1969 Miracle Mets: The Improbable Story of the World's Greatest Underdog Team

1969 Miracle Mets: The Improbable Story of the World's Greatest Underdog Team

by Steven Travers
     
 

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In the popular 1977 movie “Oh, God!” George Burns, playing the deity, is asked in a courtroom to prove His divinity by performing a miracle. Burns tells the attorney, "The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea."

Man has engaged in athletic competition at least since the ancient Greeks.

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In the popular 1977 movie “Oh, God!” George Burns, playing the deity, is asked in a courtroom to prove His divinity by performing a miracle. Burns tells the attorney, "The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea."

Man has engaged in athletic competition at least since the ancient Greeks. Baseball has been played, according to legend, since Abner Doubleday invented it at Cooperstown, New York in 1839. Through the travail of ages, in the entire history of sports, the 1969 "Amazin' Mets" remains the single most impossible, unbelievable, improbable and wonderful sports story of all times.

This book tells the tale of that incredible spring, summer and fall, but it does much more than simply recount how the worst sports franchise ever ascended to the very heights of greatness in a few short months. The Last Miracle is the story of tumultuous times: the 1960s. Amidst the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Mets remained the last, best hope of a city on the verge of bankruptcy. Through the lens of time we now can view them as a metaphor for a changing America, and in light of the Big Apple's phoenix-like comeback over the years, the catapult for this battered-yet-unbowed Metropolis.

Somehow, while the Mets became the mods of baseball, the "new breed" athlete, Tom Seaver and his teammates are viewed herein 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.

Here they are: Seaver and Harrelson; Hodges and Stengel; Grote and Swoboda; Jones and Agee; all the characters of the greatest comedy act ever performed, all the while upstaging a tempestuous Mayoral race, President Nixon's "secret plan," a Moonshot, and Woodstock.

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Editorial Reviews

Every loyal New York Mets fan will welcome this opportunity to relive the 1969 season, the baseball campaign that transformed the hapless Mets into World Series champions. Steven Travers's The 1969 Miracle Mets has it all: the team's Lazarus-like awakening from being a National League doormat; their late 38-11 surge to win the NL East; their defeat of the favored Atlanta Braves to capture the pennant; and then their underdog Series victory over the powerful Baltimore Orioles, capped by that "You Gotta Believe" fifth game. The 1969 Miracle Mets even has a foreword by infield hero Buddy Harrelson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461746737
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
578,433
File size:
13 MB
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Meet the Author

Steven Travers is a USC graduate, a former professional baseball player, and the author of many books, including the best-selling Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman, nominated for a Casey Award as Best Baseball Book of 2002.

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