Amazin' The Miraculous History of New York's Most Beloved Baseball Team

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  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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From Tom Seaver to Gary Carter, Ron Swoboda to Al Leiter, from the team's inception to the current day, the New York Mets' road to success has been a rutted and furrowed path. Now, with the help of New York Times bestselling author Peter Golenbock, the complete story of one of the most controversial teams in baseball history comes to life. Told from the voices of the men who experienced it firsthand, this compulsively readable account gives baseball fans the inside scoop on one of baseball's most popular teams. This is the true story of a group of men who won the hearts and shattered the dreams of generations. Utilizing dozens of personal interviews with players, coaches, fans, and sportswriters, Amazin' takes readers on a journey from the Mets' bumbling days as a new team in 1962, to their stunning World Championships in 1969 and 1986, right up through to today. In time for the fortieth anniversary of the New York Mets, Amazin' is rich with unforgettable personalities and wondrous stories both funny and poignant.

Author Biography

Peter Golenbock is the New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seventeen books, including Wrigleyville; Wild, High and Tight: The Life and Death of Billy Martin; Bums; Dynasty; The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle); Number 1 (with Billy Martin); and Balls (with Graig Nettles).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Original New York Metropolitansp. 1
The Emotions of the Giant Fansp. 8
Yonkel! Yonkel!p. 18
Leo Switches Sidesp. 30
Willie Mays and Other Miraclesp. 35
New York's Golden Agep. 49
Rumblings, Departure, and the Voidp. 54
Bill Shea Performs a Miraclep. 64
Mrs. Payson Hires George Weissp. 86
The Return of the Old Perfessorp. 101
A Shortage of Talentp. 114
Hot Rodp. 119
Ron Huntp. 138
Kings of Queensp. 153
Sobodap. 160
Bingp. 179
Tom Terrificp. 186
Gil's Kidsp. 193
1969p. 215
Amazin'p. 230
Championsp. 241
Vietnamp. 263
Gil's Untimely Demisep. 267
Yogi Takes Overp. 278
Willie's Returnp. 289
"Ya Gotta Believe"p. 302
The Miracle Metsp. 307
The Seaver Fiascop. 318
Into the Abyssp. 336
Swanniep. 348
Doubleday and Wilpon Rebuildp. 358
Darryl and Keithp. 378
Davey and Docp. 391
Darryl and Keith IIp. 408
The Kidp. 413
Edged Outp. 436
A Runaway Pennantp. 445
Drama in Houstonp. 459
Miracle of Miraclesp. 472
Rum and Cokep. 496
A Division Titlep. 513
The End of An Erap. 526
Darryl Twists in the Windp. 543
Free Fallp. 551
Bobbyp. 558
Al and Mikep. 565
Playoff Bound--Barelyp. 579
The Cardiac Kidsp. 590
Wild Card Winnersp. 601
A Pennant--At Lastp. 613
A Subway Seriesp. 619
Notesp. 627
Indexp. 641
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