I've had the pleasure to meet at Citi Field in the picnic area two years ago for mentioning this site in his acknowledgements. I was honored that he recognized my work & my efforts to remember & glorify Mets history. So go out get the book, sit back & enjoy the Amazin'  50 year journey.

Matt's other Mets books include: Mets Essential / Shea Goodbye / 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know Before They Die / as well as work in the great 40th Anniversary book on the 1969 Team: The Miracle Has Landed.

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