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The New York Mets Encyclopedia Hardcover – May 30, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (May 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582610355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582610351
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PETER C. BJARKMAN writes extensively about baseball, basketball, and travel-related topics. He has published two previous books on Cuban baseball, plus a history of baseball in Latin America and more than three dozen other titles treating major league baseball, NBA basketball, and NCAA basketball. His recent work includes team history encyclopedias on the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks. A fluent Spanish speaker, Bjarkman has twice been featured on Cuban national television discussing Cuban League baseball and the Cuban national team, the only American to claim this distinction during the 40-plus years of the Cuban Revolution.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Sosidka on January 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I guess it's pretty easy to call something an encyclopedia these days. Most teams have them, and this one is inferior to most of the others I've seen. First, its 320 pages pales in comparison. Secondly, the last hundred pages could have been condensed into about a dozen.
Most egregious of all are the errors, and there are quite a few. Rusty Staub's bio refers to him as a "third sacker." The caption of the Willie Mays photo on pg. 154 says he "receives a shower in the aftermath of the 1969 division-clinching victory."
For the most part, the bios in the book are unoriginal and stale, particularly for anyone with even a rudimentary background in the history of the Mets. If you have any of the books this one claims to be "designed to overhaul and supplant," you need not buy this one.
On the positive side are the photos from the George Brace collection which pepper the book. It is a welcome change from the usual sources of period photography, Photo File and the Mets themselves.
I don't know if author Peter C. Bjarkman has read the Phillies Encyclopedia, but it should be the next thing he sees when another idea like this comes along. And Sports Publishing, Inc. has done little to assuage the fears that it has become the McPublisher of Sports Literature.
I am very disappointed.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lapin on June 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
this book kept getting delayed for nearly two years, and i had thought it was to make sure it would be thorough and correct. boy, was i ever wrong!
this is a total disaster. just a cursory reading and i noticed a dozen factual errors. i mean: listing billy taylor among the all-time season saves leaders? thats only symptomatic of the shoddy workmanship that went into this book. any longtime mets fan (and ive been there since the beginning) would be able to do a better job than this.
do NOT go near this outrageously overpriced pile of dross! it is as valuable to a mets fan as -- well, as kevin mcreynolds!
BOO! HISS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Professor Rowe on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia does does not appear to be up to the necessary standard for a team encyclopedia. Numerous errors that even a non-Mets fan, such as myself, was able to spot. Additionally, the prose is jerky and the tone is overly familiar.

It does not seems appropriate that Dr. Bjarkman reviews his own book and rates it 5 stars on this page.
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