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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589796705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589796706
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WC reading of the highest order (and I mean that as a compliment)... (Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf)

Considering how bad the Mets will be this season every fan should buy this book to remember the good times. (Sportsology)

...[F]or Mets followers it will be a little bit of heaven. (Library Journal)

About 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane VINE VOICE on August 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darryl R. Morris on March 11, 2012
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Meet the Mets, meet the Mets
Step right up and greet the Mets
Bring your kiddies, bring your wife
Guaranteed you'll have the time of your life
Because the Mets are really socking the ball
Knocking those home runs over the wall
East side, west side
Everybody's coming down
To meet the M-E-T-S, Mets
Of New York town

If you are of middle age and know the lyrics to this song by heart, this book is definitely for you!

For the rest of you, a little background is in order. The New York Mets (short for Metropolitans) are a professional baseball team which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season in 1962. During the 1940s and 1950s, New York was the center of baseball, which featured three outstanding teams who often faced each other in the World Series: the New York Yankees of the American League, and the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League. Unfortunately, the Giants and Dodgers were lured away to San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively after the 1957 season, a loss which is still felt by fans of both teams. The city was awarded a new National League team to replace the departed ones, which opened the 1962 season in the dilapidated Polo Grounds, the former home of the Giants.

The team was abysmal in its first six years of existence (1962-1967), finishing in last place all but once during that time. Despite their ineptitude on the field, the team was beloved by its fans, and the Mets developed a sort of cult following. The 1968 team was significantly improved, but still only managed to finish 9th out of the 10 National League clubs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on January 9, 2012
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I was able to obtain an advanced copy of this book and being a big baseball fan, I was looking forward to reliving some great baseball memories. What I got was a book that is mostly a book of lists (50 best Mets Players, Best Mets Teams, Best Mets Games, and even the Best Mets Activities such as bars to go to, road trips with the team, etc.)with a brief 24 page summary of the history of the Mets. That summary did little to capture some of the great moments and drama in Mets history.

Possibly the greatest moment in Mets history is the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. This moment is practically glossed over. Other important moments such as the day Tom Seaver (the Franchise) was traded for 3 Reds players is barely mentioned. There is a list of Greatest Mets games that only has Postseason games. Did the author do any real research? Surely there were memorable regular season games (SNY shows them as Mets Classics) such as the day that Mike Piazza hit a homerun against the Braves during the first game after 9/11? What about Willie Mays' dramatic homerun in one of his first games? Tom Seaver's 19 strikeouts?

There is some interesting information in this book but if you are an avid Mets fan be prepared to be disappointed. I barely give this book just above one and a half stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on May 21, 2012
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Mr. Silverman sums up the many ups and downs of the Amazing New York Mets. The book is fun and easy to read without going into excessive boring detail. Each year has its own story as well as the key players in the 50 year history of the Mets. Accounts of the best and worst Met games are quite a joyous ride down memory lane. A very humorous account of the Mets agonizing final loss of the 2007 season. Glavine please put down the ball. The thrilling play in the ball off the wall in 1973 sums up the You Gotta Believe Attitude of the Amazings.

The insight on the top 50 players and honorable mentions are quite captivating. Naturally there may be some idsagreement here and there andthe WAR statistics do not engage the reader enough. Nonetheless, the writings and insights of Mr. Silverman makes this a fun read that is very current.
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