Miracle Moments in New York Mets History: The Turning Points, the Memorable Games, the Incredible Records

Miracle Moments in New York Mets History: The Turning Points, the Memorable Games, the Incredible Records

by Brett Topel

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Overview

In 1969, the New York Mets took on a nickname that was certainly fitting for that season—the "Miracle Mets."

Nevertheless, even beyond 1969, there have been numerous moments in the history of the Mets that have proven miraculous, from the pitcher's mound to the batter's box and from the regular season to the playoffs. In Miracle Moments in New York Mets History, Brett Topel details the team’s greatest achievements, from the Mets' first win in franchise history in 1962, to Tom Seaver's near-perfect game in 1969, the 1986 World Series, the trade for Mike Piazza, Al Leiter's two-hitter during the 1999 one-game playoff, Jacob deGrom’s 2015 All-Star Game appearance, and much more.

In doing so, Topel highlights the key players and coaches and reveals the high level of excitement that comes with being a Mets fan. Complete with full-color photos, this book makes the perfect gift for young and old fans alike of the New York Mets!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683582052
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Miracle Moments Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 252,869
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brett Topel is the author of three books—So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan? Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards, When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets, and Simply the Best: The Story of the 1929-31 Philadelphia Athletics Dynasty. Topel is the director of communications at Buckley Country Day School on Long Island and is an adjunct professor of journalism at Adelphi University.

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Part I Regular-Season Moments 1

Chapter 1 Finally. a Win! (1962) 3

Chapter 2 Seaver's Nearly Perfect (1969) 8

Chapter 3 Seaver Strikes Out 19 (1970) 13

Chapter 4 Say Hey's Big Comeback (1972) 16

Chapter 5 Maz is a Midsummer Star (1979) 20

Chapter 6 The Franchise Returns (1983) 23

Chapter 7 Doc's All-Star Spectacular (1984) 27

Chapter 8 The Kid Comes to Town (1985) 31

Chapter 9 An Interleague Stunner (1997) 35

Chapter 10 Mets Get Piazza Delivery (1998) 39

Chapter 11 Fonzie Goes 6-for-6 (1999) 43

Chapter 12 The Rally (2000) 47

Chapter 13 "This One's Got a Chance" (2001) 52

Chapter 14 Yes! A No-No! (2012) 57

Chapter 15 DeGrom is a Star (2015) 63

Chapter 16 The Trade That Never Was (2015) 66

Chapter 17 Colón Goes Deep (2016) 69

Part II Postseason Moments 75

Chapter 18 The Amazin' Mets (1969) 77

Chapter 19 Ya Gotta Believe (1973) 87

Chapter 20 The Kid Beats Kerfeld (1986) 92

Chapter 21 Mets Slay the Astros (1986) 97

Chapter 22 Game Six (1986) 102

Chapter 23 Mets Win It All! (1986) 109

Chapter 24 Leiter's Gem (1999) 113

Chapter 25 Pratt's Walk-Off (1999) 117

Chapter 26 The Grand Slam Single (1999) 121

Chapter 27 Benny Goes Boom (2000) 126

Chapter 28 Jones's Shutout (2000) 129

Chapter 29 One Throw, Two Outs (2006) 133

Chapter 30 "He Made the Catch" (2006) 136

Chapter 31 The 2015 Run 141

Three Bonus Walk-Offs 147

Acknowledgments 151

Sources 153

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