- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (May 30, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582610355
- ISBN-13: 978-1582610351
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,613,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New York Mets Encyclopedia Hardcover – May 30, 2001
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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.
I just got done reading "The Bad Boys Win" about the 86 Mets, it was much more enjoyable. It did have a few typos, but it wasn't that important because it wasn't a book that was designed for facts and figures.
But, an "Encyclopedia" SHOULD be as accurate as humanly possible. This book wasn't.
I agree with the other reviewer, the best part of this book was the pictures.
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!
It does not seems appropriate that Dr. Bjarkman reviews his own book and rates it 5 stars on this page.