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About the Author

Stanley Cohen is a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. For more than fifty years, he has worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for newspapers, magazines, and an international news service. He also has taught writing, journalism, and philosophy at Hunter College and at New York University. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Inside Sports, and Sports Inc., and he was a contributing writer for The Diamond magazine and Sports, Inc. He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Original edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396791
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 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: #202,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bmfc1 on September 5, 2009
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This is the perfect book for a Mets fan suffering through a horrible season. The author perfectly mixes game recaps with interviews. I liked that he didn't dwell on the sociological significance of the season or related world events, instead emphasizing how the Mets won the Series. Even if you think that you know everything about the '69 Mets, you will learn something. I loved this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slokes VINE VOICE on December 8, 2014
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I've read a few books about my favorite baseball team without ever discovering one I'd call my clear favorite. But there is no doubt this is the happiest, easiest book I know about featuring the New York Mets.

Established in 1962, the Mets had losing records in each of their first seven seasons, mired at the bottom of the National League for all but two of them. But a change was slowly building in the organization, with a firm but flexibly minded manager having taken stock of his young and talented team. They would be called "The Miracle Mets," though one theme of this book is the players, or at least most of them, don't see it as a "miracle."

"Our winning the pennant and the Series was not as complicated as people sometimes make it out to be," explained pitcher Tom Seaver, who won the Cy Young Award in 1969. "We were the best team in baseball, and that's why we won."

"There was nothing miraculous about it," shortstop Bud Harrelson said. "We went out each day with the idea of winning, and most of the time we won."

Cohen's 1988 account of the Mets' 1969 season includes original interviews with 23 of the 25 players who were on the Mets' postseason roster. When he first researched the book in 1986, all of them were not only still alive, but two of them, Seaver and pitcher Nolan Ryan, were still on player rosters. Another, Harrelson, was a coach on what would become in October 1986 the only other Mets team to win it all.

The book is well-organized that way, with Cohen alternating between an account of the season as it unfolded and interviews with the Mets who share their thoughts about how it happened and what they were feeling in often unguarded and charming ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Hosner on September 6, 2014
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I didn't mind the content of the book, if you READ it. The audible book is absolutely terrible. The narrator, Ian Eugene Ryan, doesn't know how to pronounce the names of most of the players, many of whom are in the Hall of Fame.. His pronunciation of some basic English words is like a fifth grader. I don't know how the author or the publisher can allow this to happen. Doesn't anyone edit these books? It really made a great story a very bad listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spring3100 on May 25, 2014
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Any book about the Metsies will hold my attention,but his present day interviews with the players and coaches make this a very special book.
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By David Rolfes on January 8, 2013
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I am a Baseball Historian and this is one book that I truly treasure and can read over and over again.
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