From the Back Cover
The New York Mets began in 1962 as one of the worst teams professional baseball had ever seen, yet they quickly captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans eager to cheer on this band of misfits led by the incomparable Casey Stengel. By the end of the decade, the team was shocking the world with its miracle run to a World Series championship, led by young heroes like Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Bud Harrelson, and others. From there, save one more improbable pennant in 1973—“Ya gotta believe!”—the Mets took their fans on a wild ride of a few highs, a lot of lows, and plenty of memorable moments. From Dave Kingman’s towering home runs and Nino Espinosa’s towering afro to Rusty Staub’s pinch-hits and Lee Mazzilli’s tight pants, the 1970s was an interesting time to be a Mets fan, indeed.
The outlook changed dramatically in the next decade, when homegrown talents like Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry combined with veteran stars Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and others to produce a team that was dominant on the field—and turbulent off of it. The historic finishes to the 1986 League Championship Series and World Series were occasions to be savored by the Mets faithful for years to come. The team’s second quarter century did not bring any more championships, but fans continued to support their beloved Mets in record numbers, from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.
This fully illustrated celebration of Mets baseball takes you season by season from the earliest days of the franchise to today. Profiles of the team’s top 50 all-time players provide in-depth looks at the best of the best in orange and blue: Seaver and Koosman, Darryl and Dwight, and stars of today David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Johan Santana. Complete with stats, stories, photos, and memorabilia, New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History is an entertaining and authoritative tribute to a half century of amazin’ accomplishments and miracle moments.
About the Author
Matthew Silverman has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous sports publications. A lifelong Mets fan, Matthew is the author of several books, including Mets Essential
and 100 Things Mets Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die
as well as Shea Goodbye
(with Keith Hernandez), Mets by the Numbers
(with Jon Springer), The Miracle Has Landed
(with Ken Samelson and others), and Baseball Miscellany