When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets

When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets

by Brett Topel

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When Shea Was Home: The Story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets by Brett Topel


Four teams, 175 games, 3,738,546 fans—one stadium. If 1975 wasn’t the most successful year in New York sports—and it wasn’t—then it was certainly one of the oddest. For that one crazy season, all four New York teams—the Mets, Jets, Yankees, and Giants—called Shea Stadium home.

When Shea was Home includes interviews with the stadium’s former head groundskeeper, the legendary Pete Flynn, as well as Jerry Koosman, Bud Harrelson and Ed Kranepool of the Mets, Giants owner John Mara, Rich Caster of the Jets, former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, who played that year at Shea for Grambling, and many more!

This well-written narrative includes information about the stadium, the teams, the players, how the teams coexisted, and how they didn't. When Shea was Home takes New York sports fans on a unique trip down memory lane, offering context on the national and local history and culture of the time. It is perfect for the avid New York sports aficionado—regardless of team allegiance!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613218709
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 790,353
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brett Topel is a freelance sports writer and author of Simply the Best: The Story of the 1929–31 Philadelphia Athletics. He is also a professor of sports journalism at Adelphi University and the Director of Communications at Buckley Country Day School on Long Island.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Birth of a Crazy Season 1

Chapter 2 The Queens Bombers 17

Chapter 3 Big Shea 45

Chapter 4 Meet the Mets 67

Chapter 5 New York State of Mind 95

Chapter 6 When Baseball Ended, and the Football Season Began 115

Chapter 7 The Aftermath of 1975 133

Acknowledgments 159

Sources 161

Index 165

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