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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078643466X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786434664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accountant Jacob Kanarek is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Lakewood, New Jersey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artie on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was everything I hoped it would be. As an avid Mets fan, I jumped at the opportunity to read about a subject no author has yet covered- the fall of the Mets through the 70's. The author manages to keep the book fresh and interesting, opting to cover the games, the trades, and management's misshandlings and let the reader watch the pieces fall into place, rather than presenting a boring analysis on what went wrong in essay form. I literally couldn't put it down, as the book covers the important games and series, sprinkled in with players' and managers' quotes (a la Yogi) and the author's own sharp wit.
Even the cover is beautiful, which goes to show you that you sometimes CAN judge a book by its cover!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josef Reich on September 9, 2008
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As a fan growing up rooting for those Mets having suffered through all those years I couldn't resist this book.After reading the book twice from cover to cover reliving all those memories was a awesome experience.This book is not for everyone, but if you were a Mets fan at that time I can't think of a more enjoyable book to recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony P. Ferguson on November 25, 2012
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Looking back on the Mets' history during the '70's was equal parts enlightening and a bit sad, as From First To Worst turned out to be a cautionary tale of wasted opportunity combined with bureaucratic front-office ineptitude that conspired to make the Mets the laughingstock of major-league baseball by the time the end of the 70s came to fruition. Die-hard Met fans who lived and died with this team will cringe as they go deep into reading the book, seeing that the Mets had a talented big three in Seaver, Koosman and Matlack that could've dominated the National League for years had they not been sabotaged from within--the pitty-pat offense that struggled to score runs...the inability to sweep or split double-headers...the injuries to the team's key components during crucial times...the front-office's inability to trade for a quality hitter or two that might have made a difference in the team's fortunes...the fact that the team overall was too White, too slow and too frail to keep up with the likes of the Pirates and the Big Red Machine. The one glaring omission? The cold, hard fact that by 1974, the Mets' farm system was a wasteland, with the only player of significance ever coming up to make a difference was Lee Mazzilli.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt S. Bligh on September 6, 2008
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As a long time Mets fan, I looked forward to this book, hoping for an in-depth look at how the organization came apart during the 1970s. Instead, the entire book is literally a game by game summary over five seasons, with little analysis or even a theme. There is a story here-the Mets entered the decade as defending World Champions, with a minor league system loaded with talent, especially pitching. By 1979, they were the worst team in the National League, the farm was barren, and the likes of Seaver, Ryan, Singleton, Otis, Bibby, Foli, Koosman, Staub and Kingman were starring for other teams. But it seems like the author did not speak with any players, jounalists or front office personnel to find out what happened. A missed opportunity.
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