Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team

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As the New York Mets celebrate their fiftieth anniversary of National League baseball, this rollicking chronicle recounts a half century of the team’s ups and downs. Chapters recount the best and worst teams; the greatest players; the most thrilling wins and most excruciating losses; the most memorable and forgettable teams in franchise history; and even a guide to appreciating the Mets, including tips on spring training as well as the best sports bars to see the Mets on TV without having to fight for the remote....
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Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team

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Overview

As the New York Mets celebrate their fiftieth anniversary of National League baseball, this rollicking chronicle recounts a half century of the team’s ups and downs. Chapters recount the best and worst teams; the greatest players; the most thrilling wins and most excruciating losses; the most memorable and forgettable teams in franchise history; and even a guide to appreciating the Mets, including tips on spring training as well as the best sports bars to see the Mets on TV without having to fight for the remote. Sidebars relating Mets lore (i.e., Jerry Seinfeld’s obsession with Keith Hernandez), colorful Mets characters (both players and fans alike), and stats on the best and worst of all things Mets further add to this celebration of the first fifty years of New York’s most Amazin’ and frustrating sports franchise.
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Editorial Reviews

Sportsology
Considering how bad the Mets will be this season every fan should buy this book to remember the good times.
Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf
WC reading of the highest order (and I mean that as a compliment)...
Library Journal
The New York Mets, who went from lovable losers in 1962 to destiny's darlings in 1969, turn the big five-oh in 2012, and prolific Mets author Silverman (New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History) offers die-hard fans a cornucopia of Mets-related information. After a concise history of the team, Silverman settles into what is largely a book-of-lists format, presenting his take on the 50 best Mets players, best teams, and best games, while adding dashes of worsts as well. Going beyond these obvious categories, he also features coaches and management, broadcasters, memorable fans (the "cowbell man" and the "sign man"), and such esoterica as best Mets sports bars. This might not play in St. Louis or Los Angeles, but for Mets followers it will be a little bit of heaven.—J.B.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589796706
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 513,780
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Silverman is the author of over a half dozen books, including New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, and Shea Goodbye with Keith Hernandez. He lives in High Falls, New York.
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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    A Must-Have For Any Mets Fan

    The New York Mets turn fifty this year, and it is the perfect time for Best Mets: Fifty Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team by Matthew Silverman. It's just too bad that Johan Santana waited until this season to throw the Mets first-ever no-hitter; it was too late for the book.

    Flipping through the book was like a blast from the past for me, seeing all of my old favorites, (Tug McGraw and Gary Carter were my all-time faves) and their exploits in print. After the introduction gives an overview of the fifty years, Silverman gets into lists, which any true baseball fan adores.

    We get the Top 50 Mets, and even better, certain Mets give their Top 50 Mets (Jerry Koosman chose Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, Jerry Grote, Bud Harrelson and himself.) Zipping through the list and seeing Cleon Jones, Jon Matlack, Tommy Agee, and Felix Millan made me smile with joyful memories.

    Other chapters include Best Teams, Best All-Stars, and Best Games, which include a list of the team rivalries, heartbreaking losses, and best comebacks. Interspersed through the book are interesting tidbits about "Mets People", including Jane Jarvis, a virtuoso organist. On the night of the big New York blackout in 1977, amidst the chaos, looting and arrests, Jarvis kept the crowd at Shea Stadium happy and calm by singing Christmas carols.

    I'm a fairly knowledgeable baseball fan, but one thing in the book stumped me. WAR- Wins Against Replacement- rankings are listed. I had no idea what WAR was, never heard of it. "WAR looks at a player's performance based on valuable he is compared to the average Triple-A player who might be called up to replace him." (My older son told me it's a recent stat.) No surprise, Tom Seaver holds the number one ranking for the Mets.

    Best Mets is a must-have book for any Mets fan. It has so much great information presented in an interesting and breezy manner, you can race through the book and then go back and savor each list, each tidbit, and it would be a terrific conversation starter when two or more Mets fans get together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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