Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets Hardcover – April 29, 2014
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Every World Series highlight shows Bill Buckner’s famed miscue that spurred the Mets to a championship in 1986. Mookie Wilson hit the grounder that slipped by Buck and sealed both of their places in baseball history. Now Wilson sets out to share his opinions of that single play and his good friend Buck, as well as his own rise with the Mets between 1980 and 1986 and his career in the ministry after retirement. Wilson, with coauthor Sherman, describes in vivid detail the personalities of the raucous Mets known as the “Scum Bunch,” who, despite their questionable behavior off the field, were an unstoppable force on the diamond. Refusing to pull punches, even with the benefit of hindsight, Wilson analyzes his manager’s and the front office’s decisions and his teammates’ talent and motivations. Always a devout Christian, Wilson focuses in the final chapters on the ministry he developed in his postbaseball years. This personal and passionate account will be a must-read for Mets’ fans who want to relive some of their team’s greatest triumphs. --Craig Clark
“Mookie Wilson is one of the most beloved figures in more than a half-century of Mets’ baseball. Now he has established himself as one of the foremost chroniclers of a baseball life. Mookie’s relentlessly honest portrayal of his career and the unforgettable 1986 World Series Champions further elevates his status as a Mets icon.”—Gary Cohen, New York Mets’ broadcaster, SportsNet New York
"Mookie Wilson is a legendary Met—both on the field and off. Here, in rich detail and color, is what it's like to be a New York baseball icon. A wonderful book."—Jeff Pearlman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bad Guys Won!
"We all tend to think of William Hayward Wilson not just as "Mookie," but as "good old Mookie" for his effervescent persona and demeanor. In fact, Mookie is really, really good, and not nearly old, but this thoughtful, compelling book will show you a side of this all time Mets favorite that might surprise you. His candor and honesty will undoubtedly deepen your respect and admiration for a man who is about so much more than a ground ball to first base."—Howie Rose, New York Mets broadcaster
“Mookie is a classy and compassionate person. Because he had feelings and respect for me as a player, I never wanted him to feel guilty about ‘the play.’ Instead, I wanted him to enjoy and appreciate the accomplishment of being on a World Championship team.”—Bill Buckner, member of the 1986 American League Champion Boston Red Sox, 22-year Major League veteran, and 1980 National League Batting Champion
“There's nobody that I thought more highly of than Mookie Wilson on that '86 Mets team. He was respected, funny, honest, and just as solid a citizen as anyone I've ever known.”—Tim McCarver, Longtime Major Leaguer and Broadcaster, Recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award
“One of my favorite teammates—a class act, an even better person than the great ballplayer he was. Mookie was the moral rudder wherever he went.”—Ron Darling, Former All Star Pitcher and Member of the 1986 World Champion Mets, Current SNY and TBS Color Analyst
“All the clichés you hear about Mookie are true. On a team of ‘out there’ characters, Mookie was mature and wise beyond his years. In a selfish, me-first business, Mookie was a great mentor and legitimately cared for others.”—Bobby Ojeda, Member of the 1986 World Champion Mets, Current SNY Studio Baseball Analyst
“Mookie is, in a nutshell, an awesome man of God both inside and outside the church. His spirit of giving and his spirit of caring are an inspiration. His life speaks for him.”—Bishop Wendell B. Sumter, Pastor, Zion Mill Creek Baptist Church Columbia, South Carolina
Top customer reviews
I had the great fortune of attending college in Boston at the time of the 1986 World Series and lived a short distance from Fenway Park. I was a groupie, hanging out at the Mets hotel (Sheraton at the Pru Center) and buying a scalped ticket for $100 to Game 5.
Most importantly, I would come to know know Erik Sherman, the book's co-author, while attending Emerson College. Erik was then and remains today one of the kindest and friendliest people you'd ever meet. And what struck me about the book was how Mookie and Erik seem to share these personality traits. How fitting that Mookie would have selected Erik to help him tell his story. So for me, this was also a "must read" on a personal level since I know Erik and am so proud of what he's accomplished.
As a Mets fan, I wanted to read this because so much had happened with that 1986 Mets team. Stories as fans we had heard about but never to the degree that Mookie had revealed in this book. Mookie really helped to not only fill the gaps in what we as fans had heard about that club, but also shed light on things we didn't know about, including Mookie's own unhappiness which he had kept to himself.
I thought the book was tastefully done and revealed first-hand what was going on behind the scenes. I was engaged and intrigued throughout. But moreover, I felt like I got to know this terrific human being, this man of faith--Mookie Wilson.