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Four teams, 175 games, 3,738,546 fansone stadium. If 1975 wasn’t the most successful year in New York sportsand it wasn’tthen it was certainly one of the oddest. For that one crazy season, all four New York teamsthe Mets, Jets, Yankees, and Giantscalled 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 aficionadoregardless of team allegiance!
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|Publisher:||Sports Publishing LLC|
|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 192931 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
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