From the Publisher
--from the foreword by Ralph Kiner "Forget it, Casey, he missed second, too." --first-base coach Cookie Lavagetto to manager Casey Stengel after Stengel prepared to argue a call that Marv Throneberry had missed first base on a potential two-run triple "It's a fair ball. It gets by Buckner! Rounding third is Knight.... The Mets will win the ballgame.... They win! They win!" --radio announcer Bob Murphy's call of the ending of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
From the Inside Flap
After more lean years throughout much of the following two decades, the Mets again put their indelible stamp on baseball history by capturing one of the most talked-about and--again--unlikely World Series victories of all time. The New York Mets are truly a franchise with a flair for the dramatic, and Mets Essential is the only book of its kind that successfully tells the entire miraculous story. Everything any real fan could ever want to know about this beloved ballclub is in this fun, fact-filled reference guide. Only Mets Essential spins the complete tale of one of baseball's most cherished underdogs.
From the bad old days of "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry to the historic turnaround set in motion by Tom Seaver's arrival, this team has been a case study in contrasts. From the void that was the late 1970s and the Donald Grant era to the justified swagger of the teams of the mid- to late-1980s--who in 1986 came off of life support to win the most famous World Series game ever--this has always been a franchise about heart. All of the great players and memorable moments are honored in this book, as are the stars of today, such as David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran. Whether you are an old-school Mets fan looking to relive great memories of the past or a more casual observer simply looking to upgrade your knowledge, this book will satisfy your needs through countless anecdotes and insiders' stories; scores of trivia, lists, and statistics; and dozens of photographs.