NEW CHAPTERS ADDED WITH JACOB dE GROM AND PETE ALONSO! ALSO, A BRAND NEW PREFACE WITH COMMENTS ABOUT THE LOSS OF METS' LEGEND TOM SEAVER.
In 1969, the New York Mets took on a nickname that was certainly fitting for that season―the "Miracle Mets." Nevertheless, even beyond 1969, there have been numerous moments in the history of the Mets that have proven miraculous, from the pitcher's mound to the batter's box and from the regular season to the playoffs.
In Miracle Moments in New York Mets History, Brett Topel details the team’s greatest achievements, from the Mets' first win in franchise history in 1962, to Tom Seaver's near-perfect game in 1969, the 1986 World Series, the trade for Mike Piazza, Al Leiter's two-hitter during the 1999 one-game playoff, Jacob deGrom’s 2015 All-Star Game appearance, and much more.
In doing so, Topel highlights the key players and coaches and reveals the high level of excitement that comes with being a Mets fan. Complete with full-color photos, this book makes the perfect gift for young and old fans alike of the New York Mets!
"This book definitely brings back many memories, especially the little details I had forgotten. It is a pleasure to read."
1969 World Champion
90% of the time being a Mets fan can be a sad, depressing place. I very much enjoyed reliving the 10% of joy we all get from some of these great Mets moments that Brett has selected.
WFAN Radio Host
“For more than half a century the Mets have had a unique bond with their fans; one that was forged by some truly incredible and often unlikely moments. Brett Topel taps into this connection by revisiting these events while cleverly working the actual play-by-play accounts of those games into his narrative. As a broadcaster, that’s really cool. As a reader, I think you will love it.”
Mets Broadcaster, WOR Radio 710 AM New York
“Brett Topel drives fans through some of the most thrilling moments in Metsdom, providing accounts as colorful as Lindsey Nelson’s jackets and evoking memories as powerful as Ralph Kiner’s home runs. Heed Bob Murphy’s advice and fasten your seatbelts.”
Faith and Fear in Flushing
Mount Rushmore, located in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota, is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. The face of the mountain features 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It depicts four of the greatest men our country has ever known.
In recent years, it has become fashionable for sports fans to select the Mount Rushmore of their franchise’s history. For some franchise’s, which have been around for 100+ years, it can be a daunting task. Even for younger franchises, such as the New York Mets, picking a Mount Rushmore can be a challenge. Mostly because fans always seem to favor players that they have seen play—leading older and younger fans to differ on who belongs carved on that fictional mountain in Queens.
In 2015, Major League Baseball announced its decision for each team’s Mount Rushmore. For the Mets, voters chose Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver, and David Wright. No one would argue that Tom Seaver is on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore. He was, after all, “The Franchise.” Some might even argue that the Mets’ Mount Rushmore is Tom Seaver four times! However, that not-withstanding, when it comes to rounding out the other three players, did MLB get it right??
Thankfully, Mount Rushmore of the New York Mets tackles such a question. Covering the team by decade, author Brett Topel share the best players from the team’s almost sixty-year history. From Jerry Koosman and Ed Kranepool, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, to Edgardo Alfonzo and Jose Reyes, each decade is covered, reliving the highs and lows of the Metropolitans.
So whether you remember the Miracle Mets, the Amazin’ run of 1986, or the almost of the 2000s, Mount Rushmore of the New York Mets breaks down the fan favorites who earned their prominence in the Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium, and Citi Field.
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