Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets' First Year

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Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin's marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets' first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, "preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure." Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field. (The title of the book is a quote from Casey Stengel, their manager at the time.) Breslin casts the Mets, who lost 120 games out of a possible 162 that year, as a lovable bunch of ...
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Overview

Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin's marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets' first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, "preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure." Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field. (The title of the book is a quote from Casey Stengel, their manager at the time.) Breslin casts the Mets, who lost 120 games out of a possible 162 that year, as a lovable bunch of losers. And, he argues, they were good for baseball, coming as a welcome antidote to "the era of the businessman in sports...as dry and agonizing a time as you would want to see." Although they were written forty years ago, many of Breslin's comments will strike a chord with today's sports fan, fed up with the growing commercialism of the games. Against this trend Breslin sets the exploits of "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry, Stengel, and the rest of the hapless Mets. "Wonderful."—Charles Salzberg, New York Times. "A touching, enjoyable, and interesting addition to anybody's sports reading list."—Patrick Conway
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Editorial Reviews

New York Sun
A magnificent account of the 1962 New York Mets; their first season in existence.
Newark Star Ledger - Jeff Diamant
Breslin's well-written book remains a hilarious read.
NEWARK STAR-LEDGER
Breslin's well-written book remains a hilarious read.
New York Sun
A magnificent account of the 1962 New York Mets; their first season in existence.
Library Journal
Breslin takes his title from a quote by baseball great Casey Stengel, who asked that question of his players while managing the New York Mets during their first year as a team in 1962. The answer pretty much was a resounding noDthe team lost 140 of 162 games. Luckily, they improved quickly and snagged a World Series a few years later. Breslin's 1963 volume recalls it all. This also includes appendixes of team rosters and player stats. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566634885
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 314,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist of Newsday, has also written The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight and The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez, among other books. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    the best of the original mets!

    if ever you need to remember what NYC & baseball used to be like...just pick up this tome by the great jimmy breslin! breezy, fun, fact filled and NEVER BORING! the ny mets must be God's creation...cause after you read this you will know there is no reasonable explanation for the Amazin's!

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    good book!

    Darn near anything by Jimmy Breslin is awesome! While he can get off topic at times, this book is highly entertaining!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Rubbish

    Can't Anyone Play This Game? is the worst of the 1960s books about the 62 Mets. Breslin deals more with fiction, writing about incidents that did not happen and sprinkling half-truths into his reporting. Buy this book only in a used book store and if it is cheap.

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